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Robert James Fischer
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 1,051
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785

Overall record: +419 -85 =245 (72.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 302 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (200) 
    B32 B90 B88 B44 B57
 Ruy Lopez (122) 
    C92 C69 C95 C98 C97
 French Defense (76) 
    C19 C11 C18 C16 C15
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C92 C95 C98 C97 C89
 Caro-Kann (55) 
    B10 B11 B18 B14 B13
 French Winawer (45) 
    C19 C18 C16 C15 C17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (119) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 King's Indian (117) 
    E80 E62 E97 E60 E67
 Sicilian Najdorf (77) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E45 E40 E46 E43 E20
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D79 D86 D80 D98 D82
 English (18) 
    A16 A15 A10 A19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956 0-1
   Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 0-1
   Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 1-0
   Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 1-0
   Fischer vs Fine, 1963 1-0
   Fischer vs Benko, 1963 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 0-1
   Fischer vs Panno, 1970 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   US Championship (1966)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Netanya (1968)
   Skopje (1967)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Bled (1961)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Havana (1965)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   -ER by fredthebear
   1964 Fischer simul exhibition tour by gauer
   Fischer vs The Russians by wanabe2000
   Match Fischer! by amadeus
   Bobby Fischer: Selected Games from 1955-1992 by fernando.laroca
   Bobby Fischer: Selected Games from 1955-1992 by wanabe2000
   Bjelica_125 by Gottschalk
   Russians versus Fischer by Anatoly21
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by KingG
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by Jaredfchess
   A Legend on the Road (I) by MissScarlett
   Fischer Favorites by atrifix
   A Legend on the Road (II) by MissScarlett
   Fischer vs........ by TheTakenKing

   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970
   Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan, 1962

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(born Mar-09-1943, died Jan-17-2008, 64 years old) United States of America (federation/nationality Iceland)

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Robert James ("Bobby") Fischer was a chess prodigy born on March 9, 1943 in Chicago.

At 13, he won the stunning brilliancy D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956, which Hans Kmoch christened "The Game of the Century." At 14, he won the US Championship (1957/58), making him the youngest U.S. Champion ever. At age 15, Fischer became both the youngest grandmaster (at the time) and the youngest candidate for the World Championship.

Fischer's victory qualified him for the Portoroz Interzonal (1958). He tied for 5th-6th, which sufficed to advance him to the Candidates Tournament to decide the challenger to World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. It also made him, at 15, the youngest grandmaster ever - a record that stood until Judit Polgar broke it in 1991. At the Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Fischer finished fifth out of eight, the top non-Soviet player.

Fischer won the US Championship all eight times he played, in each case by at least a point. In the US Championship (1963/64) he achieved the only perfect score (11-0) in the history of the tournament.

He won the Stockholm Interzonal (1962) 2½ points ahead of Efim Geller and Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian. This made him a favorite to win the Curacao Candidates (1962), but he only finished fourth, behind Petrosian, Geller, and Paul Keres.

In a famous article in Sports Illustrated magazine, The Russians Have Fixed World Chess, Fischer accused the Soviets of cheating: Petrosian, Geller, and Keres had drawn all 12 of the games among themselves at Curaçao. Because of this, he refused to play in the next Candidates cycle. He did play in the Sousse Interzonal (1967), but left it while leading, because of a scheduling dispute occasioned by Fischer's refusal to play on Saturday, his Sabbath.

He won the Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970) by a record 3½ points. The following year, he shocked the chess world by sweeping the Fischer - Taimanov Candidates Quarterfinal (1971) and Fischer - Larsen Candidates Semifinal (1971) by identical 6-0 scores, the only perfect scores in the history of the Candidates Matches. He also won the first game of his Candidates final against former World Champion Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, giving him a modern record of 20 consecutive wins at the highest level of competition. He won the Fischer - Petrosian Candidates Final (1971) by 6½-2½ to advance to the World Championship match against reigning champion Boris Spassky. This also gave him a FIDE rating of 2785, making him at that time the highest-rated player in history.

In Reykjavik, he won the Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972) by 12½-8½ to become the 11th World Chess Champion. In 1975, Fischer forfeited his title after FIDE refused to meet his conditions for a World Championship match with Anatoly Karpov. He then virtually disappeared from the public eye for nearly 20 years.

After ending his competitive career, he proposed a new variant of chess and a modified chess timing system. His idea of adding a time increment after each move is now standard, and his variant "Fischerandom" (or "Chess960") is gaining in popularity.(2)

Fischer resurfaced in 1992 to play a match against his old rival Spassky in Yugoslavia. Fischer won Fischer - Spassky (1992) 10-5 with 15 draws. The United States considered that Fischer, in playing this match in Yugoslavia, violated U.S. Treasury Department regulations that forbade transacting business with Yugoslavia. Fischer evaded authorities for twelve years until July 13, 2004, when he was arrested in Japan. On March 22, 2005, he was granted Icelandic citizenship and finally freed from Japan. He died of renal failure in Iceland on January 17, 2008 at the age of 64.

Fischer's anthology, My 60 Memorable Games, was published in 1969. It has been described as a "classic of objective and painstaking analysis,"1 and is regarded as one of the great classics of chess literature.

(1) Hooper & Whyld. The Oxford Companion to Chess. 1992

(2) Wikipedia article: Bobby Fischer

(3) User: jessicafischerqueen 's YouTube documentary of Fischer

Last updated: 2017-05-02 23:48:19

 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,051  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Mayers vs Fischer 1-0171953Blitz GameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. J Altusky vs Fischer 0-181954Offhand GameC71 Ruy Lopez
3. Fischer vs J Altusky 1-0121954Offhand GameE90 King's Indian
4. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-0121955Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
5. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½331955US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs K Warner 0-1281955Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
7. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½251955Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-1231955Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
9. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½281955Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
10. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-1441955Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
11. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-1521956New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
12. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0531956New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
13. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½361956New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
15. Fischer vs S Baron 1-0531956New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
16. Fischer vs J A Casado ½-½481956Simul, 12bB32 Sicilian
17. Fischer vs E Nash 0-1511956US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
18. K Blake vs Fischer 0-1201956Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
19. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-1291956US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143195657th US OpenB20 Sicilian
21. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
22. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45195657th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
24. B E Owens vs Fischer ½-½43195657th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
25. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19195657th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
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  harrylime: <Petrosianic: <harrylime>: <I've played thru the Karpov v Korchnoi 78' World Championship match quite a few times now .. EVERY GAME .. and gotta say it's painful ... lol > No you haven't, Baldrick. Besides, you admitted to me you'd never played a rated game in your life. How would you know a good game from a bad one lol?>

I've played thru EVERY game of the Karpov v Korchnoi 78 match and I'd rather be trapped in a lift with MISTER METHANE the human FART MACHINE ...

UGLY CHESS .. PAINT STRIPPING CHESS .. is Karpov v Korchnoi ! lol lol

And why ... WHY are you on this page MISTER Petrosian lover ?

WHY ??! lol lol

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  harrylime: Karpov is a great chess player . Absolutely. But in 1975 Fischer would have and could have rolled him over quicker than they make a Russian sausage in the Gulags ! lol

And this is just over the board !

RJF is THE GREATEST CHESS PLAYER because like Ali he transcended his sport like no other.

It get's boring having to repeat all this on here but so be it.

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  john barleycorn: <Karpov, Kasparov, Korchnoi have absolutely destroyed chess by their immoral, unethical, prearranged games. These guys are really the lowest dogs around.>
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  MissScarlett: Bobby would've crushed Anatoly in the handshakes.
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  harrylime: Fischer was so far ahead of chess in the 1970's it does seem social media in 2018 is still coming to terms with this lol lol lol
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  Petrosianic: <harrylol> We'll have to agree to disagree about whether you lied lol. There's no way that a guy who admits he's never played a rated game would know if those games were good or not. You're just repeating someone else's opinion and pretending it's yours. BUSTED! lololol roflamo
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  Petrosianic: Here's the quote about Fischer claiming to have equalized against the Ruy Lopez.

<"It was not the "old" Bobby who would have written about his favorite Ruy Lopez (in a recent issue of the American Chess Quarterly): "I have a line (and this is no joke) that absolutely equalizes against the Ruy Lopez . . . and in the name of progress I feel honor-bound to play it even though it will force a complete reorganization of my opening strategy." Incidentally, we wonder if Bobby is referring to the immediate 4...P-QN4 and 5...N-R4 that he played against Addison in the Championship. This is a pet line of the Russian grandmaster Taimanov. It may be significant that Bobby's first querey for a Manhattan Chess Club visotor, who entered the club with some very recent Russian Championship games, was "Have you got any of Taimanov's games there?">

So, if it was the b5, Na5 line he was talking about, he must have changed his mind and decided it didn't equalize after all. If he was talking about another line, he must have decided the same thing, since he never played it.

But the b5, Na5 line is actually worth looking at, since a) White probably won't have studied it much. And b) in my experience, at the club level White is often goaded into going for the unsound sacrifice 6. Bxf7? Black has to be ready for that, but if he is, he'll enjoy the game.

Feb-09-18  ughaibu: 6.Bf7 has been played by Spassky and Karpov: Games Like E G Reicher vs K Makarczyk, 1951
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  morfishine: Hey <Petrosianic> you and <RcfM> have the same avatar


Feb-10-18  RookFile: I always thought that the equalizing line Fischer was talking about was the 3...Bc5 lines that he played a few times. Don't remember where I got this impression from.

This is one example:

Tal vs Fischer, 1962

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  MissScarlett: FIDE just got the Bobby Fischer treatment from UBS. Although it's not clear if they're intending to return the money.
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  zanzibar: <Missy> points out a major development that could short-circuit the upcoming Candidates.

FIDE's Ilyumzhinov is being accused of rendering aid to ISIS (or IS or ISIL or Daesh) by buying their oil in Syria (or more accurately, acting as middleman).

<Lausanne-based Fide's treasurer, Adrian Siegel, acknowledged the issue was "a serious problem" that had "severely damaged" the organisation's business dealings.

"After more than two years of Kirsan Ilyumzhinow's [sic] presence on the sanction list... UBS has announced that they will immediately close our accounts," he said in a statement.

"It was only a question of time until we face this serious problem," Mr Siegel said, adding that the anticipated "some problems" while they looked for a "new bank connection".>

FIDE saw this coming for a good while...

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  Petrosianic: Why would that affect the Candidates Tournament? The organizers are paying the bills, not FIDE.
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  zanzibar: <<Petrosianic> Why would that affect the Candidates Tournament? The organizers are paying the bills, not FIDE.>

How do you know this? Or rather - are you implying FIDE isn't involved in cutting the checks?

I admit I might be over-stating the case for effect (and conciseness) via the "short-circuit" phraseology.

But the referenced article mentions the upcoming Candidates also (though, admittedly, not as dramatically as me).

Still, it seems very natural to assume FIDE is administering the financials, even if the sponsors have already ponied up.

I think I can put to evidence of this, I think, but let me challenge you to provide evidence that FIDE doesn't need a bank account to run the Candidates.

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  Petrosianic: Generally the way things work is the organizers pay for the tournament and FIDE gets a cut of the action. Although it might be different if the organizers don't put up enough and FIDE has to kick in. I'd hope that's not the case for a Candidates tournament. Or it might be different if the organizers pay FIDE up front, FIDE keeps their cut and pays out for the rest. But nothing here says that the Candidates Tournament is in danger.
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  zanzibar: <<Petrosianic> Generally the way things work is the organizers pay for the tournament and FIDE gets a cut of the action.>


<Although it might be different if the organizers don't put up enough and FIDE has to kick in. I'd hope that's not the case for a Candidates tournament. >

No, we agree that sponsors are usually pretty trust-worthy, besides...

< Or it might be different if the organizers pay FIDE up front, FIDE keeps their cut and pays out for the rest. >

Isn't it a pretty safe assumption that this is how it works? Why wouldn't you think that?

(I need a link or some reference to understand why you wouldn't make this natural assumption)

<But nothing here says that the Candidates Tournament is in danger.>

But, obviously, if FIDE is acting as a trustee it receives the money from the sponsor up-front - then distributes the money to the players after.

So, if FIDE finds itself frozen out from its bank account, and without other banks willing to work with them - the Candidates could easily be affected.

It's unlikely to be the case - as I suspect Ilyumzhinov is likely to resign now that the full-court press is on.

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  zanzibar: OK, here's a good indication...


3. 8. 2 If a player withdraws after he has signed his contract or after the start of the tournament, he shall receive no prize money and this money will be retained by FIDE.


It's from the FIDE Candidate Regulations, and seems fairly indicative that FIDE is handling the money matters.

Feb-17-18  Dr Winston OBoogie: You ever wondered what John Gotti thought about Chess and Bobby Fischer? Me neither but I was reading this book and I realized.. <That's> why I love chess...

<Chess became a big craze in 1972 because Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky were getting set to play for the world championship that summer in Iceland. The cold war was still raging and the match was getting big play in all the papers and on television as a face-off between the Russian grand master Spassky and the great American hope Fischer. Wiseguys got into it like everybody else. We all liked Bobby Fischer. Gotti called him the Al Capone of chess. Big Al was barely thirty when he took over as top guy in the Chicago Mob. Bobby Fischer was still in his twenties and he’d already worked over most of his competition like Capone with a Louisville Slugger. He’d won more tournaments faster than anybody else alive. Gotti used to quote him all the time: “The thing I like most about the game is crushing the other guy’s ego.” John knew a lot about the history of the game. Experts are always saying that chess is like war, but Gotti compared it to crime. He said gangsters who want to get ahead should play chess because it makes you think like a boss. It was a good way to develop your powers of concentration and learn how to see the big picture and think things through. He said chess gave players a way to learn the kind of mental discipline you need when you go out on a score. “You got to always use presence of mind when you rob,” was one of Gotti’s favorite sayings. He meant keep your focus, don’t let the adrenaline control you, don’t let fear mess you up.>

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  HeMateMe: the book by the hit man used by the Gottis (and also Jr. Gotti's wingman/bodyguard) is the best thing I've read about the Gotti family. This is the guy who might have been in on as many as 20 killings and countless beatings. He ended up fleeing to Brazil, forget his name.

He made it clear that there is zero loyalty in the Gotti family for those who bring in money for them through robbery, hits, or drug sales. You get pinched, your on your own. Jr. Gotti was a complete clown who would have been killed early on if he hadn't been protected by his father's organization. He never took any blame for things that went wrong, other people always took the blame and went to jail.

Feb-17-18  RFW3: His name is Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano, and he was an avid chess player.
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  HeMateMe: no, this isn't Sammy the Bull. This fellow, who I think was part Italian, part Portuguese, was more low key, not wired in so tight to the gottis. He was a free lance guy who did hits on the competition (rub out a drug dealer on a corner used by the Gottis) got to know them because he became Jr. Gotti's accomplice on jobs, to keep the dummy from getting killed or nabbed by the police.

Gravano never got out of the country. He ratted out john Gotti and went into Witness Protection.

Feb-17-18  Dr Winston OBoogie: Mimi's right. It's not from Sammy the Bull's book it's from a book called "The Sinatra club" by a Gambino family associate called Sal Polisi. Gotti elaborates on his love for chess but I obviously can't post what he says here..

< HeMateMe: the book by the hit man used by the Gottis (and also Jr. Gotti's wingman/bodyguard) is the best thing I've read about the Gotti family. This is the guy who might have been in on as many as 20 killings and countless beatings. He ended up fleeing to Brazil, forget his name.>

John Alite! I've spoken to him on the phone, he's a crazy <lying> POS although I do believe half of his story. You don't get photographed coming out of the house of the biggest mafia boss in the last 35 years unless you know him, no one got that close to Gotti.

But yeah I've interviewed John Alite for one of my YouTube channels. He's a real bad bad man!

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  HeMateMe: yes, Alite is the name, thanks Mark. He has his own book out. I liked his book because he doesn't sugar coat anything, admits he's a complete POS, but no worse than the Gottis.
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  zanzibar: Chris Chase, author of Boston Globe's chess column, notes the UBS/FIDE difficulties, and asks:

<Now, how does FIDE not only pay its bills but also pay the prize fund for the tournament next month?>

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  The Boomerang: 'Fischer was so far ahead of chess in the 1970's it does seem social media in 2018 is still coming to terms with this lol lol lol'

Yep so far ahead he didnt even need to defend his title to be considered the greatest! Magical indeed!

All future GM's take note!

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