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The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 996
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785
Overall record: +420 -86 =247 (72.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      243 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (183) 
    B90 B32 B88 B44 B57
 Ruy Lopez (119) 
    C92 C69 C95 C97 C98
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C92 C95 C97 C98 C89
 French Defense (65) 
    C19 C11 C18 C16 C15
 Caro-Kann (52) 
    B10 B11 B18 B14 B17
 French Winawer (40) 
    C19 C18 C16 C15 C17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (119) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 King's Indian (116) 
    E80 E62 E97 E60 E67
 Sicilian Najdorf (77) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E45 E46 E40 E43 E21
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D79 D86 D98 D80 D85
 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
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1
   Fischer vs Benko, 1963 1-0
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 0-1
   Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1958 1-0

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

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   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 wanabe2000
   Russians versus Fischer by Anatoly21
   Bjelica_125 by Gottschalk
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by KingG
   Fischer Favorites by atrifix
   Fischer 101 by rea
   fischer best games by brager
   Fischer's Finest by morphyvsfischer
   Bobby Fischer Rediscovered (Andy Soltis) by AdrianP
   Bobby Fischer's U.S. Championship Games by LionHeart40
   Games by Fisher by gothic

   Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858
   Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963
   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886

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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 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.

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

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 996  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. D Mayers vs Fischer 1-017 1953 Blitz GameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. J Altusky vs Fischer 0-18 1954 Offhand GameC71 Ruy Lopez
3. Fischer vs J Altusky 1-012 1954 Offhand GameE90 King's Indian
4. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
5. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
6. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
7. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
8. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
9. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
10. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
11. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½31 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
12. R Sobel vs Fischer 1-027 1956 Montreal CA-openA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
13. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-129 1956 US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. Fischer vs H Matthai ½-½108 1956 Montreal CA-openB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½36 1956 New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
16. B Owens vs Fischer ½-½43 1956 57th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
17. Fischer vs M Fox 0-162 1956 Montreal CA-openA07 King's Indian Attack
18. A Turner vs Fischer 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
19. Fischer vs S Popel ½-½38 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
20. K Blake vs Fischer 0-120 1956 Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
21. K Smith vs Fischer ½-½51 1956 57th US OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
22. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
23. Fischer vs W Stevens ½-½20 1956 57th US OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. E Nash vs Fischer 0-148 1956 WashingtonB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
25. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Havana simB32 Sicilian
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Sep-04-15  diceman: <...a young Tobey Maguire.> pre-birth.

Sep-04-15  diceman: <john barleycorn: < diceman: ...

He lost on time to Reshevsky in the 1956 Rosenwald. ...>

Losing on time to Reshevsky???

That sure took more than a miracle.>

...since it was round 6,
and the "Game of the Century" was round 8.

...the first "Game of the Century."

Sep-04-15  HeMateMe: I've always suspected that Spassky's last win in the match was arranged. Bob wouldn't have fallen for the simple tactics in that game that led to a loss.
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  MissScarlett: <Here is a blow by blow account of that critical hour on the 31st July 1972 by Prof. Christian Hesse.>

On behalf of Edward Winter, I'm compelled to ask: where did Hesse get his information from?

Sep-04-15  Sally Simpson: He seems on the level.

The links seem temperamental when posted here but if you google.

'Prof. Christian Hesse + fischer spassky'

It takes you parts 1-4 of 'A great moment in chess.'

Part 2 is abridged above.

This is the link to part 2.

It worked a few times but not now (on my kit it stops - possibly work firewall)

Sep-04-15  schweigzwang: <The Icelanders hired two look-alike actors to play out the match with games made up by Lothar Schmid.>

I *knew* it! First the alleged moon landing, then the Mets, then this.

Sep-04-15  diceman: <At 5:15 Paul Marshall, Fischer's lawyer in Reykjavik>

I wonder if Fischer liked this guy because he had a chess name? :)

Sep-04-15  fisayo123:

The tournament, from the barely visible poster, seems to be the 2nd Piatigorsky Cup. And Fischer, is playing "Ivanovic", is that meant to be Ivkov? In any event, that makes little sense since Ivkov was never "fourth best player in the world", using chessmetrics for instance or just common sense.

Anyway, I hope the movie has more to do with chess and way less to do with other stuff.

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  TheFocus: If anyone has seen <Pawn Sacrifice>, did they spend a lot of time on his 15-puzzle expertise?

Hey, they could do a whole movie just on that.

But who would play as Johnny Carson? (Please don't pick Leno, Letterman or O'Brian.)

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  TheFocus: Leno, Letterman and O'Brian.

Sounds like the divorce firm that took me for everything in my last divorce.

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  AylerKupp: <<diceman> I wonder if Fischer liked this guy because he had a chess name?>

No, Fischer liked Marshall because he was doing his work pro bono.

Sep-04-15  diceman: <fisayo123:

The tournament, from the barely visible poster, seems to be the 2nd Piatigorsky Cup. And Fischer, is playing "Ivanovic", is that meant to be Ivkov? In any event, that makes little sense since Ivkov was never "fourth best player in the world", using chessmetrics for instance or just common sense.>

Heh, heh,
on Fischer's right (with gray hair no less) is "Brent" Larsen!

Sep-04-15  diceman: <TheFocus: Leno, Letterman and O'Brian.

Sounds like the divorce firm that took me for everything in my last divorce.>

SelfMate, HelpMate, and CheckMate.

Sep-04-15  savagerules: What's with that clip of the upcoming movie? They used a fake chessplayer named Ivanovic who is apparently the number 3 player in the world and then the totally fictitious event where Fischer waits until a few seconds before being forfeited to make the first move against him. What's next is Boris Spassky going to be renamed also? Maybe they couldn't get clearance to use real names or something and Fischer in this clip looks more like the scrawny Karpov than the tall Fischer.
Sep-04-15  Petrosianic: You don't need clearance to use real names.
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  TheFocus: Hmmm.

Brent Larsen?

Barry Spassky?

Michael Botvinnik?

Vincent Smyslov?

Mikey Tallman?

David Bronson?

Larry Smith (referee).

It would sell much better with the Americans if you Anglicized the names.

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  Joshka: <TheFocus> Think it hits the movie houses tomorrow?
Sep-04-15  latvalatvian: As mentioned before I recently went to 25 psychologists about my mania for eradicating the chess computer engine from the face of the earth. I learned that ten of my psychologists had chess computers themselves and this made me think that defending myself was hopeless. But a day ago I was able to get four of the ten psychologists to turn over their chess computer to the nearest recycling depo. They are going to be recycled into plastic spoons. Now think of it: Topalov has a human mind, Carlsen has a human mind, Aronian has a human mind. You may think they are just computers and that it is a coincidence that they are also flesh and blood. Butt the best way to improve your chess (the only way) is to study annotated games between human beings. You may not be able to think like Carlsen within a week, but you might be able to emulate the thoughts of a local master within your area in a year or two. On the hand if you try to think like a computer, you are completely lost and might as well give up chess.
Sep-04-15  Jim Bartle: <Think it hits the movie houses tomorrow?>

Only if the projection and the sound is absolutely perfect. If the audience makes the slightest noise the projectionist will stop the film.

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  TheFocus: Movie theaters will not be selling candy as opening the wrappers would be too noisy.
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  Eggman: What's with the total absence of posts on this page from Aug 25 through Sept 1? Some kind of major purge of posts or something?
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  Joshka: I see no posts at all from August 25th, thru September 1st. Maybe there just weren't any?

Lots of posting during these days about the Sinquefeld Cup.

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  Joshka: Speaking of new films, Johnny Depp plays Whitey Bulger in "Black Mass" I used to live in some of the areas Bulger controlled around Boston back in the late 70's early 80's. The paradox was that his younger brother (Billy) was one of the top political leaders in Boston at that time, President of the Senate, very straight, kids didn't watch TV, all spoke Latin/ very strict Catholics, ect. Wonder if it was filmed in Boston? Recall a couple of years ago, they made a mob movie about Cleveland's Danny Green, and the bastards filmed it in Detroit!!!!LOL
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  harrylime: Geeeez what would RJF think of these pages ??!

lol lol Lol

Sep-04-15  HeMateMe: He'd ban you, straight off, Harry.

I do hope the Bulger movie is better than that overwrought mess directed by Martin Scorsese, with Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Walhberg. The movie was 45 minutes too long.

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