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Robert James Fischer
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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (200) 
    B90 B32 B88 B44 B57
 Ruy Lopez (122) 
    C92 C69 C95 C97 C98
 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 E34
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D86 D79 D98 D80 D90
 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)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Skopje (1967)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   US Championship (1966)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Netanya (1968)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Bled (1961)
   Zurich (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
   Russians versus Fischer by Anatoly21
   Bjelica_125 by Gottschalk
   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 101 by Parkov

GAMES ANNOTATED BY FISCHER: [what is this?]
   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886
   Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970
   Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan, 1962
   >> 16 GAMES ANNOTATED BY FISCHER


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ROBERT JAMES FISCHER
(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 http://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...

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. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½361956New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
13. Fischer vs S Baron 1-0531956New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
14. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-1521956New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
15. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0531956New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
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
 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,051  PGN Download
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Jan-04-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <MissScarlett: <For most of 2017, I have been writing 12-16 hours a day.> Then another 3-4 hours making corrections.>

You're cute, sweetheart.

I notice you have added some corrections to some posts I did.

Just remember, the majority of the corrections you are making are for mistakes made by other writers. I just happen to repeat what they have written, trusting that they do their personal research better.

But I do appreciate the work that you do. You are top-notch. Not as good as me, but you may make it one day. Anyway, I will have to add your real name before publication if you want the credit. Throughout some of my books I inputted "credit goes to <MissScarlett> of CeeGee for this find."

How is your Capablanca coming along?

Jan-04-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: I'm working feverishly on it 12-16 minutes a day. At which rate, it'll be finished somewhere over the rainbow.
Jan-04-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Take all the time you need. We all work at our own pace.
Jan-04-18
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  MissScarlett: Remind me - where do the Fischer games/papers held by the Marshall CC come from? Are they related to the 'mega-robbery at Bekins'? I know Donaldson addresses this, but that information isn't to hand.
Jan-04-18  todicav23: <Petrosianic: <TheFocus>: <For most of 2017, I have been writing 12-16 hours a day.>

You can do that for a year or more. You can't do it permanently, and I doubt you intend to. If you wanted to write the rest of your life, you'd eventually throttle back to something more manageable. And if you couldn't, if it were somehow a matter of 12-16 hours a day, every day for the rest of your life, or nothing at all, then it would eventually be nothing. I'm afraid that's what happened to Fischer.>

Many scientists are known to be very hard workers. According to wikipedia "Tesla claimed that he worked from 3 a.m. to 11 p.m., no Sundays or holidays except". It is also known that he worked until his death, at 86.

Euler is "widely considered to be the most prolific mathematician of all time". He worked for many years after he was rendered totally blind.

There are people that can work 12-16 hours a day (or more), 300 days a year (or more), for many years (or even their whole lives).

I don't think Fischer burned out. After he won the title in 1972 he said that he felt he has not played enough chess (you can find the interview on youtube) and he was planning to play more. I think his problem was that he could not make compromises anymore. He felt that he single handedly raised the popularity of chess and he was entitled to dictate the "rules" of the game. Maybe this is not the main reason why he stopped playing chess but it is one of the reasons.

Jan-04-18
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  TheFocus: <MissScarlett: Remind me - where do the Fischer games/papers held by the Marshall CC come from?>

From Fischer's brother in law, Russell Targ.

Jan-04-18
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  zanzibar: Wait, wait, I got another one!

<<TheFocus> For most of 2017, I have been writing 12-16 hours a day.>

Yeah, but what do you do when you're not on <CG>?!

Jan-04-18  fedalio: <TheFocus> these are the papers Brady refers to in his second Fischer book?
Jan-04-18
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  TheFocus: <Zanzibar> <Yeah, but what do you do when you're not on <CG>?!>

Sleep. Sleep some more. And then I nap.

Jan-04-18
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  TheFocus: <fedalio: <TheFocus> these are the papers Brady refers to in his second Fischer book?>

Sorry, but I don't recall it from ENDGAME. Do you have a page number or section?

Jan-06-18
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  MissScarlett: <From Fischer's brother in law, Russell Targ.>

Oh yes, that's right. Any idea if the papers were donated or was a fee involved? Have the Marshall explicitly stated that some or all of the papers are for sale? Have you approached them to gain access as Donaldson did?

< I will have to add your real name before publication if you want the credit. Throughout some of my books I inputted "credit goes to <MissScarlett> of CeeGee for this find.>

I am hoping, in time, to be <Mrs. Harry Lime>.

Jan-06-18
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  TheFocus: <MissScarlett: <From Fischer's brother in law, Russell Targ.>

<Oh yes, that's right. Any idea if the papers were donated or was a fee involved?>

It has been more than six months since I last read it, but I think donated, maybe with it used as a tax write-off, but I could be mistaken.

<Have the Marshall explicitly stated that some or all of the papers are for sale?>

That is what I recall.

<Have you approached them to gain access as Donaldson did?>

No. New York trip not happening this year.

<I am hoping, in time, to be <Mrs. Harry Lime>.

A girl has to have her dreams.

Jan-07-18
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  Petrosianic: <todicav23>: <I don't think Fischer burned out. After he won the title in 1972 he said that he felt he has not played enough chess (you can find the interview on youtube) and he was planning to play more. I think his problem was that he could not make compromises anymore.>

I see what you're saying, and it's possible. The problem I see with that is that there are plenty of matches he could have played without making any compromises at all, like the Gligoric match, and he walked out of those too.

Are you aware of the plan Fischer had with Quinteros in the mid 80's. They were going to go to South Africa to play exhibitions and give lectures in violation of FIDE's rule against playing in that country. It was another sanctions-busting case, like Sveti Stefan, only better because it wouldn't have gotten him in any legal trouble. In the end, Fischer backed out at the last minute, Quinteros went alone, and got banned from international play for a year or so for it. This would have been the absolutely ideal gig for Fischer. FIDE wouldn't dare ban him, and even if they did, so what? He wasn't going to play anyway.

Jan-07-18  drnooo: He was nuts. Period. The Russians were almost as crazy. Had they called his bluff, and given into his last demand he would have come up with some other loony excuse. He can just be glad "Spassky let him play on...or that would have been the end of The Legend right there. His let games with Spassky in the second match showed his deterioration as both a player and sanity. For me he ceased to be of any interest once he made all those stupid demands for a rematch. By then he was clearly done.
Jan-09-18
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  WorstPlayerEver: <drnooo>

Are you Jeremy Schaap?

Jan-09-18
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  harrylime: drnooo: He was nuts. Period. The Russians were almost as crazy. Had they called his bluff, and given into his last demand he would have come up with some other loony excuse. He can just be glad "Spassky let him play on...or that would have been the end of The Legend right there. His let games with Spassky in the second match showed his deterioration as both a player and sanity. For me he ceased to be of any interest once he made all those stupid demands for a rematch. By then he was clearly done.>

RJF is a combined James Dean/Jim Morrison of chess .. with a little Paul Morrphy and Capa thrown in . . lol

Thus these pages, his page, attracts ALL KINDS Of GRAFFITI ...

The good..

The bad ..

and the Ugly...

SADDOS will post on the net and social meeeedja ...

RJF is the greatest chess player of ALL TIME ... there really is no discussion ere ... x

Jan-09-18  todicav23: 60 years since Fischer won his first US Championship:

https://en.chessbase.com/post/60-ye...

Jan-10-18
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: The TV show "The Amazing Race" just had the contestants go to Iceland. I was hoping that the people in charge of the show were going to make the contestants visit Bobby Fischer's grave, but it didn't happen.
Jan-15-18
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  diceman: <todicav23:

60 years since Fischer won his first US Championship:>

It was 60 years ago today, Sgt. Fischer
taught the US to play.

Jan-15-18
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  AylerKupp: I don’t know if anyone has seen this but it's Bobby Fischer meets Bob Hope, post 1972 Spassky match. Fischer is a great straight man. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSW...
Jan-15-18  Ilkka Salonen: Anniversary of the death of Bobby Fischer is coming soon and I thought I could mention some facts about him, since lots of people like to label him crazy. I don't mean I would agree with everything he said. It's just there are some things to consider. Fischer was a person, who was harassed by FBI since childhood, since his mother had lived in Moscow and was sort of an activist. At one instance his mother lied to a social worker about sleeping with his official father, Fischer, in Mexico. And this under FBI scrutiny.
Jan-15-18
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  Petrosianic: <Fischer was a person, who was harassed by FBI since childhood,>

As far as we know, he never was. It was later discovered that they had a secret file on his mom, but that's not the same thing as if the FBI had shaken Fischer down for his lunch money or anything. Lack of a father figure is probably responsible for more dmage in his life than the presence of an FBI figure.

Jan-15-18  fedalio: <the focus> <fedalio: <TheFocus> these are the papers Brady refers to in his second Fischer book?> Sorry, but I don't recall it from ENDGAME. Do you have a page number or section

In the bibliography he cites letters from Regina/Bobby many times, annotating Marshall Chess Foundation so I guess they are.

Jan-15-18
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  TheFocus: <fedalio> Thanks. The papers have plenty of unreleased Fischer game-scores. Donaldson listed them, but was unable to make copies.

But the Marshall may never release them. The Marshall CC has the right to do with them as they see fit, but I doubt they will ever make any money from them. Certainly not as much as they want.

I know a couple of collectors that could possibly afford them, but they will not buy them as it is not interesting enough for them.

I am also wondering why David DeLucia has not bought them. I have not asked him why.

Jan-15-18
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  harrylime: <TheFocus: <fedalio> Thanks. The papers have plenty of unreleased Fischer game-scores. Donaldson listed them, but was unable to make copies. But the Marshall may never release them. The Marshall CC has the right to do with them as they see fit, but I doubt they will ever make any money from them. Certainly not as much as they want.

I know a couple of collectors that could possibly afford them, but they will not buy them as it is not interesting enough for them.

I am also wondering why David DeLucia has not bought them. I have not asked him why.>

Hey <Focus> !

I thought you were dead man !

Nice to see you're still alive and postin !

I miss all your silly wacko posts in the caff .. lol lol

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