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The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 993
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.
      240 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (182) 
    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) 
    E62 E80 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
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956 0-1
   R 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 Tal, 1961 1-0
   Fischer vs Benko, 1963 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)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Netanya (1968)
   Skopje (1967)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Bled (1961)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   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
   Games by Fisher by gothic
   Bobby Fischer's Road to the World Championship by WeakSquare
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 1) by Anatoly21

   Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858
   R 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 (citizen of 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, becoming the youngest player ever to do so.

Fischer's victory qualified him for the 1958 Portorož Interzonal. 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 Candidates tournament, held in Bled/Zagreb/Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 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 (1963) he achieved the only perfect score (11-0) in the history of the tournament.

In 1962, he won the Stockholm Interzonal 2½ points ahead of Efim Geller and Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian. This made him one of the favorites to win the Candidates Tournament at Curaçao, but he only finished fourth, behind Petrosian, Geller, and Paul Keres.

In a famous article in Sports Illustrated, 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 1967 Sousse Interzonal, but left it while leading, because of a scheduling dispute occasioned by Fischer's refusal to play on Saturday, his Sabbath.

In 1970 he won the Palma de Mallorca Interzonal by a record 3½ points. The following year, he shocked the chess world by sweeping the Fischer-Taimanov Candidates Match (1971) and the Fischer-Larsen Candidates Match (1971) by identical 6-0 scores. 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 beat Petrosian 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 vanished 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, which he won 10-5 with 15 draws. This action allegedly 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 993  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 D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
5. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
6. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
7. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
8. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
9. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
10. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
11. Fischer vs W Stevens ½-½20 1956 57th US OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. E Nash vs Fischer 0-148 1956 WashingtonB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
13. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Havana simB32 Sicilian
14. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. Fischer vs M Pavey ½-½35 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
16. Fischer vs A Di Camillo 1-041 1956 Washington D.C.C78 Ruy Lopez
17. S Bernstein vs Fischer 0-133 1956 Montreal CA-openD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Shainswit vs Fischer ½-½27 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
19. Bisguier vs Fischer 1-033 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
20. Fischer vs N Hurttlen ½-½14 1956 Eastern States opC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Fischer vs Seidman 1-039 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyA07 King's Indian Attack
22. E W Marchand vs Fischer 0-155 1956 WashingtonA15 English
23. Fischer vs S Bernstein ½-½56 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyC70 Ruy Lopez
24. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45 1956 57th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
25. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-152 1956 New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 993  PGN Download
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Feb-24-15  lamont: ###

Fischer Island, Noo Yawk !!
(just off Long Island in the Sound.

Feb-24-15  lamont: ###
hEmATEmE ~

'Twas Noo Yawk that produced a bushel
& a peck of great chess players,
nicht Chicago.

Yr/ IF
lacks any nutritive sap.

Feb-24-15  lamont: ###

hEmATEmE ~

Yr/ 'Robert William "Bobby" Fischer
is as apposite to any threads
as a lady-bug's fart.

Feb-25-15  fedalio: Bobby's appearance on the 1972 Bob Hope Christmas Special is uploaded to YouTube.

What a guy!

Feb-25-15  savagerules: First time I saw the whole Bob Hope segment. You could tell Fischer was a little bit flustered by the illegal moves from Hope even though it was just a skit. At least the board was set up right at the start. The best part was Fischer saying Money! Money! Money! I wonder how long this video will stay up before getting pulled for copyright violations.
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  optimal play: That skit's hilarious!

The chess genius meets the comedy genius.

Bob Hope wearing the Russian hat and with the vodka bottle! lol

“There are no cameras, are there?”

“Where'd you train?” “At the potato chip factory!”

He was a good sport, Bobby. He seemed to have a good sense of humour.

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  Joshka: <he seemed to have a good sense of humor> well see, that's it..he DID have a keen sense of humor, listen to Seirawan and others who spent time with him, they all say the same thing!!.it was just the press, who tore into Bobby and tried to make him appear stupid, and not so like a guy like Hope probably 40 years Bobby's senior.......and he knew how to approach Bobby....Hope and Cavett.....and Carson did so as well........Bobby displayed a true sense of humor.......props to Bob Hope for bringing out a side of Bobby folks never realized was in him!!!.....I have this on DVD and have not seen it for awhile, so thanks for posting!!!
Feb-26-15  Howard: If I'm not mistaken, a high school classmate of mine lives in that town, plus another classmate of mine used to live there. The latter just moved to the Cleveland area.
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  MissScarlett: Hope's pretty funny for a Gentile:
Feb-26-15  HeMateMe: that's a great clip of Fischer. One comment, below at utube:

<I remember watching this show. On this program, and in every televised interview I'd ever seen of him, Bobby Fischer seemed like a very likeable guy. That was long before he lost his marbles. Thanks for the posting.>

Well, that does raise the question, why did he go off the deep end? It seemed that he had mellowed with age, at least a bit more polite than as a kid. Maybe he really did have Asperger's, and after removing chess from his life there was no foundation to keep him on the straight and narrow.

Feb-26-15  todicav23: Interview with So:

When asked about the comparisons to Fischer, So was quietly pleased. “Becoming world champion is any serious player’s dream,” he said, “and being mentioned in the same breath with Bobby Fischer is big. I have always deeply admired Fischer’s games. <I think he was the best player ever>.”

Feb-27-15  ljfyffe: <Petrosianic> A bit, perhaps, but I did research on Zukertort in Canada for Hilbert's Writings in Chess History, and Zukertort's dedication to the game cannot be denied.
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  Joshka: allright, here's the guy I saw in a photo a couple of years ago, that was a dead ringer for Bobby:........what do you guys think??

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  Joshka: Scrowl down and when you see this group photo, you'll think Bobby's been resurrected!;-)

Feb-27-15  HeMateMe: He could play bob in the movies.
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  Joshka: allright, remember the photo of Bobby from Argentina when he was riding a horse with the "gaucho's" on that ranch??.......was a Life magazine photo shoot from that famous photographer Harry Benson I believe, now look at Nick Steen in this production still photo!!??

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  juan31: It Is strange i dont remember any citizen of his country to defend him, now it seems that are many, unfortunately it's to late. Here in Mexico a country of the " third world" whit many problems, each year are various events in the largest public university of the country, that remembers him for his contribution to the chess.
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  Joshka: <juan31> well being from Mexico, you know that if you try to speak Espanol, you in dear yourself to the folks who speak Espanol, and just about any other language you try. I recall spending a few months in Colombia with my first wife, the locals treaded me so well I was embarrassed at times, and they loved it when I attempted to communicate in their native tongue. They even had a chess club called 'The Fischer Club" back there in 1984 when I was there. From what I have read during Bobby's 'wilderness' years Bobby often visited Mexico, too practice his Spanish.

He loved Argentina, too...and paled around with GM Quinteros for awhile right after he became World Champion. Conducted hundreds of exhibitions in Argentina right after the Petrosian match in 1971. I would say Bobby was right at home with the wonderful and warm-hearted Spanish speaking folks for sure!! No, here in the USA, folks are not kind at all to his legend, our USCF did not even back Bobby when he attempted to arrange a match with Karpov. GM Larry Evans threw him under the bus as well. Quinteros wants to put out a book on his times traveling around with Bobby, we'll see. If there will ever be a 'Fischer Memorial Tournament' won't be on USA soil, probably South American.

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  cro777: A recent study (Analysis of World Chess Champion Opening Repertoires) confirms that Fischer was sui generis ("one of a kind"). Dana Mackenzie: "Maybe by the year 2050, we’ll once again have a truly Fischer-like world champion!"

A statistician Rob Weir did a principal component analysis of the opening repertoire of all 20 world champions (including Khalifman, Kasimdzhanov and Ponomariov). He extracted games from all World Chess Champions and calculated the percentage of the games for each player in each ECO code.

According to the study, Fischer was the only world champion who did not evolve from his predecessors. He was sui generis.

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  OhioChessFan: <cro> what exactly do the x and y coordinates indicate in that graph? I am missing something here. I understand the discussion and all, but what makes the openings/players end up in that specific spot? I feel like there's a lot of gobbeldy gook to get through and yet they don't get around to explaining in simple terms what the axes mean.
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  cro777: <OCF> Rob Weir used data mining software, the computational process of discovering patterns in large data sets (in this case a database of chess games). He extracted games from all World Chess Champions and calculated the percentage of the games for each player in each ECO code. So each player’s opening repertoire is represented as a vector of 500 weights, summing to 1.0.

He then used this software to extract principle components from the dataset.

The first two components extracted

- closed/open games preference (horizontal axis)

- time (vertical axis).

together represent around 42% of the total variance.

The graph is constructed by plotting the champions against these two dimensions.

If you know the open/closed games preference of any world champion and the era in which he played, you have 42 percent of the available information about his ECO code vector. The only exception is Fischer. In statistical jargon, he is an outlier (an observation that is well outside of the expected range of values, someone who stands apart from others of his group).

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  OhioChessFan: I was okay with the horizontal axis. I don't follow the vertical where the oldest players are near the bottom, then upward arc to the Euwe era, then Vishy back near the bottom, and Fischer as close to the bottom as Steinitz.

And I don't see how that axis applies to the Opening Codes.

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  offramp: <Joshka: <juan31> well being from Mexico, you know that if you try to speak Espanol, you in dear yourself to the folks who speak Espanol, and just about any other language you try...>

"In dear", is that English?

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  zanzibar: Has this made the rounds?

Mar-04-15  HeMateMe: nice collection of Fischer reflections.

F. Olaffson:

"So on another occasion, because I had been
playing in the Turin Olympiad in 2006, and we were discussing this Olympiad, and <I told him that there was some kind of a poll about the most beautiful female chess player in the Olympiad, and we went through all the photos published on the internet.> And I think, I don’t remember exactly what his pick was as the most beautiful woman of that Olympiad. But she was from Africa and he told me that he very much liked ethnic women. We had found this photo then. He wanted very much to look at her games, and we did. We had found a few games and we looked at these games. But I would also tell you, because my wife met him a few times, and he was very gentlemanlike, the old fashioned way, if I may"

Wasn't Nigel Short also talking about he Olympiad beauty contest on his page here, and at Chessbase, or was that a different year?

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