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The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 997
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.
      244 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
   Fischer vs Benko, 1963 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1
   Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 0-1
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1958 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Skopje (1967)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Netanya (1968)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Zurich (1959)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   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
   Bjelica_125 by Gottschalk
   -ER by fredthebear
   Russians versus Fischer by Anatoly21
   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

   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 997  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. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
5. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
6. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
7. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
8. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
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. Fischer vs H Matthai ½-½108 1956 Montreal CA-openB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-129 1956 US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
15. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½36 1956 New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
16. B E Owens vs Fischer ½-½43 1956 57th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
17. Fischer vs E Nash 0-151 1956 US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
18. Fischer vs M Fox 0-162 1956 Montreal CA-openA07 King's Indian Attack
19. A Turner vs Fischer 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
20. Fischer vs S Popel ½-½38 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
21. K Blake vs Fischer 0-120 1956 Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
22. K Smith vs Fischer ½-½51 1956 57th US OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
23. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
24. Fischer vs W Stevens ½-½20 1956 57th US OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. E Nash vs Fischer 0-148 1956 WashingtonB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
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  Joshka: <AylerKupp> This was the first time I had seen this interview with Patti describing her meeting with Fischer. I read somewhere a few months ago that her description was all made up?? This was supposed to be from the person who was acting as Bobby's body guard in Iceland when Patti was there? Anyway, her story seems very plausible, what would she have to gain by inventing a story like that? Based on her interview I'd have to bet the details she described seem very real/truthful.
May-22-16  HeMateMe: but why would a meeting take place at all? Is she a chess enthusiast? I think she grew up on Long Island or New Jersey, not too far from NYC. It's possible she read about Fischer's exploits while growing up. Perhaps she's a closet Bobby fan, without knowing anything about chess? All things are possible.

Anyway, I think we can all agree that Fischer is the smartest homeless man ever.

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  AylerKupp: <Joshka> Her story certainly does not seem implausible, at least not to me. I even checked when Fischer moved to Iceland (2005) and when the story supposedly happened (2007) so there is no inconsistency there. I also don't know what she would gain by inventing a story like that since I doubt that many chess players would be induced to buy her new book, "M-Train", where the story was told, regardless of whether it was true or not. So I have no reason to doubt her.
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  MissScarlett: < I even checked when Fischer moved to Iceland (2005) and when the story supposedly happened (2007) so there is no inconsistency there.>

Superb detective work.

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  Joshka: <AylerKupp> Agree 100%
May-22-16  HeMateMe: I heard that John Lennon and Yoko had him over at the Dakota for tea and to discuss conspiracy theories.

If enough people say something, it becomes true...

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  perfidious: <HMM....If enough people say something, it becomes true...>

Or if a falsehood regarding race, religion or other personal aspects is uttered often enough by the same poster(s) over at names need be mentioned.

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  AylerKupp: <MissScarlett> Why thank you. It's nice to know that my skills are noticed and sppreciated. :-)
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  MissScarlett: I have no idea who Patti Smith is.
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  harrylime: <MissScarlett: I have no idea who Patti Smith is.>

I hope you are joking ... lol

Get your ass in the cafe and complete your top ten .

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  MissScarlett: Well, I've heard the name, but without using Google, I couldn't tell you anything about her, except perhaps that she's a singer.
May-22-16  Howard: Strange coincidence! I was listening to a May, 1978 AT40 show this morning on the radio, and they had the song "Because the night" by Patti Smith Group.
May-22-16  HeMateMe: She was relevant for about 3 years, late 70s, first chick singer to look dirty and unkept, and shout at the audience, and crawl around on stage on all fours (but not use profanity). Think: Beatnik with a band behind her. When you're first, you get notoriety.

I think she "jumped the shark" when she covered the Who's My Generation.

May-22-16  drnooo: gobble gobble gobble, anyone believing fischer's intelligence to range beyond a great memory with little usefullness is pretty stupid themselves. You don't hire somebody like Evans to do your asides on your 60 memorable games if you have a sparkling English. Why can't we just say he played a pretty decent game of chess without going overboard. In fact it may be that he was so downright stupid in other areas that he HAD to compensate in chess. In further point of fact maybe someone can tell me other than winning the championship was there ever ONE smart thing he ever did. Maybe getting married in the Philippines, was about it. But other than that his life was almost an unmitigated farrago, the poor lad.
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  AylerKupp: <<MissScarlett> I have no idea who Patti Smith is.>

Oh, why didn't you say so? Here is a sample: She may not be to your taste but to each their own.

And, just to further confuse you, here's a sample of Patty Smyth ("y"s instead of "i"s): Maybe not to your taste either but don't you just love the hair on the guys?

May-22-16  zanzibar: <<MissScarlett> I have no idea who Patti Smith is.>

I have personally seen her do unspeakable things with a clarinet.

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  diceman: <MissScarlett: I have no idea who Patti Smith is.>

You never heard of the "Smith" Morra?

<Howard: Strange coincidence! I was listening to a May, 1978 AT40 show this morning on the radio, and they had the song "Because the night" by Patti Smith Group.>

Now that we know she "does" chess:

"Because the Knight."

May-23-16  Howard: Horrible pun, diceman !
May-23-16  zanzibar:

May-24-16  HeMateMe: Bob: So Patti, you're about the same age as me--what kind of music do you like?

Patti: A bit of everything, Bobby. Motown, soul, the Velvets, Stones. How about you?

Bob: I like Motown, too. Sam and Dave, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye.

Patti: Hey, that's great. Growing up in Brooklyn did you ever get the crap beat out of you if sang that stuff at the YMCA or went to an R & B club to hear it live?

Bob: Oh, I was really too young to actually visit a club. Just heard the stuff on my radio, in my room. What was it like for you in Brooklyn? Born there?

Patti: No, I grew up in Jersey and had to escape. I was thrown out of the house by my mother because I refused to wear underwear or makeup. I still feel that way.

Bob: Well, was music always a part of your life?

Patti: Art, more so. Robert Maplethorpe and I shared a hovel over at the Heights. He became a famous photographer. the Heights--It's a yuppie area now, but we had a place for $60/month, back in the day. It was infested, but that just gave it a more bohemian feel, you know? Like--your art could grow more if suffered a bit?

Bob: I suppose....Maplethorpe--is that a jewish name?

Patti: I don't think so--heck, it sounds as WASPY as "Suzie Creamcheese!"

Bob: Who?

Patti: Oh, just a joke. I was referencing a Frank zappa song.

Bob: Was he in the Temptations?

Patti: Anyway, Robert and I were followed around Brooklyn by the FBI. We didn't have it easy.

Bob: The FBI!! Holy SH...Shamkovich!

Patti: What?

Bob: oh, never mind. I had run ins with people too. What did the FBI want with you and your boyfriend?

Patti: He joined a pseudo 1950s communist party group, the Sleeping Democrats. Their manifesto was that you should always be able to sleep anywhere you wanted, even if it was somebody else's house. Some people thought he was a communist.

Bob: he was a Jewish communist?

Patti Who said he was Jewish? What's wrong with you Bobby?

Bob: Well, I thought all artists were Jews, it comes with the territory?

Patti: Oh geez.....

Bob: What did you say to them?

Patti: Say to who?

Bob: The FBI. When they came to talk to the Jewish photographer, what did you say?

Patti: Oh man, he's not--Anyway, I told the FBI "I have NOTHING to say to you."

Bob: WHAT....?

Patti: That's what I told them. Mape's was always sleeping off a fix or out selling his butt on street corners to get the rent money for us. He was never home when the FBI came. I just told them "I have NOTHING to say to you."

Bob: That's wonderful!

Patti: It is?

Bob: Well, I just feel that....I feel that I have such a karma with out, you know, like we're two kindred souls.

Patti: Well, I guess I sort of feel something, Bobby....

Bob: I've got an idea. Well reform the Sugar Cubes, and you can sing the parts that Bjork sang--can you do that? I'll be the guy that sang into the walkie talkie. I can handle that.

Patti: Bobby, I was really just a performance artist. My voice wouldn't win third prize at the Goose county 4H competition, you know?

Bob: Well, there must be something we can do together?

Patti: How about a nice game of Monopoly, Bobby?

Bob: Are you calling me a Jew?

Patti: Listen Bobby, we have to talk about some things....

May-24-16  zanzibar: <Holy SH...Shamkovich!>

Holy crap, that's a keeper.

HMM did you make all that up?! Very creative.

May-24-16  HeMateMe: she really did live in a hovel with maplethorpe.
May-24-16  HeMateMe: < zanzibar: > and, thanks. I do my best to write a bit, here and there.
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  TheFocus: <HeMateMe>, as a writer also, I have to say that was awesome!! And it was very believable.
May-25-16  zanzibar: <And it was very believable.>

Yes indeed. At the end I was feeling sorry for Bobby, thinking "this guy's really got some problems"!

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