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Robert James Fischer
Fischer 
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 1,052
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785

Overall record: +420 -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 (195) 
    B90 B32 B88 B44 B77
 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 (50) 
    B11 B10 B18 B13 B14
 French Winawer (45) 
    C19 C18 C16 C15 C17
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (117) 
    E80 E62 E97 E60 E67
 Sicilian (115) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 Sicilian Najdorf (77) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E45 E46 E40 E43 E51
 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
   Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 0-1
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 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 1963/64 (1963)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Skopje (1967)
   Netanya (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (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?]
   -ER Fischer 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 demirchess
   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

GAMES ANNOTATED BY FISCHER: [what is this?]
   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886
   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 1,052  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 Franklin Saksena 1-0221955Lincoln ch-US jrC53 Giuoco Piano
12. Fischer vs S Baron 1-0531956New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
13. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-1521956New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
14. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0531956New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
15. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½361956New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
17. Fischer vs J A Casado ½-½481956Simul, 12bB32 Sicilian
18. Fischer vs E Nash 0-1511956US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
19. K Blake vs Fischer 0-1201956Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
20. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-1291956US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
21. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143195657th US OpenB20 Sicilian
22. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
23. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45195657th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
24. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
25. B E Owens vs Fischer ½-½43195657th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,052  PGN Download
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May-15-18  Everett: <TheFocus> I actually played a few tournaments at the Mechanics Institute (mill bank library) back in the early 2000s
May-30-18  Joshka: <Marmot PFL> Well one can't play a long time if the Professional Chess (FIDE) structure in place doesn't want your participation. The Soviet Union got it's way and title back. They knew they were not going to get it back playing Fischer fair and over the board.
May-30-18  ClockPunchingMonkey: Fischer could have played chess. It would have taken about 5 minutes to arrange a match with Gligoric for at least a million dollars in prize money. He could have called it the Fischer Chess League or something.
May-30-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: bill gates plays chess, there was that little exhibition game with magnus carlsen. I think Gates paid $10M or some such obscene number for a notebook of original De Vinci drawings.

With that in mind, the willingness to spend money on art, it's a shame that Gates, with all of his money, doesn't sponsor an annual GM event. They could have it in Seattle. Heck, chess players will go ANYWHERE for money. They could have the event on the ferry in the Puget Sound.

May-30-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <Joshka: <Diocletian> I've had my copy on eBay for months, finally dropped it down to 250. No takers. There's one guy who has been trying to sell it for 405 for almost a year. Good luck, you'll need it;-) Which brings me to something, why doesn't www.chessgames.com have a forum where we can swap and shop items? Since we all have chess related material we'd draw from the biggest pool of chess lovers?>

<Joshka> If you are on Facebook, you could try the <Chess Book Collectors> group. I have bought some really good books there from other members; the best catch was a complete set of Averbakh's endgame series in mint condition.

May-30-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: I would think ChessBookForum chessforum could be used for any/all matters related to books.
May-31-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: Hi <HeMateMe>. Even more. $30.8m for the Codex Leicester, in 1994. You could say it worked out cheap for 72 pages! Yes, a little bit of that kind of money would be good.
Jun-22-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Omnipotent00001: Dr. Charles Krauthammer was a Harvard-trained psychiatrist

http://bobbyfischer.net/bobby23.html

Jun-25-18  The Kings Domain: It's unfortunate that Chessgames is deleting pages from the players' forums. They should bring the pages back, it's part of the site's history.
Jun-25-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <The Kings Domain> The pages are not "deleted", these are archived

Go to page 1 of the kbitzing and you'll see anything prior is found under archived kbitzing

Jun-25-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: <I am donating my chess library to Marshall Chess Club, but I'm going to pull out the pamphlet "I was Tortured in the Pasadena Jailhouse" as I see it is selling for $375 at Amazon. Soon it will be $1000. I paid a few dollars for it long ago.>

Worth about $200. Supply is limited - but so is demand.

Jun-25-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: You Geeks on this site ..

What do you think Bobby would think of you posting on this page and other fanboy pages like this on this site ?

Jun-25-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: <The Kings Domain: It's unfortunate that Chessgames is deleting pages from the players' forums. They should bring the pages back, it's part of the site's history.>

This site is BONKERS regarding HISTORICAL CONTEXT ...

It will give more space to some chess amateur from deepest Siberia over Robert Fischer...

Clueless.

Tho any kid who's recently put up a decent grade is up there on a par with Keres and Smyslov.. lol lol lol

The whole site is a joke .

Jun-25-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nosnibor: <Zanzibar> I find it hard to believe that Fischer in his writing concerning the 10 best players in the World had stated that Steinitz was 30 years older than Chigorin when the age difference was only 14 years. This was following a quote by Steinitz after his victory over Chigorin in their World Championship Match when Steinitz stated that age has triumphed over youth.
Jun-25-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: <Nosnibor: <Zanzibar> I find it hard to believe that Fischer in his writing concerning the 10 best players in the World had stated that Steinitz was 30 years older than Chigorin when the age difference was only 14 years. This was following a quote by Steinitz after his victory over Chigorin in their World Championship Match when Steinitz stated that age has triumphed over youth.>

lol lol lol

ZANZIBAR is THE source of ALL things BOBBY on this page !

lol lol lol lol

Jun-25-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: And <harry> for all things BOOBY!

* * * * *

<Nosnibor> I don't remember noticing that wrinkle, but the post was a while back. Thanks for the note about it, I'll have a refresh.

Jun-27-18  The Kings Domain: morfishine: Thanks.
Jun-27-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <<harrylime> What do you think Bobby would think of you posting on this page and other fanboy pages like this on this site ?>

I don't recall him objecting to what us geeks post on this page and others.

Jun-27-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <<harrylime> The whole site is a joke.>

So why to you keep posting and posting over and over again? What would Fischer think of you posting on this page and other fanboy pages like this on this site ?

Jun-27-18  Absentee: <AylerKupp>

You do love lost causes, eh?

Jun-27-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: <AylerKupp: <<harrylime> The whole site is a joke.>

So why to you keep posting and posting over and over again? What would Fischer think of you posting on this page and other fanboy pages like this on this site ?>

What is YOUR post count on this site ??

I bet it's more than mine ! lol lol lol

I AM ROBERT FISCHER on these pages...

ok ?

lol lol

Jun-27-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: <<harrylime:>What is YOUR post count on this site ??

I bet it's more than mine ! lol lol lol>

I'll take that bet.
<harrylime has kibitzed 24423 times to chessgames>

<AylerKupp has kibitzed 11152 times to chessgames>

Jun-27-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <<Absentee> You do love lost causes, eh?

Sure. It may be a sad commentary on my life but that's the way it goes.

Jun-27-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <<harrylime> I AM ROBERT FISCHER on these pages...>

Well, that explains a lot.

Jun-27-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <<Diademas> I'll take that bet.>

You left out the lol lol ... Leave it to <harrylime> to make a bet without checking something that's so easy to do. I hope that the amount that he bet is not more than what he can afford to lose.

Than again, it depends on how "post count" is calculated. If one considers non-duplicated posts where different ideas are presented and discussed then <harrylime>'s "post count" goes down by a significant factor since all he mostly does is regurgitate the same thing over and over again.

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