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Fischer 
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 994
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.
      241 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
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) 
    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)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Netanya (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Skopje (1967)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (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's Finest by morphyvsfischer
   fischer best games by brager
   Bobby Fischer Rediscovered (Andy Soltis) by AdrianP
   Bobby Fischer's U.S. Championship Games by LionHeart40
   Games by Fisher by gothic

GAMES ANNOTATED BY FISCHER: [what is this?]
   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
   >> 18 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 (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 (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 http://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...


 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 994  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 W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
5. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
6. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
7. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 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. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
11. Fischer vs S Baron 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
12. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143 1956 57th US OpenB20 Sicilian
13. Fischer vs Mednis ½-½40 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. J F Donovan vs Fischer 0-140 1956 57th US OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
15. Reshevsky vs Fischer 1-031 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
16. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
17. A Turner vs Fischer 1-050 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
18. Fischer vs Popovych 1-052 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½31 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
20. R Sobel vs Fischer 1-027 1956 Montreal CA-openA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
21. Fischer vs H Matthai ½-½108 1956 Montreal CA-openB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
22. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-129 1956 US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
23. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½36 1956 New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
24. B Owens vs Fischer ½-½43 1956 57th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
25. Fischer vs M Fox 0-162 1956 Montreal CA-openA07 King's Indian Attack
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Jul-16-15  Petrosianic: You see why it's a tough question, though. In the one sense, Cheparinov was putting another player's interests above his own, which is a bit dodgy. In the other sense, all he did was try to win his own game. So even if his motivations were a bit dodgy, his actions seem legit.
Jul-16-15  Sally Simpson: Hi Petrosianic,

I think the candidate matches were the correct way to go. There was too much funny business going in the candidate tournament with fellow countrymen agreeing to help each other. '62 proved that and Bronstein hints very strongly that something not to his liking happened in '53.

There again I'd like to see a world championship event every two years.

The defending champion has to win it again like they do in formula one.

I just don't like the world champion sitting back whilst the challenger has to hack through tough opposition just to play him.

You win the world cup at football, 4 years later you are back in the pot with the rest of the world who qualified. The world champions do not get an automatic place in the final waiting for a team to play 6 or 7 games to play them. They have earn their right to be in the final.

But this is just my humble opinion.

Jul-16-15  Petrosianic: <There was too much funny business going in the candidate tournament with fellow countrymen agreeing to help each other. '62 proved that>

I'm not sure that it did. Nothing happened there except the top players drawing among themselves and beating up on the weakies, the same as happens in too many GM tournaments. Had the top three slugged it out with each other, and, say Keres beat out the other two, then the only difference might have been Fischer finishing 5½ points out of first instead of 3½.

In any case, you're forgetting 1959, when Tal and Petrosian played four quick draws with each other. Fischer never tried to blame his failure on that, either because he liked Tal, or because it was just an excuse in 1962.

<I just don't like the world champion sitting back whilst the challenger has to hack through tough opposition just to play him.>

Why not? He had to do the exact same thing when he won the title himself.

Jul-17-15  bobthebob: <<I just don't like the world champion sitting back whilst the challenger has to hack through tough opposition just to play him.>

Why not? He had to do the exact same thing when he won the title himself.>

Carlsen pre-being world champion agreed with that.
Post-world champion, he changed his mind.

Go figure.

Jul-17-15
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  AylerKupp: <Petrosianic> Yup, you did say that Caruana was trying to win to break even. My bad. I guess I was having trouble reconciling in my mind that Caruana was below 0.500. :-)

But suppose it had been like I said, where Caruana was ½ point behind. Then the situation would have been different and Caruana would have been justified in going all out for the win and he probably would not have been criticized for doing so.

I don't know if the problem is the format. Yes, a tournament format has the possibility of collusion by countrymen to help one of the players win or, for that matter, two players that are good friends having one of them try to help the other win. I think that this situation can be alleviated by ensuring that countrymen meet each other in the early rounds, although I don't know what to do about friends. But I think that tournaments when several players are close to each other towards the end are more exciting, and I can't wait for a Candidates tournament when Kramnik goes all out on the last round to help Topalov win or vice versa. :-)

Jul-17-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: <AylerKupp> ahh, no apology needed, I'm guilty as well many times over. Mentioning Sheldon, his exchanges with Penny make me almost keel over with laughter. I'm forever hooked, I've had to purchase all the shows from the beginning and allow myself 4-5 hour marathons from time to time!

In regards to the match that didn't take place, I'm wondering if the written account of the negotiations will ever see the light of day. The only problem with releasing an official version of the events, is that all the officials get protected:-)

Chess Life and Review back in 1975, had the vote tally from country to country, but never touched the so called 179 demands from Bobby. Maybe records are sealed until 2075!:-)

Jul-17-15  Petrosianic: <But suppose it had been like I said, where Caruana was ½ point behind. Then the situation would have been different and Caruana would have been justified in going all out for the win and he probably would not have been criticized for doing so.>

Yeah, that's a much simpler instance. In that case, people would probably feel that the tie wasn't really a tie. Like suppose a situation where it's tied in the last round. Player A has to face the tail ender, and Player B has to face the guy in 3rd place. People might feel that B was only tied because he got the tail ender out of the way early, and that he would have been a half point behind if he hadn't, or something like that. You'd have far fewer problems there, as nobody could blame the 3rd place guy for trying to catch up.

<I don't know if the problem is the format. Yes, a tournament format has the possibility of collusion by countrymen to help one of the players win or, for that matter, two players that are good friends having one of them try to help the other win.>

Yeah, but even worse, there doesn't have to be any collusion at all. You'd still have situations where people thought there was.

And you'd still have situations where people played in weird ways. Like, remember the Needleman case a few years back? 7 players, 6 qualifying spots. 6 of the players drew easily against each other and played real games against Needleman (the one guy noticably weaker than the others).

Was there any collusion? No, there probably wasn't. The strategy was so obvious that there didn't need to be. But even if there wasn't, the tournament format encouraged a really distorted playing style that we don't want to see qualifying spots decided by.

<I think that this situation can be alleviated by ensuring that countrymen meet each other in the early rounds, although I don't know what to do about friends.>

Or enemies. Or bribes. The only place I like the tournament format is something like an Interzonal, where they have a lot of qualifying spots and the best guys are pretty assured of getting at least one of them.

<But I think that tournaments when several players are close to each other towards the end are more exciting>

Yeah, granted they're exciting. I do like tournaments, just not as qualifiers.

Jul-17-15
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  AylerKupp: <Joshka> Actually, my apology was meant as sarcasm to see if you were as bad at detecting it as I am. :-) Seriously, "Big Bang Theory" is one of my all-time favorite TV shows and I have seasons 1-6 and I put on a disc on the DVR each time I get on my stationary bike to help pass the time since laughter makes the time go quicker. And with a science background I think that I might enjoy it more than most people.

As far as a written account of the negotiations I suspect that's a lost cause. As you said, any "official" account is likely to be biased in favor of the participants so what's the point in that? Perhaps some day the truth will come to light but I fear that by that time I will be gone. Oh well, maybe I can take my Big Bang discs with me to help me pass eternity, particularly since I believe that they stand up well to heat.

Jul-17-15
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  Joshka: <AylerKupp> Well there ya go, you got me;-) I get so engrossed in the exchanges, that I just can't listen as fast they talk, so i must have on subtitles so I can enjoy the hilarious dialog.

I really would have thought that with Bobby's passing, some of this stuff would have been released. For example: The full video recording of the '72 Match, which I believe is still in a vault in Iceland. Also the full account of what happened at the "Pasadena Jailhouse". Also Bobby was busted in Japan prior to his 2004 arrest. Was held for a couple of weeks I believe. You wrote about something, where it was mentioned that Bobby didn't collect his share of the prize in the '92 Match? I saw that in the book as well, but most accounts I have seen, claim different. I've read numerous accounts where Bobby's half-sister Joan was involved and actually took and delivered the funds. Stories involving Bobby will be with us long after we are both gone. You seem like a good guy. You'll be sheltered from that 'heat';-)

Jul-19-15  Sally Simpson: Hi,

Spoke with Craig Pritchett again.

Cramer gave a presentation to the member countries in the shape of slide show putting forward Bobby's case for his demands/requests to be met.

Part of this show included a Playboy type centrefold of a naked lady with chess pieces strategically placed.

I'm always up for a piece of fun but this may not have gone down too well with the female representatives or the countries of a less liberal nature.

Possibly never affected the final decision but I'm forgetting my hunt for the 179 demands. I'm now chasing this picture.....It's a quest!

Jul-19-15
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  MissScarlett: <Hi, Spoke with Craig Pritchett again.>

As I once said to <The Artist Formerly Known As Prince>. 'I hate name-droppers!'

And one more thing, no more boring stories of glory days.

Jul-19-15  Sally Simpson: Hi Miss S.,

I was relating to a story a few pages back. I did ask Craig if I could mention his name as being the Scottish Rep as providence.

"And one more thing, no more boring stories of glory days."

Funny you should mention that.

Me Kasparov, Karpov and Kramnik were having a meal in the Ritz when we noticed the knives and forks were set up wrongly.

Oh How we laughed. Paul McCartney, Bono and Prince Charles arrived and joined in on the fun...what a night. Can you imagine that. The knife was where the fork should be.

Kramnik then noticed Bono had odd sock on. That started us all laughing again.

Jul-19-15
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  Rookiepawn: <Sally Simpson> No way! Switched cutlers? In the Ritz?

I MUST tell this to some very important people I'm obviously not mentioning here because you know, I don't drop names; but this reminds me some thousand stories about glory days I think I will post here just for fun.

Oh, and say hello to Charlie if you see him again, will you?

Jul-19-15  Sally Simpson: Hi previous poster,

(Sorry cannot use your real name - name dropping and all that.)

Anyway.

He may be Prince Charlie to you, but he's Chas to me.

I must tell you this. Me and Chas and his mum (Mrs.Q.) were playing whist and Mrs Q trumped Chas's ace. Well we laughed, Oh how we laughed.

Then in came Carslen, Giri and Anand and we replayed the hand to show them what happened....Buck house was rocking with laughter.

Oh how we laughed...I'm laughing now just thinking about it.

----

Back on topic.

C.P. (hopefully I'll get away with that...) told me he may have some documents relating to the FIDE meeting regarding B.F.

C.P. also wrote an article about the meeting it and he will try and dig it out.

Yours Sincerely,

S.S.

Jul-20-15
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  MissScarlett: <C.P. (hopefully I'll get away with that...) told me he may have some documents relating to the FIDE meeting regarding B.F.>

Amongst the thespian community, there's a certain Shakespearean production that's commonly referred to as <the Scottish play>.

May I suggest you ask <the Scottish player> where's there's any truth to the following rumour: Karpov vs C W Pritchett, 1974

Jul-21-15  Sally Simpson: Hi Miss Scarlet.

The link you gave was incomplete. Not your fault. The poster missed out the one important sentence that is given in the book.

Position 99. States:

"According to one reliable source.......then onto the Fischer phone call."

You and I know that this is how chess fact & chess myth collide.

These reliable sources have gold coins getting thrown onto chessboards at the end of a game and players dying in baths surrounded by women's shoes.

This one is easily solved.

This is not the only place that discus's Karpov v Fischer 1975.

The English Chess (where nicknames are not allowed.) is one of many sites that too indulge in this topic.

Craig wrote on Wednesday, 3rd August 2011.

(Funnily enough it kicks off with Craig dropping in my name. Huh! poser.)

"Geoff says that Fischer was actively following Karpov's games at the 1974 Nice Olympiad and this is certainly true. Tony Saidy, who visited the Olympiad as a spectator (and who features prominently in the recent doumentary film Bobby Fischer Against the World) delivered the news personally to me that Fischer had shown him my missed win against Karpov about a week or so into the Olympiad."

http://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic...

So no phone call from Bobby Fischer to Craig.

That whole thread is a good read. A few good links to relvant articles and you can read in Craig's own words some more of the FIDE meeting.

No nicknames means you rarely get the fisty cuffs and stupidity that this place suffers from. Though I did manage to ruffle a few feathers when I posted there. Mostly in jest, sometimes when I never even intended to.

Jul-22-15  SpiritedReposte: He was playing for a shot at the world championship when he was 15! Haha imagine a 15-16 year old world chess champion. Took him a few years but he got there in the end.
Jul-22-15  Petrosianic: Can't imagine it. There have been other teenage candidates, but I never expect to see a teenage world champion. Not unless the chess world is an extremely sorry state.
Jul-22-15  PaulLovric: http://www.chess.com/blog/billwall/...
Jul-22-15  HeMateMe: When the Queen dies will they turn Buck Palace into a museum? Surely Wills and Kate don't want to live in that mausoleum?
Jul-24-15  fisayo123: Might as well drop this here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egV...

Fischer, Spassky, Petrosian et al at the 66' Olympiad. Castro also makes an appearance.

Jul-25-15  john barleycorn: <fisayo123> thanks. Sure, Fidel at least drew his game
Jul-25-15  thegoodanarchist: todays' QOTD is

"Patzer sees check, patzer makes check."

--- Fischer

But I thought he said "... patzer <gives> check"

Does anyone have the definitive answer? Was it make or gives?

Jul-25-15  john barleycorn: <thegoodanarchist>
wikiquote referring to MSMG

<Patzer sees a check, gives a check.>

Jul-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <john b> Then there is the converse:

<Always check; it might be mate>

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