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Fischer 
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 998
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785
Overall record: +420 -86 =246 (72.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      246 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
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 (53) 
    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 E40 E46 E43 E58
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D79 D86 D98 D80 D83
 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?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Netanya (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Skopje (1967)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Zurich (1959)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Havana (1965)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

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 wanabe2000
   Bjelica_125 by Gottschalk
   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

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 (federation/nationality Iceland)

[what is this?]
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 998  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. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
7. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
9. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
10. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
11. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½36 1956 New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
12. Fischer vs S Baron 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
13. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-152 1956 New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
14. A Turner vs Fischer 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
15. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Havana simB32 Sicilian
17. Fischer vs E Nash 0-151 1956 US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
18. K Blake vs Fischer 0-120 1956 Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
19. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-129 1956 US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143 1956 57th US OpenB20 Sicilian
21. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
22. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45 1956 57th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
24. B E Owens vs Fischer ½-½43 1956 57th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
25. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19 1956 57th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
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Nov-04-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: <Petrosianic: Harry hates Fischer, shouts down all serious discussions of him, and does everything he can to make Fischer look Mickey Mouse.>

Yeah right oh ! lol

Thanks for the CV .. x

Nov-04-16  Petrosianic: Duh, you welcome, Bobby hater. lol.
Nov-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <I don't run this site.>

I do. Well, sort of. Write your bio and I'll make sure it happens.

Nov-13-16  fedalio: Did anyone see Frank Brady speaking on the official world championship broadcast? Guy was all over the place.......got Judit Polgar's name wrong twice (Susan, Sofia), and a crazy story about climbing into a vent for the 3rd game in Reykjavik. No mention Fischer didn't speak to him since the mid 60s either. I took it as further proof his second book is similarly all over the place.
Nov-15-16  todicav23: fedalio: Did anyone see Frank Brady speaking on the official world <championship broadcast? Guy was all over the place.......got Judit Polgar's name wrong twice (Susan, Sofia), and a crazy story about climbing into a vent for the 3rd game in Reykjavik. No mention Fischer didn't speak to him since the mid 60s either. I took it as further proof his second book is similarly all over the place.> I have seen him. I also noticed that he confused Judith with her sisters.
Nov-17-16  miscing4life: I am now more convinced than ever after watching the world championships that 1971-72 Fischer with his outdated openings would still be a top 10 player today. If he took a year off to study all the openings and games that have been played in his absence; you have your first 2900 player. Same goes for peak Kasparov. Even Karpov could probably eclipse Magnus.
Nov-20-16  maelith: “In his book Chess Duels Yasser Seirawan has drawn attention to the fact that the legend of the apparently lone fighter Fischer is a myth. In reality Fischer had all the relevant people from the US federation behind him for support. Leroy Dubeck, president of the USCF from 1969 till 1972, had agreed with the executive director Edmund Edmondson that all the resources of the federation should be gathered for the project ‘Fischer plays for the World Championship’. For this purpose they also used all membership subscriptions of the USCF. In addition Fischer had the support of Fred Cramer, also from the federation, as his legal adviser. Amongst the chess players on whose help Fischer could count were the grandmasters Bill Lombardy, Lubomir Kavalek as well as Fischer’s close friend the international master Anthony Saidy. A special role was played by Lina Grumette, who was a sort of mother substitute for Fischer and whenever necessary offered him refuge in her house.”

In addition to many people at home, Bobby had considerable help from the president of the FIDE, during the championship match itself. Fact is, according to the agreed upon match rules, Fischer ought to have been forfeited, but wasn't. Even Spassky managed to help Fischer, by accepting these "accommodations" to the challenger's many "demands."

Nov-21-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: specifically, I wonder if any of the above chess players can claim authorship of any innovations that BF used in his run to the WC in '72. We know that people ran interference for him, answered the phones, cooked for him, etc.

The chess part is the unique thing, though. I wonder if anyone truly analyzed with him and saw their work used OTB?

Nov-22-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <Psychologically, you have to have confidence in yourself, and this confidence should be based on fact> - Fischer.
Nov-22-16  todicav23: <miscing4life: I am now more convinced than ever after watching the world championships that 1971-72 Fischer with his outdated openings would still be a top 10 player today. If he took a year off to study all the openings and games that have been played in his absence; you have your first 2900 player. Same goes for peak Kasparov. Even Karpov could probably eclipse Magnus.>

Fischer's rating in 1971 will place him in Top 10 today, even if we don't consider rating inflation. He achieved the rating by using 1970's opening theory (and general theory). If you bring Fischer from 1971 in 2016 he will be a top 10 player. If you bring Fischer from 1956 in 2006 and give him 10 years to use the modern technology he would probably be over 2900 today.

Nov-23-16  Petrosianic: If he wouldn't play in 1973, what makes you think he would play today? There are many top GM's, among them Fischer, Morphy, and even Capablanca, that I'm convinced would never have taken up the game at all if they were born now.
Nov-25-16  todicav23: I noticed a coincidence regarding the born year of some of the best chess players and some of the best soccer players. There's a three years rule:

Pele - 1940
Fischer -1943
Maradona - 1960
Kasparov - 1963
Messi - 1987
Carlsen - 1990

The pair Cruyff (1947) and Karpov (1951) breaks the rule by just a year. Also, there's no great chess player born in 1979, corresponding to Ronaldo Nazario (definitely in top 5 soccer players ever).

Of course, this shows that Fischer is the best chess player ever.

Nov-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Travis Bickle: PBS Broadcasting had an interview with Patti Smith the rock star Bobby asked to meet. Here is that interview..

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

Nov-28-16  maelith: 1000 most influential novelties and Fischer is credited for none.

Anand has (9), Karpov has (8), & Kasparov has (5). Top (10) list of Anand's best TN's ever:
1) Anand - Kamsky, Sanghi Nagar (m/1) 1994 - Informant 61/345 2) Anand - Tkachiev, Moscow (m/1) 2001 - Informant 83/326 3) Anand - Kasimdzhanov, Hyderabad 2002 - Informant 86/137 4) Anand - Bologan, Dortmund 2003 - Informant 88/77 5) Anand - Adams, San Luis 2005 - Informant 94/267 6) Anand - Kramnik, Bonn (m/6) 2008 - Informant 104/146 7) Anand - Leko, Moscow 2009 - Informant 107/132 8) Anand - Topalov, Sofia (m/4) 2010 - Informant 108/134 9) Topalov - Anand, Nanjing 2010 - Informant 110/243 10) Anand-Wang Hao, Wijk aan Zee 2011 - Informant 111/268

http://www.chessinformant.org/1000-...

Nov-29-16  todicav23: < maelith: 1000 most influential novelties and Fischer is credited for none.

Anand has (9), Karpov has (8), & Kasparov has (5). Top (10) list of Anand's best TN's ever: 1) Anand - Kamsky, Sanghi Nagar (m/1) 1994 - Informant 61/345 2) Anand - Tkachiev, Moscow (m/1) 2001 - Informant 83/326 3) Anand - Kasimdzhanov, Hyderabad 2002 - Informant 86/137 4) Anand - Bologan, Dortmund 2003 - Informant 88/77 5) Anand - Adams, San Luis 2005 - Informant 94/267 6) Anand - Kramnik, Bonn (m/6) 2008 - Informant 104/146 7) Anand - Leko, Moscow 2009 - Informant 107/132 8) Anand - Topalov, Sofia (m/4) 2010 - Informant 108/134 9) Topalov - Anand, Nanjing 2010 - Informant 110/243 10) Anand-Wang Hao, Wijk aan Zee 2011 - Informant 111/268

http://www.chessinformant.org/1000-...

The list covers the years 1971-2011. Fischer played only 42 games (1971-1972) + 30 games (1992) during that period while many other players played hundreds or even thousands of games.

It's normal for players like Anand, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik to be on top of the list because they had teams working for them. Fischer destroyed Taimanov without being assisted by a second. As far as I remember Taimanov had two seconds for the match with Fischer. This shows how great Fischer was.

Nov-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: <todicav23> And we all know Fischer's opponents ALL played under their ability when playing him..they all made bad moves and blunders, that's why he won!!LOL..had nothing to do with his skill at all;-).....of course the MSM has had a hard on for Fischer for decades, and now I even think it's against Lombardy!! Was thinking I'd see an editorial in the USCF monthly rag, about Lombardy and NOTHING>>>>>>here was our first World Junior Champion, Fischer's 2nd while he won the Championship, and ordained Priest, and we hear he's basically living in a dumpster, and the silence is deafening from the organization that runs chess in our great country!!!!.WOW.......guess if you are connected with Bobby you are 'persona non grata"!!!!
Dec-04-16  maelith: <It's normal for players like Anand, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik to be on top of the list because they had teams working for them. Fischer destroyed Taimanov without being assisted by a second. As far as I remember Taimanov had two seconds for the match with Fischer. This shows how great Fischer was.>

Fischer has a second. Fischer himself told that there are games that is draw, but Taimanov tried to win. Fischer, as well as Taimanov's second, told that during the match Taimanov is not healthy.

Steinitz's win of 7-0, against the then world number 2 Blackburne is more impressive.

Dec-04-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  steinitzfan: Fischer appears to have been a more effective match player than tournament player. I know he was a superb tournament player but it was in matches against top players that he got the shutouts. I wonder if there's just a cumulative effect in facing certain players for multiple games. And while I'm doing the harmless speculations, would it have shocked the Chess world any more if Fischer had shut out the Interzonal instead of matches with it's top players?
Dec-04-16  Howard: As far as Steinitz's wipeout of Blackburne, the book Bobby Fischer's Chess Games makes the pertinent point that defensive technique was a lot more "primitive" back in those days.

Probably the only match shutout that was more impressive than Fischer's 6-0 score against Taimanov was (naturally) his 6-0 over Larsen. Larsen was, of course, a tougher opponent than Taimanov.

Dec-04-16  maelith: <Howard: As far as Steinitz's wipeout of Blackburne, the book Bobby Fischer's Chess Games makes the pertinent point that defensive technique was a lot more "primitive" back in those days. Probably the only match shutout that was more impressive than Fischer's 6-0 score against Taimanov was (naturally) his 6-0 over Larsen. Larsen was, of course, a tougher opponent than Taimanov.>

Relative to the strength of the players, Steinitz's 7-0 is more impressive as Blackburne is world number two. If you will argue against it, then I will also say that compare today, during Fischer's time, defensive technique is primitive. I am talking here relative to the era.

If you look at it,Fischer's 6-0 against them is not really impressive as Fischer himself told that many of the games here are draw, but Taimanov and LArsen tried to win these drawn positions. Fischer himself told that Taimanov is not healthy during their match.

Dec-06-16
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  Stonehenge: Pawn Game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA2...

Dec-06-16  Howard: Speaking of Blackburne, some new book came out about him recently, and I acquired a copy of it...but I've not gotten around to looking at it.

As for his allegedly being #2 in the world, where did you get that info? If it was from Chessmetrics, those rankings should be taken with a grain of salt.

Not only that, chess competition in the Steintz era was hardly comparable to what it was in 1971. I'm a-sticking to my earlier opinion as to which match wipeout was the more impressive.

Dec-06-16  Petrosianic: <Larsen was, of course, a tougher opponent than Taimanov.>

Normally he was, but he didn't play as well in that match as Taimanov had played in his. Supposedly Larsen played at an Intrinsic Performance Rating of 2188 in that match. Taimanov played much tougher.

Dec-06-16  Murky: I saw Fischer once at the American Open in Santa Monica late 1972, just after Fischer had become world champion. He came by the playing hall as players were at their games. At first i didn't notice. But when dozens of players walked away from their games toward the playing hall entrance, the commotion caught my attention. So I walked on over to take a look, and there was Fischer, walking away, wearing a maroon colored suit, and looking sharp. A reporter with a big flash camera called out, 'Bobby'! Fischer politely turned around, letting the photographer take his shot. Then he zipped down a hallway and vanished from public life.

Later I learned a curious detail of Fischer's drop-in visit to the tournament hall. One player had actually spoke to Fischer, asking him whether the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian defense was sound. Fischer's reply: "It'll be around for a while."

Dec-06-16  todicav23: <Murky: I saw Fischer once at the American Open in Santa Monica late 1972, just after Fischer had become world champion. He came by the playing hall as players were at their games. At first i didn't notice. But when dozens of players walked away from their games toward the playing hall entrance, the commotion caught my attention. So I walked on over to take a look, and there was Fischer, walking away, wearing a maroon colored suit, and looking sharp. A reporter with a big flash camera called out, 'Bobby'! Fischer politely turned around, letting the photographer take his shot. Then he zipped down a hallway and vanished from public life.

Later I learned a curious detail of Fischer's drop-in visit to the tournament hall. One player had actually spoke to Fischer, asking him whether the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian defense was sound. Fischer's reply: "It'll be around for a while.>

Thanks for sharing the story. I'm so jealous that you were able to see the legend in person. Haha.

Fischer was also a special guest at the tournament played in San Antonio, 19 November - 5 December 1972. That's where Fischer and Karpov meet for the first time.

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