The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 990
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785
Overall record: +419 -86 =246 (72.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      239 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 (68) 
    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 (118) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 King's Indian (115) 
    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
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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
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1
   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?]
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Havana (1965)
   U.S. Championship (1966)
   Skopje (1967)
   Netanya (1968)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Fischer-Spassky (1992)

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 TheFocus
   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
   Games by Fisher by gothic
   Bobby Fischer's Road to the World Championship by WeakSquare

   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) 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 990  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. D Mayers vs Fischer 1-017 1953 Blitz GameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Fischer vs J Altusky 1-012 1954 Offhand GameE90 King's Indian
3. J Altusky vs Fischer 0-18 1954 Offhand GameC71 Ruy Lopez
4. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
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. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
8. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
9. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
10. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
11. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½22 1956 Eastern States OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. Reshevsky vs Fischer 1-031 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
13. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
14. A Turner vs Fischer 1-050 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
15. Fischer vs Popovych 1-052 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½31 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
17. R Sobel vs Fischer 1-027 1956 Montreal CA-openA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
18. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-129 1956 US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. Fischer vs H Matthai ½-½108 1956 Montreal CA-openB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
20. Fischer vs C Sharp 1-033 1956 CAN-opC78 Ruy Lopez
21. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½36 1956 New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
22. B Owens vs Fischer ½-½43 1956 57th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
23. Fischer vs M Fox 0-162 1956 Montreal CA-openA07 King's Indian Attack
24. A Turner vs Fischer 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
25. Fischer vs S Popel ½-½38 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
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Apr-15-14  8284: btw:
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  TheFocus: <So you think Toby will give us a realistic Bobby?>

Obviously, you all have not read the script for <Pawn Sacrifice>, which used to be available on-line, and maybe still is.

It is a hatchet job, and contains dozens of historical mistakes. I hope to meet the writer one day, at which time I will shove his head up his butt, although that may be where he got his ideas for the script.

This movie will be an insult to Bobby's legacy, and to all parties that it portrays.

It portrays Bobby's original teacher Carmine Nigro in a bad light. I sent a copy of the script to Carmine's son, and he said it was very sad that they did not give an accurate portrayal of Bobby or Carmine.

We discussed this subject here before, which you can find by using Search Kibitzing for <Pawn Sacrifice>.

Apr-15-14  Petrosianic: Yeah, but Tobey didn't write the script. For those of us who haven't read it, can you be more specific about what's wrong with it? I mean, I assume that if it came from Hollywood, SOMETHING major is wrong, but it would be nice to know what.
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  HeMateMe: I like McGuire as the 30 year old Fischer. He's a good actor. If it's a Marty movie, everything will be real.
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  KKDEREK: Jesus I hate Tobey.He killed Peter Parker..One guy IMHO that would fit (especially because he somehow resembles Bobby, his face shape, nose) is Adrian Brody...
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  TheFocus: <Petrosianic> <Yeah, but Tobey didn't write the script. For those of us who haven't read it, can you be more specific about what's wrong with it? I mean, I assume that if it came from Hollywood, SOMETHING major is wrong, but it would be nice to know what.>

Go to page 1321 of this Forum and begin reading. It was a horrible script. Typical Hollywood, they just made up stuff and present it as the truth. Sad really. A great movie could be made about his life. Instead, they give us a garbage story.

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  KKDEREK: <focus> What they said about Bobby quitting chess? What they 'blame'?
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  TheFocus: <KKDEREK> The script ends after bobby wins in 1972. Here is the last of the script.

The snow swirls and we may think that we are still in Washington Park. But through the snow we gradually see gravestones and, near to shot, a mechanical digger scratching away at the frozen earth of Iceland.

Cut to black and caption card.
Caption: Bobby Fischer lived in exile, shunned by most of humanity for thirty years. He died in 2008. He chose to be buried in Iceland.

We see snow swirling. We see uncertain lights. We might still be in the graveyard in Iceland, but then, through the swirling snow, Bobby as a young man steps forward with a baseball bat.

We see we are inside an abandoned warehouse. Bobby smashes a window with the baseball bat and takes a breath. Then he arrogantly throws the baseball bat in the air and lets it clatter on the ground. He grins, dusts his hands and walks out of shot, leaving a night time view of Brooklyn through a broken, dirty window.

A caption appears over the shot without fading to black.

Caption: Bobby Fischer was the first and last American chess champion of the world.

Fade to black.

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  TheFocus: Opening Page


In the grey light of dawn we see a large country house made from solid stone in the Nordic style, isolated in the Icelandic wilderness. Ponies graze all around and in the distance there is a beautiful mountain range where the sun is rising. Caption: Reykjavik, Iceland. 4.15am, July 20th 1972.

No lights burn in the whole house. A car is approaching the house very fast up a long gravel drive with its headlights on full beam.

Inside the house we survey the debris of a bedroom which has been recently trashed. The room is solidly furnished but the heavy oak chairs and bedside tables have been overturned. Two table lamps have been torn from their sockets and the bulbs are smashed. The only phone is off the hook and the wire has been pulled from the wall. There is not a chessboard or chess piece in sight.

As we move across the room we discover a tall, athletic looking guy with black hair swept back from his face. He is sitting motionless on a chair, peering out of the window. He is wearing a vest and boxer shorts. This is BOBBY FISCHER. He seems to be lost in a distant world. We study him for a moment before hearing the approaching car screech to a halt outside. The car door slams and Bobby’s eyes re-focus.

Caption: This is a true story.

Bobby listens to the door flying open downstairs then the clatter of footsteps on the wooden stairs that lead to the bedroom. Someone is climbing the stairs in a tearing hurry. The bedroom door bursts open but Bobby’s face hardly flickers. A guy in his late forties stands in the doorway, wearing a raincoat and carrying a trilby hat, breathless from the stairs. This is MCALLISTER. He stares at Bobby and the debris of the room for a moment then enters, slamming the door angrily. Bobby doesn’t flinch.

There is evidently a huge agenda between the two men but Mcallister takes a while distilling his anger into words. Finally he speaks in a way that suggests he is quoting...

‘Never before, in human history,
has the outcome of an entire
global war of ideas rested on the
shoulders of one man’.
Mcallister turns to Fischer. There is no reaction.
"I’m quoting the President of the United States. He was talking about you. He called me last night. Three times." Mcallister lifts the receiver of the dead phone and places it back on the hook.

"He’s been trying to get a message to you." Bobby barely reacts. Suddenly, in a burst of fury, Mcallister kicks one of the chairs. Bobby flinches a little. For the first time we sense Bobby is terrified but hiding it beneath layers and layers of defiance and anger.

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"In Moscow President Brezhnev opened his only bottle of 1868 Louis Roederer Champagne. Left over from the revolution. You know why?"
A pause. Mcallister hits each word as if it were a hammer on a nail... MCALLISTER (CONT’D)
"’d..quit." Bobby fights his fear. He puts his long fingers together in a temple and rests his chin on them. Mcallister loses his cool again and yells...

'There are boys your age in Vietnam giving their @#$%* lives right now for the fight against Communism." Bobby nods once.

"And all you have to do is put your @#$%* pants on and play." A pause.

"If the Russians win this, they win the brain war. There is only one man on this entire planet who can stop them." Mcallister suddenly grabs one of the upturned chairs, slams it upright and sits astride it, staring at Bobby face-to-face. Their faces are close...

"Now Bobby please...get dressed, comb your hair and go save the free world."

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  TheFocus: Followed by 119 more pages of crap.
Apr-15-14  Petrosianic: <Typical Hollywood, they just made up stuff and present it as the truth. Sad really.>

Yes, but as you say, typical. Like when they did that Three Stooges biopic 10 years ago or so, they had Moe being rescued from a job as a studio parking lot attendant when they made their comeback, when in fact, he'd invested his money well and was doing just fine. They just make up whatever sounds dramatic. Problem is there are few good writers any more. CGI, Special Effects and Reality Series have done away with the need to tell a good story, so few know how any more.

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  TheFocus: <Petrosianic> Too true. Very few good writers anymore. You can especially see that in TV also.

it is all about action, not plot.

Sorta like bad porno.

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  AylerKupp: There is a difference between a good writer and an accurate writer. An accurate writer writes the truth, even though it may be poorly written. A good writer writes well, even though what he/she writes may not be the truth.

It's like someone who was involved with the movie "Gravity" said: "This is a movie. If you want to see facts, go watch a documentary." Which is another way of saying: "Don't let the facts get in the way of a good story."

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  HeMateMe: toby was much better than the guy they have now. He was really believable as the high school student bitten by the radioactive spider.
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  offramp: I just bought a 0.3 litre glass for £1.99 from an Oxfam Charity shop in Tooting. Upon it are written the words <Fischer's Hell>.

Is this a souvenir issued by the Pasadena Police?

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  offramp: I said years ago that the best - the ONLY - actor to pay RJF was Patrick Fischler.
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  offramp: Do Chicagooids think of Fischer as a New Yorkoid or a Chicagooid?
Apr-17-14  Petrosianic: Well, for one thing, it isn't Chicago, it's Fischergrad.
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  offramp: Do Fischergradoids think of Fischer as a Fischergradoid or a Fischergradoid?
Apr-17-14  Petrosianic: A Fischergradoid, of course.

Fischergrad is a protest against Repino, by the way. We once noticed that Botvinnik was born in a Finnish town called Kuokkala, or something, and that the town was later named Repino after a famous artist that was born there.

We thought it was a bloody outrage that they should rename the town after a famous son, and NOT pick the world chess champion, so we decided that we needed to rename some other town after a chess champ. Fischer was the obvious choice, and we picked a Russian name, because it was Botvinnik that put the bee in our bonnets in the first place (and besides, US equivalents, like Fischerville or Fischerburg sounded silly, while Fischergrad sounds pretty butch). So we got one guy who came from Chicago to edit his settings and change his location to Fischergrad for as long as the board existed.

Apr-18-14  Conrad93:

This is who will be plying Fischer if the biopic is ever released.

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  Benzol: Bobby was over six-foot tall wasn't he? David Duchovny might be a better bet.
Apr-18-14  Conrad93: Well, the people are already chosen, but I doubt the movie will ever be released.

It's taking way too long.

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  HeMateMe: What if they cast today's players in the Fischer movie?

Daniel King as 1972 Bob

Joel Benjamin as Jack Collins

Bob's Mom: Pia Cramling

Sister Joan: Ana Muzychuk

Bill Lombardi: Susan Polgar

1972 Boris Spassky: Peter Svidler

Ed Edmunson: loek van wely

Pal Benko: Pal Benko (works for me).

Sammy Reshevsky: Gata Kamsky

Larry Evans: Gary Kasparov

older, crazy Bob: John Nunn

Older Spassky: John Fedorowicz

and, we get one Manhattan or Marshall chess club scene where Chukie, Shirov and Roman Dishinzivallie are doing really weird stuff, with Bob nearby.

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