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The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 993
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.
      240 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 (119) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 King's Indian (116) 
    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
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   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?]
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Netanya (1968)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Skopje (1967)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Havana (1965)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   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
   Games by Fisher by gothic
   Bobby Fischer's Road to the World Championship by WeakSquare
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 1) by Anatoly21

   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, 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, 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 993  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. 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. Fischer vs N Hurttlen ½-½14 1956 Eastern States opC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. Bisguier vs Fischer 1-033 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
13. Fischer vs Seidman 1-039 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyA07 King's Indian Attack
14. E W Marchand vs Fischer 0-155 1956 WashingtonA15 English
15. Fischer vs S Bernstein ½-½56 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyC70 Ruy Lopez
16. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45 1956 57th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
17. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-152 1956 New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
18. D Byrne vs Fischer 0-141 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
19. F R Anderson vs Fischer ½-½19 1956 Montreal CA-openB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
20. D Ruth vs Fischer 0-124 1956 57th US OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
21. Fischer vs E Hearst 0-140 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
22. W Walz vs Fischer 0-140 1956 Montreal CA-openB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19 1956 57th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
24. H Goldhamer vs Fischer 0-125 1956 WashingtonB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
25. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½22 1956 Eastern States OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 993  PGN Download
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Jan-22-15  ljfyffe: You don't want to cry in cold weather lest you freeze your face off; on the other hand, you want to huddle together in order to keep warm.
Jan-22-15  Petrosianic: <MissScarlett>: <I'm asking you to defend your absurd notion that the living are somehow beholden to the rights of the dead>

Where did you get the idea that I thought that? Between you and Mort, I seem to have a lot of people completely baffled at my failure to defend claims I haven't made. To make your post a bit less "lamentably weak", could you quote the claim that you're disputing? It's not that I don't trust you to know what you're talking about, it's just... Okay, let's be honest, I don't trust you to know what you're talking about.

Jan-22-15  Petrosianic: <MissScarlett> Are you by any chance referring to my comment that the tournament would be in "poor taste", to be a claim that the dead have legal rights? I can see now why you avoided quoting it. It doesn't even come close to saying what you claimed it did. Bear Down.
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  MissScarlett: <<MissScarlett> Are you by any chance referring to my comment that the tournament would be in "poor taste", to be a claim that the dead have legal rights>

I said nothing of legal rights.

<Joshka himself seemingly disrespects most of Fischer's decisions, from his decision to retire, to his desire to keep his private life private, to his desire not to update 60 Memorable Games, yet still somehow imagines himself a fan.>

By what right exactly should Joshka respect what you deem to be Fischer's beliefs, wishes and decisions?

Jan-22-15  Petrosianic: <I said nothing of legal rights.>

And I said nothing of "rights" at all, legal or otherwise. I don't care if you attack me, but please spare these poor straw men who didn't do anything to harm you.

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  MissScarlett: Clearly you implied that Joshka had a moral obligation to respect Fischer's rights, i.e., his beliefs, wishes and decisions. Don't blame me if I can give expression to your thoughts better than you can yourself.
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  MissScarlett: Before lamont returns to kvetch in a manner suggesting that he hails from warmer climes, I will yield a little and post Bobby's disaffection with his host's water supply(!?):

From: [...]
To: Pal Benko
Date: Monday, August 20, 2007 10:34:12 PM
Subject: Re: Portoroz 1958

You know pal one of the worst things about this god-forsaken country is their drinking water of which they are so proud. It's @#$%. It makes me want to puke. Ok they're doing the best they can with what mother nature gave them Fine. But why do these bastards have to keep quality french mineral water out??? - bobby>

Quoted from <Bobby Fischer - Triumph and Despair>.

If you want more, I got more! Be warned; that was the mildest.

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  MissScarlett: I guess he didn't like the email. Still, there's always tomorrow...
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  perfidious: If there were no such thing as a straw man or group of people somehow worthy of his scorn, the Divine <MissS> would invent one.
Jan-22-15  lamont: ###

MissScarlett ~

You are merely a fraudulent narcissistic
tiresome bull-thrower.

We are done !!

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  MissScarlett: For the record, I have no opinion of Icelanders. But typical Bobby, even amongst the most Nordic, least Jewish country in Europe, he couldn't find peace.
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  MissScarlett: <
From: Reykjavik101 (
Date: Monday, May 7, 2007 4:40:08 PM
Subject: Re: Benko

Hi pal how you doing? You sound great! Yes i was smart to get out of the dollar but ubs and the icelandic government stole it all anyway. See on the internet first page for the low-down. I'm glad summer has arrived there. Here there is no summer. The weather and air-quality (really) are terrible but the people are even worse. Incredibly low ethics. Primitive, savage bastards here. Just thinking about robbing you all the time. I'll be travelling on soon. I've had enough of these "people" here. You did well not to attempt to settle down here. But anyway you would have left soon enough. Take care pal. Hope to see you soon. Regards to ziki.

From: Reykjavik101 (
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2007 10:56:50 PM
Subject: Re: Benko

Sorry about ziki pal. Regarding my travel plans my mind is made up. I owe these @#$%ers NOTHING except a kick in the teeth! They're garbage. The puke bush had better watch his own ass soon. Take care pal.>

Jan-23-15  Petrosianic: Wow, he copied you on this!?
Jan-25-15  HeMateMe: Hey, who knew that Shelby Lyman, of '72 Fischer fame was still arouned, and working? He must have shuffled off to Buffalo:


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  thegoodanarchist: <Petrosianic: <MissScarlett>: <I'm asking you to defend your absurd notion that the living are somehow beholden to the rights of the dead> Where did you get the idea that I thought that? Between you and Mort, I seem to have a lot of people completely baffled at my failure to defend claims I haven't made. >

I have a similar issue. I have engaged with a particular visitor to this site who seems to think I become unhinged if someone disses BF. He confuses my efforts to set the record straight with some kind of emotional trauma.

So I know how you feel! :)

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  thegoodanarchist: <amont: ###
MissScarlett ~

You are merely a fraudulent narcissistic
tiresome bull-thrower.

We are done !!>

Lamont don't like ya? you must be standing up for justice or principles or something like that.

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  thegoodanarchist: <Petrosianic: <MissScarlett> .... It doesn't even come close to saying what you claimed it did. Bear Down.>

Nice shot. Did you bag your limit?

(Sorry, I am a sucker for lame jokes.)

Jan-27-15  ljfyffe: <thegoodanarchist: standing up for justice>No, positively, NO; in fact, exacltly the opposite ---in reference to"Miss S."!
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  MissScarlett: <
From: Reykjavik101 (
Date: Friday, May 11, 2007 11:11:32 PM
Subject: Re: Benko

Hi pal. I really appreciate your worrying about me but i know what i'm doin'. I can generalize about icelanders by now because i have enough experience to do so. If you will study the faces of the icelandic men they are frankly hideously ugly and inhuman. No warmth no humanity. A human being without humanity is a dangerous thing. It's not just me. Ask almost anybody who's made the mistake of staying here for over a couple of years or so. People are AMAZED at how rotten and phoney these "people" are. I could give you any number of concrete examples of their rottenness. They are "special" but purely in a negative sense. One foreiner i know calls them "chihwawas." O ther foreiners are even less kindly disposed toward them. Icelanders are garbage...

From: [...]
To: Pal Benko
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2007 8:10:42 AM
Subject: Portoroz 1958

I remember that event like yesterday. Remembeir how u caught fuster with B-b6!? It'll be a good event because every chess event the yugoslavs ever did was fun and memorable because they did it with so much love and enthusiasm. Not like these cold-hearted friggin materialistic "counting" icelanders. I think about half or more of the players are gone...>

On this Holocaust Memorial Day, let's just say a Fischer Memorial tournament in Iceland is unlikely to happen in the near future.

Jan-27-15  john barleycorn: Another Fischer email.

< Date: 06 Oct 1984 23:04:16 -0700 From: Robert J Fischer <> To: [Deleted]
Subject: Your match against the little Russian

Manila, 10/6/1984


You play like a child. In your third game how could you play N-QR4?? What a terrible move. In the sixth game you exchanged queens. Why? You cannot play without the queens, you lose the rook ending. My sister would have held it blindfold. 61 K-Q1 was a terrible move. In the next game you play the Tarrasch (the Trash). You should play King’s Indian and not this kind of @#$%*&!#. In the ninth game hadn’t you seen my game against Saidy? The same ending with reversed colors.

0-4 after nine games, oh god. But okay, it is not lost yet. My advice for the rest of the match is play for a draw in every game. Don’t risk anything, just hang on, tire him out. He is much older than you. Be ready to grab a game when he blunders. Remember you can lose one more game.

Copy his openings. That’s what Bronstein did against Botvinnik. It will drive him nuts. Play many different openings, like I did against Boris. Try Queen’s Indian with P-QR3. With black if you must play Queen’s Gambit try the Cambridge Springs Variation. It is not as bad as people think.

I am helping you against the little Russian because you are from Azerbaijan and not a Russian. Lucky for you. I hope you never think of moving to Moscow!


PS: Always remember that you must not tell anybody about our correspondence. NOBODY. You will earn my eternal hatred if you do so.>

Jan-27-15  lamont: ###

johnbarleycorn ~

Millie grazie !!

---for that surgical strike
obliterating MissScarlett

--- one cd/ palpably feel
the rush of hot air
as M/S deflated/..

Jan-28-15  PaulLovric: hi lamont, can you tell me the name of the piece by ludo beetovhen featuring the cannons?
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  OhioChessFan: Hi PaulLovric, can you possibly find a better place to discuss Beethoven than the Fischer page? And could you possibly stop encouraging Lamont's stupidity? Thanks.
Jan-28-15  Petrosianic: <Nice shot. Did you bag your limit?>

Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a cow.

Jan-28-15  diceman: <PaulLovric: hi lamont, can you tell me the name of the piece by ludo beetovhen featuring the cannons?>

I figured you for Bach, Bach, Bach.

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