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The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 997
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.
      244 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

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 (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
   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?]
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Netanya (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Skopje (1967)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   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
   -ER by fredthebear
   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

   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

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(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 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

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 997  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. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
5. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
6. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
7. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
8. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
9. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
10. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
11. Fischer vs H Matthai ½-½108 1956 Montreal CA-openB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-129 1956 US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½36 1956 New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
14. B E Owens vs Fischer ½-½43 1956 57th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
15. Fischer vs M Fox 0-162 1956 Montreal CA-openA07 King's Indian Attack
16. A Turner vs Fischer 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
17. Fischer vs S Popel ½-½38 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
18. K Blake vs Fischer 0-120 1956 Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
19. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½22 1956 Eastern States OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. K Smith vs Fischer ½-½51 1956 57th US OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
21. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
22. Fischer vs W Stevens ½-½20 1956 57th US OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. E Nash vs Fischer 0-148 1956 WashingtonB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
24. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Havana simB32 Sicilian
25. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
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  AylerKupp: <<MissScarlett> I have no idea who Patti Smith is.>

Oh, why didn't you say so? Here is a sample: She may not be to your taste but to each their own.

And, just to further confuse you, here's a sample of Patty Smyth ("y"s instead of "i"s): Maybe not to your taste either but don't you just love the hair on the guys?

May-22-16  zanzibar: <<MissScarlett> I have no idea who Patti Smith is.>

I have personally seen her do unspeakable things with a clarinet.

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  diceman: <MissScarlett: I have no idea who Patti Smith is.>

You never heard of the "Smith" Morra?

<Howard: Strange coincidence! I was listening to a May, 1978 AT40 show this morning on the radio, and they had the song "Because the night" by Patti Smith Group.>

Now that we know she "does" chess:

"Because the Knight."

May-23-16  Howard: Horrible pun, diceman !
May-23-16  zanzibar:

May-24-16  HeMateMe: Bob: So Patti, you're about the same age as me--what kind of music do you like?

Patti: A bit of everything, Bobby. Motown, soul, the Velvets, Stones. How about you?

Bob: I like Motown, too. Sam and Dave, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye.

Patti: Hey, that's great. Growing up in Brooklyn did you ever get the crap beat out of you if sang that stuff at the YMCA or went to an R & B club to hear it live?

Bob: Oh, I was really too young to actually visit a club. Just heard the stuff on my radio, in my room. What was it like for you in Brooklyn? Born there?

Patti: No, I grew up in Jersey and had to escape. I was thrown out of the house by my mother because I refused to wear underwear or makeup. I still feel that way.

Bob: Well, was music always a part of your life?

Patti: Art, more so. Robert Maplethorpe and I shared a hovel over at the Heights. He became a famous photographer. the Heights--It's a yuppie area now, but we had a place for $60/month, back in the day. It was infested, but that just gave it a more bohemian feel, you know? Like--your art could grow more if suffered a bit?

Bob: I suppose....Maplethorpe--is that a jewish name?

Patti: I don't think so--heck, it sounds as WASPY as "Suzie Creamcheese!"

Bob: Who?

Patti: Oh, just a joke. I was referencing a Frank zappa song.

Bob: Was he in the Temptations?

Patti: Anyway, Robert and I were followed around Brooklyn by the FBI. We didn't have it easy.

Bob: The FBI!! Holy SH...Shamkovich!

Patti: What?

Bob: oh, never mind. I had run ins with people too. What did the FBI want with you and your boyfriend?

Patti: He joined a pseudo 1950s communist party group, the Sleeping Democrats. Their manifesto was that you should always be able to sleep anywhere you wanted, even if it was somebody else's house. Some people thought he was a communist.

Bob: he was a Jewish communist?

Patti Who said he was Jewish? What's wrong with you Bobby?

Bob: Well, I thought all artists were Jews, it comes with the territory?

Patti: Oh geez.....

Bob: What did you say to them?

Patti: Say to who?

Bob: The FBI. When they came to talk to the Jewish photographer, what did you say?

Patti: Oh man, he's not--Anyway, I told the FBI "I have NOTHING to say to you."

Bob: WHAT....?

Patti: That's what I told them. Mape's was always sleeping off a fix or out selling his butt on street corners to get the rent money for us. He was never home when the FBI came. I just told them "I have NOTHING to say to you."

Bob: That's wonderful!

Patti: It is?

Bob: Well, I just feel that....I feel that I have such a karma with out, you know, like we're two kindred souls.

Patti: Well, I guess I sort of feel something, Bobby....

Bob: I've got an idea. Well reform the Sugar Cubes, and you can sing the parts that Bjork sang--can you do that? I'll be the guy that sang into the walkie talkie. I can handle that.

Patti: Bobby, I was really just a performance artist. My voice wouldn't win third prize at the Goose county 4H competition, you know?

Bob: Well, there must be something we can do together?

Patti: How about a nice game of Monopoly, Bobby?

Bob: Are you calling me a Jew?

Patti: Listen Bobby, we have to talk about some things....

May-24-16  zanzibar: <Holy SH...Shamkovich!>

Holy crap, that's a keeper.

HMM did you make all that up?! Very creative.

May-24-16  HeMateMe: she really did live in a hovel with maplethorpe.
May-24-16  HeMateMe: < zanzibar: > and, thanks. I do my best to write a bit, here and there.
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  TheFocus: <HeMateMe>, as a writer also, I have to say that was awesome!! And it was very believable.
May-25-16  zanzibar: <And it was very believable.>

Yes indeed. At the end I was feeling sorry for Bobby, thinking "this guy's really got some problems"!

Jun-01-16  todicav23: Someone posted the following link on another page:

It seems that all the games from the training match Fischer - Gligoric are available.

Jun-04-16  todicav23:

RIP Muhammad Ali! They misspelled his name in the article.

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  Sally Simpson: Bobby Fischer's chat up line....


...apparently it worked!

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  diceman: <Sally Simpson: Bobby Fischer's chat up line....>

So he was hanging out with Spassky, even before the 1992 match.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Diceman,

Looks like it.

Boris's chat up line was, "I know Bobby Fischer."

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  MissScarlett: Amazon are selling a Kindle edition of
<Bobby Fischer: Beautiful Chess Games, Weird Stuff and Cool Articles>, by Brendan J. Norman for £2.23.

A review concludes that 'it's probably not worth the money.'

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  Joshka: <Sally Simpson> Thanks for posting. Had never seen those two photos before. Wonder how long we must wait till photos surface from Bobby's wilderness years of the late 70's all the way thru the 80's!!
Jun-18-16  BobbyDigital80: I recently came across this film clip from the 1959 Bled tournament that Fischer played in:

Fischer is seen 55 seconds into the clip, and Tal pretends to play the Caro-Kann, but then advances his c-pawn two squares! Fischer's reaction (or non-reaction) is funny.

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  OhioChessFan: Easily the best thing you've ever posted on this site <HMM>
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  Joshka: <BobbyDigital80> This clip is a perfect example of why everyone loved Tal. He displays his sense of humor, smiles, and tried to get Bobby to show a bit of a smile, but Bobby of course was having none of it. Paul Newman starred in a movie where he played a convict, and his warden kept saying when talking about Luke, 'Never give an inch'...this was Bobby as well.
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  Sally Simpson: "...Tal pretends to play the Caro-Kann, but then advances his c-pawn two squares! "

Bobby should have claimed 'touch square'. :)

Jun-18-16  BobbyDigital80: There's a bunch of chess footage on two youtube channels. They have a lot of historical footage and I searched for "Bobby Fischer" in them and here are the results:


There's also other old chess film clips on these channels. You can search "chess" in the search area too. There's some Fischer footage I've never seen before!

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  juan31: the "biography" of the Great Maestro International of Chess Robert James Fischer is very short, other players without much scope have more extensive biographies , I think it is unfair
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  diceman: <BobbyDigital80: I recently came across this film clip from the 1959 Bled tournament that Fischer played in:

Fischer is seen 55 seconds into the clip, and Tal pretends to play the Caro-Kann, but then advances his c-pawn two squares! Fischer's reaction (or non-reaction) is funny.>

I think there was a bit more to it.

The first Fischer white vs. Tal was round 13.
Fischer had already lost
two Caro-Kanns, (Petrosian/Keres) so
Tal was also ribbing him for his results.

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