Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

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.

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
Repertoire Explorer

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?]
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   U.S. Championship (1966)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Skopje (1967)
   Netanya (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Zurich (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
   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'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

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Robert James Fischer
Search Google for Robert James Fischer

(born Mar-09-1943, died Jan-17-2008, 64 years old) United States of America (citizen of 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

 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. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
5. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
7. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
8. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
9. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
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 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. K Smith vs Fischer ½-½51 1956 57th US OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
20. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
21. Fischer vs E Nash 0-151 1956 US Amateur ChampionshipA05 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
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 994  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Fischer wins | Fischer loses  

Now on DVD

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2050 OF 2050 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: <1! Franz Klammer winning the downhill>

That's a good pick <Jim>, Klammer is probably the greatest downhill skier ever.

Tommy Moe's surprise downhill win in Lillehammer 1994 was also great fun, but my no.1 Winter Olympics pick is speed skater Eric Heiden's five golds in Lake Placid. One of the greatest American Olympic athletes ever, in any sport.

Most beautiful Winter Olympian ever? East German figure skater Katarina Witt. But don't tell my wife :)

Apr-25-15  Jim Bartle: Too young for Dorothy Hamill?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: LOL, of course I remember Dorothy, <Jim>. But I still rank Katarina a bit higher. Both in figure skating and in..well, you get the idea.
Apr-25-15  Jim Bartle: But, but, Dorothy is...American!
Apr-25-15  ughaibu: Mark Spitz.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: <ughaibu> Well, if you prefer Mark Spitz to Dorothy and Katarina, that's fine by me. I mean, who are we to judge? Heart wants what it wants. That's just the way it is.
Apr-25-15  ughaibu: I'm at the disadvantage of never having heard of Dorothy or Katarina, sad to say.
Apr-25-15  Sally Simpson: I remember watching Mark Spitz on telly in '72.

One incident comes to mind. He held up a pair of trainers waving them to the cheering crowd. A totally innocent thing.

The Russians (yes them again) complained that Mark was actually endorsing a makers brand therefore was not an amateur sportsman and therefore should be banned from the Olympics.

That one was thrown out of court.

The Russians got around the amateur status rule by making all their top athletes majors and captains in the army. (they only time they ever put on a uniform was for their passport photo.)

The Cold War....the good old days.

Apr-25-15  MagnusVerMagnus: OK, just came back from the Spurs victory, just want to say this once. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A MORE SELF-CENTERED EGOTISTICAL, NARCISSIST, that had so many chess playing-idiots worshiping him because of where he was born. HE never did ANYTHING for anyone but for himself, everyone helped him, he helped NO-ONE. He was a decrepit horrible human being, you want a memorial, put it at the base of new Twin Towers!!!! With a giant apology for forsaking his country which stood by him and fought for him.
Apr-25-15  HeMateMe: <optimal play> The US televised Olympics coverage goes for <all> of the sports, especially ones that will have a US-interested audience. Thus swimming, most track and field events, figure skating, down hill skiing, things with broad appeal are covered here, even if the US is not a strong contender for medals.

However, it is rare that USA television covers the actual medal awarding ceremony to any other country. That's not out of jingoism, but because the people paying a few hundred $million dollars for tv rights here don't want the audience to turn the channel because the Bulgarian national anthem is about to be played, soul stirring though it may be.

We don't cover the women's hammer throw, ballroom dancing or a favorite in Poland, the Javelin catching competition, even if Americans are involved. Some events just don't sell, over here.

Apr-25-15  A.T PhoneHome: <Sally Simpson: The Russians got around the amateur status rule by making all their top athletes majors and captains in the army.> One very good example of that is Soviet Union men's national ice hockey team.

The players had to train eleven months a year, only being allowed to visit their families during Christmases. They were confined to army barracks as Viktor Tikhonov Sr. was a General in the Red Army.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: <A.T. PhoneHome> But what a team they had. Remember the KLM line? Krutov, Larionov and Makarov. Best hockey line ever by some distance.
Apr-25-15  A.T PhoneHome: Indeed. Amazing puck handling and overall ability. Makarov's puck handling was something else!

Valeri Kharmalov was another fantastic Soviet ice hockey player. I think he played in the first Summit Series, back in 1972. He was injured later on during the Summit Series, apparently it was intentional by Canadian side.

Apr-25-15  HeMateMe: The Philadelphia Flyer's center, playing for the USA, cracked the Russian's ankles with a stick and broke a bone, ending the Summit Series for that player.
Apr-25-15  A.T PhoneHome: It's a shame Canada's interest level towards IIHF World Men's Championship has decreased quite a bit; them not reaching the medal games in years.

They are more interested in NHL and Stanley Cup and their own World Cup. I remember when Canada played so well at IIHF World Men's Championships. That would be another very strong team competing for the medals should they choose to put effort into it.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: <A.T. PhoneHome: They are more interested in NHL and Stanley Cup and their own World Cup. I remember when Canada played so well at IIHF World Men's Championships. That would be another very strong team competing for the medals should they choose to put effort into it.>

Yeah, the Hockey World Championsip, just like the Olympic Hockey tournament, was seldom considered a very prestigious tournament here in North America. Usually those tournaments have coincided with the Stanley Cup playoffs, preventing USA and Canada from sending their best players. The US teams have often consisted of young, promising College players.

I remember back in the day, the 70s and 80s, there were always the same four national teams that competed for the title: USSR, Czechoslovakia,Sweden and Canada. Sometimes Finland and the USA (despite lacking their top players) were added to the mix.

Haven't followed international Hockey so closely in recent years, but I think many more national teams are competitive now.

Apr-25-15  A.T PhoneHome: Finland got quite strong in the 80's if not before that. I think Finland won silver at Calgary in 1988 (I think?).

In recent years we've been able to remain consistently in the top 3 of IIHF Rankings. Anyways, I've always enjoyed USA's playing. Beautiful skating play by brash and young, promising players. I'm glad the United States let the young have a shot at IIHF events.

And there are more and more upsets at Men's Championships. For example, last year France beat Canada and Latvia beat Finland, not to mention Kazakhstan almost beating Finland, among other such results. The gap between teams is getting smaller and smaller, with the best nations sharing the knowledge by coaching other national teams.

An example of that: Switzerland won silver in 2013 IIHF Men's Championships, they played so fantastically. That was in part due to Finnish coaching.

Apr-25-15  Howard: Strange....the top of the page says "Robert James Fischer"---not U.S. hockey.
Apr-25-15  A.T PhoneHome: Sorry sir! Karposian, shall we take this to your forum page perhaps?
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: <Howard> yeah, I almost posted my Olympic highlights but decided against it. It really is time for this conversation to move somewhere more appropriate. I wonder what this page would be like if we had a 30 year old Fischer moderating it for content.
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <I almost posted my Olympic highlights but decided against it>

Bruce Jenner in the heptathlon?

Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: <A.T PhoneHome: Sorry sir! Karposian, shall we take this to your forum page perhaps?>

Well, I've never actually opened my own forum. But perhaps I should do it. Could be fun. I'll think about it.

<OCF> You've got a point, but personally I think that even if we digress a little now and then, is that really so much of a problem?

Anyway, I guess it's time to get back on track again.

Apr-25-15  A.T PhoneHome: Haha, I just checked your forum page and noticed that, <Karposian>. And yeah, I get Howard and OhioChessFan's point, but I take pride in the fact I talked about something decent (in my opinion that is).
Premium Chessgames Member
  optimal play: <HeMateMe> I would've thought the javelin catching competition would have a world-wide appeal ;)
Apr-25-15  A.T PhoneHome: It will have a world-wide appeal once someone fails to catch the javelin.

And sorry to drop in, <optimal play>!

Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 2050)
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2050 OF 2050 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other users.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific player and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2015, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies