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Robert James Fischer
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 1,038
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785

Overall record: +419 -85 =245 (72.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 289 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (195) 
    B90 B32 B88 B44 B57
 Ruy Lopez (122) 
    C92 C69 C95 C97 C98
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C92 C95 C97 C98 C89
 French Defense (72) 
    C19 C11 C18 C16 C15
 Caro-Kann (54) 
    B10 B11 B18 B14 B17
 French Winawer (43) 
    C19 C18 C16 C15 C17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (119) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 King's Indian (117) 
    E80 E62 E97 E60 E67
 Sicilian Najdorf (77) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E45 E46 E40 E43 E56
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D86 D79 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
   Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 0-1
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   Fischer vs Panno, 1970 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   US Championship (1966)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Skopje (1967)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Netanya (1968)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Bled (1961)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Havana (1965)

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 fernando.laroca
   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
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by Jaredfchess
   A Legend on the Road (I) by MissScarlett
   Fischer Favorites by atrifix
   Fischer 101 by rea
   Fischer 101 by Parkov

   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970
   Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962
   Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan, 1962

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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 a chess prodigy 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. At age 15, Fischer became both the youngest grandmaster (at the time) and the youngest candidate for the World Championship.

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

Last updated: 2017-05-02 23:48:19

 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,038  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Mayers vs Fischer 1-0171953Blitz GameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. J Altusky vs Fischer 0-181954Offhand GameC71 Ruy Lopez
3. Fischer vs J Altusky 1-0121954Offhand GameE90 King's Indian
4. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-0121955Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
5. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½331955US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs K Warner 0-1281955Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
7. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½251955Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-1231955Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
9. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½281955Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
10. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-1441955Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
11. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½361956New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
12. Fischer vs S Baron 1-0531956New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
13. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-1521956New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
14. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0531956New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
15. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. Fischer vs J A Casado ½-½481956Simul, 12bB32 Sicilian
17. Fischer vs E Nash 0-1511956US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
18. K Blake vs Fischer 0-1201956Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
19. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-1291956US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143195657th US OpenB20 Sicilian
21. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
22. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45195657th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
24. B E Owens vs Fischer ½-½43195657th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
25. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19195657th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
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  Eric Schiller: <focus> Sorry, your guess was wrong. The reason the game was not rated one simply because to have a game rated both players must be members of an official affiliate and Fischer was not a USCF member registered with FIDE. In any case I don't think the match was ever officially submitted for rating.

The tim control had nothing to do with it.

Jul-23-10  drnooo: Full on Fischers face had an intense stare, this profile mellows that aspect considerably: though I am not sure about his interview with Cavett, maybe there he looked entirely calm, but the shot of him on the cover of Life turns him into a killer of chess: here this shot just makes him look extremely competent and yes, even nice. Well, he was to many, not many who knew him truly disliked him.Take Woods for instance, there are far too many who say that the guy is just a jerk: Fischer probably never quite fit into that category.
Jul-23-10  miguelito: bobby's perfomance rating in 1992 was 2700 , in 1972 his perfomance was 2768 .
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  HeMateMe: Why didn't Bobby evolve? He was an angry 14-year-old boy his entire life.
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  Joshka: In Ray Keene's book on the (1992) match. He gave ratings after every one of the 30 encounters.
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  Joshka: <He was an angry boy his entire life> And for good reason! 1.) Coming from a broken home, and not having the nurturing needed from his mother. In fact she leaves him to fend by himself when he was 16! In most states nowadays that would be criminal child neglect! 2.) Imagine devoting yourself to an endeavor, becoming the best in the world at it, but having your own country not lend support of your efforts. 3. Never even was invited to the White House for an official dinner in honor of what he accomplished in beating the Soviets at their OWN sport! 4. ) Instead had a heroes welcome in the Phillipines from Marcos. (well some leaders and country's DO get it) 5.) The Bekins Heist, robbing the owner of his personal artifacts, causing more stress and ankst to it's owner, ect. 6.) Having another country (Japan) strip you of your freedom, jail, ect. 7.) Force you to live in exile. Oh and let's not forget to mention all the years of hounding by the FBI.....uhmmm any wonder why Bobby had so much built up anger within!?? PS He never even got support from his so called friend Larry Evans when Bobby was negotiating the terms for his title defense.
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  TheFocus: <Eric> Thank you for clearing that up.
Jul-23-10  Albertan: "For Bobby Fischer, the Drama Won’t Die"

Jul-23-10  Bryce101: could someone tell me where i could possibly watch the new Bobby Fischer movie, "Bobby Fischer Live" directed by Damian Chapa? i can only find trailors and i doubt it will ever be released in Australia where i live. Has anyone seen it? is it good? and are there any sites on the net that show the whole movie? thanks alot if you can help.
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  TheFocus: <Bryce> You can buy a copy of the DVD on eBay.
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  HeMateMe: Isn't it possible, in many instances, to go to Amazon, type in the movie name, pay a small fee and watch the movie off of your computer screen? Of course, Netflix has that function too.
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  Once: Just seen the sci-fi movie "Inception" with Leo deCaprio. One of the characters was a certain "Robert Fischer". Doesn't play chess, but he does look a bit like Bobby. Or is that just my hyperactive imagination?
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  HeMateMe: Well, at least it wasn't <Robert Chambers>...
Jul-26-10  Riverbeast: <One of the characters was a certain "Robert Fischer". Doesn't play chess, but he does look a bit like Bobby. Or is that just my hyperactive imagination?>

Maybe not your own hyperactive imagination...I saw Inception last week also, and thought the same thing!

Especially when they showed the photographs of the 'Robert Fischer' character, which looked uncannily like Fischer (more so than the live actor)

And then, soon after 'Robert Fischer' is introduced, Ellen Page's character makes her own unique totem (to remind her if she was awake or dreaming...Leonardo DiCaprio's was a spinning top)....And it looks like a metal pawn

Made me wonder...Maybe Christopher Nolan (the writer and director) is into chess? Or maybe he just likes using chess symbolism

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  Petrosianic: What does everyone consider to be Fischer's greatest game of each individual year? Almost everyone will agree that for 1956 there's only one serious candidate:

D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956

But what do people think was Fischer's best game of 1957? 1958? 1959? Et cetera. Classical games only, no blitz, simuls or the like. And pay close attention to US Championship games, because usually the last game or two of a championship was actually played in the next year.

There should be no candidates for 1969, because as TheFocus recently pointed out, this game had actually been played in 1968:

Saidy vs Fischer, 1969

Similarly, this should be the only possible candidate for 1964:

Saidy vs Fischer, 1964

I'll let other people make some picks before I do, since I don't want to just name my own favorites and have them rubber stamped.

Jul-27-10  MrQuinn: To anyone's knowledge has there been any effort to do a major new biography of Fischer that would include the "lost years" in some detail? My understanding is that none of the film work being done is worth the powder it would take to blow it all to hell.
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  HeMateMe: Well, the 'lost years' are mostly Fischer walking the streets of Pasadena, handing out anti semetic literature, playing a few offhand games of chess against whatever strong player might be on hand. His youth and real tournament record are of the most interest.
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  Petrosianic: Yeah, we wouldn't want to know the details of that stuff, and he certainly wouldn't want us knowing most of it. The question of his best game of each year should be more interesting...
Jul-27-10  MrQuinn: Must beg to differ. We don't know most of of what went on during the "lost years." Otherwise, they wouldn't be lost, would they? There's plenty of speculation, but no one, as yet, as shed much light on matters. Much credible light, anyway. As for Fischer's wishes, well, like any historical figure he doesn't have much say in the matter; on top of that he'd dead. He doesn't get to dictate terms from the grave. As for interest in his "best games of each year," well, how many times and how many ways has that same sort of thing been trotted out on this site or in publication? Pretty hoary stuff. At least some insight into the "lost years" will reveal something new about the man, for better or worse.
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  Petrosianic: <Must beg to differ. We don't know most of of what went on during the "lost years.">

We know that no public chess games were played, which is our primary interest in him. Private games may have been played, and those would be very interesting. What we do know isn't pretty. Wanting to know more is like everybody slowing down when they drive by an accident.

<As for interest in his "best games of each year," well, how many times and how many ways has that same sort of thing been trotted out on this site or in publication?>

Never, that I can recall. I can recall many discussions about his best games overall, (and those discussions are usually dominated by his few games that the average fan knows about, meaning his match games and the games from <My 60 Memorable>). But I don't remember anyone asking what was his best game of 1965. I know it puts me in a considerable minority, but I do find his games to be more interesting than his political views or private life.

Jul-27-10  whatthefat: <Petrosianic>

It's an interesting question, but one I'll have to leave to those who better know Fischer's career. I could probably do it for Tal.

Jul-27-10  BobCrisp: The 1980s seem to be a bit of a blur but Fischer was still pretty active post-Reykjavik. There were the trips to the Phillipines and Japan in 1973, the negotiations with FIDE through 1974-75, the unofficial match negotiations with Karpov in 1976, the acrimonius 1977 break with the Worldwide Church of God, the 1977 computer match; so plenty for an assiduous writer to flesh out and document. It'd also be nice to know more about Fischer's 1971 simul tour in Argentina that followed his Candidates victory over Petrosian. According to Fischer, he played in the region of 25-30 simuls, several hundred games and he was in 'great form.' Granted, Fischer was prone to exaggeration, and only a handful of game scores have turned up, but it'd be nice to know either way.
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  Petrosianic: <whatthefat> <I could probably do it for Tal.>

Do it for Tal, if you want to (In the Tal Thread, of course). That would be about equally interesting, especially comparing things like his best game of 1989 to his best game of 1959.

Jul-27-10  MrQuinn: You have grown so presumptuous over your years on this site, Petrosianic. "Our interest?" Whose interest might that be? Your minions? And who would they be? There is considerable interest in Fischer's life beyond just the chess, whether you find it interesting or not. The car wreck allusion is simply your opinion and poorly placed at that. He IS a figure of history, not a body beside the roadway. Please don't pretend to speak in your typical high handed way for all those who frequent the site. And don't get pedantic about a "best game discussion." The material is forty+ years old and has been commented on thoroughly by everybody from Kasparov on down. A trivial listing of what a collection of hobbyists think are his best games year to year is little more than a pleasant indulgence and it certainly ads nothing to the working knowledge of Fischer's life. If you have no intellectual curiosity about his distinctive travails on this planet, that's fine, or you're too squeamish to look, so be it, but enough already with this patronizing "Lord of" attitude that so infuses your writing.
Jul-27-10  BobCrisp: <but enough already with this patronizing "Lord of" attitude that so infuses your writing.>


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