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Fischer 
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 992
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.
      239 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
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
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
   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?]
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Skopje (1967)
   Netanya (1968)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Zurich (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   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
   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 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
   fav Capablanca & Fischer games by guoduke

GAMES ANNOTATED BY FISCHER: [what is this?]
   Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858
   R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963
   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886
   >> 18 GAMES ANNOTATED BY FISCHER

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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, 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 http://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...


 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 992  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. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
7. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
8. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
9. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
10. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
11. Reshevsky vs Fischer 1-031 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
12. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
13. A Turner vs Fischer 1-050 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
14. Fischer vs Popovych 1-052 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½31 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
16. R Sobel vs Fischer 1-027 1956 Montreal CA-openA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
17. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-129 1956 US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
18. Fischer vs H Matthai ½-½108 1956 Montreal CA-openB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½36 1956 New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
20. B Owens vs Fischer ½-½43 1956 57th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
21. Fischer vs M Fox 0-162 1956 Montreal CA-openA07 King's Indian Attack
22. A Turner vs Fischer 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
23. Fischer vs S Popel ½-½38 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
24. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½22 1956 Eastern States OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. K Blake vs Fischer 0-120 1956 Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 992  PGN Download
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Jul-22-10  I play the Fred: <and we're all descended from Africans.....>

I thought mankind origninated in present-day Iran?

Jul-22-10  Petrosianic: <My arguments are simple so let's not over-complicate them.>

You know, if we redefine the word "Jew" to mean "Martian", then Fischer would be right when he said his mother and sister weren't Jewish. That's a lot simpler than your 1365 argument.

Jul-22-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Travis Bickle: <Petrosianic: ...The thought then occurred that, since Botvinnik was the one who had started all this, that we should make it a Russian name, for an American city. Fischergrad was the natural choice, and that was funny. So, if you ever hear me refer to Fischergrad, without explaining it, it means Chicago, and that's why.>

Chicago could also be named Capone City,
or Dillingerville.

Jul-22-10  Petrosianic: Capone and Dillinger weren't born there. Besides, Fischer reflects more credit on Chicago than they do.
Jul-22-10  Riverbeast: <I thought mankind originated in present-day Iran?>

A lot of people speculated that the 'Garden of Eden' was between the Tigris and Euphrates - present day Iraq

However, scientists have recently claimed that "Eve", the mother of all humankind, was an African woman

And a lot of evidence concludes that all of mankind lived in Africa for millions of years, and only left the continent about 100,000 years ago

Now that they're starting to map the DNA, there have been some interesting discoveries

<If family trees were charted indefinitely backward, they would eventually converge on a small group of ancients who were ancestors of us all. Now biologists suggest in a report to Nature that a single female living between 140,000 and 280,000 years ago in Africa was an ancestor of everyone on the earth today. Inevitably -- and to the probable delight of creationists -- many scientists are calling her "Eve."

The authors point out that the hypothetical Eve, unlike the biblical one, was in no sense the one ancestral mother of all humans. There were other females reproducing at the time who have modern descendants. But Eve is the only one who appears in everyone's genealogy, a conclusion the biologists reached by studying mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA).

.....Since the sperm's mitochondria do not survive fertilization intact, mtDNA is inherited solely through the mother.>

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/a... >

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/a...

Jul-22-10  Petrosianic: On that note, what other good city names might be made from the names of world champions? Botvinniko? Laskerstadt? Steinitz almost sounds like a city name already (like Chemnitz or Colditz). I can think of a really obvious alternate name for Casablanca...
Jul-22-10  Petrosianic: Oh wow, there's ALREADY a Lasker, North Carolina.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lasker...

Jul-22-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anand,...
Jul-22-10  I play the Fred: Maybe we can name ghost towns after FIDE Knockout Champions.
Jul-22-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: Actually, there is a village in Poland called Kramnik. AND one called Drawnik. Not kidding. I discovered that before.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kramni...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drawnik

Jul-22-10  Petrosianic: <Actually, there is a village in Poland called Kramnik. AND one called Drawnik.>

I don't say this very often, but that definnitely deserves a ROTFLMAO.

(Gee, Kramnik has two cities named after him when most champions don't even have one!)

Jul-22-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Travis Bickle: <Riverbeast: However, scientists have recently claimed that "Eve", the mother of all humankind, was an African woman

And a lot of evidence concludes that all of mankind lived in Africa for millions of years, and only left the continent about 100,000 years ago

Now that they're starting to map the DNA, there have been some interesting discoveries

And a lot of evidence concludes that all of mankind lived in Africa for millions of years, and only left the continent about 100,000 years ago.>

If that is true then why were The Greeks so advanced with the 1st alphabet etc. and if Africa was the start of all mankind and man lived there millions of years then why is alot of Africa still an under-developed jungle?

Jul-22-10  Petrosianic: <Actually, there is a village in Poland called Kramnik. AND one called Drawnik.>

I can think of two REALLY good candidates for the Sister Cities Program.

Jul-22-10
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  Travis Bickle: <Petrosianic: Oh wow, there's ALREADY a Lasker, North Carolina.> But Lasker wasn't born there.
Jul-22-10  BobbyDigital80: Sometimes people claim Fischer was half Jewish because his mother was Jewish, while others say he's 100% Jewish because both parents were Jewish. What exactly are they talking about though when they say Jewish? How can Fischer be 100% Jewish if his mother was Swiss and Polish and his father was Hungarian. He's just a typical European American mutt. I don't think Jews are a race. Maybe they were in biblical times, but not anymore. I also find it ridiculous that some people think Fischer is a hypocrite because he's a self-hating Jew. That would be like me insulting English people and being called a hypocrite because I have some English ancestry. Just because I'm part English, German, Dutch, Welsh, Danish, Belgian, French, and Scottish doesn't mean that I identify with any of those countries or think of myself as being part whatever. I just think of myself as a typical Euro American mutt, and I view Fischer the same way.
Jul-22-10  Riverbeast: <If that is true then why were The Greeks so advanced with the 1st alphabet etc>

Before the ancient Greeks, there were the Egyptians (who were in Africa)

The first known alphabet, I believe, came from the Sumerians?

Anyway, all of these ancient races have changed, and mixed, over the millennia...The Egyptians and Greeks and Sumerians and Jews of thousands of years ago are probably quite different from what we see today

<I don't think Jews are a race>

A lot of people might disagree with you

But if you're right, and so many races have changed and evolved and intermarried over time, then maybe we should stop talking about races being distinct in general

Jul-22-10
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  Check It Out: The state of Africa's degraded politics and economics have nothing to do with how long human's have lived there. For that you would have to ask who benefits from oppression in a corrupt global hierarchy.
Jul-22-10  whatthefat: <Travis Bickle: If that is true then why were The Greeks so advanced with the 1st alphabet etc. and if Africa was the start of all mankind and man lived there millions of years then why is alot of Africa still an under-developed jungle?>

By the same reasoning, why are regions such as Mesopotamia, which were once so technologically advanced, now essentially irrelevant?

Jul-22-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Travis Bickle: <Riverbeast: (an excerpt of his earlier post) ...And a lot of evidence concludes that all of mankind lived in Africa for millions of years, and only left the continent about 100,000 years ago.>

Keep in mind these are just questions that I came up with, I'm not denying any scientific theories or so called evidence. That said, if this is true why was it only about 100,000 years ago that humans got advanced enough to leave Africa for other continents? Why wasn't Africa the leader in world developments? For instance Cleopatra's Egypt, Greece, Rome & later England were super power nations, why didn't Africa being the very 1st civilization not have been at the forefront of technology? It's like when mankind left Africa development became stagnant. Maybe it was lack of resources but why were other armies so much greater? Alexander The Great, Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar ruled the world or parts of it for many years, why didn't Africa?

I also find it sadly ironic that the very 1st civilization Africa, were taken slaves by Spain, England, America etc. when they should have had the most advanced armies and weapons to fight off these evil conquerors.

Thirdly scientists have found in Africa and other remote locations on earth tribes where time virtually has stood still for thousands of years. The people are uneducated, hunt with very crude weapons and are oblivious of the outside world. It just doesn't make sense to me.

Jul-23-10  shishio71: So, if Morphy's the pride and sorrow of chess, then does that make Fischer the Insane Hero of chess? Granted before him, there was Torre, Rubinstein, etc...
Jul-23-10
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  HeMateMe: <TB> Some scientists believe that Africa failed to keep pace with the Europe area because much of Africa lacks the minerals to make tools, for increasing man's productivity and knowledge.
Jul-23-10  Riverbeast: Maybe the African tribes who have been living the same way for thousands of years, have had no real incentive to change their lifestyle, and build modern weapons, or structures, or technology

There are people all over the world who still live an agrarian lifestyle that hasn't really changed

The pyramids of Egypt, though, were built by a highly advanced civilization

Jul-23-10  noendgame: Why did civilization as we think of it first develop where it did? In a word, winter. The most primitive peoples in the world to this day are mainly equitorial, whether in the Amazon basin, central Africa, or Borneo (Australia is a special case). Large agrarian societies began along river valleys in northern Africa, Mesopotamia, and China. These lands lie approximately between the Tropic of Cancer and 45 degrees latitude and exhibit seasons. With seasonality it was necessary to invent a calendar and eventually arithmetic and an alphabet. Equitorial peoples live without seasonality and thus no incentive to try to manage the future.

In addition to geography, there is also the theory that only the more adventurous individuals or tribes ventured out of Africa and thus carried with them a genetic advantage.

Jul-23-10  Riverbeast: <Maybe it was lack of resources but why were other armies so much greater? Alexander The Great, Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar ruled the world or parts of it for many years, why didn't Africa?>

One of my favorite generals of history was Hannibal

In his time, Carthage (modern day Libya) was one of the major empires in the world, and Hannibal led what may have been the strongest army in the world

In the second Punic War, his armies routed the Romans (who up until that time were the greatest army in the world) in every single pitched land battle they fought

Hannibal even tried to march on Rome itself, bringing his elephants all the way through the Alps....The only way the Romans could defeat him was fighting what was essentially a guerrilla war, attacking the supply lines...They knew they could not beat him in an open battle

Jul-23-10  whatthefat: <noendgame: Australia is a special case>

Well, Australia has very little seasonality, so your argument makes some sense. But along the lines of what <Riverbeast> is saying, developing technologies at the expense of the land also runs counter to the culture of the Australian aborigines.

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