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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 S Baron 1-0531956New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
12. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-1521956New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
13. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0531956New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
14. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½361956New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
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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  harrylime: <Galdur> do you understand that ?

This is a chess site ..

RJF is famous for chess ..

Not YOUR politics or problems ! Ok?

Apr-11-12  Zugzwangovich: I agree with your sentiments, harrylime, but forget it. You're batting your head against a brick wall.
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  harrylime: ^^^

I know ..

But jeez do I wanna just talk about chess ! Fischer in chess .. what Fischer meant to chess.. ect.. ect..

Just his art ..

I will start posting up games..

Apr-12-12  Zugzwangovich: <harrylime> Looking forward to it. BTW, why the Macca icon? A fellow Beatles nut perhaps?
Apr-12-12  galdur: Also seen in Pirateland

Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise & Fall (2011) Audiobook 657 MB

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  harrylime: Not seen in Pirateland

' I disown my prejudices ' .. true story of a chessplaying trainspotter ..

It's comedy gold ..

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  harrylime: <Zugwangovich>

Absolutely. But there are a few others on this site !

Hey just annoys me when posters project their own prejudices on these pages ! these pages are alive and kickin .. not some tombstone for dead graffiti on personnal angsts and isms ..

Fischer IS chess ! Is art . Is now !

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  harrylime: <KKDEREK>

Sure.. and yeah, there's ofcourse scope for that in Chess.. ..

Fischer just seems to attract the fruitcakes and fanatics tho outside of the sphere of his art ..

Gazza and Karpov don't have this problem lol

Fischer is a magnet for extremists and geeks and all kinds of trainspotters..

Maybe that's why he's the greatest.. I dunno ..

But this is no dead graffiti page..

Fischer's art is alive. Relevent. Now.

So geeks and political isms ect .. GO AWAY ! Take your prejudices to more appropriate sites ! ok? lol

Apr-12-12  timhortons: What would be the end of bobby with out that 1992 rematch.

Maybe he will end dying alone in one of those cheap motels in california.

Somehow that money give him dignity.

Apr-12-12  ephesians: Sounds like a good deal to me - win a chess match, make millions.
Apr-12-12  Kolyas: User: TheFocus last posted on March 26.

User: lamont last posted on February 25.

Man, the Fischer pages needs these two guys to return. I miss them.

At least, we still have User: harrylime.

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  Petrosianic: <At least, we still have User: harrylime.>

I don't. I put him on Ignore after he as much as admitted that he confused objectivity with indecisiveness, and didn't even shoot for it. It doesn't take much to get my ear but there are a few rock bottom standards people have to meet.

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  alexmagnus: People who try to reduce Fischer to his chess do even a worse job in commemorating hin than people posting negative stuff about him.

A person cannot not be reduced to a game, no matter how masterful he is or was in the game in question.

Beethoven is more than his music. Fischer is more than his chess. And Einstein is more than the theory of relativity.

Don't reduce people to one field, no matter how great they are in that field. Negative things? Live with it, he is human! But don't forbid anyone talking about them, as the negative belongs to a human being just as the positive does.

Apr-12-12  King Death: <Petrosianic: <At least, we still have User: harrylime.> I don't...>

Me either, it's good to be able to have objective discussion with somebody even when I may not agree with what they have to say.

Hopefully <TheFocus> will get his health back soon. The rest doesn't matter until then.

Apr-12-12  Kolyas: <At least, we still have User: harrylime.> I am afraid my sarcasm about <harrylime> may have missed its mark.

I only recently heard that <TheFocus> was ill. I hope he returns in good health.

Apr-12-12  King Death: <Kolyas: <At least, we still have User: harrylime.> I am afraid my sarcasm about <harrylime> may have missed its mark.>

Sometimes sarcasm doesn't play out real well on the Net but there's no harm done though.

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  Petrosianic: <I only recently heard that <TheFocus> was ill. I hope he returns in good health.>

Wait a minute, The Focus is two people. Are they both AWOL?

Apr-13-12  Kolyas: Although <TheFocus> forum is shut down, one of them left a post about leaving permanently. His post said something about moving back home, wherever Home is.

Two for the price of one? I actually have my doubts about that. Although I must admit, when the other one left, <TheFocus> seemed to be a better poster. Not so willing to argue, especially after the suspension. But... that's just my opinion.

Apr-13-12  MarkFinan: <Kolyas> You are <Thefocus>???

And if you're not (which you are) then do you really believe all that "There's two of us posting under the same handle", RUBBISH?

Last time he "Left", you popped up saying the same stuff!! You must think people are just plain thick, mate..

Anyway, get better soon, and i genuinely mean that :)

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  harrylime: <Petrosianiac> Bury your head in the sand .. Abuse the 'ignore' option..

Just vindicates my impressions of you all along so it's cool ..

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  harrylime: And <KingDeath> .. Jeez ! lol lol I don't put anyone on 'ignore' on this site because it's stupid and infantile.. But jeez if I did lol lol

Fischer played some of the most beautiful and grand chess known to man.. before the domination of silicon..

Waffling on about his post chess life is missing the point.I wanna listen to Fischers' music.. How he revolutionized and changed chess .. Not his demise outside of chess. zzzz

Apr-13-12  Kolyas: <MarkFinan> You are wrong. I am not <TheFocus>.

<And if you're not (which you are) then do you really believe all that "There's two of us posting under the same handle", RUBBISH?>

He said he was two different people, not me. And I just posted that I had my doubts, but it is believable.

<Last time he "Left", you popped up saying the same stuff!! You must think people are just plain thick, mate.. >

You must have me confused with someone else. I never said anything like that. I have only posted 65 times so that is easy to check. I think I have mentioned him about three times.

Now, piss off.

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  harrylime: <Kolyas> To use abusive language like that..<MF> Must've hit some kinda nerve ! lol

Who or whatever you are, that kind of language is not welcome on these pages.

Zero input and abusive language. These pages deserve better.

Apr-13-12  MarkFinan: Calm down <Thekolyass> lol..

I really couldn't care less about the 3 of you, hope your all happy and healthy, i really do, i'm just letting you know... And check my last posts addressing you under one of my old handles.. Oh sorry, you can't they were in your forum haha..

Just relax, and come back if you want to... Uness you're still busy with your Fischer book??

Just like AJ's emails and life story....... I'm not buying it :D

Apr-13-12  Kolyas: Marky, you really are an absolute turd. Believe what you want. That is the way of a fool and an idiot.
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