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Fischer 
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 993
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.
      240 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
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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?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Netanya (1968)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Skopje (1967)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Zurich (1959)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   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
   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
   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 993  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. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
5. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
6. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
7. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
8. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
9. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
10. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
11. D Byrne vs Fischer 0-141 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
12. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-152 1956 New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
13. F R Anderson vs Fischer ½-½19 1956 Montreal CA-openB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
14. D Ruth vs Fischer 0-124 1956 57th US OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
15. W Walz vs Fischer 0-140 1956 Montreal CA-openB25 Sicilian, Closed
16. Fischer vs E Hearst 0-140 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
17. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19 1956 57th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
18. H Goldhamer vs Fischer 0-125 1956 WashingtonB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. Fischer vs S Baron 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
20. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143 1956 57th US OpenB20 Sicilian
21. J F Donovan vs Fischer 0-140 1956 57th US OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. Fischer vs Mednis ½-½40 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. Fischer vs E Nash 0-151 1956 US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
24. Reshevsky vs Fischer 1-031 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
25. A Turner vs Fischer 1-050 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 993  PGN Download
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Apr-11-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Apr-12-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Apr-12-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: Not seen in Pirateland

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

It's comedy gold ..

Apr-12-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 !

Apr-12-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Apr-12-12  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.

Apr-12-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Apr-12-12  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 :)

Apr-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: <Petrosianiac> Bury your head in the sand .. Abuse the 'ignore' option..

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

Apr-13-12
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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.

Apr-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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