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Robert James Fischer
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 1,052
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785

Overall record: +420 -85 =245 (72.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 302 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (195) 
    B90 B32 B88 B44 B77
 Ruy Lopez (122) 
    C92 C69 C95 C97 C98
 French Defense (76) 
    C19 C11 C18 C16 C15
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C92 C95 C98 C97 C89
 Caro-Kann (50) 
    B11 B10 B18 B13 B14
 French Winawer (45) 
    C19 C18 C16 C15 C17
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (117) 
    E80 E62 E97 E60 E67
 Sicilian (115) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 Sicilian Najdorf (77) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E45 E46 E40 E43 E58
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D79 D86 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
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   Fischer vs Panno, 1970 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1

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

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   -ER Fischer by fredthebear
   1964 Fischer simul exhibition tour by gauer
   Fischer vs The Russians by wanabe2000
   Match Fischer! by dwinco
   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 demirchess
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by KingG
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by Patca63
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by Jaredfchess
   A Legend on the Road (I) by MissScarlett

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

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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. Gravestone photo:

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: 2018-09-23 15:50:12

 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,052  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 Franklin Saksena 1-0221955Lincoln ch-US jrC53 Giuoco Piano
12. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-1521956New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
13. W Whisler vs Fischer 0-1281956?E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
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 K Vine ½-½361956New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
17. Fischer vs S Baron 1-0531956New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
18. Fischer vs J A Casado ½-½481956Simul, 12bB32 Sicilian
19. Fischer vs E Nash 0-1511956US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
20. K Blake vs Fischer 0-1201956Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
21. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-1291956US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143195657th US OpenB20 Sicilian
23. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
24. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45195657th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
25. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
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  harrylime: Match of the Century (the Ballad of Bobby Fischer) by Paul Buchignani

Sep-05-19  Whitehat1963: According to 2700 Chess, Fischer’s highest Elo rating was 2789.7 in August of 1972. Since then, players such as Nepomniatchi, Radjabov, Grischuk, Morozevich, Ivanchuk, and Giri have all surpassed him. And yet, if it were somehow possible to contest a match between Fischer at his best and any of the above at theirs, I know who I’d put my money on. Fischer. All day. Every day.
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  plang: that is because ELO ratings were only intended to be compared to players who are contemporary with each other - not between players of different eras.

We'd be better off without ratings considered how often they are misused.

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  parmetd: If you go to, you will see the top 19 who have passed Fischer's peak with their peak and date of their highest rating.
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  AylerKupp: <<Whitehat1963> According to 2700 Chess, Fischer’s highest Elo rating was 2789.7 in August of 1972.>

That's odd. The Jul-1972 FIDE rating list (just before the start of his 1972 match with Spassky) has him at 2785, and the next FIDE rating list in Jul-1973 has him at 2780. And since the only games he played between Jul-1972 and July-1973 were his games against Spassky, I don't see how could have calculated a peak rating of 2789.7 in Aug-1972.

At any rate, only the FIDE ratings are official so whatever says with respect to live ratings is interesting, but nothing more.

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  AylerKupp: <<plang> We'd be better off without ratings considered how often they are misused.>

That seems to be somewhat extreme to me. If the people are misusing the ratings because they don't understand how they are calculated, that seems to me to be a problem of the people doing so, not the ratings themselves.

<that is because ELO ratings were only intended to be compared to players who are contemporary with each other - not between players of different eras.>

It's more than that; Elo ratings are calculated based on the players' performance against other players in the rating pool at the time that the ratings are calculated, so it's simply not valid mathematically speaking to compare the Elo ratings between players of different eras. It's like comparing apples to oranges or, as someone once said, apples to pianos.

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  parmetd: It's peak rating calculated as whatever your highest was not official.
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  Sally Simpson: ***
recently this picture was sent to me.

A coach named after Bobby Fischer.


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  harrylime: Robert James Fischer

Is THE MAN in chess.

Itz just taking a while for chess folk to realise this lol lol lol lol

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  diceman: <Sally Simpson: ***

A coach named after Bobby Fischer.>

Odd, I could see a steamroller named after Fischer.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Diceman,

There is a rumour that it fails to turn up unless an appearance fee is paid.


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  MissScarlett: 19 lost Fischer simul games turn up out of the blue:

Here's the one that got away: Fischer vs F Middendorf, 1970

Leave it with me...

Sep-29-19  cunctatorg: About "Fischer-boom"!!

Quentin Tarantino's recent (masterpiece) movie "Once upon a time ... in Hollywood" makes a short -but clear- reference to "Fischer-boom", presenting a 1969 tv-series, "3 in the Attic" where the three -female- leading actresses are gathered around a chessboard at the series' introductory shot. Brand Pitt's character Cliff Booth watches an episode of this series at the evening of February 8th 1969 in his trailer.

Emilio Estevez's great 2006 "Bobby" movie (starring Harry Bellafonte, Laurence Fishburne, ANTHONY HOPKINS, Sharon Stone, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Aston Kutcher, Demi Moore, Lindsay Lohan, Shia LaBeouf and more) did also a clear (and not so short!) reference to "Fischer-boom"; at the movie two old employees of the Hotel where Bobby Kennedy's assassination took place, Anthony Hopkins' character and (most probably) Harry Bellafonte's one are playing a (quite amateurish) prolonged chess game at the Hotel the same day of Bobby Kennedy's assassination.

The facts that the three leading actresses of a 1969 tv-series are playing (or analyzing!...) a game of chess (!!) and the fact that two Hotel old employees became -at 1968-(extremely amateurs but quite interested) chess fans is more than enough (and ... loud speaking!) evidence of the "Fischer-boom" sociological effect and Bobby Fischer's inimitable influence and epic impact!!

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  harrylime: Robert James Fischer is the BEATLES and ALI combined in HIS INFLUENCE AND IMPACT upon the world of chess.

Loads of folks on this WEBSITE are ignorant of either chess history or are just DUMB. 👍

Sep-29-19  cunctatorg: <@ harryline> The (sociological) "Fischer-boom" aside, I also believe that Victor Korchnoi after 1973, Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov are "chess" children of Bobby Fischer, they were deeply influenced by his inimitable results and unrivaled level of dominance, they have been inspired by the very awe he radiated and they became able to also inspire awe, following his footsteps. The 1971 USSR Championship's "Vladimir Savon incident" (!!...) is the best testimony of the "Fischer induced awe"!!
Sep-29-19  cunctatorg: <@ harrylime> indeed; sorry, bad vision...
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  harrylime: <<cunctatorg: <@ harryline> The (sociological) "Fischer-boom" aside, I also believe that Victor Korchnoi after 1973, Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov are "chess" children of Bobby Fischer, they were deeply influenced by his inimitable results and unrivaled level of dominance, they have been inspired by the very awe he radiated and they became able to also inspire awe, following his footsteps. The 1971 USSR Championship's "Vladimir Savon incident" (!!...) is the best testimony of the "Fischer induced awe"!!>>

I agree with you and this.

Fischer's impact upon chess is still being felt now.

Fischer is the greatest .

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  harrylime: This site is uber against RJF.


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  harrylime: Bobby Fischer The Best EVER


I'm just so glad to be alive to have witnessed his games. 😎😎😍

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  harrylime: BOBBY


Bobby is the ALI of chess.

Muhammad Ali Theme Song Black Superman LYRICS!!!

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  harrylime: bobby is the greatest. ❤️️❤️️❤️️
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  harrylime: BOBBY FISCHER


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  harrylime: THE KING OF CHESS ❤️️😉😎

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  harrylime: LOVE YOU BOBBY

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