The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 990
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785
Overall record: +419 -86 =246 (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.

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 (118) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 King's Indian (115) 
    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?]
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Havana (1965)
   U.S. Championship (1966)
   Skopje (1967)
   Netanya (1968)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Fischer-Spassky (1992)

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 TheFocus
   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'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

   Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858
   R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963
   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886

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(born Mar-09-1943, died Jan-17-2008) United States of America (citizen of Iceland)

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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

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 990  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. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
5. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
6. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
7. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
8. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
9. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
10. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
11. B Owens vs Fischer ½-½43 1956 57th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
12. Fischer vs M Fox 0-162 1956 Montreal CA-openA07 King's Indian Attack
13. A Turner vs Fischer 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
14. Fischer vs S Popel ½-½38 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½22 1956 Eastern States OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
16. K Blake vs Fischer 0-120 1956 Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
17. K Smith vs Fischer ½-½51 1956 57th US OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
18. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
19. Fischer vs W Stevens ½-½20 1956 57th US OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
20. E Nash vs Fischer 0-148 1956 WashingtonB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
21. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Havana simB32 Sicilian
22. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. Fischer vs C Sharp 1-033 1956 CAN-opC78 Ruy Lopez
24. Fischer vs A Di Camillo 1-041 1956 Washington D.C.C78 Ruy Lopez
25. Fischer vs M Pavey ½-½35 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 990  PGN Download
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  Joshka: <TheFocus> <real story would be better than a fictitious> Well you see, the REAL story would cast the USCF, organized chess (FIDE), ect. in a negative light. Another reason why it seems the "Jude Acers" story is not being told on the silver screen. 20 Malaysian and Chinese scientists on board 370 working for an outfit in Austin, Texas. Their research? Working on aircraft to go undetected by radar. Why do we never hear about this on CNN/MSNBC or Lord forbide, the HOLY GRAIL OF ALL TRUTH EVERYWHERE FOX!!!.....all right sorry to vent
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  HeMateMe: If there had been bed wetting in the Fischer camp, Frank Brady would have been on it like white on rice.

Why does the actor playing Fischer have to be tall? My problem with Toby MaGuire is he seems more a suburbia face, accent, whereas Fischer clearly sounds like a New Yorker, and has a more confident presence than Maguire projects in his movies. Neal Patrick Harris (how I met your mother) or Chris Pine, the new Captain Kirk in the Star Trek series would be better, as they both have more of a arrogant presence than Magurie has. They are also taller, with a slight resemblance to Bob, whereas there is no resemblance with Toby Maguire.

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  Sally Simpson: Lawrence Cook, appeared on BBC's Mastermind answering questions about Bobby Fischer.

I got two wrong. Fischer's dad and the mate move number.

He is the first contestant up.

Apr-19-14  Boxer123: Hang on, isn't this movie already made?
Apr-19-14  fedalio: Not quite sure why people are believing a script downloaded from the internet is the real thing. I assume the film will strive to be like A Beautiful Mind - stretch truth in places, in seeking to dramatise the story.
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  john barleycorn: <fedalio: Not quite sure why people are believing a script downloaded from the internet is the real thing. I assume the film will strive to be like A Beautiful Mind>

But John F. Nash jr. was not too unhappy with the movie, was he?

Apr-19-14  Mr 1100: Trying to think of an actor with a close facial resemblance to Fischer, I'd say Jason Biggs comes to mind. Or possibly Jake Gyllenhaal. Come to think of it, if they're looking for someone to play a brooding, misunderstood genius, who seems tragically unaware how ridiculously photogenic he happens to be, Jake Gyllenhaal would be the perfect choice.
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  KKDEREK: <Mr 1100: Trying to think of an actor with a close facial resemblance to Fischer,> Again, Adrian Brody (with that big nose, like Fischer)..Jake G. could be also a choice..
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  chancho: The guy who plays Colin Fisher, (Bones) kind of looks like Fischer.

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  KKDEREK: <chancho> great catch..Agreed;
Apr-19-14  1971: Great, more "pseudo poetry". ;) Good to have you back, long live lamont.

- formerly WiseWizard

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  john barleycorn: < chancho: The guy who plays Colin Fisher, (Bones) kind of looks like Fischer.>

more like Grishuk, imo. but definitely better than <spiderman>. or was it <ironman>?

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  HeMateMe: The guy who played Batman Year one could absolutely play Bob. Same build, face, could do the new Yawk accent.
Apr-20-14  Conrad93: The Focus, where did you get the script?
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  TheFocus: <Conrad93> I downloaded it off a thing called Ihe Internet. Many new scripts are available online before the movie is made.
Apr-20-14  Conrad93: I was not able to find it on this thing called the internet.

What site was it again?

Apr-20-14  Conrad93: ScriptShadow?

If that's the source, it's not very reliable.

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  TheFocus: I don't know the site now. It was a while back.
Apr-21-14  Conrad93: Even if this movie is complete crap, imagine how much popular chess will be after it's release.

Perhaps there will be a day when chess players aren't social outcasts...

Apr-21-14  fedalio: As Jeremy Schaap said to Bobby at his 2005 Reykjavik press conference:"You can't believe everything you read on the internet".
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  HeMateMe: It's always nice to see talent in a film. SFBF was excellent because it had both good actors AND a terrific script. Ben Kingsley as Pandolfini.

Joe Montagna as the chess player's father. He has been in a lot of interesting movies. In one film He played an idealistic cop in NYC who becomes sympathetic to a JDL (Jewish Defense League) type group that is trying to stop a possible terrorist threat to Jewish people and property in the city. They are a sort of Mossad type group who play by their own rules, and they trap this guy into giving up restricted police information.

Pretty good film. Does anyone remember the name of this movie?

Apr-21-14  Conrad93: <As Jeremy Schaap said to Bobby at his 2005 Reykjavik press conference:"You can't believe everything you read on the internet".>

Of course not. It's all just a big Jewish conspiracy.

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  mistermac: Of course you can believe the Internat. At least my bits!
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  TheFocus: F××k Jeremy. Schaap.

Is that plain enough?

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  TheFocus: And f**k Tobey McGuire too.
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