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 K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
5. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
7. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
8. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
9. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
10. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
11. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
12. A Turner vs Fischer 1-050 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
13. Fischer vs Popovych 1-052 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
14. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½31 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
15. R Sobel vs Fischer 1-027 1956 Montreal CA-openA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
16. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-129 1956 US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
17. Fischer vs H Matthai ½-½108 1956 Montreal CA-openB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
18. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½22 1956 Eastern States OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
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. K Blake vs Fischer 0-120 1956 Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
25. K Smith vs Fischer ½-½51 1956 57th US OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
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  Joshka: <TheFocus> What I have always wondered about, was why the Clinton Administration didn't grant Bobby a full pardon? Bill was famous for giving pardons to the most unworthy and despicable folks. Had any President taken any interest in freeing Bobby I would have thought it would have been President Clinton. Do we know if there was any special petition formally sent to President Clinton in Bobby's behalf?
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  TheFocus: <Joshka> LOL! BTW, my own Mother sent me a $20 bill every year for my birthday until she passed away. I would ask her, "Mom, why do you do this? I make more money than you do?"

Moms? They have their strange ways.

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  TheFocus: <Joshka> I don't know the answer to that. Our government may never grant him a pardon. Clinton pardoned drug dealers but not a chess player.

I doubt that the USCF would ever petition them either.

Apr-23-14  fedalio: <joshka> <thefocus> I think he said in one of these interviews that there was a function at the White House in the 1990s where he was invited- it was all the people who had been on the cover of Time Life. And he was told the indictment would be taken care of but was not interested...I think he was not keen on Kervorkian being there. Also there is a letter in DeLucia's earlier book (and I am still waiting for my copy of his new one to arrive here in London) from his lawyer where getting rid of the indictment (or him paying a small fine) is mentioned. In general I don't think he was that interested.

<joshka> we're these checks ever cashed that you sent?

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  keypusher: <Bobby, of course you KNOW my father was just being sarcastic, he was upset that you wanted 50K >

I've read the article and I don't see any sign Schapp Sr. was upset by the babbling old fruitcake. He was amused. Fischer used to demand large amounts of money to talk to people all the time, though $50,000 seems like a lot even for him.

<I think he said in one of these interviews that there was a function at the White House in the 1990s where he was invited- it was all the people who had been on the cover of Time Life. And he was told the indictment would be taken care of but was not interested...>


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  Jim Bartle: That article was not offensive in any way. The reference to "Judge Crater" in the first paragraph is a clue it's going to be lighthearted.

I don't understand this concept that reporters should please their subjects. Their responsibility is to their readers.

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  Joshka: <TheFocus> See, this is what moms do, you were blessed as well:-) I remember the advice an older veteran gave me when I was about 22 years of age. He said, "In this world, you'll have only about 2 people who will really care for you, your wife and your mother." Well I'm divorced twice, my mother passed last November, so I'm flushed out for sure:-) <Our government may never grant him a pardon> Oh it's much too late for that, who cares now, I was just wondering about Clinton's reign. Yea drug dealers he pardoned, even murderers I believe, folks accused of embezzling large amounts of cash, ect. no not chess players, and one chess player in particular. I dunno maybe there was never an official petition. <fedalio> good thanks for mentioning the lawyers letter from an earlier DeLucia book, maybe it was Bobby Fischer Uncensored? <were these checks ever cashed that you sent> yes, but never signed/only scribbled initials probably from the person handling his mail. Now that I think about it, they were sent on his Birthday's from 1983-86. His PO Box was given out at the time cause he was selling that "I Was Tortured in the Pasadena Jailhouse" for a buck!!! Think I only bought 10 copies, had I been using my head, I would have bought a hundred!!! I gave most of them away, think I have 2 left. <keypusher> Amused?? What the heck is that suppose to mean..LOLOL He was so amused he wrote that Bobby didn't have a sane bone in his body!?? No, that's not amusement;-) That's being teed off, cause your so called friend will not even speak with you unless you fork over 50K, anyway like I said whatever he felt he inflicted personal harm to Bobby, and that's all that matters. Bobby was hurt cause he felt that Schaap was acting in the role of reporter and not friend. Reporters always tried to cast Bobby in a bad light, Schaap took off his "friend" cap, in place of a reporters, and thus Bobby was hurt, and rightfully so, IMHO.
Apr-23-14  fedalio: <Joshka> Yes, would have been Claudia Mokarow who handled his mail.

I've always wondered if these stories about Clinton representing Georgetown at chess when he was there in the late 60s were true, and if so if he was inspired by Bobby.

Yes, the lawyer letter is in the Uncensored book....along with a plea not to go to give a press conference in Argentina in 1996 as he would say contentious things which would jeopardise the process. Another of Bobby's ex-lawyers and associates was Congressman Charles Pashayan (this was the guy who in the mid 80s introduced a bill in Congress recognising Fischer as the world champion) - but guess he saw it as a hopeless cause as it went nowhere.

Is it in Brady's book that David Oddson mentioned a pardon to a member of the Clinton Administration in the 1990s? And he was surprised a minor request such as this went nowhere, which was not in keeping with diplomatic protocol.

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  Jim Bartle: Speaking of endorsing checks with the signature of someone famous, Ted Williams was the head of the Jimmy Fund in Boston for many years. He personally endorsed every check sent as a donation. So anybody could get a Ted signature for a few dollars.
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  Jim Bartle: Oh God, <joshka>, read the entire article and try to comprehend the tone in which it is written. The "no sane bone" is written in the same light, breezy tone.
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  HeMateMe: <And how would they have done that, anyway? He was in foreign countries. Do you suppose they would have asked the CIA to kidnap/snatch him? It would have been illegal for them to snatch him from a foreign country.>

You need to read [newspapers, and history].

Our subject:

A world champion of the game of chess, given a HUGE q-rating because he was the USA figurehead in the cold war with the soviets. His face is well known, in Europe.

6-2, Blond hair, 250 pounds, likes to go for long walks--alone.

Is quite likely to be in the company of professional chess players, or somewhat wealthy chess patrons. Such people's addresses can be found by checking with local chess clubs and tournament halls.

Draws money from a large prize fund earned in Yugoslavia, in 1992. Such money, about $3M, is likely to be intact, and not distributed among multiple banks. Monies are likely in Austria, Hungary, or Germany.

Do you REALLY think the State Department, CIA or Interpol could not find such a person, with a famous face, in two days, minimum? These are the people who tracked down <Carlos the Jackal>. Do you think they couldn't find Bobby Fischer's bank account, and where the money gets wired to?

Can't get a hold of him? A lot of these countries have extradition treaties with the USA. Has something to do with their being members of either NATO or the EU.

Was Benko paid cash? I have never heard of it, but if he was, then I'm totally mistaken on that one point. I thought Benko only demanded a promise from His Bobness that Fischer would not walk out on the Interzonal or Candidates matches.

Royalty checks? It dried up in the 80s, and Bob was dependant on anonymous chess benefactors.

I apologize for not following the story closely enough to know that Fischer bought an apartment in Iceland. I was under the impression that he was under the roof of his old ex-bodyguard Sami ______ (?) or wealthy Icelandic chess patrons.

The fact that his legal bills were pro bono doesn't surprise me.

I'd be very surprised if he paid anything to the people that he stayed with in Europe, while living as a fugitive from justice. It just fits his persona. The Polgars could shed some light on that, and they aren't talking. In an interview with one of the three sisters, it was delicately made clear that his anti-Jewish comments were "upsetting" to the Polgars, who are Jewish. I think they diplomatically told Bob to hit the road, at some point. We'll never know all the facts, as the sisters aren't talking about it in depth. Most likely they knew he had a few screws loose, but were willing to put up with it for awhile, to play chess against a living legend. Sort of like having DaVinci come by and sketch the members of your family. You give such a person a wide berth, even if he has flatulence and a big mouth.

I wonder who paid for Fischer's tombstone in Iceland? If I had to bet money, I bet it was paid for by the Icelandic government, and they didn't ask his Japanese mistress for a dime. If they had, she wouldn't have given them a dime. Runs in the family, I guess.

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  Joshka: <fedalio> No, never heard any stories of Clinton playing chess. As far as that press conference in Argentina, Bobby did give one in 1996, I have never seen the script. There is a photo of Bobby on the cover of "Ajedrez" during the press conference. I recall Mig Greengard ( close friend and confidant of Kasparov) stating he was at the press conference doing translation, and said he really had a lot of disrespect for Bobby during that time period. Wonder if it had anything to do with Bobby rapping Kasparov?;-)
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  Joshka: <jimbartle> I'll state it again, and this will be the last time. It does not matter what tone, I or you believe it to be in. He was hurt by the comment, and perceived it to be in a malicious vein. Bobby was not thinking he was the subject of a reporters voice. Bobby considered him a friend and Schaap as well stated 2 or 3 times they were friends. Friends don't throw friends under the bus. But maybe you cannot comprehend this unwritten code of conduct.
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  TheFocus: Bobby did say it was very hurtful to him.

I have made remarks that are sometimes meant in jest, but are perceived as hurtful by other people.

It happens.

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  Jim Bartle: <I> can't understand?

Schaap was a journalist. His responsibility is to the reading public, not the subject of his article, whether a friend or not.

All politicians are friends with many journalists, often close friends. These friends may write critical articles and it doesn't ruin the friendship.

If a journalist is eager to please his subject, you get ridiculous situations such as Ahmad Rashad "reporting" on his close friend Michael Jordan, and everything he says comes out as if it were from a Jordan press agent. And nobody respects Rashad.

Apr-23-14  fedalio: <joshka> If DeLucia's second book ever shows up will do a comparison of what is carried over from his first one, but in the first one there is a letter from Quinteros about this press conference - a video was made, but I think was destroyed after Bobby fell out with Quinteros and the company who made it never got paid. Who knows, perhaps it still exists somewhere in Buenos Aires and will be uncovered one day.
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  TheFocus: I wonder if there is a transcript of the press conference?
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  harrylime: Anyone wanna post up some Fischer games ?
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  harrylime: Robert James Fischer is the greatest chess player to have played the game of chess ...

He revolutionized chess like nobody else before or since ..

He came from America at a time when chess was Russia and Soviet .. end of .. lol lol ..

His chess was relentlessly beautiful .

Apr-24-14  Mr. President: you are smoking some good @#$% ... LOL
Apr-24-14  ughaibu: Fedalio: I'm amazed that Charlie Manson didn't take advantage of that offer.
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  Joshka: <fedalio> Speaking of GM Quinteros, he substantiated what Bobby talked about on one of his interview shows. Stating he was with Bobby during all the exhibitions (simuls) thru about 12 provinces in Argentina right after he defeated Petrosian in 1971. Although I never received an answer to where those game scores might be. Maybe he has them. We are talking about literally hundreds, maybe 400 at least. They must be in someone's collection!
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  Joshka: Also, what about the video tapes of the WHOLE match from 1972 that sit in a bank vault in Iceland!? Will they ever be released? Lot of books on Bobby, but heck, the authors do not dig enough.
Apr-24-14  diceman: <Joshka: Also, what about the video tapes of the WHOLE match from 1972 that sit in a bank vault in Iceland!? Will they ever be released?>

Maybe if released, Jinky will sue. :)

Apr-24-14  Petrosianic: <harrylime> <His chess was relentlessly beautiful .>

You're not a good enough player to know whether it was or it wasn't. Let's face it, to you Greg DeFotis probably seems jaw droppingly good.

<Robert James Fischer is the greatest chess player to have played the game of chess ... >

You've tried and failed to prove that so many times. Why should this time be any different? Don't they say that the definition of insanity is repeating the same behavior and expecting a different result?

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