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The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 997
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.
      244 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (183) 
    B90 B32 B88 B44 B57
 Ruy Lopez (119) 
    C92 C69 C95 C97 C98
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C92 C95 C97 C98 C89
 French Defense (65) 
    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) 
    E80 E62 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
   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
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1
   Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 0-1
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1958 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Netanya (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Skopje (1967)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Havana (1965)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   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 wanabe2000
   -ER by fredthebear
   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
   Bobby Fischer's U.S. Championship Games by LionHeart40

   Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858
   Robert E 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, 64 years old) United States of America (federation/nationality 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 (1957/58), making him the youngest U.S. Champion ever.

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

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 997  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. D Mayers vs Fischer 1-017 1953 Blitz GameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Fischer vs J Altusky 1-012 1954 Offhand GameE90 King's Indian
3. J Altusky vs Fischer 0-18 1954 Offhand GameC71 Ruy Lopez
4. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
5. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
6. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
7. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
8. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
9. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
10. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
11. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19 1956 57th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
12. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½22 1956 Eastern States OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. H Goldhamer vs Fischer 0-125 1956 WashingtonB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. Fischer vs S Baron 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
15. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143 1956 57th US OpenB20 Sicilian
16. Fischer vs Mednis ½-½40 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
17. J F Donovan vs Fischer 0-140 1956 57th US OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
18. Reshevsky vs Fischer 1-031 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
19. W Whisler vs Fischer 0-128 1956 Candas op 92\\09E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
20. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
21. A Turner vs Fischer 1-050 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
22. Fischer vs C Sharp 1-033 1956 CAN-opC78 Ruy Lopez
23. Fischer vs Popovych 1-052 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
24. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½31 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
25. R Sobel vs Fischer 1-027 1956 Montreal CA-openA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 997  PGN Download
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  WannaBe: <joshka> Here you go, the parenthesis had to be replaced by "escape" code. I was able to track down the picture's link. Now you have to find Waldo in that mess. =))

Jul-13-16  HeMateMe: I've spotted Fischer in the above photo. He's about 20 feet in front of Mr. Zapruder.
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  diceman: <todicav23:

Can you spot Fischer in this picture?>

He's the one sitting in the chair that looks like a chessboard.

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  Joshka: <drnooo> all right the film came out over 50 years ago, maybe the film was 'Hud".but I KNOW the line is in there, you think I just made it up?....I apologize for mixing up names of old films...again that was Bobby....."never give an inch"
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  Joshka: <WannaBe> Finding Bobby was easy, but identifying all the others, now THAT"S a test!;-)..thanks for the corrected link!
Jul-14-16  HeMateMe: why are the chess tables and spectators jammed in so close to each other? It's like an ancient chess club, where you have to whiff everyone's B.O. and get sneezed on. At the very least the players shouldn't have tables attached to each other. I don't even think I'd want to be sitting next to Fischer. At any moment he might accuse another player of breathing too loudly and become a distraction.
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  diceman: <HeMateMe: why are the chess tables and spectators jammed in so close to each other?>

Fischer threatened to walkout if there were no large crowds, people on top of each other, and lots of crowd noise.

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  TheFocus: In those days, Fischer didn't even mind if a kibitzer tapped him on the shoulder to ask for an autograph.

Bobby would sometimes ask spectators what moves they would play. And then he would play it just to prove how strong he was.

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  john barleycorn: <TheFocus: In those days, Fischer didn't even mind if a kibitzer tapped him on the shoulder to ask for an autograph.

Bobby would sometimes ask spectators what moves they would play. And then he would play it just to prove how strong he was.>

yes, 100 bucks in cash would do the trick :-)

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  Joshka: Think of all the smoking that went on in tournament halls as well, players blowing smoke right in your face for 3-5 hour games. It's just amazing why the non smokers kept quite!?
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  john barleycorn: < Joshka: ... It's just amazing why the non smokers kept quite!?>

because it was for free.

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  TheFocus: Yep. They got their second-hand smoke for free.
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  Joshka: Especially the way Bobby was always fighting for his rights, etc...I'm just really shocked why he didn't complain/protest?
Jul-15-16  HeMateMe: That's a good question. I wonder if the playing hall in Reykjavik '72 or the playing halls in Split and Belgrade, Fischer/Spassky '92 were made smoker free?

A kid of the 50s, maybe Bob just figured that people have a right to smoke and you can't ask them to stop during a chess tournament?

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  WannaBe: I think, I have to re-check this, in the movie depiction, Pawn Sacrafice, opening scene, everyone at the party was smoking.
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  Sally Simpson: You guys know nothing at all about Bobby Fischer.

He smoked.

I know this because I once heard he won matches from Taimanov, Larsen, Petrosian and Spassky (twice).

What would he want all those matches for if he did not smoke.

Gee, you people really are stupid.

Jul-16-16  HeMateMe: ^^^ get this person to the Improv--yesterday!
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  Joshka: <WannaBe> Oh sure most folks did smoke! You were allowed to smoke in classes at college! While riding a public bus! plane! I think the only place I never saw anyone smoke was in church!!;-)
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  john barleycorn: < Joshka: . I think the only place I never saw anyone smoke was in church!!;-)>

but at least they drink wine there.

actually after many years I went to church for my granddaughters communion.

The priest founf it necessary to tell all guys to mute or switch off their cellphones and not put stick their chewing gums under the benches. Incredible

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  harrylime: This forum should be re named the

NUMPTIE forum ...

Leave Bobby outta this place ... outta this site too .

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  diceman: Fischer about to play Spassky
Havana 1966.

Spassky smoking.

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  diceman: <Sally Simpson: You guys know nothing at all about Bobby Fischer.

He smoked.

I know this because I once heard he won matches from Taimanov, Larsen, Petrosian and Spassky (twice).>

One can see how Fischer improved prize funds.

Imagine beating:

<Taimanov, Larsen, Petrosian and Spassky (twice).>

...and only winning 5 matches!

Jul-16-16  HeMateMe: shut up Harry. Go drag yourself back to the Caitlyn Jenner web site.
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  harrylime: Whatever <Hugh> .. I can't think of anything other than WUM for you .. lol

This page is a NUMPTIE page .. FULL OF SADDOS ..

Bobby would die again looking at this ...

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  harrylime: got it ! lol lol lol


Is officially blessed as

<Hugh> from now on on this site .. xx


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