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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?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Skopje (1967)
   Netanya (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   US Championship (1966)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Zurich (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
   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
   Bobby Fischer's U.S. Championship Games by LionHeart40
   Games by Fisher by gothic

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

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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. 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. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
5. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
6. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
7. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
8. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
9. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
10. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
11. Fischer vs H Matthai ½-½108 1956 Montreal CA-openB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-129 1956 US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½36 1956 New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
14. B E Owens vs Fischer ½-½43 1956 57th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
15. Fischer vs M Fox 0-162 1956 Montreal CA-openA07 King's Indian Attack
16. A Turner vs Fischer 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
17. Fischer vs S Popel ½-½38 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
18. K Blake vs Fischer 0-120 1956 Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
19. K Smith vs Fischer ½-½51 1956 57th US OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
20. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
21. Fischer vs W Stevens ½-½20 1956 57th US OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
22. E Nash vs Fischer 0-148 1956 WashingtonB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
23. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Havana simB32 Sicilian
24. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. Fischer vs M Pavey ½-½35 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
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  TheFocus: Some great news for Fischer fans!!

<Joshka> Here is some information you wanted. The 1971 simultaneous tour.

The second book of John Donaldson’s four volume series on Bobby Fischer, written with fellow International Master Eric Tangborn, is out in a Kindle edition at This 254-page work covers all of Bobby’s simultaneous exhibitions (except 1964) and blitz games. <The highlight is 62 pages devoted to Fischer’s 1971 month-long tour of Argentina after his match with Petrosian.>

Volume one in the series is a 398-page third edition of Legend on the Road, which offers an in-depth look at Bobby’s 1964 transcontinental tour of North America. It can be can be found at The third book in this 1200+ page project will be devoted to Fischer’s writings and the fourth is biographical in nature. All computer users can read Kindle products with a free app.

Jan-28-16  Dr. Overlord: How about some news for Joshka fans for a change? Yeah how 'bout that?


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  TheFocus: Once <Joshka> reads about the 1971 tour, he will be giddy with delight.
Jan-29-16  Dr. Overlord: We love you, <Joshka>!
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  harrylime: The Fischer exhibition is still on going in St Louis to all you Fischer fans out there who are near it....

It looks soooooo cool !

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  MissScarlett: <Aivars Lidums remembers his meetings in 1972 with great Bobby Fisher plus why Paul Keres never make to Australia in 1971.>

Feb-04-16  todicav23: I played chess with a guy who played another guy who played Gheorghiu who played Fischer!

That's three degrees of separation between me and Fischer.

Probably a few people here have a lower degree of separation.

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  perfidious: <todicav23....Probably a few people here have a lower degree of separation.>

During my chequered career, I managed two degrees with every FIDE champion from Euwe to Kasparov and even got to play some rapid games with Tal. Also faced a number of players who have met Anand.

Feb-04-16  todicav23: <perfidious: <todicav23....Probably a few people here have a lower degree of separation.> During my chequered career, I managed two degrees with every FIDE champion from Euwe to Kasparov and even got to play some rapid games with Tal. Also faced a number of players who have met Anand. >

That's cool. Since you played Bisguier the degrees of separation between you and Fischer is indeed 2.

I just realized that there is a "Morphy number":

"As of 2015, Leonard Barden, Pal Benko, Arthur Bisguier, Melvin Chernev, Dennis Horne, Borislav Ivkov, Erik Karklins, Franciscus Kuijpers, Aleksandar Matanović, Friðrik Ólafsson, Jonathan Penrose, Oliver Penrose, Arturo Pomar, and Peter Swinnerton-Dyer are the only known living players with Morphy number 3".

I guess that means your Morphy number is 4.

What was your score against Tal?

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  perfidious: <todicav23> We played eleven games at 5-2 time odds: the score was 6-5 for Tal.

Of that Morphy list of 3s, two (Benko and Bisguier) are opponents who remain alive.

Feb-05-16  todicav23: <perfidious: <todicav23> We played eleven games at 5-2 time odds: the score was 6-5 for Tal.

Of that Morphy list of 3s, two (Benko and Bisguier) are opponents who remain alive.>

That is a very good result even at 5-2 time odds against a legend. I heard that Tal was a really friendly person.

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  perfidious: <todicav23> He was a pleasure to spend time with that morning. Would have liked to see him on other visits to the USA, but that very first time here, he stayed with a friend of mine. Do not know whether he ever visited Boston again.
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  TheFocus: International Master William Addison, who knew Fischer very well, said. <“There were two things about Fischer at the board. He was absolutely honest and would never cheat.”>

This is what Addison said. <“I played him thousands of speed games, I watched him play people all over the country and he’d get like a knight and a bishop and his opponent might have a queen and a pawn, on the rare occasions he got in trouble, and Fischer would just flip over his king in a five minute game and I’d tell Bobby, ‘Look, Bobby, I don’t care what the position is, I don’t care if you’re a rook down, keep playing, if you’ve got two bishops and the other guy has a queen, he’s not going to be able to beat you, even though it’s a win for the queen. Go ahead and play it, you’ll still win on time, you’ll still beat him.’ And Fischer just threw the chess pieces in the center of the board and said, ‘If I can’t win it clean, I don’t want to win it.’ At the board he would die before he would cheat. No one, ever, ever, for one moment, caught Fischer in anything that wasn’t strictly class at the board.”>

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  MissScarlett: <There were two things about Fischer at the board. He was absolutely honest and would never cheat.>

That's one thing.

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  harrylime: lol

How come nobody on here is interested in a Fischer exhibition at the chess hall of fame ?!

Am I missing something ??

It contains his chess books with all his notes .. stuff on Boris..first embryonic copies and notes for 60 mem games .. loads of cool pics I'd not seen before ...

He memorized ALL the games in all these books .. and his notes are in the margins ..

Pree net and silicon so seeing how he prepared for his opponents thru the games collections is fascinating.

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  wwall: I sponsored the Fischer exhibition when the chess hall of fame was in Miami. Mostly pictures and displays.
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  harrylime: <wwall: I sponsored the Fischer exhibition when the chess hall of fame was in Miami. Mostly pictures and displays.>

Have you checked the one in St Louis ?

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  harrylime: Actually looking at the list of "posters" above I can see why nobody got back ! lol lol

Fair enuff.

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  TheFocus: I wish I could go for a visit to St. Louis. Bet it will be grand.
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  harrylime: Youd luvit ..
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  harrylime: As I already posted ..

No wonder no fcuker replied to me in this forum looking at the roll call above lol lol

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  harrylime: I'll try and get more info on what's there just now in the exhibition ..

A lot of it comes from Jacqueline Piatigorsky's collection ..

It's essential viewing for any Fischer fan.

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  Party Animal: <harrylime> Yo Harry they ought to write a sufficient Bio for Bobby's player page. The one they have is a joke!!
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  harrylime: <Party Animal: <harrylime> Yo Harry they ought to write a sufficient Bio for Bobby's player page. The one they have is a joke!!>

Bang on the money Trav !!

This guy changed chess forever ..

was 20 years ahead of his own epoch

Arguably the GREATEST chess player that's ever lived..

And reading that bio above it could be Nigel Short if you were an alien and did'nt know ...

Absurd ...

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  TheFocus: Agreed. This is an awful bio.

Bobby deserves better.

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