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. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
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. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
8. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
9. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
10. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
11. D Byrne vs Fischer 0-141 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
12. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-152 1956 New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
13. F R Anderson vs Fischer ½-½19 1956 Montreal CA-openB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
14. D Ruth vs Fischer 0-124 1956 57th US OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
15. Fischer vs E Hearst 0-140 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
16. W Walz vs Fischer 0-140 1956 Montreal CA-openB25 Sicilian, Closed
17. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19 1956 57th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
18. H Goldhamer vs Fischer 0-125 1956 WashingtonB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. Fischer vs S Baron 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
20. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143 1956 57th US OpenB20 Sicilian
21. J F Donovan vs Fischer 0-140 1956 57th US OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. Fischer vs Mednis ½-½40 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½22 1956 Eastern States OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. Reshevsky vs Fischer 1-031 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
25. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
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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 lol. Let's face it, to you Greg DeFotis probably seems jaw droppingly good lol.

<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?

Apr-24-14  ughaibu: I thought that was Einstein's definition of stupidity.
Apr-24-14  Petrosianic: This page says insanity, but I doubt Al would split too many hairs over the insanity/stupidity distinction lol.

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  john barleycorn: <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. :)>

They expect Fischer's agreement for the release every hour. Hollywood declared willingness to handle the US $ 100m fee.

Apr-24-14  Petrosianic: If you've seen 40 year old videotapes, there may not be much worth looking at.
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  john barleycorn: < Petrosianic: If you've seen 40 year old videotapes, there may not be much worth looking at.>

oh, those videotapes... :-).

Seriously, you may be right unless some smart person has copied them before they deteriorated.

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  AylerKupp: Why does anyone think that video tapes of the 1972 Fischer – Spassky match ever existed? As I mentioned to <Joshka> here, Robert James Fischer, some video tapes might have existed, but not likely of the entire match.

And if the thought is that these were <security> video tapes, I also indicated in the post above that security cameras with video capability were not available until the mid-1970s, and I doubt that Iceland was at the forefront of technological advances then.

Apr-24-14  Petrosianic: Several books on the match claim that closed circuit recordings of the entire match existed. Nobody seems to have actually seen them, and it's possible that they don't, or didn't. But it's not just some wild rumor. Apparently Fischer didn't object to the closed circuit cameras, for some reason.

We're told that this is how the spectators watched all of Game 3, when it was played in the private room.

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  Joshka: <AylerKupp> Now of course you should know, I would never have made a statement like this had I not read about it on more than 1 occasion. I have read numerous accounts where all games were video taped, and stored in a bank vault In Iceland. If you have read to the contrary, then this is what we do here, civil exchange of information.
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