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The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 998
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.
      245 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 (53) 
    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 1963/64 (1963)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Skopje (1967)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   US Championship (1966)
   Netanya (1968)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Bled (1961)
   Zurich (1959)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Havana (1965)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1964 Fischer simul exhibition tour by gauer
   -ER by fredthebear
   Fischer vs The Russians by wanabe2000
   Match Fischer! by amadeus
   Bobby Fischer: Selected Games from 1955-1992 by wanabe2000
   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 998  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. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
5. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
7. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
9. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
10. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
11. A Turner vs Fischer 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
12. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½36 1956 New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
14. Fischer vs S Baron 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
15. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-152 1956 New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Havana simB32 Sicilian
17. Fischer vs E Nash 0-151 1956 US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
18. K Blake vs Fischer 0-120 1956 Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
19. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-129 1956 US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143 1956 57th US OpenB20 Sicilian
21. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
22. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45 1956 57th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
24. B E Owens vs Fischer ½-½43 1956 57th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
25. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19 1956 57th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 998  PGN Download
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  MissScarlett: <Few people know that, for quite a while now, IM John Donaldson has been putting together the most detailed and enjoyable book on Bobby Fischer that’s ever been written. At the moment it’s being offered on Amazon in Kindle form, but eventually it will come out as one huge volume.

When it does appear in paper form, it will be (quite rightly so) expensive. So for those that have iPads and iPhones and other such devices, you have a chance to get the book in four extremely inexpensive parts.>

Some time ago, I told that dick <TheFocus> to start submitting some of the new Fischer simul games found by Donaldson & Tangborn, but it appears he's done absolutely nothing on that front.

Oct-08-16  ughaibu: Why doesn't anybody call Morphy "Paul"? After all, if it's yankee culture to refer to people by their private names, as exemplified by the freedom with which Fischer is referred to as "Bobby", why the discrimination against Paul?
Oct-08-16  WorstPlayerEver: <keypusher: <Allanur> In your first post, you didn't say anything about Philidor beyond mentioning his name.>

You mean (quote) 'the Frenchman?' Something with pawns?


The only truth is: Fischer became kind of absentminded IMO

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  diceman: <ughaibu: Why doesn't anybody call Morphy "Paul"? After all, if it's yankee culture to refer to people by their private names, as exemplified by the freedom with which Fischer is referred to as "Bobby", why the discrimination against Paul?>

I think it has more to do with Fischer being a prodigy.

If you're an adult, and alive, while a
"kid" is having fantastic success, you'd more likely use "Bobby" vs. "Robert James."

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  Sally Simpson: "Why doesn't anybody call Morphy "Paul"

Because Morphy is Morphy. We know right away who it is. It's the same with Tal.

You rarely see Alexander Alekhine or Emanuel Lasker being used, though in the latter case it should used more often because of Edward Lasker.

You do see Tigran Petrosian and Boris Spassky often linked because these name seem to go well together.

Again rarely do you get Mikhail Botvinnik or Vasily Smyslov and Anand's first name 'Vishwanathan' has been turned world wide into 'Vishy.'

Euwe will always be Euwe. Max is something you call a dog.

Just saying 'Paul' encourages thoughts of Keres, McCartney, Simon or Pope John Paul ( Karol Wojtyla )

Type in 'Paul' on the search thingy bit on this site and you get:

search "Paul"

Now go away, sit in a dark corner for half an hour and think of another mundane question to waste my time with.

I enjoy answering them.

Oct-08-16  ughaibu: ""Why doesn't anybody call Morphy "Paul" Because Morphy is Morphy. We know right away who it is. It's the same with Tal."

Like we wouldn't know who we were talking about if we said "Fischer", saying "Bobby" makes it clearer? On your @#$%* bike.

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  MissScarlett: <I think it has more to do with Fischer being a prodigy.>

Likewise with pint-sized Reshevsky; everyone called him Sammy, nobody called him <Rzeschewski>.

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  Sally Simpson: Nicknames can also be used and everyone usually recognises them.

Gazza, Chucky, Capa, Spider....

Longer nicknames not so often used but again recognisable.

Victor the Terrible, The Lion of Kentucky, The Black Death, Vlad the Impaler, the Austrian Morphy.

One of the Polgar sisters once rejoiced in the nickname 'Tal in a skirt'.

Oct-08-16  ughaibu: The Tal in skirts was Nona Gaprindishvilli, and who the hell was the lion of Kentucky?
Oct-08-16  ughaibu: I guess it's because nobody ever said I play like Canal in a balaclava that I got the nickname "not Canal in a balaclava".
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  Sally Simpson: Hi ughaibu,

"Polgar, Judit (1976- ) is the strongest woman chess player in the world. Vassily Smyslov nicknamed her “Tal in a skirt.”

And anyway Nona Gaprindishvilli always wore slacks.

The Lion is Jackson Showalter.

A bit dated I know but it's a nik that once seen is fairly easily remembered.

My nickname was 'Half a Chess Set Chandler' Because by move 20 I'd be left with 4 pawns, 1 Knight, 1 Rook, 1 Bishop, no queen and a hanging King.

My nickname at school was 'Silver Sleeves' because I never had a handkerchief.

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  HeMateMe: I was known in GM circles as "the slow developer."

Still am.

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  perfidious: Judit did not always wear skirts:

<In 1987, Alex and I played the under-2400 section at the New York Open; his first-round opponent was a little girl with a teddy bear, and she rolled him up.

We now know her well as Judith Polgar.>

Alex Cherniack

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  diceman: <MissScarlett:

nobody called him <Rzeschewski>.>

It looks like they actually did. :)

Was looking at something else, and stumbled across this: (little more than halfway down the page)

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  MissScarlett: My point. He didn't become Reshevsky, and therefore semi-pronounceable, until about 1924.
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  keypusher: I suspect ughaibu is right and "Tal in a skirt" was first applied to Gaprindashvili. I found this on her player page.

<wordfunph: "I have been told that I play like Tal in a skirt, so I tried to mate all my opponents." - Nona Gaprindashvili>

I think by the time Judit came along that moniker would have been skirting the edge of propriety, so to speak.

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  diceman: <keypusher: I suspect ughaibu is right and "Tal in a skirt" was first applied to Gaprindashvili. I found this on her player page.>

Gaprindashvili was "Tal in a skirt."

Polgar was "Tal in a scrunchie"

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  tpstar: <Tal in a skirt> Transgender!

<998> So close, yet so far.

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  TheFocus: <MissScarlett> <Some time ago, I told that dick <TheFocus> to start submitting some of the new Fischer simul games found by Donaldson & Tangborn, but it appears he's done absolutely nothing on that front.>

I don't submit games to CeeGee.


You know what my bio says: <Never give away for free what someone else will pay you for.>

Are you willing to pay me?

And, I am not a "dick." Although I notice that you often are.

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  MissScarlett: <I don't submit games to CeeGee.


You're either a liar or senile, possibly both.

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  perfidious: <Divine Miss S: You're either a liar or senile, possibly both.>

Even if <TheFocus> were what you claim, better those traits than to be the flaming bigot you personify.

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  TheFocus: <MissScarlett> <I don't submit games to CeeGee. Ever.>

<<You're either a liar or senile, possibly both.>>

I tried submitting games in the past but the upload would take months, so why bother?

Why would I lie? I'm not doing free work for CeeGee. I have made that plain in the past.

Go bother someone else with your garbage.

Oct-17-16  todicav23: 60 years ago today, Fischer played the game of the century:

Oct-18-16  Howard: Personally, I think the real "game of the century" was Fischer's win against Donald Byrne's brother, in 1963/64.
Oct-18-16  Petrosianic: I don't know if that was the game of the century, but I do Robert Byrne vs. Fischer to be Fischer's best game.
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