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The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 993
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.
      240 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 (119) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 King's Indian (116) 
    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?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Netanya (1968)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Skopje (1967)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Zurich (1959)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   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
   Games by Fisher by gothic
   Bobby Fischer's Road to the World Championship by WeakSquare
   fav Capablanca & Fischer games by guoduke

   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, 64 years old) 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 993  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 V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
5. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
6. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
7. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
8. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
9. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
10. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
11. K Smith vs Fischer ½-½51 1956 57th US OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
12. W Whisler vs Fischer 0-128 1956 Candas op 92\\09E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
13. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
14. Fischer vs C Sharp 1-033 1956 CAN-opC78 Ruy Lopez
15. Fischer vs W Stevens ½-½20 1956 57th US OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
16. E Nash vs Fischer 0-148 1956 WashingtonB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
17. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Havana simB32 Sicilian
19. Fischer vs M Pavey ½-½35 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
20. Fischer vs A Di Camillo 1-041 1956 Washington D.C.C78 Ruy Lopez
21. S Bernstein vs Fischer 0-133 1956 Montreal CA-openD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Shainswit vs Fischer ½-½27 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. Fischer vs N Hurttlen ½-½14 1956 Eastern States opC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Bisguier vs Fischer 1-033 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
25. Fischer vs Seidman 1-039 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyA07 King's Indian Attack
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 993  PGN Download
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Oct-29-14  Petrosianic: The King's Gambit one was so good because of the double whammy. The smart readers think they've figured it out right from the beginning. What, the King's Gambit loses by force? If we could solve an entire opening that way, the whole game would be played out.

So then, they think they've got the joke, and then it hits you with the real one. Oh, by the way, the only move that DOESN'T lose is 3. Be2.

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  zanzibar: KGA link (I think):

and also this:

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  HeMateMe: Canadians out there? Re: the summit series, Canada v. the USSR, wasn't there a later summit series, maybe five years later? this one was best of seven, and Canada won 4-3, in total games?

When those soviet teams came over here to play exhibitions, they beat all the NHL teams except Edmonton, who had a fellow named Gretzky playing.

Oct-29-14  schweigzwang: <Petrosianic> you don't happen to still have that web page up by any chance?
Oct-29-14  Petrosianic: No, but I'm pretty sure I have a copy of it on my hard drive. I was just thinking of maybe posting it again on my own website, just as a curiosity. I'll mention it here if I do.
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  zanzibar: <Petrosianic> I was wondering the same... yes, let us know if you do.
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  thegoodanarchist: <ljfyffe: <thegoodanarchist> Much that you say of Fischer is true, but you manage to undermine all your assertions by posting that silly 80/20 figure....a look at the long history of chess puts
matters in proper perspective>

Not really that silly. Chess was calcified into the same ol' same ol' which was repeated year after year, well into the television era.

Fischer pretty much took chess out of the 19th century comfort zone it was in and modernized it. Professionalized it. For goodness sake, who gave a flying flip about chess until Fischer? The Soviets and a few tiny enclaves of non-Soviets.

Who payed any money for chess? Basically it had been 40 years since Capablanca-Alekhine, the last decent prize fund for the ultimate chess competition.

Sure, chess theory was filled out. More lines, more combinations, but how was that any different from what was happening in Greco's day?

You, sir, are not a visionary. So you don't understand watershed change, as demonstrated by your post.

Oct-30-14  ljfyffe: <the goodanarchist>l was interested in chess prior to Fischer who was able to give the game
a good jolt especially in America because of the Cold War era and television. He who comments on the evolution of chess should have a good understanding of the present as well as of the past which you apparently do not. Having extensively researched players such as Steinitz and Marshall gives one perspective. The Soviets, for example, were johnny-come-
latelies; history does not begin and end with one's own existence on earth. Fischer, like many before him, did much to advance chess;
it's only the 80/20 figure that l consider to be way off the mark. For example, at one time, it was considered crude to play for cash.
Oct-30-14  Bob Loblaw: Canada won the 72 series by brute force. Valeri kharmalov was the Russian Wayne Gretzky, by far and away the best forward on the ice. In the ultimate game the Canadian coach, Harry Sinden, then the coach of the Boston Bruins inhe NHL, sent Bobby Carke (perhaps the dirtiest player who has ever laced on a skate) out on the ice with orders to get Kharmalov. This Clarke did by by slashing the Russian forward hard enough to break his ankle. As a Canadian it pains me to say it but that Soviet team with Tretiak in goal was better than our boys and deserved to win. That said, Canada won the gold at Sochi with what was unquestionably the greatest team ever assembled.
Oct-30-14  ljfyffe: <Bob Loblaw> l completely agree.
Oct-30-14  ljfyffe: Interesting note on my nephew, Iain: "For Fyffe, one of those cold New Brunswick winters stands out more than the others- that of 1988-89, one of the glory years for the Canadiens. That Christmas, Fyffe's family purchased an NHL handbook, and at 13 years of age, Fyffe discovered that .....his true hockey sensibility came in the form of an ability to analize the game's statistics in ways others weren't familar with." From <HockeyNomics> by Darcy Norman Over Time Books, 2009. weren't fsmilar eith
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  zanzibar: Clarke's featured for his missing chiclets here:

I wonder how ljfyffe's salad compares...?

Oct-30-14  diceman: <ljfyffe:

history does not begin and end with one's own existence on earth.>

...maybe for this guy:

<Marion Tinsley (February 3, 1927 – April 3, 1995) is considered the greatest checkers player who ever lived. He was world champion from 1955–1958 and 1975–1991. Tinsley never lost a World Championship match, and lost only seven games (two of them to the Chinook computer program) in his entire 45-year career. He withdrew from championship play during the years 1958–1975, relinquishing the title during that time.>

Oct-30-14  ljfyffe: <zanibar> not getting any younger, but Mother Nature has allowed me to keep my hair and its original colour----spelled with a "u", by the way.
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  zanzibar: Ah, louky fellouw, the alloure and beouty of your saloude rouling is shouing.
Oct-30-14  ljfyffe: By george, I think he's got it! ....a bit of fine-tuning may be necessary, however.
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  thegoodanarchist: <ljfyffe> I have enough of an understanding of the past and present in chess know the magnitude of the various changes in the game/sport.

For example, the Soviets were Johnnies-come-lately simply because the Soviet Union was new relative to chess. Russia, however, was not, and her citizens such as Chigorin and Alekhine are key players in the history of official World Championships:

History of the World Chess Championship

I studied the various world champions and read about their matches long before we started our back and forth, and was able to learn about the popular ones (Tal-Botvinnik, Alekhine-Capa, Fischer-Spassky, for examples) long before existed.

The point is, the stuff you think should be weighted higher than 20% in my 80-20 ratio is run of the mill, evolutionary change. Whereas the stuff that I weight at 80% in that ratio is grand, revolutionary stuff.

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  thegoodanarchist: < <keypusher: <ljfyffe: <keypusher> l' m not being real serious here.>

Poe's Law is always in effect on the Fischer page. Someone just claimed <Chess today is where it is today because of 80% by Fischer and 20% by everyone else who ever played> and meant it.>

Yes, and another person inferred that it is extremism to claim that Fischer revolutionized chess in mutliple ways that had much greater impact on the game than all the mundane baloney that people seem to value so much :)

By the way, aren't you the fellow who thought Stalingrad was in Ukraine? I seem to remember you implying something like that in a post back in January.

Oct-30-14  ljfyffe: I appreciate what you are saying, except the diminishing of the entire history of chess before Fischer to a mere 20 per cent of importance. That's all.
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  zanzibar: <<thegoodanarchist> ... all the mundane baloney that people seem to value so much>

Like good moves?

Oct-31-14  ljfyffe: How can the impact that chess has had be
quantified? <"At age 13, the Nazis placed (Hrdlicka) into a camp for re-education. He said that most of the education was for the body, little for the mind. Luckily, he had taken with him a book on chess, which, he stated, was full of 'subhumans of all kinds', such as the Jews Steinitz, Lasker, Tarrasch, Rubinstein, Nimzowitsch, Tartakower and Spielmann, the Russians Aljechin, Tschigorin, Schiffers, and Trolstoy, archenemies such as the British
Blackburne, Mason and Staunton, and the Cuban
Capablanca and the American Morphy.......' Chess to me, at that time, was my window to the world.'">
Oct-31-14  ljfyffe: The Steinitz Papers by Kurt Landsberger.
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  keypusher: <By the way, aren't you the fellow who thought Stalingrad was in Ukraine? I seem to remember you implying something like that in a post back in January.>

Don't blame me for your poor reading comp, 80/20.

Oct-31-14  Petrosianic: Stalino was in the Ukraine. Stalingrad and Stalino were always getting each other's mail.
Oct-31-14  Petrosianic: Speaking of Stalingrad, my all-time favorite Stalingrad joke:

"Where were you born?"
"Where did you grow up?"
"Where do you live now?"
"Where would you like to live?"

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