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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
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   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)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Skopje (1967)
   Netanya (1968)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Zurich (1959)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Havana (1965)
   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
   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
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 1) by Anatoly21

   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. 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. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
5. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
7. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
8. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
9. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
10. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
11. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
12. A Turner vs Fischer 1-050 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
13. Fischer vs Popovych 1-052 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
14. W Whisler vs Fischer 0-128 1956 Candas op 92\\09E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
15. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½31 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
16. Fischer vs C Sharp 1-033 1956 CAN-opC78 Ruy Lopez
17. R Sobel vs Fischer 1-027 1956 Montreal CA-openA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
18. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-129 1956 US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. Fischer vs H Matthai ½-½108 1956 Montreal CA-openB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
20. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½36 1956 New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
21. B Owens vs Fischer ½-½43 1956 57th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
22. Fischer vs M Fox 0-162 1956 Montreal CA-openA07 King's Indian Attack
23. A Turner vs Fischer 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
24. Fischer vs S Popel ½-½38 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
25. K Blake vs Fischer 0-120 1956 Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 993  PGN Download
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Nov-05-14  ljfyffe: A nonStalingrad joke:
Where were you born?
<Cape Canaveral.>
Where did you grow up?
<Cape Kennedy.>
Where do you live now?
<Cape Canaveral.>
Where would you like to live?
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Nov-10-14  PaulLovric: At last, 4 days of intelligent conversations in here: bok bok bok
Nov-10-14  todicav23: Has anyone read this book?

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  Shams: <ljfyffe> And here's one from the Cold War. A Soviet schoolboy is called upon in class:

"Who is your mother?"
<Mother Russia>.

"And who is your father?"
<The Communist Party>.

"And what would you like to be when you grow up?"
<An orphan>.

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  zanzibar: I finally got Kasparov's <MGP - Part IV> from the library for a little Fischer research...

I found this Tal anecdote from p290 on the <Bled 1961> tournament:

<Before the last round the American was just half a point behind Tal, who later recalled:

"Fischer demonstratively took Nadjorf aside to prepare him for our game. It was quite clear: Najdorf was being initiated into the secrets of Fischer's favourite variation of the Sicilian Defence (<incidentially, the 'Najdorf Variation'! - G.K.>). That evening in the hotel bar Fischer came up to our table and confidentially informed me: "You will lose tomorrow to Najdorf. But on the whole you haven't played badly and I have no objection to sharing first place with you, so I won't win against Ivkov." I did my best to dissuade Robert, but he stuck to his opinion. The following day I played a completely different variation against Najdorf (6.Be2, whereas Najdorf-Fischer duo had prepared for my usual 6.Bg5). Fischer came up, saw what was happening, and frowned.">

Of course, everybody knows Tal won, and so took 1st place, whereas Fischer did draw and claim 2nd.

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  zanzibar: What is the original Tal source for this story - anybody know?
Nov-11-14  Petrosianic: No, but there's a similar story from 1959 in which Fischer avenged a loss to Pachman by prepping one of Pachman's No Name opponents, and Pachman returned the favor by doing the exact same thing. The No Names won both games.
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  keypusher: <Nov-11-14
Premium Chessgames Member zanzibar: What is the original Tal source for this story - anybody know?>

It's in <My Life and Games>. I don't know if that is the only place.

Nov-11-14  Howard: Oh, yes, that story is briefly mentioned in Mednis' How to Beat Bobby Fischer.

Didn't Fischer see Pachman and Mr. No Name talking briefly before the latter was to play Fischer ? Fischer, knowing that Pachman was probably rankled at him for helping to prepare Mr. No Name in that earlier game against Pachman, asked Pachman after the conversation "So, you've prepared my opponent it looks like." To which Pachman replied, "Yes, I have, Bobby."

Nov-11-14  Petrosianic: Who was the No Name, anyway? Sanguineti? Or was it Jauregui? I'd have to look it up now.
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  keypusher: <Petrosianic>

C Jauregui vs Fischer, 1959

Nov-13-14  drnooo: on youtube, the Anything to Win video is
not bad, but significant about it to me was the poverty of his Mom, and the raw beginnings of the family there. It also raises the question of just perhaps his real Dad giving him not only a special set of genes but some whacko ones as well. Right from the get-go maybe Bobby was always disposed to nuttiness. At any rate not knowing his Dad didn't help. The video also seems to point to that the lad was always beyond help, and certainly it also seems to me, as I've posted before here, Russia was very stupid in not giving in to his last demand for a match: the guy was so bonkers by then he was falling apart. They didn't do their spying on him very well. Not only had he no real desire to play the game any longer, by then the rest of him was so scrambled he would either come up with some other bit of nonsense to not show up, or pressed, would not have lasted long with the kind of skills Karpov had. To even consider his coming out on top at that point or even lasting past the first five or six games is ridiculous. It would make a very good story to have a KGB agent smuggled into the Worldwide Church in Pasadena, donating a huge sum to see that they had nothing more to fear.
Nov-13-14  Petrosianic: <Howard> <Didn't Fischer see Pachman and Mr. No Name talking briefly before the latter was to play Fischer ? Fischer, knowing that Pachman was probably rankled at him for helping to prepare Mr. No Name in that earlier game against Pachman, asked Pachman after the conversation "So, you've prepared my opponent it looks like." To which Pachman replied, "Yes, I have, Bobby.">

Yes, but the way Pachman tells the story, it was a complete coincidence that he was talking to Jauregui that day. He says they were just shooting the breeze. Then when Fischer walked up and he realized that he and Jauregui actually played that same day, and that Fischer thought Pachman had been prepping Jauregui, he played along and said yeah, he sure did, just to psyche Fischer out, and apparently it worked. It looks like Fischer is the only one of the two of them to have actually prepped the other one's opponent. Pachman attributes Fischer's loss to Jauregui as due to a guilty conscience.

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  john barleycorn: For Pachman's version see <Gypsy>'s post here: C Jauregui vs Fischer, 1959
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  AylerKupp: <Petrosianic> Fischer with a guilty conscience? ROTFL! Although since Fischer was only 15 at the time I suppose that Pachman gave him the benefit of the doubt.
Nov-13-14  Petrosianic: Guilty conscience or not, I tend to believe Pachman's story that he didn't prep Jauregui, and just psyched Fischer into thinking that he had. I've played over Jauregui-Fischer many times and don't see any special novelties in it. Looks like just a tough, fluid middlegame, where Fischer managed to get his Queen trapped around Move 25.
Nov-15-14  PaulLovric: Would Fischer have beaten Magnus Carlsen in his prime?
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  HeMateMe: with ten ounce gloves, at Grossingers? I'll put my money on the corduroy killer.


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  zanzibar: <Corduroy Killer> - I hadn't heard that one before:

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  HeMateMe: It was flannel Bob, before he "owned more suits than anyone."
Nov-16-14  MissScarlett: That NYT obituary by Bruce Weber is seriously deficient. Looks as if he didn't even consult Wikipedia, let alone run it by the paper's chess correspondent first. How could he not reference the controversy over Fischer's paternity? He says Fischer won $250,000 at Reykjavik, but that was the total prize fund. If Nixon invited Fischer to the White House, why was he still complaining about the snub 30 years later? I appreciate the need for brevity, but did Fischer really spend his time with the philo-semitic Worldwide Church of God reading 'Nazi literature'? I think the evidence clearly shows that it was only after his break with the church in 1977 that his political beliefs really moved to the extreme.
Nov-16-14  Howard: Oh, having just re-read Weber's article, those weren't the only mistakes. Probably the biggest whopper was the claim Weber made that all the games after the second one were played in a small room....actually, the ONLY game that didn't take place on the stage was the third one. That was played upstairs in a room normally used for Ping-Pong matches. To make a long story short, it was played there "just this once--never again" (Spassky's exact words) to temporarily appease Fischer until the ever-ongoing controversy over the television cameras was resolved.

All the rest of the games starting with the fourth one, were played on the stage---certainly NOT in a small, private room.

Nov-16-14  MissScarlett: Misleading, yes, but you can't seriously believe that Weber thought all the remaining games were played in that room.
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  HeMateMe: Spassky was a prince for putting up with Bob. Still would love to read a Spassky tell all auto bio, but time is getting short...
Nov-16-14  MissScarlett: He once said that he'd like to write a book but only on condition that it be published after his death, so be careful what you wish for.
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