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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?]
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Netanya (1968)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Skopje (1967)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   U.S. Championship (1966)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Zurich (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
   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
   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. 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. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
6. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
7. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
8. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
9. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
10. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
11. E W Marchand vs Fischer 0-155 1956 WashingtonA15 English
12. Fischer vs S Bernstein ½-½56 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyC70 Ruy Lopez
13. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45 1956 57th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
14. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-152 1956 New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
15. D Byrne vs Fischer 0-141 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
16. F R Anderson vs Fischer ½-½19 1956 Montreal CA-openB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
17. Fischer vs E Nash 0-151 1956 US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
18. D Ruth vs Fischer 0-124 1956 57th US OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. Fischer vs E Hearst 0-140 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
20. W Walz vs Fischer 0-140 1956 Montreal CA-openB25 Sicilian, Closed
21. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19 1956 57th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
22. H Goldhamer vs Fischer 0-125 1956 WashingtonB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
23. Fischer vs S Baron 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
24. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143 1956 57th US OpenB20 Sicilian
25. Fischer vs Mednis ½-½40 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 993  PGN Download
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  Jim Bartle: Cavett releases videos of old interviews from time to time, along with commentary, I believe on the NY Times website. There's a seven-minute youtube of Cavett interviewing Fischer, but I assume people have seen that.
Sep-30-14  Petrosianic: What kind of quality are they?
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  john barleycorn: < TheFocus: <Johnbarleycorn> True. Who even remembers that author's name?>

Konrad Kujau. Quite on par with Till Eulenspiegel.

Sep-30-14  Petrosianic: I'll bet in certain historical circles, his name is as infamous as Ed Trice is in chess circles.
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  john barleycorn: <Petrosianic: I'll bet in certain historical circles...>

you win. And he may still have the original diaries which he copied.

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  Jim Bartle: <petrosianic>
Sep-30-14  Petrosianic: Oh, that's not bad quality footage at all. It would be worth it to have more like that.
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  TheFocus: <Petrosianic> That is exactly what <Joshka> was saying.

I would also like to see the three interviews in their entirety.

Sep-30-14  todicav23:

Fischer's best winning streak is 24 games between 1963 and 1965. I didn't know about it.

We all know about the 20 games streak between 1970 and 1971 which I think is the most impressive display of chess in the history because he played world class players.

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  harrylime: Fischer has had the greatest impact and influence outside of the chess world bubble ....

That's why he's the GREATEST.

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  TheFocus: And the beat goes on.
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  TheFocus: I wonder of a Best of Cavett DVD series is in the works? That would be cool
Sep-30-14  Petrosianic: <harrylime>: <Fischer has had the greatest impact and influence outside of the chess world bubble ....

That's why he's the GREATEST.>

Then why do you hate him so much? I think I know, but you don't seem to have admitted it to yourself).

Sep-30-14  Petrosianic: <TheFocus>: <I wonder of a Best of Cavett DVD series is in the works? That would be cool>

Even if it isn't, the trend seems to be away from DVD sets, and more towards video on demand. Eventually, probably anything you can think of that still exists will be available for download. No need to gauge the market and guess how many sets to make, just dump it on a server.

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  MarkFinan: <Petrosianic: <harrylime>: <Fischer has had the greatest impact and influence outside of the chess world bubble .... That's why he's the GREATEST.>

Then why do you hate him so much? I think I know, but you don't seem to have admitted it to yourself).>

<Pedrosnutsac> Is this a British thing?? It's just I only ever see you insult us Brits.

Sep-30-14  diceman: <TheFocus: I wonder of a Best of Cavett DVD series is in the works? That would be cool>

Probably after he's dead.

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  HeMateMe: Who knew that Bobby Fischer would be forever linked with Dick Cavett, and John Lennon with Mike Douglas? Media makes strange bedfellows.
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  Capacorn: Don't know if this has been brought up yet. I went back a couple of pages and checked. The Fischer biopic "Pawn Sacrifice" just screened to mixed reviews. Toby Maguire, of all people, plays Bobby, while Liev Schreiber plays Spassky. Edward Zwick, who did "Glory," "Legends of the Fall," "Blood Diamond" and "The Last Samurai," directs. Personally, I don't think this is going to be a hit even with chess fans, let alone the public at large, but it's nice to see a big production involving our game.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Capacorn.

"...just screened to mixed reviews."

Any source/link for these reviews?

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  Capacorn: Hi Sally. Here's one source that cites a few professional opinions:

And here's another that contains technical information, and opinions from the general public:

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  HeMateMe: I'll rent it. It can't be all bad. The last chess movie I saw was the documentary about Kasparov v. Deep Blue. It was funny, as it showed what a paranoid, hypercompetitive person GK is. He even suggested in the film that in a separate room in the building there was an IM or GM level player evaluating Blue's moves and weeding out weak "computer moves", the stuff you might see in openings.

He was all sour grapes at the closing ceremony, all heartbroken about losing to a software program, and only making $1M for six games of chess. His mom Clara was there, you would think he could have been on better behavior.

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  john barleycorn: Sure, I'll watch it, too. By the reviews McGuire was seemingly not a bad cast as anticipated here few month ago.
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  Absentee: <Petrosianic: Then why do you hate him so much? I think I know, but you don't seem to have admitted it to yourself).>

Why does he? I admit I'm curious.

Oct-01-14  ljfyffe: <todicav23>Steinitz, of course, had a 25 game winning streak against the strongest players of his day...over a much longer time period.
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  Capacorn: <HeMateMe: I'll rent it. It can't be all bad. The last chess movie I saw was the documentary about Kasparov v. Deep Blue.>

<john barleycorn: Sure, I'll watch it, too. By the reviews McGuire was seemingly not a bad cast as anticipated here few month ago.>

Every real fan of the game should want to see "Pawn Sacrifice." I have rather moderate expectations myself. The last decent chess-themed film I saw was "Queen to Play" (French title: "Joueuse"). I'm certain that, as with "QTP," "Pawn Sacrifice" will feature a few eye-rolling moments such as a GM appearing startled when his opponent says, "Check."

I thought "Game Over" was okay, but can't hold a candle to "Bobby Fischer Against the World," which was an excellent documentary in virtually every sense.

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