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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. 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. 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. Fischer vs S Baron 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
12. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143 1956 57th US OpenB20 Sicilian
13. Fischer vs Mednis ½-½40 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½22 1956 Eastern States OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. J F Donovan vs Fischer 0-140 1956 57th US OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
16. Reshevsky vs Fischer 1-031 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
17. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
18. A Turner vs Fischer 1-050 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
19. Fischer vs Popovych 1-052 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
20. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½31 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
21. W Whisler vs Fischer 0-128 1956 Candas op 92\\09E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
22. R Sobel vs Fischer 1-027 1956 Montreal CA-openA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
23. Fischer vs C Sharp 1-033 1956 CAN-opC78 Ruy Lopez
24. Fischer vs H Matthai ½-½108 1956 Montreal CA-openB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-129 1956 US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 993  PGN Download
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Oct-19-14  vkk: his "game of the century" was the biggest crapshoot ever.

impressive for a 13 year old but his opponent should have seen that there would be enough compensation for a queen. just take the extra piece and be happy with an easy win but noooooooooooooooo

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  TheFocus: <vkk> Numerous annotators, including Botvinnik, do not agree with you.
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  TheFocus: <I don't know anyone else in the history of chess to whom we owe so much... No one from our generation of chess players, nor the one to follow, should ever forget that we are living off the dividends guaranteed us by Robert James Fischer> - Karpov.
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  Joshka: <The Focus> Kasparov would also concur. And that despite all the horrible things Bobby has said about him. Spassky as well. So the 2 K's and Spassky and a whole slew of other top ranked GM's. Any news on 'Pawn Sacrifice'??
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  TheFocus: <Joshka> I have no news of <Pawn Sacrifice>, but I suspect it will go straight to DVD, or have limited runs in art houses, and then DVD.

It may not be 100% accurate, but it may prove... interesting.

I hated the script, and so did William Nigro, the son of Carmine Nigro, Bobby's chess teacher. Nigro is poorly represented in this script.

Oct-19-14  ljfyffe: <anyone else in history>Frank Marshall helped to widen interest in chess, but Robert Fischer
did it even more....and got decent money involved. Players, like Steinitz, had a terrible time raising the stakes.
Oct-19-14  ljfyffe: <lamont###> WCW made his poetic medium hot by championing the hard "thing" over the soft "metaphor" ---- the mouse over the snow, to coin a phrase.
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  TheFocus: I would say that Pillsbury promoted chess much more than Marshall did.
Oct-19-14  lamont: ###

TheFocus ~

Among 'dividends' Karpov mentioned
izzz making them millionaires.

What a salient quote !!

Oct-19-14  lamont: ###

ljfytte ~

If my quasi-haiku had a title
it wd/ be Slush.

Yr/ preachifications (a WCW word)
are becoming excruciatingly boring.

Oct-19-14  lamont: ###

vkk ~

Game of the Century

There was not a GM in that room
or a GM out of that room

that did not think Bobby was lost
w/ his Queen Sacrifice.

Nobody saw as deeply as Bobby did.
Deep analysis shows that Byrne actually

was FORCED to take the Queen, otherwise
his game wd/ palpably deteriorate.

OBviously you opened the wrong door
by coming here to vent

Oct-19-14  lamont: ###


Bobby's after-glow has since faded
& dividend money has dried to the point

that Magnus, w/ all the charisma
of boiled oatmeal

is having difficulty finding sponsors
to treat Caissa like a lady.

Oct-19-14  ljfyffe: <boring> something that's going around quite a bit these days...seems there is no one that hasn't caught it...
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  thegoodanarchist: < ljfyffe: I'm saying the image is a cool one; never said l did not like it, if that is what you are inferring>

Actually I wasn't trying to <infer> anything. I didn't reply to you, I only noticed your post after I wrote mine. Weird coincidence.

Oct-20-14  ljfyffe: < thegoodanarchist> lt happens.....that's why l put the "if"! Anyway, thanks for pointing out the coincidence.
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  Joshka: <TheFocus> All right thanks for the info. I really hate when they change factual history in movies, when there is no need to. If your subject matter by itself, is not interesting, why then make a movie!??
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  TheFocus: <Joshka> I agree. The true facts about Fischer would make a good movie, no need to embellish it.

If so, they may as well put a cape on him and let him have an X-man-like death ray shooting out of his eyes.

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  juan31: many fans are here for the influence of Master Fischer he had an impact on thousands of people, something that hardly will have another Master.
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  Joshka: <juan31> I, like I'm sure many, many others here at this site, and on other sites around the world, learned to play chess as a child by figuring out the moves reading the instruction booklet and maybe having an adult help you along. This was around 1957 -1959. The item that REALLY took my interest was seeing the moves from the 1972 Championship plastered across the front page of the leading newspaper in the area where I lived. I thought this was incredible!! That one could actually play through the game move by move!!! It just hadn't dawned on me that there was chess notation! So it was Spassky/Fischer that wound up being the main motivating culprit in my interest in the game. NOT , and I'll repeat NOT from playing the game as a child and working the moves with my brother through a booklet. It was Fischer. So my story cannot be unique at all. Thousands and thousands had Fischer as the first motivating interest!.
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  moronovich: <The item that REALLY took my interest was seeing the moves from the 1972 Championship plastered across the front page of the leading newspaper in the area where I lived. I thought this was incredible!! That one could actually play through the game move by move!!! It just hadn't dawned on me that there was chess notation! So it was Spassky/Fischer that wound up being the main motivating culprit in my interest in the game. NOT , and I'll repeat NOT from playing the game as a child and working the moves with my brother through a booklet. It was Fischer. So my story cannot be unique at all. Thousands and thousands had Fischer as the first motivating interest!.>

Same story here.Thanks for reminding me,
<Joshka> !

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  perfidious: Learnt how to play from Reinfeld's <Complete Chess Course> in early to mid 1971, but it was only when I got to junior high school the following year and started playing in the club there that improvement began.

At the end of '72, played Walter Browne in a simul in my city and tried 6.Bg5 against his Najdorf; I could be a cheeky little bugger. Was somewhat aware of Fischer-Spassky, but it was hardly the driving force behind my interest in the game.

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  HeMateMe: Reinfield's 1,000 was my first chess book, but the one that really got me hooked was Fischer v. Spassky, by C.H.O.D. Alexander. Probably long out of print. A lot of good photos and background info. I must have read it ten times.

Here's the cover of the book, the chess pieces sitting atop Iceland, the Red Knight knocked over!


You can get a copy on Amazon for 1 cent, if you're willing to pay $5 postage.

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  perfidious: Never saw Alexander's work on the match, but I've no doubt it was a good one. The man knew how to write with clarity and style; pity he did not live long enough after retirement from British Intelligence to show us what we missed.
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  TheFocus: I don't have Alexander's, but I have many, although I have heard it was probably the best one.

Larsen even did a book on the match. That one I do have.

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  john barleycorn: Used to have that book as a paperback (german translation). Just look at amazon it is still available at less than 5 US.

I still have Timman/Euwe.

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