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The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 992
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.
      239 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?]
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Netanya (1968)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Skopje (1967)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Zurich (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   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 best games by brager
   Fischer's Finest by morphyvsfischer
   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. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
5. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
6. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
7. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
8. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
9. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
10. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
11. Fischer vs N Hurttlen ½-½14 1956 Eastern States opC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. Bisguier vs Fischer 1-033 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
13. Fischer vs Seidman 1-039 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyA07 King's Indian Attack
14. E W Marchand vs Fischer 0-155 1956 WashingtonA15 English
15. Fischer vs S Bernstein ½-½56 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyC70 Ruy Lopez
16. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45 1956 57th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
17. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-152 1956 New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
18. D Byrne vs Fischer 0-141 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
19. F R Anderson vs Fischer ½-½19 1956 Montreal CA-openB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
20. D Ruth vs Fischer 0-124 1956 57th US OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
21. Fischer vs E Hearst 0-140 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
22. W Walz vs Fischer 0-140 1956 Montreal CA-openB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19 1956 57th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
24. H Goldhamer vs Fischer 0-125 1956 WashingtonB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
25. Fischer vs S Baron 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 993  PGN Download
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  juan31: would be interesting that Mater Carlsen to opine on the situation of losing the crown for not play because of certain conditions, was very similar to the situation of Master Fischer, Master Carlsen sing, Master Fischer no, because he defended his position. Who had the reason ?
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  juan31: Pd: Sing ( no) must say Sign
Sep-12-14  MissScarlett: <Tobey Maguire gives an angry, bristling performance as chess champ Bobby Fischer in Edward Zwick's conventionally effective biopic.>

Sep-16-14  JosepCmd: The biggest chess player ever.
Sep-16-14  Petrosianic: Size doesn't matter, or so they say.
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  john barleycorn: < Petrosianic: Size doesn't matter, or so they say.>

That should be on the Odd Lie page. The bigger it is the less you have to improvise. That is the truth.

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  HeMateMe: But sometimes it it's TOO big, you don't get to play.
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  john barleycorn: <HeMateMe: But sometimes it it's TOO big, you don't get to play.>

Kismet. But my theory is still valid :-)

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  Sally Simpson: Well It's Official. :)

Fischer is the most well known chess player.

BBC Program 'Pointless' 100 people were asked who are these great chess players.

Magnus C?
Anatoly K?
Garry K?
Vladimir K?
Bobby F?

Bobby came top with 55 random punters who had heard of him.

The scores:

Fischer 55
Kasparov 37
Karpov 17
Carlsen 8
Kramnik 3

Sep-17-14  Petrosianic: <Sally Simpson: Well It's Official. :)

Fischer is the most well known chess player.>

I wouldn't put too much stock in that. Arguably, Maurice Ashley and Bruce Pandolfini are better known than Mikhail Botvinnik (in some countries, at least), but what can we conclude from that?

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Petrosianic,

You can argue with me but you cannot argue with the BBC and the random 100. :)

Maurice who.....?

Sep-19-14  Boxer123: Are there any trailers to that new Bobby Fischer movie floating around guys? Can't seem to find any.
Sep-21-14  MissScarlett: <Are there any trailers to that new Bobby Fischer movie floating around guys? Can't seem to find any.>

A bad omen. Sit tight for the DVD.

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  MarkFinan: Bobby Fischer - Anything to Win (Biography) FULL:

Poor Bobby. 😔. Feel so sorry for him at points in his life. When some interviewer says to him about being mad about the Russians, he says "Yeah! Because they've had MY title for the last 10 years!". That's pretty confident and *charismatic* (sorry Hazzard lol) for a guy who hadn't even played for the WCC at that point.. I know he turned into a horrible man and he died in tragic circumstances but he'll always be the second greatest ever chess player to me.. We *NEED* a young Bobby Fischer right now, chess needs someone who has the character that makes non chess lovers say "Who is that Guy?". Otherwise with Putin's puppy in charge of FIDE, Carlsen's #1 challenger being someone who would even look nerdy and out of place on 'University Challenge', and basically just no excitement whatsoever this game will die. No one knows nor cares about chess nowadays, I'll bet it's popularity is at an all time low?? Even in the mid 80's with Kasparov and Karpov and Short, the game was more popular than it is now. I don't know how to make this game I love more popular but someone has to do something soon. It's below darts and snooker in my country, and you've no idea how much that annoys me, lol.

End of rant 👿

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  Joshka: Mark go ahead and rant, I couldn't have said it any better. As long as Kirsan (who has just ruined the game at least on the professional level) is running the show, nothing will change. The Carlsen/Sinquefeld connection failed cause it's still PUTIN VS The WEST>>>>>>you are right another fighter like Fischer but guys like Bobby come around once in a life time. Garry has been preaching for years and years to deaf ears about the evils of Putin and Kirsan, to no avail. No corporate money will EVER go into FIDE as long as KIrsan, and Putin are pulling the strings. I thought Carlsen had some balls to stand up to them, but nyet. He's not the one. I wish him a quick and swift disappearance at the top of the chess ranks. Naka is not the one either. Don't know a lot about Fabiano, but would he excite the masses, the folks who know nothing about chess, like Bobby did? I doubt it. But we were fortunate to live during Bobby's reign and witness what the chess explosion was all about. Just like The Beatles, I've been lucky to live during a time of just absolutely fabulous music, boxing with Ali, and many other legends. Go ahead and rant anytime, I'm with ya. Just imagine during Bobby's reign that NO COUNTRY would put up money for the World's Chess Championship Match like is happening for Carlsen!!??? NO COUNTRY SUBMITTED A BID!!!!! AND, to add insult to injury, this is the socila media generation!!! There is more quick news flying around the world than ever before!!!, more TV, cable, video, more nerds playing board games!! And still no interest in CHESS!! Allright, I'll stop my rant too..
Sep-22-14  savagerules: The reason for the declining public interest in chess at the highest levels is because of computer programs which you can download for free and be as good or better than the world champion. When the supercomputer beat Kasparov that was the beginning of the end. So the public doesn't get too excited about the best players the way they did pre-computers. Larry Evans way back in the 1970s predicted the fate of chess when the time came when computers became predominant and to paraphrase him he said the interest would dwindle because the computers have relegated chess solely to the realm of mathematics and the magic would be gone.
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  perfidious: <savagerules: The reason for the declining public interest in chess at the highest levels is because of computer programs which you can download for free and be as good or better than the world champion.>

There are posters populating these pages who delight in coming it over on the greats because they have access to software and can poke holes in everyone's play, not unlike exacting retribution from the bullies who kicked sand in their faces whilst they were young.

Sep-22-14  Petrosianic: <There are posters populating these pages who delight in coming it over on the greats because they have access to software and can poke holes in everyone's play,>

The oddest are the ones who kibitz on a game in progress by just pasting in a line of analysis from their engine verbatim, with no comment whatsoever about what it means, or even any pretense that they're using their own brains.

At least try to fake it, forgoodnesssakes. Like this:

Korchnoi vs Mednis, 1956

In the most recent comment, someone says: "A nice swashbuckling game that ended in a draw."

This is a comment that says precisely NOTHING. It tosses out an adjective with no specific meaning, followed by telling us the result of the game (which we can all read from the scoresheet). But at least he's <pretending> to say something. A comment that just pasted in 5 moves that might be tacked onto the end of the game, with no eval or explanation, would be even worse.

Sep-22-14  Petrosianic: Here's another one, also from today, and also from a Korchnoi game:

<Impressive demonstration of superior strategic thinking. Gotta love Viktor the Terrible.>

Another complete waste of space comment that says nothing. The game is "impressive" but in no specific way. You see comments like this all over the board. But at least the person who isn't just parroting his program feels the need to fake a real comment. (And arguably he wouldn't have posted at all if the games here just had a "Like" button, like on Facebook). But even this is better than a bare line of analysis that anyone could pull out of their own engine just as easily.

Sep-22-14  Petrosianic: <perfidious>: <There are posters populating these pages who delight in coming it over on the greats because they have access to software and can poke holes in everyone's play,>

And even worse, sometimes they can't. At any online game, you'll see people screaming that a move was a "blunder", because their engine swore that the eval dropped from .8 to .6 afterwards. As often as not, the player was right, and the engine just needed time to get up to speed.

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  perfidious: <Petrosianic> Risible indeed.

One poster who gets me is <Ulhumbrus>, with his fusion of endless abstract reasoning and Reinfeld-type generalities.

The post of his which destroyed me was one which purported to prove that the Keres Attack vs the Scheveningen was a bad idea.

After that classic, off to iggydom for him and his idiocy.

Sep-22-14  Petrosianic: I've got a Love/Hate Relationship with Reinfeld, so I'm sure I know exactly what you mean just from that description.
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  parisattack: I tend to agree with <MarkFinan> <Joshka> and <savagerules>. Chess is somewhere between the slippery slope and the end-times. A new Fischer would indeed breath some life into the game, but for how long? Carlsen and Caruana are awesome players, but neither has much more charisma as a plate of cold spinach. For the public, sizzle sells.

If Bok had won the FIDE a few years back I think then there was still time to attract corporate sponsors. But now? Probably not in any big way. Look at tournaments now with six and even four players... Even the game of Go which I also enjoy is fighting off the engine monsters - and it has a computational space many, many times that of chess. I think it is something like 10^50 to 10^170.

As to dear <Ulhumbrus> I admit to also having him on i9 - but cheer him on in his quest to nail down the 'chess thinking' part of playing. "Chess is a sea..."

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  HeMateMe: Carlsen is a much more dominant player at age 23 than Fischer was. He has been terrific for chess. He's done a lot more media stuff, promoting the game, than Fischer ever did. He also takes photos with other players and plays intramural soccer with other players and chess journalists. He's normal. MC sometimes has a flippant attitude toward chess. His steady temperament will allow him to stay in chess for as long as he wants to. Carlsen is Tal with two kidneys and good health.

Fischer brought Americans into the game because he was an American playing for the world championship. How long was interest really going to last? One more year, after 1972?

parents can look at MC and think "I hope my kid does that well." Parents look at Fischer and think "I hope my kid doesn't end up like that guy.

Sep-22-14  schweigzwang: <He's done a lot more media stuff, promoting the game, than Fischer ever did.>

These are very different times. It's not just the difference in personality.

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