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Fischer 
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 994
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.
      241 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
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 (65) 
    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) 
    E80 E62 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
   Robert E 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 Benko, 1963 1-0
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 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 1957/58 (1957)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Netanya (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Skopje (1967)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Bled (1961)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1964 Fischer simul exhibition tour by gauer
   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
   Bobby Fischer's U.S. Championship Games by LionHeart40
   Games by Fisher by gothic

GAMES ANNOTATED BY FISCHER: [what is this?]
   Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858
   Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963
   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886
   >> 18 GAMES ANNOTATED BY FISCHER

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ROBERT JAMES FISCHER
(born Mar-09-1943, died Jan-17-2008, 64 years old) United States of America (citizen of Iceland)

[what is this?]
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 (1957/58), making him the youngest U.S. Champion ever.

Fischer's victory qualified him for the Portoroz Interzonal (1958). 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 Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), 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) he achieved the only perfect score (11-0) in the history of the tournament.

He won the Stockholm Interzonal (1962) 2½ points ahead of Efim Geller and Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian. This made him a favorite to win the Curacao Candidates (1962), but he only finished fourth, behind Petrosian, Geller, and Paul Keres.

In a famous article in Sports Illustrated magazine, 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 Sousse Interzonal (1967), but left it while leading, because of a scheduling dispute occasioned by Fischer's refusal to play on Saturday, his Sabbath.

He won the Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970) by a record 3½ points. The following year, he shocked the chess world by sweeping the Fischer - Taimanov Candidates Quarterfinal (1971) and Fischer - Larsen Candidates Semifinal (1971) by identical 6-0 scores, the only perfect scores in the history of the Candidates Matches. 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 won the Fischer - Petrosian Candidates Final (1971) 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 virtually disappeared 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. Fischer won Fischer - Spassky (1992) 10-5 with 15 draws. The United States considered that Fischer, in playing this match in Yugoslavia, 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 http://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...


 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 994  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 D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
5. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
6. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
7. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
9. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
10. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
11. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Havana simB32 Sicilian
12. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. Fischer vs A Di Camillo 1-041 1956 Washington D.C.C78 Ruy Lopez
14. Fischer vs M Pavey ½-½35 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. S Bernstein vs Fischer 0-133 1956 Montreal CA-openD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Shainswit vs Fischer ½-½27 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. Bisguier vs Fischer 1-033 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
18. Fischer vs N Hurttlen ½-½14 1956 Eastern States opC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. Fischer vs Seidman 1-039 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyA07 King's Indian Attack
20. E W Marchand vs Fischer 0-155 1956 WashingtonA15 English
21. Fischer vs S Bernstein ½-½56 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyC70 Ruy Lopez
22. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45 1956 57th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. D Byrne vs Fischer 0-141 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
24. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-152 1956 New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
25. F R Anderson vs Fischer ½-½19 1956 Montreal CA-openB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 994  PGN Download
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Jul-19-15  Sally Simpson: Hi previous poster,

(Sorry cannot use your real name - name dropping and all that.)

Anyway.

He may be Prince Charlie to you, but he's Chas to me.

I must tell you this. Me and Chas and his mum (Mrs.Q.) were playing whist and Mrs Q trumped Chas's ace. Well we laughed, Oh how we laughed.

Then in came Carslen, Giri and Anand and we replayed the hand to show them what happened....Buck house was rocking with laughter.

Oh how we laughed...I'm laughing now just thinking about it.

----

Back on topic.

C.P. (hopefully I'll get away with that...) told me he may have some documents relating to the FIDE meeting regarding B.F.

C.P. also wrote an article about the meeting it and he will try and dig it out.

Yours Sincerely,

S.S.

Jul-20-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <C.P. (hopefully I'll get away with that...) told me he may have some documents relating to the FIDE meeting regarding B.F.>

Amongst the thespian community, there's a certain Shakespearean production that's commonly referred to as <the Scottish play>.

May I suggest you ask <the Scottish player> where's there's any truth to the following rumour: Karpov vs C W Pritchett, 1974

Jul-21-15  Sally Simpson: Hi Miss Scarlet.

The link you gave was incomplete. Not your fault. The poster missed out the one important sentence that is given in the book.

Position 99. States:

"According to one reliable source.......then onto the Fischer phone call."

You and I know that this is how chess fact & chess myth collide.

These reliable sources have gold coins getting thrown onto chessboards at the end of a game and players dying in baths surrounded by women's shoes.

This one is easily solved.

This is not the only place that discus's Karpov v Fischer 1975.

The English Chess (where nicknames are not allowed.) is one of many sites that too indulge in this topic.

Craig wrote on Wednesday, 3rd August 2011.

(Funnily enough it kicks off with Craig dropping in my name. Huh! poser.)

"Geoff says that Fischer was actively following Karpov's games at the 1974 Nice Olympiad and this is certainly true. Tony Saidy, who visited the Olympiad as a spectator (and who features prominently in the recent doumentary film Bobby Fischer Against the World) delivered the news personally to me that Fischer had shown him my missed win against Karpov about a week or so into the Olympiad."

http://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic...

So no phone call from Bobby Fischer to Craig.

That whole thread is a good read. A few good links to relvant articles and you can read in Craig's own words some more of the FIDE meeting.

No nicknames means you rarely get the fisty cuffs and stupidity that this place suffers from. Though I did manage to ruffle a few feathers when I posted there. Mostly in jest, sometimes when I never even intended to.

Jul-22-15  SpiritedReposte: He was playing for a shot at the world championship when he was 15! Haha imagine a 15-16 year old world chess champion. Took him a few years but he got there in the end.
Jul-22-15  Petrosianic: Can't imagine it. There have been other teenage candidates, but I never expect to see a teenage world champion. Not unless the chess world is an extremely sorry state.
Jul-22-15  PaulLovric: http://www.chess.com/blog/billwall/...
Jul-22-15  HeMateMe: When the Queen dies will they turn Buck Palace into a museum? Surely Wills and Kate don't want to live in that mausoleum?
Jul-24-15  fisayo123: Might as well drop this here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egV...

Fischer, Spassky, Petrosian et al at the 66' Olympiad. Castro also makes an appearance.

Jul-25-15  john barleycorn: <fisayo123> thanks. Sure, Fidel at least drew his game
Jul-25-15  thegoodanarchist: todays' QOTD is

"Patzer sees check, patzer makes check."

--- Fischer

But I thought he said "... patzer <gives> check"

Does anyone have the definitive answer? Was it make or gives?

Jul-25-15  john barleycorn: <thegoodanarchist>
wikiquote referring to MSMG

<Patzer sees a check, gives a check.>

Jul-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <john b> Then there is the converse:

<Always check; it might be mate>

Jul-28-15  edbermac: From the AP archives.

Fischer-Petrosian match Buenos Aires 1971 finale. Audience cheers for Bobby!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mgz...

Jul-29-15  todicav23: Cool new movies with Fischer. This is also a new movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPM...

Jul-29-15  todicav23: Interview with Spassky after the match: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6S...
Jul-29-15  todicav23: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKG...
Jul-29-15  todicav23: Fischer after winning the title, interview with Euwe:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNS...

Jul-29-15  todicav23: Fischer and Spassky before 15th game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxb...
Jul-29-15  todicav23: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_x...
Jul-29-15  todicav23: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cB...
Jul-29-15  todicav23: Fischer biting his nails after the fourth game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cav...
Jul-29-15  PaulLovric: <todicav23> no sound?
Jul-29-15  john barleycorn: <PaulLovric> no sound! Lipreading is required. Thanks to <todicav23> for posting the clips.
Jul-29-15  diceman: <edbermac: From the AP archives.

Fischer-Petrosian match Buenos Aires 1971 finale. Audience cheers for Bobby!>

Just goes to show how things don't change.

Reminds me of the cheering throng when Carlsen "tiebreaked" into the world championship match.

Jul-30-15  todicav23: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMK...

Only 41 views? Common...

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