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Robert James Fischer
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 1,004
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785

Overall record: +420 -86 =246 (72.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 252 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (186) 
    B90 B32 B88 B44 B57
 Ruy Lopez (121) 
    C92 C69 C95 C97 C98
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C92 C95 C98 C97 C89
 French Defense (65) 
    C19 C11 C18 C16 C15
 Caro-Kann (53) 
    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 (117) 
    E80 E62 E97 E60 E67
 Sicilian Najdorf (77) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E45 E46 E40 E43 E20
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D86 D79 D80 D98 D90
 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 Panno, 1970 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Skopje (1967)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Netanya (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Havana (1965)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   -ER by fredthebear
   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 Jaredfchess
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by KingG
   Fischer Favorites by atrifix
   Fischer vs........ by TheTakenKing
   Fischer 101 by Parkov
   Fischer 101 by rea
   Veliki majstori saha 30 FISCHER (II) -Marovic by Chessdreamer

   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970
   Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962
   Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan, 1962

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(born Mar-09-1943, died Jan-17-2008, 64 years old) United States of America (federation/nationality Iceland)

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Robert James ("Bobby") Fischer was a chess prodigy 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. At age 15, Fischer became both the youngest grandmaster (at the time) and the youngest candidate for the World Championship.

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

Last updated: 2017-05-02 23:48:19

 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,004  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Mayers vs Fischer 1-0171953Blitz GameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. J Altusky vs Fischer 0-181954Offhand GameC71 Ruy Lopez
3. Fischer vs J Altusky 1-0121954Offhand GameE90 King's Indian
4. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-0121955Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
5. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½331955US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs K Warner 0-1281955Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
7. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½251955Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-1231955Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
9. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½281955Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
10. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-1441955Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
11. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½361956New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
13. Fischer vs S Baron 1-0531956New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
14. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-1521956New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
15. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0531956New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
16. Fischer vs J A Casado ½-½481956Simul, 12bB32 Sicilian
17. Fischer vs E Nash 0-1511956US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
18. K Blake vs Fischer 0-1201956Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
19. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-1291956US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143195657th US OpenB20 Sicilian
21. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
22. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45195657th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
24. B E Owens vs Fischer ½-½43195657th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
25. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19195657th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,004  PGN Download
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  TheFocus: Nice to see my chess research on Bobby Fischer is included in <Bobby Fischer: The Early Years> by John Donaldson.
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  MissScarlett: <<Bobby Fischer: The Early Years> by John Donaldson>

First Minev, now poor old Tangborn.

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  TheFocus: You are right, <MissScarlett>. I should have mentioned Tangborn. He certainly deserves credit.
Jul-28-17  todicav23: 1004 games! Some new games have been added.
Jul-28-17  todicav23: <todicav23: 1004 games! Some new games have been added.>

These are the only games without comments:

Fischer vs Kenneth Hense, 1961

Fischer vs Pedro Galarraga, 1960

Fischer vs Allan Jensen, 1962

Fischer vs Palle Henriksen, 1962

Fischer vs E Zhukov, 1965

I guess the first 4 games have been added recently.

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  MissScarlett: You noted this on May 2nd.
Jul-28-17  ughaibu: <You noted this on May 2nd>

Parents beware! Don't let your kids dabble in Fischer-fanaticism. It can have serious and intellectually damaging effects.

Jul-28-17  todicav23: <MissScarlett: You noted this on May 2nd.> I do remember posting about this a few weeks ago. But at that time the number of games was less than 1004. I think one or two games have been added since then.
Jul-28-17  todicav23: <ughaibu: <You noted this on May 2nd>

Parents beware! Don't let your kids dabble in Fischer-fanaticism. It can have serious and intellectually damaging effects.>

Does it bother you that I keep track of the newly added games? Some people are interested in seeing them.

Being a fanatic is still better than being a hater.

Jul-28-17  ughaibu: <Does it bother you that I keep track of the newly added games? >


<Being a fanatic is still better than being a hater.>

I'll trust your judgement, but whichever, I prefer to remain neither.

Jul-28-17  todicav23: <ughaibu: <Does it bother you that I keep track of the newly added games? >


<Being a fanatic is still better than being a hater.>

I'll trust your judgement, but whichever, I prefer to remain neither.>

But you are a hater. That's why you visit this page so often.

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  Petrosianic: <Being a fanatic is still better than being a hater.>

Why? Surely being irrational or unobjective is equally irrational, no matter which way you're leaning.

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  morfishine: <ughaibu> Very nice posts LOL


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  whiteshark: <A Prodigy’s Progress—Lecture By <IM John Donaldson>>

"American chess legend Bobby Fischer’s meteoric rise from a 12-year-old Class B player to a World Championship Candidate three years later was both unprecedented and unlikely to be repeated.

Chess historian and International Master John Donaldson discussed Fischer’s early career, including the figures and institutions that helped develop his magnificent talent. Influences such as Jack Collins, GM William Lombardy, and IM Raymond Weinstein, as well as important venues such as the Hawthorne, Marshall, and Manhattan Chess Clubs are highlighted in the context of Fischer’s achievements.

Donaldson has served as director of the Mechanics’ Institute Library and Chess Room in San Francisco, California, since 1998. He worked for Inside Chess magazine from 1988 to 2000 and has authored over 30 books on chess to-date. Donaldson earned the IM title in 1983, has two norms toward the coveted GM title, and has captained the U.S. national chess team on 15 occasions, winning two gold, three silver, and four bronze medals."

Enjoy watching! ;)

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  AylerKupp: Why are our choices about Fischer restricted to being either a fanatic or a hater? Is there no middle ground? Just because you are not a fanatic doesn't mean that you are a hater, and vice versa. I greatly admire Fischer the chess player. His games are both remarkably simple and deeply complex. And his accomplishments in the realm of chess were remarkable.

Fischer the person is another story, but fortunately I can keep Fischer the chess player apart from Fischer the person.

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  ChessHigherCat: Americans always need to divide every conflict into a heroic good guy with a white hat and dastardly villain with a black hat (which explains why the US has supported so many dubious "opposition" parties), but the percentage of heroic good guys in the world is a lot closer to zero than to 50%. Personally, I have no problem acknowledging Fischer's (and Alekhine's) genius at chess without suffering from the delusion that they were nice guys. Obviously, you can be a total bastard and great mathematician, for example, and the two characteristics are in no way incompatible.
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  john barleycorn: <AylerKupp: ...

Fischer the person is another story, but fortunately I can keep Fischer the chess player apart from Fischer the person.>

That is way too simple. In fact. you see the chessgames as being produced by somebody else than the Fischer with all his flaws etc. pp.. But there was only one Fischer.

when there is light there is shadow. When there is a lot of light there is a lot of shadow. easy.

Van Gogh with 2 intact ears? Beethoven without syphilis?

Jul-29-17  ughaibu: <Van Gogh with 2 intact ears? Beethoven without syphilis?>

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  ChessHigherCat: <ughaibu> The blonde was Van Gogh with a prosthetic ear and the brunette was Beethoven?
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  AylerKupp: <<john barleycorn> That is way too simple.>

Well, yes and no. There is only one of each of us. But I think that all of us have multiple personalities that surface at different times. Who amongst us has never gotten angry at something and let that influence our behavior? Who among us has not felt magnanimous at some time and also let that influence our behavior? And who among us hasn’t been happy on occasion and let that influence our behavior? What and who we are is a mix of various personalities and few of us are so simple that only one personality shows through.

So what happens? We form our opinions of people and react to them according to the personality that they are exhibiting at the time. Then our overall impression of and reaction to a person is our overall impression and reaction to the sum of their personalities. Depending how much importance we attach to each of that person's personalities, that influences our overall perception of that person. And sometimes we only get exposed to one or a few of that person's personalities, so our overall perception of that person can be skewed as a result.

As you said, when there is a lot of light there is a lot of shadow. If in these extreme cases you can separate the light from the shadow, so much the better. And I don't think there would be much disagreement, certainly not on this page, that in Fischer's case there was a lot of light (his chess prowess) and we should not let our overall impression of him be adversely affected by the lot of shadow that also accompanied him. Better, if you can, keep them both separate.

Van Gogh with intact ears would still be Van Gogh, except that perhaps he would hear better. But I don't think that there is a consensus as to whether Beethoven had syphilis or not, or whether that was the cause of his death. Maybe you're thinking of Schubert, where there is a consensus that syphilis was the cause of his early death.

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  WorstPlayerEver: American writes book; Beethoven has syphilis lol get the picture? Americans do have no geniuses except Bobby. Ha ha ha ha all rubbish.
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  perfidious: <AK....Fischer the person is another story, but fortunately I can keep Fischer the chess player apart from Fischer the person.>

I'll sign that.

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  harrylime: This is where I find <Scazza> ..

scussing it oooot with the likes of ole <FOCY> and a few other obsessives on Bobby's pages !

lol lol

You're better off ere <Scazz> ...

Bless ya !

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  MissScarlett: <Hazz>, Iook at it this way - you're an elite poster in the Kibitzer's Cafe; I'm an elite poster everywhere, even the places I haven't posted.
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  Dionysius1: Hugh Laurie would have been the right man to play Fischer. He's tall, lanky, and when he isn't playing House, walks with the same spare lope that Fischer in his prime did.
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