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Fischer 
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.

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 (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
Repertoire Explorer

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

GAMES ANNOTATED BY FISCHER: [what is this?]
   Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858
   R 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, 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 http://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...


 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 992  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. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
5. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
6. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
7. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
8. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
9. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
10. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
11. Fischer vs S Popel ½-½38 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
12. K Blake vs Fischer 0-120 1956 Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
13. K Smith vs Fischer ½-½51 1956 57th US OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
14. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
15. Fischer vs W Stevens ½-½20 1956 57th US OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
16. W Whisler vs Fischer 0-128 1956 Candas op 92\\09E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
17. E Nash vs Fischer 0-148 1956 WashingtonB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
18. Fischer vs C Sharp 1-033 1956 CAN-opC78 Ruy Lopez
19. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Havana simB32 Sicilian
20. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. Fischer vs A Di Camillo 1-041 1956 Washington D.C.C78 Ruy Lopez
22. Fischer vs M Pavey ½-½35 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
23. S Bernstein vs Fischer 0-133 1956 Montreal CA-openD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Shainswit vs Fischer ½-½27 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. Bisguier vs Fischer 1-033 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 992  PGN Download
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Aug-19-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Bob even played at prisons, while he was on tour. Chuck Manson often used sacrifices, in his games.
Aug-19-14  unferth: <john barleycorn> Andy Sacks, one of the two mentioned as drawing with Fischer, posts here occasionally & has discussed that simul on the page for the Fischer-Rogosin game.
Aug-19-14
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  john barleycorn: <unferth> thanks for the hint.
Aug-21-14
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  HeMateMe: This has probably been posted before, but this is a good 1961 article in Sports Illustrated, about Fischer and USA chess. When Bob was young and fresh *sigh*.

<http://www.si.com/vault/1961/01/23/...>

Aug-21-14  Petrosianic: A lot of the usual careless errors you get when non-chess magazines try to write about chess. But they made a mistake I've never seen before, claiming that Fischer beat Keres at Portoroz, when of course Keres wasn't even there. They were probably confusing the Interzonal with Zurich 1959.
Aug-26-14
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  chancho: <"Rather than chess making Bobby insane, chess is what kept Bobby sane.

That drive to be world champion kept him organised, so when he achieved it that order was lost.">

~Liz Garbus

Sep-02-14  Petrosianic: <HeMateMe>: <Bob even played at prisons, while he was on tour. Chuck Manson often used sacrifices, in his games.>

Yeah, but Manson used to sacrifice the player on his left.

Sep-07-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Ke2: Is this video referencing Fischer? It seems to. (On the building B. Fischer & Co.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Uj...
Sep-09-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: Well this reporter liked it:-)

http://nypost.com/2014/09/08/tobey-...

Sep-10-14  fedalio: <joshka> what is interesting from other press reports is the lack of a US distributor, suggesting it could ultimately go straight to dvd...
Sep-10-14  drnooo: Karpov in one of his books states flatly that Korchnoi was asked to throw his match with Petrosian. If that's true then the ruling authorities were very
stupid not to look at the lifetime scores of both parties. Petrosian was already showing signs of not being able to handle Fischer and Korchnoi's score suggested otherwise both in blitz and regular classical controls.
Sep-10-14  Olavi: <drnooo: Karpov in one of his books states flatly that Korchnoi was asked to throw his match with Petrosian.>

Korchnoi denied this in his autobiography Chess is my Life, written after his defection.

Sep-10-14  diceman: <drnooo:
If that's true then the ruling authorities were very stupid not to look at the lifetime scores of both parties. Petrosian was already showing signs of not being able to handle Fischer and Korchnoi's score suggested otherwise both in blitz and regular classical controls.>

...and how did Spassky's "lifetime score"
work for him?

Sep-10-14  diceman: <Joshka: Well this reporter liked it:-)>

(heh,heh)

I liked this:
<to the historic match with less eccentric Spassky>

...less eccentric.

...seems to imply all chess players
are nuts, and all we are talking about is by how much!

Sep-10-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 ?
Sep-10-14
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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.>

http://variety.com/2014/film/review...

Sep-16-14  JosepCmd: The biggest chess player ever.
Sep-16-14  Petrosianic: Size doesn't matter, or so they say.
Sep-17-14
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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.

Sep-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: But sometimes it it's TOO big, you don't get to play.
Sep-17-14
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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 :-)

Sep-17-14
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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?

Sep-17-14
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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.....?

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