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The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 997
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.
      244 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (183) 
    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
   Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 0-1
   Fischer vs Benko, 1963 1-0
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   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)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Skopje (1967)
   Netanya (1968)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Bled (1961)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   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

   Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858
   Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963
   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970

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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 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

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 997  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 jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
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. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
8. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
9. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
10. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
11. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19 1956 57th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
12. H Goldhamer vs Fischer 0-125 1956 WashingtonB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. Fischer vs S Baron 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
14. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143 1956 57th US OpenB20 Sicilian
15. Fischer vs Mednis ½-½40 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. J F Donovan vs Fischer 0-140 1956 57th US OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
17. W Whisler vs Fischer 0-128 1956 Candas op 92\\09E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
18. Reshevsky vs Fischer 1-031 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
19. Fischer vs C Sharp 1-033 1956 CAN-opC78 Ruy Lopez
20. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
21. A Turner vs Fischer 1-050 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
22. Fischer vs Popovych 1-052 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
23. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½31 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
24. R Sobel vs Fischer 1-027 1956 Montreal CA-openA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
25. Fischer vs H Matthai ½-½108 1956 Montreal CA-openB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 997  PGN Download
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  TheFocus: He would HATE you more.

He told me so himself.

Nov-23-15  Petrosianic: That's okay, Harry hates Fischer even more.
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  harrylime: <TheFocus: He would HATE you more. He told me so himself.>

Can you ask him to play Carlsen too ?

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  TheFocus: <harrylime> <Can you ask him to play Carlsen too?>

No <harry>. Fischer died. It was in all the newspapers.

Nov-24-15  HeMateMe: Fischer despised hangers-on. Harry would have been a turd in the gutter, and nothing more.
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  perfidious: <HMM> Perhaps a gofer, if Fischer were feeling generous that day.
Nov-24-15  thegoodanarchist: <Petrosianic: Yes, but remember I defended you with keypusher, sort of. I only described you as "excitable". (He said worse). I certainly didn't say willfully ignorant.>

Well, thanks, but no need to. The fact that <keypusher> had worse things to say about me actually put a smile on my face. He's a legend in his own mind.

Nov-24-15  fedalio: <joshka> you must be gutted at <TheFocus> post above on this 61 memorable games, no?
Nov-25-15  King Radio: If <joshka> were capable of being gutted about any facts about Fisher, he would have no guts left.
Nov-25-15  Petrosianic: <TheFocus>: <No <harry>. Fischer died. It was in all the newspapers.>

Yes, but in Harry's mythology, he rose again on the third day.

Nov-25-15  HeMateMe: Harry claims ownership of the chat forum and the Fischer page. He's still 14 years old, developmentally.

But, I hear he plays a mean game of chess. Ask him yourself, and he'll tell you.

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  TheFocus: I hear he beats most people 6-0, just like his hero.
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  TheFocus: <harry> Quit mooning over <Miss Scarlett> and give us your Top Ten Fischer games based on the endgame.
Nov-25-15  BobbyDigital80: Haha @ "Somebody on here even mentioned that if you spoke about Bobby or wrote personal stories about him thru your own personal conversations with him that you were betraying his trust LOL"

If everyone followed this rule, no one would ever talk about anyone else to anyone ever.

I don't go on this page very often, but it seems Joshka is somewhat of a Fischer expert, so I was wondering, Joshka, do you know who operated Fischer's old website? It was I remember posting something on there a long time ago and I saw my comment published on the comments page and I was wondering if Fischer actually read the comments or if someone else did.

Nov-25-15  zanzibar: <<HMM> But, I hear he plays a mean game of chess. Ask him yourself, and he'll tell you.>

I checked a game or two by him at chess24. He's no pants (care to tell us what that means Harry?) at blitz - plays about 2100 level.

Nov-26-15  HeMateMe: really? 2100? That's much higher than I would have thought.
Nov-26-15  Fishy: cmon <harry Slime> talk some more BS...your posts are the funniest on this page you wanker.... lolol
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  Joshka: <BobbyDigital80> Years ago after his web address was taken down, it was replaced with a Japanese site. The site NOW looks a bit different but still of course in Japanese. I presume the .JP/ designates Japan. Similar to .RU/ Is Russia, although others with the correct knowledge will know for sure. Bobby's most direct link to Japan I believe was with Miyoko. So, that's all I have to go on. As far as being an 'expert' I cannot answer to that, although I have a keen historical interest in Bobby for many different, and obscure reasons.
Nov-26-15  fedalio: <bobbydigital80>. Yasuji Matsumoto was I believe behind it originally.
Nov-26-15  latvalatvian: Fischer was not computer like. No one plays like a computer. Hopefully all chess engines will be discarded as useless and we will use our own brains.
Nov-27-15  zanzibar: <hmm> well, I have an old saying...

"There's a lot of ways to be smart,
but there's more ways to be stupid."

No individuals in particular in mind, but, well, I've fallen afoul myself now and then.

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  harrylime: <Fishy: cmon <harry Slime> talk some more BS...your posts are the funniest on this page you wanker.... lolol>

Ooooo !

An internet HARDMAN on a chess site ! lol

Oooo Oooo <Fishy> I like you ! lol

Post in the cafe too pleeeeeez ??!

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  harrylime: <latvalatvian: Fischer was not computer like. No one plays like a computer. Hopefully all chess engines will be discarded as useless and we will use our own brains.>

Ofcourse he wasn't 'computer like' ...

It's just that he almost became relentlessly 'winning' ... He was soooo far ahead of his time.

The 'computer' analogy is a compliment to just how good RJF became.

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  TheFocus: <harry> You forgot your LOLs.
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  harrylime: <TheFocus: <harry> You forgot your LOLs.>

lol Do you want to marry me <KKK> ?

You follow me around so much ...

Just wondering x

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