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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.

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) 
    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
   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?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Skopje (1967)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Netanya (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (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 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

   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 (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 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 W Stevens ½-½20 1956 57th US OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. E Nash vs Fischer 0-148 1956 WashingtonB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
13. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Havana simB32 Sicilian
14. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. Fischer vs A Di Camillo 1-041 1956 Washington D.C.C78 Ruy Lopez
16. Fischer vs M Pavey ½-½35 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. S Bernstein vs Fischer 0-133 1956 Montreal CA-openD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Shainswit vs Fischer ½-½27 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
19. Bisguier vs Fischer 1-033 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
20. Fischer vs N Hurttlen ½-½14 1956 Eastern States opC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Fischer vs Seidman 1-039 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyA07 King's Indian Attack
22. E W Marchand vs Fischer 0-155 1956 WashingtonA15 English
23. Fischer vs S Bernstein ½-½56 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyC70 Ruy Lopez
24. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45 1956 57th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
25. D Byrne vs Fischer 0-141 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
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Apr-24-15  A.T PhoneHome: I doubt Hitler was too happy about Jesse Owens' success. :P

And I feel you for the Miracle on Ice. Wasn't it college players pitted against Soviets? If I remember it right of course.

Apr-24-15  Petrosianic: Not about Owens specifically, he wasn't. But there's a lot of myth around those olympics. The Germans won heavily overall, which Hitler was quite happy about. And the Owens snub story is untrue, according to Owens' own biography.

What happened was that on the first day, Hitler congratulated all the German winners, but not the others. The IOC told him he couldn't do that. He'd have to congratulate all of them or none of them. He chose to congratulate none of them, and stuck to it for the rest of the games. By the time Owens won his medal, there was no need to make any special excuse not to congratulate him.

Apr-24-15  A.T PhoneHome: Oh, okay then. Well it's easy to make the assumption considering Hitler's reign so pardon me!

Didn't some Egyptian weightlifter receive enormous appreciation from Hitler? Like he said "I hope you consider Germany your second home" or something like that.

Apr-24-15  TheFocus: <Petrosianic> Having never read Owen's biography, I accepted the "snub story" as fact.

Thank you.

Apr-24-15  A.T PhoneHome: You know what I find so fascinating about sports?

The fact we can say what is statistically a standard in all sports. Elevating the standards brings in more of those who weren't previously enthusiastic about some sport.

Some do it for the trend while the others genuinely are interested and for whatever reasons, the sport receives more attention.

Apr-24-15  Lambda: <Miracle on Ice has to be the biggest moment ever. It was so much more of an upset than Fischer beating Spassky. Jesse Owens in Berlin is No. 2

Michael Phelps-pick an Olympics-is no. 3.

Nadia's perfect Tens are moment No. 4.

Five gold medals for Eric Heiden in speed skating is no. 5.>

*Can't help noticing that four out of those five are US victories.*

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  Karposian: <*Can't help noticing that four out of those five are US victories.*>

LOL, nope. Five out of five. Remember Nadia is one of ours now. She's lived in the USA for many years and is now a US citizen.

But to really make <HeMateMe>'s excellent greatest Olympic moments list an all American list, let's exchange Nadia with Mary Lou 1984.

First female gymnast outside Eastern Europe to win the Olympic All Round title, now that's really something!

Apr-24-15  HeMateMe: <*Can't help noticing that four out of those five are US victories.*>

You're right. Lets replace Phelps with Indonesian dominance in badmitton and repeat gold medals for France in the fencing competition.

Apr-24-15  A.T PhoneHome: <HeMateMe> I think your list looks gorgeous once you replace Phelps with East Germany's javelin thrower women.
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  Karposian: <A.T.> Dunno 'bout that, but the list definitely looks less gorgeous without Nadia. Just sayin'.
Apr-24-15  Sally Simpson: Hi Petrosinic,

Re Jesse Owens:

Hitler shook Owen's hand after the medal ceremony , Owens carried a picture of this event in his wallet.

He tried for a while to quell the Hitle snub rumour not because he felt any sympathy for Hitler but because it was not true.

Owens was given a celebration dinner at the Waldorf Astoria. Owens was not allowed in the customers lift and had to attend his own celebration dinner by using the service elevator.

This was all covered in UK documentary a few years ago.

WIKI mentions a waving at each other incident. (I know Wiki is a tad unreliable) but it also cover the picture of the handshake story.


Re: The American refusing their medals.

But what about the Olympic spirit and the fun is taking part, not the winning. :)


No need to get a copy of NIC. It will no doubt get a good airing on here.

Might be an idea to keep away from this page till the dust settles. Seems everyone and their dog has a view of Fischer's mental health problems.

We need two Fischer threads. One were we just revel in his games and another for the armchair bampots.

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  optimal play: <*Can't help noticing that four out of those five are US victories.*>

<LOL, nope. Five out of five. Remember Nadia is one of ours now. She's lived in the USA for many years and is now a US citizen. But to really make <HeMateMe>'s excellent greatest Olympic moments list an all American list, let's exchange Nadia with Mary Lou 1984.>

I'm reliably informed that the American media only broadcasts Americans winning gold medals at the olympics, thus the American public is completely ignorant of any other country competing unless they're beaten by an American.

As for that “list” produced by HMM, I would say Jesse Owens, Michael Phelps & Nadia Comãneci would be in any top ten, but I doubt many people outside the US would even be familiar with "Miracle on Ice".

And I don’t see how Usain Bolt could be left off any list (oh wait ... he's not an American)


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  Karposian: <Sally Simpson> Interesting info about Jesse Owens.

Yes, clearly the Hitler snub is just a myth. From the Wikipedia article that you linked to, it is clear that the real snub came not from Hitler, but from President Roosevelt.

After the Berlin Olympics FDR never invited the four time gold medalist Owens to the White House. In Jesse's own words:

<"Hitler didn't snub me – it was our president who snubbed me. The president didn't even send me a telegram.">

Apr-24-15  Jim Bartle: <I'm reliably informed that the American media only broadcasts Americans winning gold medals at the olympics,>

That is a dirty lie. They also broadcast Americans winning silver, bronze, and failing to win a medal at all.

Apr-24-15  Jim Bartle: Winter Olympics:

1! Franz Klammer winning the downhill at the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck. Never seen anything like it.

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  Karposian: <1! Franz Klammer winning the downhill>

That's a good pick <Jim>, Klammer is probably the greatest downhill skier ever.

Tommy Moe's surprise downhill win in Lillehammer 1994 was also great fun, but my no.1 Winter Olympics pick is speed skater Eric Heiden's five golds in Lake Placid. One of the greatest American Olympic athletes ever, in any sport.

Most beautiful Winter Olympian ever? East German figure skater Katarina Witt. But don't tell my wife :)

Apr-25-15  Jim Bartle: Too young for Dorothy Hamill?
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  Karposian: LOL, of course I remember Dorothy, <Jim>. But I still rank Katarina a bit higher. Both in figure skating and in..well, you get the idea.
Apr-25-15  Jim Bartle: But, but, Dorothy is...American!
Apr-25-15  ughaibu: Mark Spitz.
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  Karposian: <ughaibu> Well, if you prefer Mark Spitz to Dorothy and Katarina, that's fine by me. I mean, who are we to judge? Heart wants what it wants. That's just the way it is.
Apr-25-15  ughaibu: I'm at the disadvantage of never having heard of Dorothy or Katarina, sad to say.
Apr-25-15  Sally Simpson: I remember watching Mark Spitz on telly in '72.

One incident comes to mind. He held up a pair of trainers waving them to the cheering crowd. A totally innocent thing.

The Russians (yes them again) complained that Mark was actually endorsing a makers brand therefore was not an amateur sportsman and therefore should be banned from the Olympics.

That one was thrown out of court.

The Russians got around the amateur status rule by making all their top athletes majors and captains in the army. (they only time they ever put on a uniform was for their passport photo.)

The Cold War....the good old days.

Apr-25-15  MagnusVerMagnus: OK, just came back from the Spurs victory, just want to say this once. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A MORE SELF-CENTERED EGOTISTICAL, NARCISSIST, that had so many chess playing-idiots worshiping him because of where he was born. HE never did ANYTHING for anyone but for himself, everyone helped him, he helped NO-ONE. He was a decrepit horrible human being, you want a memorial, put it at the base of new Twin Towers!!!! With a giant apology for forsaking his country which stood by him and fought for him.
Apr-25-15  HeMateMe: <optimal play> The US televised Olympics coverage goes for <all> of the sports, especially ones that will have a US-interested audience. Thus swimming, most track and field events, figure skating, down hill skiing, things with broad appeal are covered here, even if the US is not a strong contender for medals.

However, it is rare that USA television covers the actual medal awarding ceremony to any other country. That's not out of jingoism, but because the people paying a few hundred $million dollars for tv rights here don't want the audience to turn the channel because the Bulgarian national anthem is about to be played, soul stirring though it may be.

We don't cover the women's hammer throw, ballroom dancing or a favorite in Poland, the Javelin catching competition, even if Americans are involved. Some events just don't sell, over here.

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