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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) 
    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
   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 Tal, 1961 1-0
   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?]
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Skopje (1967)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Netanya (1968)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   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
   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's Finest by morphyvsfischer
   fischer best games by brager
   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
   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 (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 V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
5. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
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 jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
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. K Smith vs Fischer ½-½51 1956 57th US OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
12. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
13. Fischer vs W Stevens ½-½20 1956 57th US OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. E Nash vs Fischer 0-148 1956 WashingtonB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
15. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Havana simB32 Sicilian
16. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. Fischer vs A Di Camillo 1-041 1956 Washington D.C.C78 Ruy Lopez
18. Fischer vs M Pavey ½-½35 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. S Bernstein vs Fischer 0-133 1956 Montreal CA-openD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Fischer vs E Nash 0-151 1956 US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
21. Shainswit vs Fischer ½-½27 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. Bisguier vs Fischer 1-033 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
23. Fischer vs N Hurttlen ½-½14 1956 Eastern States opC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Fischer vs Seidman 1-039 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyA07 King's Indian Attack
25. E W Marchand vs Fischer 0-155 1956 WashingtonA15 English
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 994  PGN Download
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May-21-15  diceman: <OhioChessFan: <Sneaky> yeah, that's an automatic reflex for me to notice when looking at chessboard pics. It's remarkable how seldom they get it right.>

...the worst for me was a pawn on the first rank.

May-21-15  diceman: ...anyone know what the heck Fischer
was doing in that picture?

Was he about to play a woman, and removing "knight odds" from the board?

May-21-15  diceman: <TheFocus: <How do world champions and top GMs keep physically fit for grueling matches that last several months?>>

Lasker smoked cigars.

Bogoljubov did Pilates.

May-21-15  TheFocus: <In chess so much depends on opening theory, so the champions before the last century did not know as much as I do and other players do about opening theory. So if you just brought them back from the dead they wouldn’t do well. They’d get bad openings. You cannot compare the playing strength, you can only talk about natural ability. Memorization is enormously powerful. Some kid of fourteen today, or even younger, could get an opening advantage against Capablanca, and especially against the players of the previous century, like Morphy and Steinitz. Maybe they would still be able to outplay the young kid of today. Or maybe not, because nowadays when you get the opening advantage not only do you get the opening advantage, you know how to play, they have so many examples of what to do from this position. It is really deadly, and that is why I don’t like chess any more> - Bobby Fischer, in his last radio interview in Iceland in 2006.
May-21-15  unferth: <Sneaky: The poster for the new Bobby Fischer movie:

Why can't they ever get the bottom-right square of a chessboard to be white? You'd think in the worst case, if they were complete blithering idiots with no regard for chess accuracy, they'd still get it right half of the time. But no, they never get it right. NEVER.>

and the weird notation that looks like some unknown hybrid of descriptive and algebraic (N-XD5? E-X? B-2F3?) I work in TV and would never let something like that slip onto my show. the number of producers who can't be bothered to run details like that past someone qualified never ceases to amaze me.

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  Travis Bickle: What ceases to amaze me is Tobey, (Peter Parker), Maguire playing Bobby Fischer! All 5'4" of him... They put a few moles on his face & that makes him Fischer LOL!
May-21-15  unferth: I've played basketball with TM and can affirm that he's quite a bit taller than 5'4"--but yeah, he's a bit short to be Fischer. not that anyone other than us chess geeks will notice or care.
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  AylerKupp: <<unferth> I work in TV and would never let something like that slip onto my show.>

Did you work on the TV show "Bones"? I just saw a rerun of an episode with a chess-related theme, "the Master in the Slop" (originally shown in Jan-2014), and the character Sweets was playing a blitz game against various opponents. In the game that they focused on not only did they get the white square on the bottom right of the board but the first few moves of the game were 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 and then the focus switched back to the actors. So someone had done their chess homework.

May-21-15  TheFocus: I am hesitant to see this movie after reading the horrible script, but if Tom Cruise can play Jack Reacher, I guess Tobey can make a valiant effort.

I am afraid that we will not see a real true-to-fact movie about Bobby in our lifetime.

May-21-15  diceman: <Travis Bickle: What ceases to amaze me is Tobey, (Peter Parker), Maguire playing Bobby Fischer! All 5'4" of him... They put a few moles on his face & that makes him Fischer LOL!>

6 foot or taller, best by test.

May-21-15  diceman: <TheFocus: I am hesitant to see this movie after reading the horrible script, but if Tom Cruise can play Jack Reacher, I guess Tobey can make a valiant effort.>

He channeled Stanislavski to cup his ears in his hands.

May-21-15  zanzibar: The moles look pretty poorly done too, from the photo. To me they looked more like warts.
May-21-15  zanzibar: Is Maguire from Brooklyn? Gotta had an authentic Brooklynite to do Fischer right.

* * * * *

<Howard: What was the point of Petrosianic's post ?>

I think he was being PMI, i.e. Post-Modern Ironic.

May-21-15  unferth: <AylerKupp: <<unferth> I work in TV and would never let something like that slip onto my show.> Did you work on the TV show "Bones"?> nope. I have corrected the white-square-in-the-corner thing a couple of times, set up some realistic positions, and coached on-screen talent on how to pick up & move pieces as a player would, though. it shouldn't be hard for any production to check that kind of stuff with someone who knows the basics.
May-21-15  A.T PhoneHome: I think that Matthew McConaughey bears faint resemblance to Bobby Fischer and is over 6 feet tall.

Just a suggestion! Unfortunately my actor knowledge is quite poor.

But I think he'd have the talent to play the erratic genius of Fischer.

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  Karposian: <A.T PhoneHome> Matthew McConaughey..yeah, I can see it. He was great in "True Detective", one of the better shows I've seen in the last few years.
May-21-15  A.T PhoneHome: Their physical appearances match quite well and one could easily imagine McConaughey portraying Fischer; for example, being interviewed by a reporter and appearing very confident and relaxed.

McConaughey's height would certainly add to Fischer's presence in a movie.

May-21-15  HeMateMe: anyone but Toby Maguire.

Woody Harrelson or Christian Bale, ten years ago, would have been good playing Fischer.

Now? How about Chris Pine, the guy who plays captain Kirk on the Star Trek reboot?


May-21-15  TheFocus: I could see McConaughey doing it if he could replace the Texas accent with Bobby's Brooklyn one.
May-21-15  TheFocus: Hard to play armchair movie critic, but Tobey already made the movie.

Now we only have to wait and see what emerges.

May-22-15  TheFocus: <He is by far the best technician of any chess player. Once he gets a small advantage, he seems to hold it. Strategically, his play may not be as good as some of the other leading players, but somehow, there are always chances for him to do something. He is always alert to every opportunity to shift the game in his favor and doesn’t get off on the wrong track very often> - Duncan Suttles, giving his opinion of the strengths and weaknesses of the late World Champion Robert Fischer in the University of British Columbia alumni magazine in the Autumn of 1972.
May-22-15  Petrosianic: <zanzibar>: <I think he was being PMI, i.e. Post-Modern Ironic.>

Yeah, trying to give the page an Escher-esque feel.

May-22-15  TheFocus: <Soviet players had to play so often in qualification tournaments that they had forgotten how to play for first place> - Mikhail Botvinnik, complaining/explaining Bobby Fischer’s tournament successes, in New in Chess 2004 (issue 4, page 68).
May-22-15  TheFocus: <Of course a great player like that has no weak spots. What a player like that does have are absolutely strong spots, so you surely don't want him to utilize his strengths, because then your chances decrease to zero. It's not surprising - chess being as complicated as it is - that Fischer had the greatest problems with positions, which were unclear in an unthematic way. When in effect everything just depended on accurate calculation. In those kinds of positions, he is still better than me of course, but the difference is not that great anymore, because it's just extremely difficult for both of us. The chance that he will make an error increases, whereas in a thematic or technical position he will just play perfectly from beginning to end and your chances of surviving are zero> - Edmar Mednis writing about playing Bobby Fischer.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <Chess is a way of life. It slays boredom and exhilarates the spirit. You're always thinking, always in present time. You know you're alive. You're always being challenged and threatened. There is no social purpose, only the joy of trying to create a pocket of beauty in a noisy world> - Larry Evans (from a 1971 Washington Post feature story about Bobby Fischer.)
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