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Robert James Fischer
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 998
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. 246 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, 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 (53) 
    B10 B11 B18 B14 B13
 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 E40 E46 E43 E51
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D86 D79 D98 D80 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
   Fischer vs Benko, 1963 1-0
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1
   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 1957/58 (1957)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Netanya (1968)
   Skopje (1967)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

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   -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 KingG
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by Jaredfchess
   Fischer Favorites by atrifix
   Fischer 101 by rea
   Veliki majstori saha 30 FISCHER (II) -Marovic by Chessdreamer
   Veliki majstori saha 29 FISCHER (I) -Marovic by Chessdreamer
   fischer best games by brager

   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 998  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. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
5. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
7. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
9. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
10. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
11. A Turner vs Fischer 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
12. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½36 1956 New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
14. Fischer vs S Baron 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
15. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-152 1956 New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Simul, 12bB32 Sicilian
17. Fischer vs E Nash 0-151 1956 US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
18. K Blake vs Fischer 0-120 1956 Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
19. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-129 1956 US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143 1956 57th US OpenB20 Sicilian
21. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
22. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45 1956 57th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
24. B E Owens vs Fischer ½-½43 1956 57th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
25. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19 1956 57th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
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  saffuna: Good luck, <focus>. Enjoy the whole process of doing the book, don't fixate only on the final result.

And ...lots of diagrams! I'll be reading it on my Kindle, with no chess set or computer program available.

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  TheFocus: Thank you, <saffuna>!! Good advice from someone who has been there.
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  saffuna: May I make one more suggestion?

When the manuscript is completed only 70-80% of the work is done. The design/layout is extremely important for the reader, don't neglect it.

Also, respect the reader's intelligence. If you make a point once you might repeat it once more, but don't repeat it over and over thinking the reader may have forgotten. It slows down and irritates the reader. The (overall) good writer David Halberstam, for example, sometimes makes the same point about twenty times, and drives me nuts.

Sorry if I'm telling you things you already know.

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  Caissanist: Susan has been mostly charitable when talking about Fischer, Judit not so much, and I doubt that there is any significant trove of games between them. This is what she had to say about him after his death:

<“At first it was very exciting to meet a hero, but after you got to know him personally, he was not a person you would like to know. He was already mentally ill and tiring to be with. Fischer Random Chess was his thing at the time (1993, after the match with Spassky in St. Stefan). He spoke obsessively about the Russians cheating and anti-Jews. And he never wanted to play chess with me.”>

Mar-24-17  ughaibu: Joshka, you are seriously sick, please put yourself under care.
Mar-24-17  Petrosianic: <TheFocus: I would probably be traumatized if I lost all my possessions.>

Would you try to have someone killed?

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  HeMateMe: <Caissanist> Probably because judit could beat him, at that point in time. An unlikable house guest, I think.
Mar-24-17  Petrosianic: <Caissanist: Susan has been mostly charitable when talking about Fischer,>

Yes and no. Susan has revealed that she played games against Fischer and won some and expressed great happiness with her score, while refusing to reveal the results because she didn't want to embarrass Fischer.

So, how charitable is that? She's claiming to have done really well against him under the guise of saying nothing at all. To say nothing would have meant really saying nothing. Not confirming that she'd played, not confirming that she'd won, and giving no hints about how well you did. Basically she's bragging about her results against Fischer in a plausibly deniable way. If you want to brag, go ahead, but don't pretend that you're not.

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  Joshka: <PhilFeeley> Well all those games with Susan, as she has pointed out many many times, are Fischer random. She herself has made comments about how the games are not too much in favor of Bobby. Of course this is not verbatim, it's just the idea that I took from her comments. It makes sense, she would not want to be the one who discloses games, in which Bobby is embarrassed, IMHO.
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  Joshka: <TheFocus> Rene Chun would be another author/writer I'd interview to ad input. Chun was working on the "Cradle to Grave " bio at one time. Lane is an excellent choice as well!!
Mar-24-17  The Boomerang: ": Fischer is in a tier above KARPY....
Fischer is unique ...

Karpov is just another product of the Soviet industrialized chess machine .."

Yeah you could tell with the 4-1 drubbing of Spassky by Karov in 1974 compared to Fischers 1972 7-2 score.

A tier above indeed...

Mar-24-17  fedalio: <philfeeley> <Joshua> Not sure Polgar says anything, it is usually Paul "fought off a pack of sharks" Truong speaking.
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  Joshka: The comments from Susan were in person many years ago at the US Open, Florida 2004. She of course was VERY careful how she responded to my quires, but I believe she left a little inference that supports what I wrote previously on the subject.
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  diceman: <TheFocus:

I would probably be traumatized if I lost all my possessions.>

Would it include the bills?

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  diceman: <TheFocus: I wonder what the Polgars had to say about any game scores? And did they keep any?>

Weren't they all Fischer Random?

I wonder if top players can recall
Fischer Random games from memory as well as regular games?

I would imagine Fischer would not play
if she was writing down the moves.
Worried someone would "profit" at a later date

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  diceman: <TheFocus:
I'm still trying to get an interview with Lisa Lane.>

I've been working on lois.
Unfortunately, only Jimmy Olsen answers my emails.

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  zanzibar: Sorry if this is a repeat - but here's a Buchwald article batgirl posted, it is funny...


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  Joshka: <zanizibar> Thanks for posting. There was a great interview with Spassky from last year included! Buchwald of course goes way, way over board in my opinion. Had MORE wrier's/author's adopted the way Bob Hope handled Bobby with satire, folks would have known Bobby DID posses self deprecation! But when people like Buchwald take it far too the extreme, it's easy too see why Bobby fought back!!
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  saffuna: <Buchwald of course goes way, way over board in my opinion.>

Stop the presses!

Mar-28-17  fedalio: <Joshka> agree to both your points. On another note, did you ever make any investigations as to why this book by Gardar Sverisson on Bobby has not yet made it into English, nor no sign as I can see of it doing so? Unless he waits for 10th anniversary of the death.
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  OhioChessFan: <dice: I would imagine Fischer would not play if she was writing down the moves. >

I think if she was winning would matter more.

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  Travis Bickle: Only Susan & Sophia Polgar played Fischer Random with Bobby Fischer. There was a proposed public match where he was going to play Judit in Hungary. He told Judit if we say we never played before then we can't play until the Match. Then Fischer began thinking Judit was Jewish & decided not to play her & around that time he had a falling out with the Polgar sisters father Lazlo. So Lazlo asked him to leave. At that time Fischer was staying at the Polgar's guest house.

Some years ago I took some lessons with Sophie Polgar at ICC. She told me they played regular chess, which I doubt very seriously & that she couldn't remember the game scores.

The sisters played ping pong with Fischer also. I asked Sophie how was Fischer at table tennis & she said, like a chess player playing ping pong. ; P

Susan seemed to be the only sister that got along with Bobby. She took him to the market to shop. One time Fischer was so paranoid when Hungarian media discovered Fischer with Susan, he told Susan to get in the car & lose the journalists. He was terrified! Susan was speeding to get away while Bobby ducked down in her car.

Susan has said Bobby analyzed games with her & she has said it was 1 of her most rewarding times in her chess history.

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  Travis Bickle: <SatelliteDan: I figure Fischer's 2785 rating in 1972 would be appx 2940 today.> Especially with Bobby studying with these chess program monsters!
Mar-29-17  PeterPringle: Can someone tell me which game it was where Bobby's opponent played QxQ but Bobby, instead of recapturing the enemy Q, responded RxN, because he saw that the Q had no escape? That was awesome.
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  MissScarlett: Here: Fischer vs S Schweber, 1970
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