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The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 996
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.
      243 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
   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?]
   Netanya (1968)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   US Championship (1966)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Skopje (1967)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Bled (1961)
   Zurich (1959)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Havana (1965)

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
   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
   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 (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 996  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 W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
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. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 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. Fischer vs E Nash 0-151 1956 US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
15. E Nash vs Fischer 0-148 1956 WashingtonB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
16. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Havana simB32 Sicilian
18. Fischer vs A Di Camillo 1-041 1956 Washington D.C.C78 Ruy Lopez
19. Fischer vs M Pavey ½-½35 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
20. S Bernstein vs Fischer 0-133 1956 Montreal CA-openD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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
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  keypusher: <The computer's advantage over a human is that it can calculate millions of positions per second. And since humans can't imitate this process, we can learn nothing from computers. You say the results are often the same, so what does it matter? The processes of play, for the purposes of learning, are more valuable than the result.>


It's easy and obvious how to use a computer to learn. Look at a given position, try to figure out what to do and what the threats are. Then show it to a computer and play through the lines the computer generates. You will see resources you didn't know were there.

Another way to use it is to have an engine running as you play through a GM-annotated game. The computer will allow you to examine lines the human GM didn't bother to discuss (because they were obvious to him, or because he overlooked something).

Finally, of course, you can just play against the computer. It's frustrating to lose all the time, but it's nice to have an opponent that never gets tired and is always up for a game.

Aug-22-15  Jim Bartle: <It's getting to the point where truth and attention to detail is an after thought in chess movies, that'll I'll be pleasantly surprised if they just set up the board correctly with the white square on the right!;-)>

On the other hand, "Pawn Sacrifice" does show Fischer sitting at a desk writing "My 61 Memorable Games." So we know it's accurate in at least one sense.

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  AylerKupp: <<latvalatvian> No one would look at the computer page. I certainly wouldn't because it's full of chess computers and as you know, I don't like them.>

Well, hard as it might be for you to believe, your opinion is not share by everyone. Some people like chess computers and they actually look at computer pages. I certainly do but I do not delude myself to think that others don't. The thing is to remember that computers are just tools that can be helpful on occasion if you use them wisely.

<Besides, even the Bushman in Australia know about Fischer>

How many bushmen in Australia did you interview in order to make such a statement? How did you select the sample of bushmen to interview and what was the percentage that knew about Fischer? If you are going to use the world "bushman" to apparently disparage a group of people by implying that they are ignorant of many things in this world, then you should be prepared to back up your statements.

<Chess was invented for humans alone>

You are correct there. Al Gore told me that was his goal when he invented chess.

Look, you have what I think is an irrational fear of computers. I get it, it's very common on this site. And it is also clear that you have a closed mind on the matter. I have suggested several ways in which you can perhaps open up your mind and learn something so that you can discuss the topic out of knowledge rather than ignorance but it is clear that you are not interested in doing so. Fine, your choice. And you will be the lesser person as a result.

So as a result I am leaving this topic forever. Which by your example should be about a week.

Aug-22-15  HeMateMe: I always play through some of the games posted on this site, when there is a world championship of computer chess. Their game is played at a higher level than what humans can accomplish, how could one not be interested?
Aug-22-15  diceman: <latvalatvian: A person who only cares about the results can't really care much about chess which is much more than that. It's like only caring about how a novel ends.>

You may want to change the name of your "I Hate Computers" club to:

"I Hate Other Chess players who use Computers" club.

(poor Magnus, Anand, et al)

...because if your problem is hating computers, then don't use one.

...problem solved.

Aug-22-15  diceman: <latvalatvian: A person finds an elegant combination. Down the street a person puts the position on a computer and the computer finds the same elegant combination. Which experience is more valuable? Well, it's the same result but I'm sure most would side with a person making an effort. Chess is about figuring things out and the valuable part of the game is the process in which this is achieved.>

That's why you should never study the games of great players, opening books, middlegame books, endgame books. doesn't matter if they know it, you have to figure it out!

Aug-22-15  diceman: <latvalatvian:
How can anything that thinks so many positions per second imitate human thought?>

Which human?
...computers are designed to play as perfect a games of chess as they can. definition, that will tend to agree with the play of the strongest human players.

<But I never found a level that was even close to being human-like.>

How did you not slaughter it, since you are one of the ones who figures things out, and doesn't take the "easy" computer route?

<I never found a level that was even close to being human-like>

...I think what you mean is


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  Joshka: <keypusher> well if rugby fans are delighted in their choice, fine, but as regards to Bobby's story, for them to NOT at least find a tall lean 6ft 1 to maybe 3 inch actor show's me their lack of sincerity and justice to Bobby's story.

Of course I'll watch it and even buy it when and if it comes to DVD, which is all they care about anyway. But I'm a stickler for getting certain things as close as possible, and especially when it's not all that difficult to do!! Also if your budget prevents you from achieving the desired results, just stop and allow someone else to do ir the right way.

Aug-22-15  nok: I agree Nicolas Cage would have been better. Toby's too much of a model pupil.
Aug-22-15  Khapablanca: I think a face is more important than the height, and Maguire fits in right. He also have that "odd" thing on him. Cameras "games" can make him look a little bit taller anyway, putting shorter actor next to him also, etc. But Maguire has the resemblance, the "odd" thing and maybe that is what mattered at the time the producers made their choice for an actor to represent Bobby Fischer. If there is something they should change, is the movie title. I still dont like that one, Fischer was not a pawn in any sense, neither his games are based solely in sacrifices, combinations, etc.
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  Joshka: Well I believe the physical height, aura of a person determines the resemblance. Bobby had the physique of an athlete, tall broad shouldered...having Toby, makes him appear 'geeky' at least to me. Bobby was anything but geeky!. I posted the actor that was appearing here in a stage production a year or so ago........he had the right look as far as I'm concerned. Oh well, if the movie generates interest in chess, that's all the better I guess.
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  Eggman: <<I think a face is more important than the height>>

Part of Fischer's appeal is that he was a World Chess Champion who belied the nerd stereotype, in part because he was a physically imposing 6'2". The diminutive Maguire doesn't capture this aspect of Fischer's charisma. The trailer *does* look pretty good, though. It could still be a good movie on the whole.

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  TheFocus: <Jim Bartle> <It's getting to the point where truth and attention to detail is an after thought in chess movies, that'll I'll be pleasantly surprised if they just set up the board correctly with the white square on the right!;-)>

<<On the other hand, "Pawn Sacrifice" does show Fischer sitting at a desk writing "My 61 Memorable Games." So we know it's accurate in at least one sense.>>

In the film, you can see Ed Trice standing behind him looking on.

"Hey, Bobby. Call Garry 'Weinstein'. He hates that."

Aug-22-15  HeMateMe: Nick Cage has only two emotive displays: annoyed and seriously annoyed. How he had a career in the movies is beyond me. He makes Travolta look like Sir Lawrence Olivier.
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  TheFocus: Although I griped about the script of <Pawn Sacrifice>, I wasn't about to turn down the role I was offered.

In one scene with Tobey/Bobby, I ask him his opinion of the Florida Fischer.

"Tell him his videos suck. And to lose the jizz bib."

Aug-22-15  diceman: <Khapablanca:
If there is something they should change, is the movie title. I still dont like that one, Fischer was not a pawn in any sense, neither his games are based solely in sacrifices, combinations, etc.>

King Helpmate.

Aug-22-15  diceman: <Sneaky: I just saw the Pawn Sacrifice trailer

...LOL, looks great.
"I'm coming for you! I'm coming for yooooooou!">

There was some artistic license in that scene.

In real life when Bobby shouted:

<"I'm coming for you! I'm coming for yooooooou!">

he was wearing two pearl handled revolvers.

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  Joshka: <eggman> <who belied the nerd stereotype> Well there ya go, thank you! AMEN. <the diminutive Maguire doesn't capture> Very well said, thanks:-)
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  TheFocus: I see none of you has begun writing the ultimate Fischer film.

You would think that chess players could do that.

But then again, not all chess players can be good writers. And not all writers can be good chess players.

Some tall actors don't have the talent to do the role of Fischer.

Someone like Tobey though has the chops to do the role, but he is not a tall man.

But from the trailer, I think he probably did a very good job.

Tom Cruise did a great Jack Reacher, even though the Reacher in Lee Child's (fantastic gentleman by the way) books, was 6 feet and a few inches tall.

Aug-23-15  Khapablanca: Nicolas Cage could be a good 1992 Fischer, and the 1992 match could be a good beginning for the movie instead of a boring chronologically story.
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  MissScarlett: <Nicolas Cage could be a good 1992 Fischer>

Well, he's got the hair, for a start.

Aug-23-15  HeMateMe: screen test for the Fischer movie, the difficulties of being Bob after '72:


Aug-23-15  diceman: <Eggman:
The diminutive Maguire doesn't capture this aspect of Fischer's charisma.>

Who knew Fischer out physiqued Spiderman?

Kind of funny from Tobey's point of view.

He plays a superhero in the movies,
and folks are like:

...get outta here you little shrimp,
you cant play a chess grandmaster!

Spiderman ain't built for chess!

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  Eggman: <<diceman>> I would say that Maguire was miscast as Spiderman, too. The difference is that I don't *care* about Spiderman.
Aug-24-15  diceman: <Eggman: <<diceman>> I would say that Maguire was miscast as Spiderman, too. The difference is that I don't *care* about Spiderman.>

"Superhero" made me think maybe a pre-injury Christopher Reeve(Superman) could have played Fischer. His height
is listed at 6'4". Obviously, he'd need appropriate hair dye and a "Fischer cut."

It would have also allowed for the subplot, Fischer grabbed the poisoned pawn in game one, because Spassky wore a kryptonite tie clip.

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