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Robert James Fischer
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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
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 C98 C97 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 E34
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D79 D86 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 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)
   Skopje (1967)
   Netanya (1968)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Bled (1961)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   -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
   fischer best games by brager
   Veliki majstori saha 29 FISCHER (I) -Marovic by Chessdreamer

GAMES ANNOTATED BY FISCHER: [what is this?]
   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
   >> 18 GAMES ANNOTATED BY FISCHER

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ROBERT JAMES FISCHER
(born Mar-09-1943, died Jan-17-2008, 64 years old) United States of America (federation/nationality Iceland)

[what is this?]
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 http://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...


 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. 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. 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. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½36 1956 New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
13. Fischer vs S Baron 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
14. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-152 1956 New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
15. A Turner vs Fischer 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
16. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Havana simB32 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
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 998  PGN Download
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Feb-16-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: A NY Time blog post showing the house that Fischer bought, which was used to get the Icelandic courts to issue the exhumation order:

https://gambit.blogs.nytimes.com/20...

It links over to <CB> a couple of times,

http://en.chessbase.com/post/fische... (e.g. postcard with Fischer signing off as "Daddy")

and this one:

http://en.chessbase.com/post/fische...

Which contains the photo I posted previously.

(Maybe I just forgot having seen it before?)

Feb-16-17  Petrosianic: <keypusher>: <I rarely see a courtroom scene on TV that doesn't contain a half-dozen gross errors. I'm sure doctors would say the same about every hospital scene.>

It's hard to do a scene to satisfy people who have technical knowledge. But it is possible. For example, that Twilight Zone episode where a jet airliner time warps back to prehistoric times and flies over dinosaurs on the ground got fan mail from pilots because its cockpit dialogue was so accurate.

Now that takes work. But no matter how much work you do, you're not going to make a realistic chess game where a GM gets mated in 4 moves. It simply never happens. But if you insist on having a GM lose quickly, you can at least prevent the audience from seeing what the moves are. I still think the Smart the Assassin episode of Get Smart is a great chess story, because what's there is funny and they don't show us things that might make them look bad. Other shows you wouldn't think of, like Bewitched, turned in semi-creditable chess-themed stories simply by avoiding the technical stuff.

Mission Impossible bit off more than it could chew. It wanted a computer that could beat GM's. Okay, no such computer existed then, but they do now, so the basic idea is plausible. But then they got this idea in their mind that it should win QUICKLY. They'd have done better to forget that, and use time lapse to have the games take up little screen time, while making it unclear how many moves they actually lasted.

Feb-16-17
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  HeMateMe: MASH*, All in the Family, and the Cosby show have all had chess themed episodes.

On MASH* there is a ROK colonel visiting the 4077th and he engages in a game of chess with the overbearing Colonel Winchester (Dean Wermer from Animal House). Winchester is essentially cheating by kicking the table, rocking, and humming out loud, but still loses the game. I forget why the ROK guy was visiting, the south Korean.

In all in the Family one of mike Stivics college friends comes over and they play chess, excluding mike's wife Gloria, who wanted to play charades. Mike says "You just aren't smart enough for this [chess] Gloria." The guest destroys Mike, wins game after game and makes him feel bad about using chess to belittle his wife.

Feb-16-17
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  OhioChessFan: <Colonel Winchester (Dean Wermer from Animal House). >

Let me be the first. Huh?!

Feb-17-17
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  HeMateMe: oops, you're right. John Vernon played Dean Wermer. He has the same sort of persona (and body type) as David Ogden Stires, the fellow who played Winchester on MASH*.

Vernon had all sorts of strange roles. He played either a pimp or a prison warden in a Blaxploitation movie and meets a tragic end as three hookers drown him in a hot tub while he is copulating. [where are the academy voters when you NEED them??] That might have been from a Linda Blair prison movie, a sort of Blax/Blair/women in chains exploitation vehicle.

He was also in "I'm gonna get you sucker," the 1980s spoof on 70s inner city movies.

Feb-17-17
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  perfidious: <HMM>, remember Vernon as the mayor in Dirty Harry?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRA...

Feb-17-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: I liked John Vernon as Fletcher in "The Outlaw Josey Wales". The scene where he tells the Senator "Don't piss down my back and try and tell me it's raining".
Feb-17-17
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  HeMateMe: Yeah guys, Vernon played a terrific Pr*k in a bunch of movies. He just had "one of those faces," cast as a villainous sort. Dean Vernon von Wermer has to be his best role, though:

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hos...>

"EVERY Halloween the trees are filled with underwear, EVERY spring the toilets...explode."

"Put NEDERMEYER on it--he's a sneaky little sh*, just like you!"

I lived in a frat house for a couple of years. We could recite half of that movie, verbatim. All time great comedy.

Feb-17-17
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  Benzol: Anyone remember him in "Killer Clowns From Outer Space".

:)

Feb-17-17
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  keypusher: <Petrosianic>

<Mission Impossible bit off more than it could chew. It wanted a computer that could beat GM's. Okay, no such computer existed then, but they do now, so the basic idea is plausible. But then they got this idea in their mind that it should win QUICKLY. They'd have done better to forget that, and use time lapse to have the games take up little screen time, while making it unclear how many moves they actually lasted.>

With respect, I have rarely seen a point missed so completely. There is a tiny group of people that knows a grandmaster can't be beaten in four moves. And there is a huge mass of people that associates overwhelming superiority in <any> sort of competition with quick victory, like Mike Tyson knocking out Michael Spinks.

It is at the huge mass, and not the tiny group, that <Mission Impossible> is targeted. It is by focusing on what the huge mass will like and understand that the makers of <Mission Impossible> made themselves rich. No one but us cares about a four-move chess game, and there are too few of us to matter. But anyone can grok a computer that can beat a grandmaster instantly: that's a really smart computer.

Realistic cockpit chatter was perfect for that <Twilight Zone> episode because in pointed up the contrast between the workaday rationality of the pilots and the increasing insanity of their situation. The forlorn calls to ground control at the end are like a prayer of ordinary people faced with an unexpected disaster like an earthquake or a foreign invasion. In short, realistic chatter served the drama's purposes. If it hadn't, if unrealistic dialogue would have worked better, Serling would have written something no more realistic than the cockpit chatter in <Airplane!>.

Feb-17-17  Petrosianic: Then you're missing the point. If you want to do a story about impossibly short victories, it's important to NOT show a series of moves that even very weak players in the TV audience can point at to prove the show makes no sense. Because they will.

Another point you're missing, is that making people think chess is like boxing is nice. But an even more important consideration is that you simply can't spend very much air time on the actual moves. If a show is 50 minutes, you can't spend 10 minutes to show nothing more than Computer Beats GM. The audience will be bored, and you won't have enough time left to tell your story.

How technical you want to get is a trade-off. A show like Mission Impossible was basically a "Smart Show" and would not want to do a plot that even very mildly informed viewers could poke holes in. They screwed up in making it too easy to do that. The only point of showing the actual moves is as an Easter Egg for real chess players, who are the very ones who would be turned off by ridiculous moves.

Now with the Twilight Zone episode, Serling probably could have gotten away with ad libbing realisstic-sounding but technically incorrect background dialogue. Yeah, it did help the episode to do the research it took to get it right. But he probably did it as much for his own satisfaction as anything.

Feb-17-17
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  Sally Simpson: In the High Chaparral, 'A Fella Named Kilroy'. Kilroy is an expert chess player. When asked who taught him to play so well he said it was a little fellow in New Orleans.

Henry Darrow, who was Manolito Montoya in High Chaparral played both Fischer and Spassky.

The last paragraph in:

http://santabarbara-online.com/arti...

See how cleverly I dragged the post back onto Fischer on Fischer's page.

It's a skill.

Feb-17-17
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  keypusher: <Sally>

<For the moment, the couple packed its luggages and flew away for Spain where Henry Darrow is one of the star of the new show Zorro.>

Mais de quoi tu me parles?

Feb-17-17
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  HeMateMe: I thought Darrow defended evolution in a south Carolina courtroom? Was he a chess player to boot? Good man!
Feb-17-17
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  Absentee: <HeMateMe: I thought Darrow defended evolution in a south Carolina courtroom? Was he a chess player to boot? Good man!>

What was naughty evolution accused of?

Feb-17-17
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  keypusher: It was Tennessee. Evolution, to be clear, was not the primary violator; it was an accessory to the crime, by being taught.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butle...

Feb-17-17  unferth: <Henry Darrow, who was Manolito Montoya in High Chaparral played both Fischer and Spassky.

The last paragraph in:

http://santabarbara-online.com/arti...

See how cleverly I dragged the post back onto Fischer on Fischer's page.

It's a skill.>

not sure how much I trust that reportage:

"They live in San Fernando Valley, in the south of Los Angeles."

you'd think somebody at Santa Barbara Online would know that the Valley is extreme northwest LA...

Feb-18-17
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  zanzibar: <keypusher> yeah, they should have just banned evolution by legislation and just been done with it.
Feb-19-17  zborris8: I picked up the Fischer movie, Pawn Sacrifice, at the local Wal-Mart for about 4 dollars, and I thought it sucked. It seems to be a 2 hour long trailer. I kept waiting for the plot and characters to develop, but then it was over. At least no one bothered to explain the chess to me. =/

I had studied a little of Fischer's biography through a Toby Chess program that contained some old publications from the 50's-70's, like Chess Life, etc. After reading them, I decided that he wasn't crazy after all. I don't even think he was an anti-Semite. So I suppose my own conclusions about Fischer limited my enjoyment of the movie, which portrayed Fischer as both crazy, and as an anti-Semite.

If anyone has a recommendation for a good historic or entertaining chess movie, I would definitely consider it - for what that's worth. Thanks!

Feb-20-17
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  HeMateMe: I don't think there really is a movie out there that shows historical chess players. The most accurate portrayal of chess was in SFBF. Some of the GMs were vain, difficult to get along with. Some of the children players were egocentric and the chess venues for adults were shoddy.

I always thought a biopic about Morphy would be interesting.

Feb-20-17
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  parisattack: <If anyone has a recommendation for a good historic or entertaining chess movie, I would definitely consider it - for what that's worth. Thanks!>

Brainwashed with Curt Jurgens (based on Zweig's The Royal Game) is entertaining. It is available with English subtitles.

Feb-20-17
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  MissScarlett: An historic and entertaining chest movie would be <Treasure Island>.
Feb-20-17  Petrosianic: <zborris8> <II had studied a little of Fischer's biography through a Toby Chess program that contained some old publications from the 50's-70's, like Chess Life, etc. After reading them, I decided that he wasn't crazy after all. I don't even think he was an anti-Semite.>

If you don't think wanting to round up and execute all the Jews in a "7 Days in May" scenario, then I would suggest that the term has no meaning for you. But it does for other people.

Feb-20-17  Retireborn: <MissS> Yo ho ho & a bottle of rum.
Feb-22-17
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  HeMateMe: "We've asked Bobby to go to Reykjavik."

<http://img-s-msn-com.akamaized.net/...>

"Also, I've advised against 1.e4 for all games, as that would make his play too predictable."

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