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Robert James Fischer
Fischer 
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 1,052
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785

Overall record: +420 -85 =245 (72.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 302 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (195) 
    B90 B32 B88 B44 B77
 Ruy Lopez (122) 
    C92 C69 C95 C98 C97
 French Defense (76) 
    C19 C18 C11 C16 C15
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C92 C95 C98 C97 C89
 Caro-Kann (50) 
    B11 B10 B18 B13 B14
 French Winawer (45) 
    C19 C18 C16 C15 C17
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (117) 
    E80 E62 E97 E60 E67
 Sicilian (115) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 Sicilian Najdorf (77) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E45 E40 E46 E43 E41
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D79 D86 D98 D80 D92
 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
   Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 0-1
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   Fischer vs Panno, 1970 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Netanya (1968)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   US Championship (1966)
   Skopje (1967)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Zurich (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   -ER Fischer 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 fernando.laroca
   Bobby Fischer: Selected Games from 1955-1992 by wanabe2000
   Bjelica_125 by Gottschalk
   Russians versus Fischer by Anatoly21
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by ADopeAlias
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by KingG
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by demirchess
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by Jaredfchess
   A Legend on the Road (I) by MissScarlett
   Fischer Favorites by atrifix

GAMES ANNOTATED BY FISCHER: [what is this?]
   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970
   Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan, 1962
   >> 16 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)

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Robert James ("Bobby") Fischer was a chess prodigy 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. At age 15, Fischer became both the youngest grandmaster (at the time) and the youngest candidate for the World Championship.

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. Gravestone photo: http://www.sjakkfantomet.no/wp-cont....

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...

Last updated: 2018-09-23 15:50:12

 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,052  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Mayers vs Fischer 1-0171953Blitz GameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. J Altusky vs Fischer 0-181954Offhand GameC71 Ruy Lopez
3. Fischer vs J Altusky 1-0121954Offhand GameE90 King's Indian
4. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-0121955Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
5. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½331955US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs K Warner 0-1281955Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
7. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½251955Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-1231955Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
9. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½281955Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
10. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-1441955Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
11. Fischer vs Franklin Saksena 1-0221955Lincoln ch-US jrC53 Giuoco Piano
12. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-1521956New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
13. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0531956New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
14. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½361956New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
16. Fischer vs S Baron 1-0531956New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
17. Fischer vs J A Casado ½-½481956Simul, 12bB32 Sicilian
18. Fischer vs E Nash 0-1511956US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
19. K Blake vs Fischer 0-1201956Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
20. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-1291956US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
21. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143195657th US OpenB20 Sicilian
22. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
23. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45195657th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
24. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
25. B E Owens vs Fischer ½-½43195657th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,052  PGN Download
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Nov-02-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  maxi: <There are two bit GM's around today rated 2700 who could not shine Paul Keres' shoes even with their own spit.> Ha! That's what I call colorful writing!
Nov-03-18
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  maxi: Pillsbury's bio here as <zanzibar> mentioned, says that he operated Ajeeb for 6 years. That must have been an extremely demanding job.

I would like to learn more about him. <MissScarlett> talks about a coming bio, somebody named Pope? From the bio here and the steepness of his chess learning curve I would guess he was both obsessed with chess and had a natural genius for it.

Nov-05-18
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  keypusher: <maxi>

That would be the redoubtable Nick Pope, <jnpope>. Check out his http://www.chessarch.com/index.php sometime.

Nov-05-18
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  MissScarlett: Redoubtable, it means he's unreliable.
Nov-05-18
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  keypusher: <MissScarlett: Redoubtable, it means he's unreliable.>

You should rest secure in your own erudition. This sort of thing just makes you seem insecure.

Nov-05-18
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  maxi: Yes. It makes <MissScarlett> seem redoubtable.

At least neither of you are in my ignore list (according to <jnpope>), so there's still pope, I mean, hope.

Nov-06-18
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  zanzibar: So, maybe <Missy> and <Edward Winter> aren't one in the same?!

<... whereas page 253 of Harry Nelson Pillsbury American Chess Champion by Jacques N. Pope (Ann Arbor, 1996) – which is by far the best-researched book on the American master – ...>

https://en.chessbase.com/post/edwar...

Wonder if <MissS> has a source for such a claim?

Nov-10-18
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  HeMateMe: Iceland put the older Fischer on a postage stamp

<http://www.chessonstamps.org/mediac...>

Nov-14-18  gamego: You always have good stuff. Many thanks.
Nov-15-18
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  HeMateMe: Thank you, my friend. We'll be having a symposium on Anatoly Karpov's stamp collection next week. Be prepared with your questions, refreshments will be served!
Nov-23-18
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  Dr Winston OBoogie: <Bobby Fischer epitomized the notion that there is a very thin line between genius and insanity. Because Fischer refused interviews and famously cut off contact with acquaintances who talked about him publicly, many Bobby Fischer stories and Bobby Fischer facts did not emerge until after his death. Some may never have surfaced at all. But even from a very early age, Bobby Fischer's life was fraught with chaos, anger, and instability. Fischer is perceived as possibly the the greatest chess player who ever lived yet his bizarre personality and racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-American outbursts later in life destroyed any semblance of a positive legacy. Ultimately, untreated mental illness also shortened the career of Fischer while he was in his prime. Despite all of his achievements, that Bobby Fischer is still perceived as a tragic example of unrealized potential truly underlines his status as one of history's most unusual human beings.>

Great read on Bobby Fischer https://m.ranker.com/list/strange-f...

Dec-01-18  PJs Studio: I just went through Fischer’s 85 losses in the database and SHOCKINGLY a huge position of his losses were in Simuls.

Simul losses don’t mean squat... the man hardly ever lost after the 50’s in serious competition. What a monster.

Dec-01-18
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  HeMateMe: most of Fischer's tournament losses occur before age 19.
Dec-03-18  KnightVBishop: so i was looking up pictures of old physicists and i saw this picture of a guy named Paul Nemenyi, have you guys heard of him?

he looks exactly like Bobby

https://www.google.com/imgres?imgur...

Dec-03-18
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  HeMateMe: You have a physicist 'Hunk of the Month' calendar?
Dec-03-18  KnightVBishop: i just find it odd that he looks exactly like bobby
Dec-04-18  pazzed paun: .?.
Knight what are you selling?
Nobody just looks at pictures of physicists
What is your angle?
Dec-04-18  KnightVBishop: pazzed paun

why does he look like Bobby?

Dec-04-18  pazzed paun: Very old news
Dec-04-18
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  Joshka: <KnightVBishop> yes that's Bobby's biological father. All this came out many years ago. Regina used to tell Bobby he was "Uncle Paul".
Dec-04-18
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  offramp: Regina LOL.
Dec-04-18  KnightVBishop: wait that doesn't make sense

if Paul Nemenyi is Bobby's father that makes him full jewish?

so what describes his anti-semitism later in his life?

Dec-05-18
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  offramp: User: KnightVBishop For people suffering paranoia or psychosis there are three gateway phobias: Jews, Freemasons or both.

An example is English comedian Paul Merton who was badly misprescribed drugs and developed a psychosis, and one of his fears were that Freemasons were flying in his window. Later he got better and he realised what a load of rubbish it was. A lot of people don’t get better and spend their life with irrational fears that cannot be removed.

Fischer was an untreated nutcase and his paranoia grew unchecked.

Dec-05-18
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  keypusher: <An example is English comedian Paul Merton who was badly misprescribed drugs and developed a psychosis, and one of his fears were that Freemasons were flying in his window. Later he got better and he realised what a load of rubbish it was.> In fact they were using his front door.
Dec-05-18  WorstPlayerEver: Maybe he was a Russian spy.
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