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The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 993
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.
      240 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) 
    E62 E80 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)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Netanya (1968)
   U.S. Championship (1966)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Skopje (1967)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Bled (1961)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Havana (1965)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   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
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 1) by Anatoly21

   Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858
   R 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 (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, becoming the youngest player ever to do so.

Fischer's victory qualified him for the 1958 Portorož Interzonal. 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 Candidates tournament, held in Bled/Zagreb/Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 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 (1963) he achieved the only perfect score (11-0) in the history of the tournament.

In 1962, he won the Stockholm Interzonal 2½ points ahead of Efim Geller and Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian. This made him one of the favorites to win the Candidates Tournament at Curaçao, but he only finished fourth, behind Petrosian, Geller, and Paul Keres.

In a famous article in Sports Illustrated, 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 1967 Sousse Interzonal, but left it while leading, because of a scheduling dispute occasioned by Fischer's refusal to play on Saturday, his Sabbath.

In 1970 he won the Palma de Mallorca Interzonal by a record 3½ points. The following year, he shocked the chess world by sweeping the Fischer-Taimanov Candidates Match (1971) and the Fischer-Larsen Candidates Match (1971) by identical 6-0 scores. 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 beat Petrosian 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 vanished 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, which he won 10-5 with 15 draws. This action allegedly 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 993  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. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
5. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
7. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
8. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
9. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
10. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
11. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19 1956 57th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
12. H Goldhamer vs Fischer 0-125 1956 WashingtonB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. Fischer vs S Baron 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
14. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143 1956 57th US OpenB20 Sicilian
15. J F Donovan vs Fischer 0-140 1956 57th US OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
16. Fischer vs E Nash 0-151 1956 US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
17. Fischer vs Mednis ½-½40 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
18. Reshevsky vs Fischer 1-031 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
19. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
20. A Turner vs Fischer 1-050 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
21. Fischer vs Popovych 1-052 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
22. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½31 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
23. R Sobel vs Fischer 1-027 1956 Montreal CA-openA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
24. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-129 1956 US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
25. Fischer vs H Matthai ½-½108 1956 Montreal CA-openB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 993  PGN Download
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Feb-23-15  Sally Simpson: "IF Bobby were not born in B/klyn"

First line in the above Bio.

Fischer was born on March 9, 1943 in Chicago.

Feb-23-15  lamont: ###

Sally Simpson ~

You are correct !!
He did move to Brooklyn at a tender age.

I shd/ have couched my remark to say:
'IF Bobby were not brought up in B/klyn'

As Bobby emphasized:'I'm from Brooklyn !!'

He had to drop out of Erasmus High, B/klyn to become Champ & leave his 2 friends in his Spanish class, namely
Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond.
('Babs' was then Barbara.

Feb-23-15  lamont: ###

Sally Simpson ~

Do you know Raymond Chandler, the detective story writer who is yr/ namesake ??

His detective was Philip Marlowe &
Bogart played him in the 1946 film,
'The Big Sleep'...

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  AylerKupp: <<RookFile> Healthy or not, I think that Tal is probably in the running for the title of "Most Entertaining Player", both on and off the chessboard.
Feb-24-15  PaulLovric: bok bok bok
Feb-24-15  Sally Simpson: Hi Lamont,

Just having a wee piece of fun.

I myself refer to Bobby as coming from New York when stating 'he was what he was' when offering up an excuse for some of his so called rude behaviour.

I know of Raymond because my cousin was named after him and I was named after Jeff Chandler the actor.

(My dad wanted George, My mother wanted Jeff so Geoff was the solution.)

Tal off the board.

I recall the story that he had passed out through drink and Korchnoi and Spassky (who at the that time were not the best of frineds) had to carry him back to his hotel room.

I have this picture of these two, one ex-world champion and one world champion finalist, carrying Tal though the deserted streets in the dead of night not speaking to each other.

Where are the paparazzi when you want them. A picture would have been priceless.

Zukertort's on and off the board exploits make for an interesting and entertaining life.

Apparently he was an excellent swordsman and marksman, highly decorated during his military career and was once left dead on the battlefield.

Feb-24-15  HeMateMe: if Bob had grown up in Chicago he would have found every balt or Pole immigrant in Chicago that were strong players, every chess club, every tournament, and would still have become world champion.

Or, he might have become an accountant, and been the most bulldog auditor to ever grace the doors of Price Waterhouse.

Feb-24-15  HeMateMe: Another Fischer:

"Robert William "Bobby" Fisher, Sr. (born April 13, 1961) is an American fugitive wanted for murder of his wife and their two children in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 10, 2001. He was named by the FBI as the 475th fugitive to be placed on the list of FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives on June 29, 2002.[1]"


Feb-24-15  Everett: <Strelets> so what? Everyone would be talking about even greater things he could have done had he retired early. The point is, the mythical extrapolation of a career is always greater.

Fischer being a great case in point.

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  chancho: <Ransom Stoddard: You're not going to use the story, Mr. Scott? Maxwell Scott: No, sir.

This is the West, sir.

When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.>

From the movie: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Feb-24-15  ljfyffe: <Maybe Kramnik is GOAT>What? He does not even look like the hardy domesticated animal that has backward curving horns, the male of which has a beard. All this name-calling should stop immediately.
Feb-24-15  Petrosianic: <Sally Simpson>: <Fischer was born on March 9, 1943 in Chicago.>

Actually, he was born in Fischergrad. Some friends and I changed the name of Chicago several years back, in a show of solidarity for Botvinnik, who was denied the same honor when his own home town re-named itself after a favorite son, but not him.

Feb-24-15  Petrosianic: <Sally Simpson> <Zukertort's on and off the board exploits make for an interesting and entertaining life.>

Depending on how many of them you believe. Seeing that huge list Chernev published as fact years ago, I've often suspected that Zukertort had a wee bit of the Commander McBragg/Baron Munchausen about him.

Feb-24-15  Sally Simpson: Hi Petrosianic:

There is a town called Fishers in Indianapolis. In 2011 due to it's low crime rate per head of population it was deemed as the safest place to live in America.

Feb-24-15  lamont: ###

Fischer Island, Noo Yawk !!
(just off Long Island in the Sound.

Feb-24-15  lamont: ###
hEmATEmE ~

'Twas Noo Yawk that produced a bushel
& a peck of great chess players,
nicht Chicago.

Yr/ IF
lacks any nutritive sap.

Feb-24-15  lamont: ###

hEmATEmE ~

Yr/ 'Robert William "Bobby" Fischer
is as apposite to any threads
as a lady-bug's fart.

Feb-25-15  fedalio: Bobby's appearance on the 1972 Bob Hope Christmas Special is uploaded to YouTube.

What a guy!

Feb-25-15  savagerules: First time I saw the whole Bob Hope segment. You could tell Fischer was a little bit flustered by the illegal moves from Hope even though it was just a skit. At least the board was set up right at the start. The best part was Fischer saying Money! Money! Money! I wonder how long this video will stay up before getting pulled for copyright violations.
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  optimal play: That skit's hilarious!

The chess genius meets the comedy genius.

Bob Hope wearing the Russian hat and with the vodka bottle! lol

“There are no cameras, are there?”

“Where'd you train?” “At the potato chip factory!”

He was a good sport, Bobby. He seemed to have a good sense of humour.

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  Joshka: <he seemed to have a good sense of humor> well see, that's it..he DID have a keen sense of humor, listen to Seirawan and others who spent time with him, they all say the same thing!!.it was just the press, who tore into Bobby and tried to make him appear stupid, and not so like a guy like Hope probably 40 years Bobby's senior.......and he knew how to approach Bobby....Hope and Cavett.....and Carson did so as well........Bobby displayed a true sense of humor.......props to Bob Hope for bringing out a side of Bobby folks never realized was in him!!!.....I have this on DVD and have not seen it for awhile, so thanks for posting!!!
Feb-26-15  Howard: If I'm not mistaken, a high school classmate of mine lives in that town, plus another classmate of mine used to live there. The latter just moved to the Cleveland area.
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  MissScarlett: Hope's pretty funny for a Gentile:
Feb-26-15  HeMateMe: that's a great clip of Fischer. One comment, below at utube:

<I remember watching this show. On this program, and in every televised interview I'd ever seen of him, Bobby Fischer seemed like a very likeable guy. That was long before he lost his marbles. Thanks for the posting.>

Well, that does raise the question, why did he go off the deep end? It seemed that he had mellowed with age, at least a bit more polite than as a kid. Maybe he really did have Asperger's, and after removing chess from his life there was no foundation to keep him on the straight and narrow.

Feb-26-15  todicav23: Interview with So:

When asked about the comparisons to Fischer, So was quietly pleased. “Becoming world champion is any serious player’s dream,” he said, “and being mentioned in the same breath with Bobby Fischer is big. I have always deeply admired Fischer’s games. <I think he was the best player ever>.”

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