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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?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Skopje (1967)
   Netanya (1968)
   U.S. Championship (1966)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Bled (1961)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Zurich (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   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
   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
   fav Capablanca & Fischer games by guoduke

   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. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
5. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
6. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
7. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
8. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
9. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
10. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
11. B Owens vs Fischer ½-½43 1956 57th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
12. Fischer vs M Fox 0-162 1956 Montreal CA-openA07 King's Indian Attack
13. A Turner vs Fischer 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
14. Fischer vs S Popel ½-½38 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
15. K Blake vs Fischer 0-120 1956 Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
16. K Smith vs Fischer ½-½51 1956 57th US OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
17. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
18. Fischer vs W Stevens ½-½20 1956 57th US OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. E Nash vs Fischer 0-148 1956 WashingtonB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
20. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Havana simB32 Sicilian
21. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. Fischer vs A Di Camillo 1-041 1956 Washington D.C.C78 Ruy Lopez
23. Fischer vs E Nash 0-151 1956 US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
24. Fischer vs M Pavey ½-½35 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
25. S Bernstein vs Fischer 0-133 1956 Montreal CA-openD02 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 993  PGN Download
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Mar-26-15  Petrosianic: <He (they?) are most likely still researching before coming to a final conclusion.>

Winter may not have come to a conclusion, but that's not to say no one has. Sverrisson, Einarsson and Evans have all pronounced it a hoax. And nobody seems to think it genuine, except people like Joshka, who have no reputation to lose. Ed Trice voted "Hoax" with his feet, and hasn't been seen since this all broke.

Mar-26-15  TheFocus: The Fischer picture is from a tour with the Log Cabin Chess Club. I knew Bobby's mother was on the trip, but no mention was ever made of his sister being along for the ride.

DeLucia has several pictures of this tour, even of Bobby standing in front of a "Whites Only" sign (either a restroom or a drinking fountain).

Mar-26-15  TheFocus: <I think it's almost definite that the game is a draw theoretically> - Bobby Fischer.
Mar-26-15  HeMateMe: I guess the photo label is wrong. Fischer and his sister are 4th and 5th, no matter what side you are counting from.
Mar-26-15  TheFocus: <HMM> If you don't count the guy that is standing, it is 3rd and 4th.
Mar-26-15  Dr. Overlord: <TheFocus: The Fischer picture is from a tour with the Log Cabin Chess Club>

I see! It was from a tour with the Log Cabin Republicans Chess Club!

Now I understand why Fischer never had many women.

Mar-26-15  diceman: <TheFocus: <HMM> If you don't count the guy that is standing, it is 3rd and 4th.>

...probably why it says "seated."

Mar-26-15  zanzibar: Well, there's this:

I had trouble reading the inscription:

"I'll talk to you *and* see you soon"

The and looked all muddled. Seems Fischer disliked starting his letters with up-strokes, especially for N's.

Sometimes he begins with a down-stroke on the inside with an up-stroke crossing back to make a loop. You can see something similar, but less pronounced, in his M's.

This might not be true for I's. His "I'm" has an I which seems to begin with an up-stroke.

It takes some talent to make print difficult to read, but Fischer managed it.

Mar-26-15  zanzibar: Fischer seems to be having trouble with the "ladies" in this photograph:


Mar-26-15  zanzibar: There is this photo of Fischer with his sister Joan and her daughter:


Mar-26-15  diceman: <zanzibar:

It takes some talent to make print difficult to read, but Fischer managed it.>

In case the Russians got a hold of his notes.

Mar-26-15  zanzibar: It's a little sad to think that all three of the people in the last photograph I posted are dead.

Bobby actually being the last to die.

Mar-26-15  HeMateMe: how did Fischer's nephew die so young?
Mar-26-15  zanzibar: It was his niece, I believe.

Elisabeth Targ (1961-2002) died from a brain tumor.

The mother, Joan Fischer Targ (1938-1998) died from a cerebral hemorrhage.

Her husband is still alive, and is (in)famous for his take on "remote viewing", having worked at SRI.

Targ's father is also famous, having been the editor of "The Godfather":

Mar-26-15  zanzibar: <

Martin Gardner writing in The Skeptical Inquirer in 2001:

"William Targ's beliefs in the paranormal trickled down to his son Russell, and now they have descended on Russell's attractive and energetic daughter Elisabeth. Her mother, Joan, by the way, is the sister of chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer."

> From wiki.

Mar-27-15  Jim Bartle: Ad in Inside Chess, 1992:

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Mar-27-15  TheFocus: dward Winter again discusses the hoax <My 61 Memorable Games> in Chess Note #9190.
Mar-27-15  Petrosianic: reproduces the letters from Einarsson stating in no uncertain terms that it was a fraud, and telling us what we already knew, that Fischer had given up on "The Old Chess", and had no projects in mind involving it.

Mar-27-15  Petrosianic: It's funny that Fischer saw that Nakamura-Sasikiran game and cited it as evidence that chess was finished. One can certainly see his point that the chess engine is one of the worst things that ever happened to the game.
Mar-27-15  HeMateMe: In his auto bio Tal said "...Fischer disliked irrational positions...this was known even then (when BF was aged 16)." Just because some of the newer ideas in chess lead to more risks and unbalanced positions doesn't make them inferior; they are just different ways to play the early middle game and go against Fishcer's concept of gaining small advantages in balanced positions.

Chess 960 isn't necessary, as the game is certainly not 'played out.' It just means that BF did not like the new lines being used by chess software. He is from a different era.

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  MissScarlett: The Targs may not have had ESP, but they possessed an inordinate amount of chutzpah to go after Fischer's estate.
Mar-30-15  zanzibar: This has probably been posted before ...


Mar-30-15  HeMateMe: That's a nice photo, Yifan at Fischer's grave. Was she playing an event in Iceland, or just on vacation?
Mar-30-15  zanzibar: <HMM> I think it's from 2012

Not entirely sure, as I found it via an image search. But the above tournament did have a "field trip" to Fischer's grave on Wed March 7.

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  Karposian: I once saw an interview with Yifan where she said that Fischer was her favorite chess player, and that he had been a hero of hers since she was very young.
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