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Robert James Fischer
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 1,051
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785

Overall record: +419 -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.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (200) 
    B90 B32 B88 B44 B57
 Ruy Lopez (122) 
    C92 C69 C95 C97 C98
 French Defense (76) 
    C19 C11 C18 C16 C15
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C92 C95 C98 C97 C89
 Caro-Kann (55) 
    B10 B11 B18 B14 B13
 French Winawer (45) 
    C19 C18 C16 C15 C17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (119) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 King's Indian (117) 
    E80 E62 E97 E60 E67
 Sicilian Najdorf (77) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E45 E40 E46 E43 E34
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D86 D79 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
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 0-1
   Fischer vs Panno, 1970 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Skopje (1967)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   US Championship (1966)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Netanya (1968)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Bled (1961)
   Zurich (1959)
   Havana (1965)

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 fernando.laroca
   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
   A Legend on the Road (I) by MissScarlett
   Fischer Favorites by atrifix
   A Legend on the Road (II) by MissScarlett
   Fischer 101 by Parkov

   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886
   Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970
   Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan, 1962

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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 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.

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

Last updated: 2017-05-02 23:48:19

 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,051  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 K Vine ½-½361956New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
12. Fischer vs S Baron 1-0531956New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
13. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-1521956New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
14. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0531956New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
15. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. Fischer vs J A Casado ½-½481956Simul, 12bB32 Sicilian
17. Fischer vs E Nash 0-1511956US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
18. K Blake vs Fischer 0-1201956Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
19. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-1291956US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143195657th US OpenB20 Sicilian
21. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
22. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45195657th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
24. B E Owens vs Fischer ½-½43195657th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
25. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19195657th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
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Jan-17-18  todicav23: Fischer's final days:

It is worth reading.

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  WannaBe: Shoot, can't find that book on Amazon, guessin' it has not been translated to English?
Jan-17-18  fedalio: <todicav23>
Yes. Would be great on the 10th anniversary of Bobby’s death if people who bought that book My 61 Memorable Games, which Gardar confirms (again, I think) caused him sadness in his final month, burnt it.

They should hold their heads in shame.

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  MissScarlett: Jews caused Fischer a lot of sadness, as well. Should we burn them, too?

On the contrary, I would like to see the book posted online in pdf format, because i)I'm not aware that it's under copyright, and ii)if a hoax it be, it's not just a hoax, it's a highly elaborate hoax. That amount of work and ingenuity deserves to be respected and studied.

Jan-17-18  fedalio: if a hoax it be....
No ifs, no hoaxes, just a SCAM.
Jan-17-18  fedalio: <petrosianic> he talks about how the feds came to ask him questions about his mother as a boy in the extras section of “me and Bobby Fischer” where he is interviewed in his suite in the Loftleidir.
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  zborris8: <TheFocus> Our differences are small enough, and I am happy to let it go. But I think that if you want to attack Lombardy's position in your upcoming work, then you'll have to dilute it with a page on the sugary attributes of Lombardy's character. Then you can weave in that perhaps he had too generously appreciated his own significance in his recollections. In this way, you deliver the same message to the reader without upsetting potential publishers.
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  TheFocus: <zborris8: <TheFocus> Our differences are small enough, and I am happy to let it go. But I think that if you want to attack Lombardy's position in your upcoming work, then you'll have to dilute it with a page on the sugary attributes of Lombardy's character. Then you can weave in that perhaps he had too generously appreciated his own significance in his recollections. In this way, you deliver the same message to the reader without upsetting potential publishers.>

<zborris> Thank you. That is a wonderful suggestion, and one that will have to be addressed.

Last night, I watched a nice lecture by John Donaldson on Fischer's early years. He talks about Nigro's, Collins's, and Lombardy's influences on Bobby.

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  Petrosianic: <fedalio: <petrosianic> he talks about how the feds came to ask him questions about his mother as a boy in the extras section of “me and Bobby Fischer” where he is interviewed in his suite in the Loftleidir.>

All right, maybe I'm wrong. I doubt one interview with two guys in suits would screw up his whole life, but still, if I said it didn't happen and it did, then I made a mistake.

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  WorstPlayerEver: Hotel Loftleidir 2005

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  WorstPlayerEver: PS

What amuses me is that everyone has connected their name to stupid engines and stupid DVDs... but not Bobby. Brilliant!!!

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  john barleycorn: <WorstPlayerEver> yeah, non olet as the Romans already knew. So dishonest guys.

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  WorstPlayerEver: PPS so who made the money from 'Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess'? Lol he completely nails this guy to the table. You know... this 'man out of control.' But he is right: your live -all of you- is a joke. The truth. Bam there!

Ha ha keep on babbling y'all. Should I spell it out for you: Y-O-U-R L-I-F-E I-S A C-O-M-PL-E-T-E J-O-K-E

Now where is keyplopper when you need them? Harry???

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  offramp: <WorstPlayerEver: PPS so who made the money from 'Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess'?>

That's right. Qui bono? Follow the money.

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  ChessHigherCat: < offramp: <WorstPlayerEver: PPS so who made the money from 'Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess'?> <That's right. Qui bono? Follow the money.>

You mean "Cui bono". "Qui bono?" means "Who is Sonny Bono?"

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  ChessHigherCat: I should add for the sake of completeness that in Vulgar Latin "Qui bono?" can mean "Who am I boning?", a question often asked by drunk barbarians on Saturday night.
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  WorstPlayerEver: Ok, now y'all comfortably numb I think you should buy more Pink Floyd songs. Or, if you really want to hit the jackpot: listen to Syd Barrett.
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  Joshka: Debating who helped Bobby more gets lost in the details, but I do know, I have seen letters from Regina to Bobby asking him to write a forward to a book Collins was going to write or had already written. Bobby flat our refused. Regina scolded him for his being so selfish. So here's a cripple in a wheel chair, Bobby had a chance to help him bring in needed funds and Bobby kicked him in the teeth.
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  WorstPlayerEver: Ghe Collins had written 'MY Seven Chess Prodigies'

But they were not HIS prodigies. The book is written in 1975. It was one of MY first chess books and I thought the title was odd. So when Collins came the second time around Bobby refused. Little wonder. The book is less more than a collection of games. He states stuff like: "Did I taught Bobby? Of course not." So why did he wrote a book about Bobby c.s.??

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  zborris8: <Joshka - Bobby kicked him in the teeth> That's a little harsh, especially when you don't understand the circumstances. Did you not like Bobby Fischer as a person when he was alive?

<TheFocus> Thanks for the link! I got lost in Youtube for a few hours watching that one. The YT algorithm showed several recent videos of Fischer from his Iceland days where he was discussing writing a new book, perhaps that was the My 61 Memorable Games that everyone is talking about here? Anyway, I hope you've considered getting Donaldson's own views about some of the sections in your work, and I also hope that you are successful in bringing Fischer's own perspectives to light! Cheers!

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  Joshka: <zborris8> Don't know the circumstances? His own mother scolded him in a personal letter!!
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  zborris8: <Joshka> So the circumstances were that Regina scolded Collins in a letter, and this is why Fischer rejected the idea of a forward in his new book?
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  Joshka: <zborris8> Whether I liked him or not is not relevant. I never met him, but I do know the MSM gave him a very bad raw deal in their press clippings and related store. He had every right to have a chip on his shoulder, that's for sure!
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  Joshka: <zborris8> Wrong, Regina scolded Bobby in a letter cause he refused to help his so called friend Collins.
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  HeMateMe: Had Bob lived, you just KNOW that he would have appeared on Europe's dancing with the stars.
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