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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 (68) 
    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?]
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Skopje (1967)
   U.S. Championship (1966)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Netanya (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Zurich (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

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
   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. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
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. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
8. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
9. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
10. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
11. E W Marchand vs Fischer 0-155 1956 WashingtonA15 English
12. W Whisler vs Fischer 0-128 1956 Candas op 92\\09E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
13. Fischer vs S Bernstein ½-½56 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyC70 Ruy Lopez
14. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45 1956 57th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
15. Fischer vs C Sharp 1-033 1956 CAN-opC78 Ruy Lopez
16. D Byrne vs Fischer 0-141 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
17. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-152 1956 New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
18. F R Anderson vs Fischer ½-½19 1956 Montreal CA-openB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
19. D Ruth vs Fischer 0-124 1956 57th US OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. Fischer vs E Hearst 0-140 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
21. W Walz vs Fischer 0-140 1956 Montreal CA-openB25 Sicilian, Closed
22. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19 1956 57th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
23. H Goldhamer vs Fischer 0-125 1956 WashingtonB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
24. Fischer vs S Baron 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
25. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143 1956 57th US OpenB20 Sicilian
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 993  PGN Download
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  Joshka: <Sleepwalking> Oh if you DIDN"T say he had a bad memory, then I owe you an apology. I thought you did. It's kind of similar in some respects, when folks refer to a player as 'just a weak Grandmaster".there seems to me to be a paradox there and I believe there should be another way to say what you are trying to say......oh well.......
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  zanzibar: <Petrosianic> thanks for that info on Kalme.

Seeing as he was a math prof at UC Berkeley, it's not much of a surprise he went off the deep-end on the statistics.

(Wonder if the article can be found online somewhere?)

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  Sleepwalking: <Joshka> Nope I didn't say that. I also didn't call him a weak Grandmaster..quite the opposite actually. My only comment about him was that he struggled to memorise opening theory and this was pretty much the polar opposite of Fischer who was arguably the most booked up player in the history of Chess and seemingly able to absorb information at will.
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  Joshka: <sleepwalking> I didn't say you called him a weak grandmaster. But I was just giving you an example of what a lot of chess fans do, when they talk and write in general. Just irks the heck out of me. In fact maybe Reshevsky didn't want to just memorize rote variations, he preferred to calculate the right move right then and in the now. To me it's just foolish too knock someone who was a prodigy/giving simuls at 8/Fischer called him the strongest player in the 40's and 50's/.....knock him for behavior or something not chess related, but don't knock the man's chess mind!!
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  SteinitzLives: Reshevsky had a very long chess career (spanning 70+ years) while Fischer's spanned less than 1/4th of it. I don't consider his 1992 match any sort of extension of his career, more a blip on the screen in world chess history, to make money which I understand. Yes, I found those games in 1992 fascinating as well.

Like Reshevsky, he had big gaps in his chess career going years without playing even before 1972.

Reshevsky will be open to criticism just like Fischer, fairly or unfairly, because neither of them was very likable as a person. Both held some extreme views, and though Fischer was pretty much a very good sportsman at the board, (with an asterisk for his behavior at the beginning of the 1972 match), Reshevsky was not, (and I have ranted about that on the Reshevsky page long ago).

Anybody in any field who is successful with a long career like Reshevsky, and or as extraordinarily well known as Fischer, is going to have plenty of rabid detractors, and defenders.

For me the key has been to separate the artists (loathsome, money-grubbing and pettily hateful that both of these men could be at times) from the brilliance of their magnificent chess artistry which gives joy and a legacy that will continue to give pleasure and last beyond any of our life times.

Dec-04-14  Petrosianic: <(and I have ranted about that on the Reshevsky page long ago).>

I've often wondered what the outcome of the L. Walter Stephens Incident would have been if Denker's opponent had been a player with any sense of sportsmanship. I'd never have accepted a victory that the tournament director had simply handed me.

In fact, the whole incident was really shady. Stephens had positioned himself in such a way that a Denker forfeit is the only one he could possibly have called. People think Reshevsky should have forfeited that game. No, he shouldn't. He was thinking about his first move AFTER the time control when Stephens picked up the clock. There was no way to prove that it hadn't fallen after Denker had pushed the button. The only way to call a Reshevsky forfeit would have been to see the clock before Denker made his 40th, when Stephens conveniently wasn't looking. I don't know if Stephens consciously cheated, but it doesn't seem a stretch to say that he saw what he wanted to see.

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  TheFocus: <I don't know if Stephens consciously cheated, but it doesn't seem a stretch to say that he saw what he wanted to see.>

Sure, even after other players protested.

Reshevsky has a black mark against him for this.

Dec-04-14  Peter Nemenyi: <Petrosianic:I'll have to double check it now. I could swear Mednis' book attributes Fischer's loss to Byrne as being partially due to the long loss to Reshevsky.>

Mednis says something like this, except that the first game's length wasn't an issue (36 moves). You just reversed the names in your memory:

"As we know Bobby had lost in the preceding round to R. Byrne. For this reason, in one of the very rare instances in his career, Bobby here decided to play for a draw. To achieve a draw, what is required is not safe moves, but good moves!" [of Fischer's passive ninth and tenth moves against Reshevsky].

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  Travis Bickle: Here's a clip of Karpov on Fischer.

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  Sleepwalking: <Joshka> Yeah but you implied that what I said equates to the same thing. There is absolute no valid or logic reason as to why a strong chess player would purposely not study the openings..that notion is just absurd. Reshevsky was known to get caught of the opening and lose in around 10 moves or so; I get the feeling that he would have have tried his best to remove this from his game but simply wasn't able to do so. This refers me back to my original point when I said that Reshevsky and Fischer were on opposite ends of the spectrum when it came to memorisation. It's no slight on Reshevsky to say this, it's simply the truth.
Dec-08-14  Petrosianic: <You just reversed the names in your memory:>

Yes, I checked Mednis' book over the weekend, and even he puts Byrne first. So between Mednis, Fritz, and my own monograph, it seems clear that I got it backwards here.

Which means that Reshevsky is both the last American to beat Fischer, and also the last one to score off him.

Dec-08-14  Petrosianic: <TheFocus> <Reshevsky has a black mark against him for this.>

Sure, if he'd done the right thing, the result could never have stood. Instead, he claimed it was none of his business, and scooted out the door. I've never understood why Denker didn't drop out of the tournament right then and there. Nobody ever seems to have asked that question.

Another thing I don't understand is since when is it the TD's business to call a time forfeiture? Only the players are supposed to do that. Were the rules different then?

There was a similar controversy in the 1950's, in the Donald Byne-Reshevsky match, when Reshevsky's wife called out that Byrne's flag was down, and tried to claim the game for him. Byrne pointed out that a) both flags were down, and b) Only the player on the move can call a time forfeit. Since it was his move, he claimed the game. It went to the adjuciation committee who called it a draw, but from my reading of the rules, Byrne should have won the game.

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  zanzibar: As I was letting the bits flow ever so gently over me this day I came across this:

I thought Fischer never did such like this (other than his beginner's book), and yet MB won't do such a thing without permission (or would they?).

Dec-16-14  lamont: ###

TheFocus ~

Have yr/self
a Merrie Little Chhhanukah !!

(&&& that goes for anyone else
(of the Mosaic persuasion,
(-- crypto or lapsed

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  TheFocus: <zanzibar> <I thought Fischer never did such like this (other than his beginner's book), and yet MB won't do such a thing without permission (or would they?).>

He did it. I own one.

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  TheFocus: Thank you <lamont>.

And the same to you.

Dec-16-14  diceman: Chess-A State of Mind.
A documentary on World Champions.

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  parisattack: <TheFocus> <Lamont>

Happy Holidays and a peaceful, prosperous and healthy 2015 to both of you!

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  TheFocus: Thank you <parisattack>.
Dec-16-14  lamont: ###

parisattack ~


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  zanzibar: Saw this book in the library today, and got a chuckle from the title:

<How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanuka?>

4.7 stars out of 5

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  zanzibar: <TheFocus> I'm a little surprised Fischer would endorse a set with black and red squares.

But then again, it was probably similar to the set his sister brought back from the drugstore.

Besides, I think it's waterproof:

Dec-19-14  lamont: ###

"I'm a little surprised
Fischer wd/ endorse
a set w/ black & red (sic) squares."

Bobby is playing, not endorsing

The pool's wavelets are b/w.

Bobby's hair is b/w.

The chess squares are b/w.

The chess board is waterproof, unlike
any his sister cd/ have bought.

This is a typical b/w photo that UPI
wires to newspapers.(Like Reuters &cet/


Dec-19-14  lamont: ###

"How do dinosaurs say
Happy Chanuka(sic)?"

Browsing the kiddie section
of the library is always good
for a simplistic chuckle.

The author spells Chanukah correctly
even for the kiddies.
--Catch up !!

Dec-19-14  lamont: ###

read Dinosaurs

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