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Robert James Fischer
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 1,038
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. 289 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (195) 
    B90 B32 B88 B44 B57
 Ruy Lopez (122) 
    C92 C69 C95 C97 C98
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C92 C95 C97 C98 C89
 French Defense (72) 
    C19 C11 C18 C16 C15
 Caro-Kann (54) 
    B10 B11 B18 B14 B17
 French Winawer (43) 
    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 E46 E40 E43 E56
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D86 D79 D98 D80 D83
 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
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   Fischer vs Panno, 1970 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   US Championship (1966)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Skopje (1967)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Netanya (1968)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Bled (1961)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Mar del Plata (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
   Bjelica_125 by Gottschalk
   Russians versus Fischer by Anatoly21
   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
   Fischer 101 by rea
   Fischer 101 by Parkov

   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970
   Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962
   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 42; games 1-25 of 1,038  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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  john barleycorn: <WorstPlayerEver> thank you very much
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  WorstPlayerEver: <john barleycorn>

You are welcome. Well, I find it a bit disturbing. I was kind of shocked how he moved the pieces.

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  diceman: <WorstPlayerEver: Sawmthing better for ya bozos!>

Thanks for that.

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  WorstPlayerEver: <diceman>

You are welcome. But I just noticed it in the vids when I checked the 'Pawn Sacrifice' vid at yt.

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  kingfu: Ah, The Fischer Monster discussion. It never stops. I have not been here in a long time and it is still going strong!

I never get tired of the group trying to figure out the psychology / temperament / personality issues. It is fun trying! This could easily be a career for someone.

For me, Fischer winning the Championship against The Moscow Central Chess Club was one of the most amazing wins ever in any sport.

After that, NOBODY knows what happened. Chernobyl was a weenie roast compared to Fischer's meltdown.

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  Jambow: <Tobey Maguire's acting captured the torment and unpredictability of Fischer's behavior very well, but it would have worked better to make him look taller relative to his contemporaries.>

You hit that nail on the head. Part of Fischer was his imposing stature. We honestly can't get that across in film in this day and age?

Movie had some merit, but Fisher was too one dimensional, when I have read about him there was some depth some complexity not just an insane chess player character.

Jun-30-17  todicav23: Short segment of Fischer on the Dick Cavett Show (the one after he won the title):

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  harrylime: Who's this guy

baadur jobava ??!

He's 2730 0n the ELO rating list ..

Getting SWATTED AROUND LIKE A FLY just now ..

2700 plus huh ??

lol lol lol

Bobby's 2785 now would be 3000 plus ... and some .. .

Jun-30-17  todicav23: <todicav23: Short segment of Fischer on the Dick Cavett Show (the one after he won the title):>

In the interview Fischer said that Steinitz was world champion at 63. But he actually lost the title when he was 58.

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  tpstar: <todicav23> Check out that suit! ;>D

Strange fashion sense, just like the above profile picture.

Fischer fit right in with intellectuals like Dick Cavett and Tony Randall. Such a shame that he lost it later.

<Movie had some merit, but Fisher was too one dimensional, when I have read about him there was some depth some complexity not just an insane chess player character.> Ironically, Spassky comes across in a far more sympathetic manner compared to the Cold War atmosphere at the time. It was a very interesting and fully believable theory of why Spassky continued the match instead of winning by forfeit: he wanted to beat Fischer at his own game, except Spassky was clearly inferior at the mind games (like when he examined the chair during play). Also, if "Pawn Sacrifice" meant to show Fischer as a "Pawn" of the U.S. government, when he really wasn't, then Spassky was clearly an agent of the U.S.S.R. regime, groomed to prove their ideological superiority, and even being recorded in his hotel room to monitor his loyalty.

Jul-06-17  todicav23:

<Experts include Kasparov in the modern game's top players, but he himself once said US maverick Bobby Fischer, who dominated the game in the 1970s, was "the greatest chess player of all time".>

When did Kasparov say that?

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  morfishine: Of course, Fischer was the greatest chess player ever

Kasparov said so


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  Travis Bickle: Here's a segment of Bobby on The Dick Cavett Show just before the Spassky Fischer Match.. I don't know if it's been posted on here before so here it is...

Jul-12-17  PeterPringle: Can't find a game of Fischer's I first found years ago. Bobby had the upper hand late but it looked like his opponent could draw by perpetual. But Bobby brilliantly blocked a check with a bishop. After his opponent's Queen captured that bishop, with check, Bobby moved his King to a safe square, and the opposing Queen was suddenly on the wrong color diagonal and no more checks! Anybody know it?
Jul-15-17  The Kings Domain: PeterPringle: Seems like an intriguing game. Hope someone knows it and posts the link to the game soon.
Jul-15-17  Sally Simpson: Hi Peter,

Are you possibly thinking of this game.

Taimanov vs Larsen, 1970

Black to play.

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23...Kh8 24.Qxe5+ wins.

Black played 23...Bg4 24.Qxg4+ Kh8 and White no longer has Qxe5+.

I can understand the Fischer thought. Mention either Larsen or Taimanov and Fischer - 6-0 pops into the mind.

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  TheFocus: Nice to see my chess research on Bobby Fischer is included in <Bobby Fischer: The Early Years> by John Donaldson.
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  MissScarlett: <<Bobby Fischer: The Early Years> by John Donaldson>

First Minev, now poor old Tangborn.

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  TheFocus: You are right, <MissScarlett>. I should have mentioned Tangborn. He certainly deserves credit.
Jul-28-17  todicav23: 1004 games! Some new games have been added.
Jul-28-17  todicav23: <todicav23: 1004 games! Some new games have been added.>

These are the only games without comments:

Fischer vs Kenneth Hense, 1961

Fischer vs Pedro Galarraga, 1960

Fischer vs Allan Jensen, 1962

Fischer vs Palle Henriksen, 1962

Fischer vs E Zhukov, 1965

I guess the first 4 games have been added recently.

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  MissScarlett: You noted this on May 2nd.
Jul-28-17  ughaibu: <You noted this on May 2nd>

Parents beware! Don't let your kids dabble in Fischer-fanaticism. It can have serious and intellectually damaging effects.

Jul-28-17  todicav23: <MissScarlett: You noted this on May 2nd.> I do remember posting about this a few weeks ago. But at that time the number of games was less than 1004. I think one or two games have been added since then.
Jul-28-17  todicav23: <ughaibu: <You noted this on May 2nd>

Parents beware! Don't let your kids dabble in Fischer-fanaticism. It can have serious and intellectually damaging effects.>

Does it bother you that I keep track of the newly added games? Some people are interested in seeing them.

Being a fanatic is still better than being a hater.

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