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Robert James Fischer
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 1,012
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785

Overall record: +419 -85 =246 (72.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 262 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (188) 
    B90 B32 B88 B44 B57
 Ruy Lopez (121) 
    C92 C69 C95 C98 C97
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C92 C95 C98 C97 C89
 French Defense (66) 
    C19 C11 C18 C16 C15
 Caro-Kann (54) 
    B10 B11 B18 B14 B17
 French Winawer (41) 
    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 E34
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D86 D79 D98 D80 D97
 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?]
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Netanya (1968)
   US Championship (1966)
   Skopje (1967)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Buenos Aires (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 wanabe2000
   Bobby Fischer: Selected Games from 1955-1992 by fernando.laroca
   Russians versus Fischer by Anatoly21
   Bjelica_125 by Gottschalk
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by KingG
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by Jaredfchess
   Fischer Favorites by atrifix
   Fischer 101 by rea
   Fischer 101 by Parkov
   Fischer vs........ by TheTakenKing

   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 41; games 1-25 of 1,012  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
 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,012  PGN Download
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  Eggman: A must, if you haven't seen it:
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  Joshka: <nosnibor> well compared to Toby mcGuire!!LOL, Lauries looks are spot on. He's the right height too! McGuire was short, didn't look anything like Bobby.
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  HeMateMe: Supposedly McGuire is a chess fan and his clout got the movie made.

Jeff Bridges would be perfect as the older, cantankerous Fischer. The English actor Tom Hardy would be great as the 29 year old Fischer, looks a bit like him, can play anyone. [He played both Kray twins in a recent movie about the 60s gangster brothers.]

The actor I liked best in the film was the guy who played Bill Lombardy. He was just rude and smarmy enough to make you think it was really the arrogant Bill Lombardy, though he doesn't look like Lombardy.

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  Nosnibor: <HeMateMe> Tom Hardy at 5ft 9ins is too short to play Fischer but Jeff Bridges would fit the bill at 6ft 1.5 ins. Personally I never got to see the movie.
Aug-23-17  KnightVBishop: Would you guys agree that Bobby Fischer's 2789 rating is equivalent to about a 2300-2400 rating today?
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  john barleycorn: <KnightVBishop> that's about right. :-)
Aug-24-17  todicav23: <KnightVBishop: Would you guys agree that Bobby Fischer's 2789 rating is equivalent to about a 2300-2400 rating today?>

There's actually a rating deflation. Fischer would be at most 2300.

Botvinnik 2100
Lasker, Capablanca 1900
Pillsbury 1700
Morphy 1300

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  HeMateMe: so, Blackburne would be rated 1600, Yates 1400 and Fred Reinfield would not be rated?


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  john barleycorn: Good that LiteMaster <AJ Goldsby I> has a rating floor at 2000.
Aug-24-17  Howard: Whatever became of this Goldsby guy anyway ?
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  HeMateMe: He and <Abdel> are paid front row supporters at Trump rallies. Look for the two fellows jumping the highest, shouting the loudest, with the goofiest signs. That's them.

<TPstar> was a candidate too, but he's waiting till retirement, then will work the Trump rallies free of charge.

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1) Brash New Yorker
2) Unconventional style
3) Great on television
4) Demands complete loyalty
5) Nice hair


1) Fischer dirt poor, Trump mega rich
2) Fischer hated Jews, Trump loves all
3) Fischer didn't do well with women, Trump scores well with cats
4) Fischer renounced America, Trump embraced America
5) Fischer was normal but went crazy, Trump was crazy but went normal

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  john barleycorn: <Howard: Whatever became of this Goldsby guy anyway ?>

I guess he is giving parkbench interviews now

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  Dionysius1: Hi <Joshka> I don't know if you're joking when you ask if Hugh Laurie ever drops his UK accent. He played Dr Gregory House in House (a US TV Drama series) from 2004 to 2012. To labour the point, that was a role with an American accent. Reviews consistently pointed out how difficult it was to remember that Hugh Laurie was British, he was so convincing. Worth watching some snippets on YouTube to hear what they mean.
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  Edwin Meijer: <Joshka: <nosnibor> well compared to Toby mcGuire!!LOL, Lauries looks are spot on. He's the right height too! McGuire was short, didn't look anything like Bobby.>

I agree. My pick was Barry Pepper. But the problem with our prefered actors is that they're too old to have them portray Fischer during the '72 WCC.

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  Edwin Meijer: Liev Schreiber as Spassky was a good pick though!
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  harrylime: Nigel Short is about to become 2700 and he's in his 50's and is a part time chess player now ...

What does that say about the INFLATION in the rating system ?! lol lol lol

Robert Fischer was 2785 in 1975 ...

What would Bobby be now ?

Or if you geeks don't wanna go down that road ...

What is Fischers' rating in 1975 of 2785 worth now ?

Aug-25-17  KnightVBishop: bobby fischer's father was a genius hungarian physicist that was known for great spatial thinking

hint hint

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  AylerKupp: Fischer's rating in 1975 was 2780. That's what it was worth then, and that's what it's worth now. He was last rated 2785 in 1972 before his match with Spassky, where he lost 5 rating points.
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  AylerKupp: <harrylime> Nigel Short might be a part time chess player now, but he was a full-time chessplayer in Apr-2004 when he was rated 2712. He was rated above 2700 in Sep-2009 (2706), Nov-2009 (2707), May-2012 (2705), Jul-2012 (2704), Oct-2012 (2707), and has been rated 2688 from May-2017 to Aug-2017. No reason to expect him to go over 2700 again.

And, no, I don't know what that says about the INFLATION in the rating system.

Do you ever bother to check your facts before you post? Or do you just like to make things up as you go along?

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  john barleycorn: <harrylime: Nigel Short is about to become 2700 and he's in his 50's and is a part time chess player now ... >

It is called "senior citizen bonus". You should know that, <hairy>.

Aug-25-17  KnightVBishop: was Bobby smart or just an autistic savant
Aug-26-17  Howard: It's been argued that he probably had Aspergers syndrome.
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  Joshka: <Dionysius1> No wasn't kidding at all, as i never have heard him or seen him in a TV show/movie/ect. Thanks for the answering my question!
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  beenthere240: Is there a record of Fischer's results in rapid and/or blitz? I'm not sure when speedy games became respectable (i.e., taken seriously).
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