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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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Aug-30-17  Big Pawn: I wonder what Fischer's blitz rating works out to?
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  diceman: <harrylime:

Nigel Short is about to become 2700>

He's older than I thought!

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  offramp: Spassky should have been played by Dick Shawn.
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  Joshka: <tpstar> God Bless President Donald J. Trump!!!!!
Aug-31-17  ughaibu: Is "Joshka" a spoof account? If not, whatever the pathology is, it's getting well out of hand.
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  MissScarlett: More spoon than spoof.
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  AylerKupp: <diceman> And doesn't Short look remarkably well preserved for his age? I hope that I look half that good when I turn 1200.
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  offramp: <ughaibu: Is "Joshka" a spoof account?>

Possibly. But Joshka is unique: he is the <only> kibitzer who NEVER spells <etc> right. He ALWAYS gets it wrong: <ect>.

He may be referring to electroconvulsive therapy, of course.

Aug-31-17  Retireborn: <offramp> Probably he wants to write usw. I don't know that I'd blame him for getting etc wrong. It does seem slightly odd that there isn't a German language equivalent of CG, though.
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  offramp: <Retireborn: <offramp> Probably he wants to write usw. I don't know that I'd blame him for getting etc wrong.>

Is Joshka German, then?

If he is, so what? <Etc> is not English.

Aug-31-17  Justin Flint:
Aug-31-17  Retireborn: <offramp> I have formed that impression, though I could well be wrong of course. I recall him mentioning that he had seen Klaus Darga play.

It's one of the features of German that they don't use et cetera as many other European languages do. I have owned a few German-language tournament books, and it's not unusual to see usw at the end of variations.

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  keypusher: Pretty sure Joshka is from the American midwest, and he seems like a nice guy, though I disagree with him about many things.
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  tpstar: He lives in Ohio, and his avatar was cropped from the same picture as Alexandra Kosteniuk

Now that's a fun page to read from the top.


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  HeMateMe: I've looked for that dinner photo on google, never found it, not her close up or any sort of group photo.
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  diceman: <tpstar: He lives in Ohio, and his avatar was cropped from the same picture as Alexandra Kosteniuk>

I always get her mixed up with the famous Antarctic champion, Alexandra Kostnanook.

She popularized the Igloo opening:

1.e3 ...any black response

Rapid King-side development and a flexible center.

Resembles the Accelerated French.

If you want to send shivers down your opponents spine, play the Igloo!

Sep-02-17  PeterPringle: Does anybody remember a story about Bobby "preparing" a guy before a tournament game? Then the guy's opponent sees and gets upset? So the opponent later sits down with a guy who is about to face Bobby, and shows him a thing or two. Bobby sees and doesn't like it, especially when he later loses to that guy. Hope that makes sense.
Sep-02-17  ughaibu: Here you go: L A Sanchez vs Pachman, 1959
Sep-04-17  PeterPringle: Thanks, ughaibu!
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  HeMateMe: In the movie "Son of a Gun" Ewan McGregor plays a convict in a maximum security prison in Australia. Here, he gets a chess lesson from a new inmate:


in another scene in the film McGregor has the position set up on a board from the famous Spassky/Fischer game where BF played N-h5, allowing Spassky to play BxN, giving black doubled pawns on the h file. Fischer won that game, a TN that turned the match around.

McGregor tells the young guy "This game says: 'You're either in or OUT! No halfway measures. Are you in'?" [in a dangerous jail break being planned.]

Just glad people in Hollywood are still thinking of Bob's chess.

Sep-13-17  optimal play: Hollywood?

It's an Australian production!

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  HeMateMe: well, Hollywood controls the whole world film distribution rights, don't they?
Sep-13-17  optimal play: Huh?

Are you making a joke?

Sep-13-17  Howard: Regarding the Sept 2 inquiry about Fischer's prepping someone for a game, that story is briefly told in Mednis' How to Beat Bobby Fischer.

According to the book, Bobby approached Pachman after witnessing the conversation and said to him, "So, you've prepared my opponent!" Pachman nodded, and said that Bobby was correct.

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  AylerKupp: From World Cup (2017) (kibitz #3201)

<<diceman> The <truth> would be you losing>

Of course I would, so what? The real <truth> was that I would have deserved to be there because I had at least played in the qualifying event and Fischer, who had not, did not.

<It wasn't a random guess deciding he would win>

Again, of course not. Everyone would have expected him to win and he very likely would have. And he didn't even need to win to qualify for the Interzonal, all he needed to do was finish in the top 3 places. But that was not the issue.

<It must be confusing when dislike of Fischer clouds ones judgment. It's very easy to understand when one appreciates he was the best player alive.>

No is arguing that he wasn't the best player alive at that time. Again, so what? If he chose not to go by not playing in the qualifying tournament which he was very likely to win, that was his choice. One must live with one's choices. What's so confusing about that? It isn't to me, although it seems that it might be to you.

As I have said many times before, I have nothing but admiration and awe for Fischer the player. And I have nothing but contempt for Fischer the person. But this had to do with chess and not the person, and nothing to do with my opinions of Fischer. If it had been anyone else I would have felt the same way.

<The implication was there is only one Fischer>

And there was only one Michael Phelps. Again, so what? There would be other WCC cycles in the future. If they were sufficiently important to Fischer, he could always enter those.

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