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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) 
    B32 B90 B88 B44 B57
 Ruy Lopez (122) 
    C92 C69 C95 C98 C97
 French Defense (76) 
    C19 C11 C18 C16 C15
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C92 C95 C97 C98 C89
 Caro-Kann (55) 
    B10 B11 B18 B14 B17
 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 E46 E40 E43 E34
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D86 D79 D98 D80 D92
 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?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Skopje (1967)
   Netanya (1968)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   -ER Fischer by fredthebear
   -ER Lasker 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
   A Legend on the Road (II) by MissScarlett

   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886
   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. Fischer vs J Altusky 1-0121954Offhand GameE90 King's Indian
3. J Altusky vs Fischer 0-181954Offhand GameC71 Ruy Lopez
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. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½361956New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
13. Fischer vs S Baron 1-0531956New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
14. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-1521956New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
15. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0531956New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
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 43; games 1-25 of 1,051  PGN Download
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  tpstar: Give the Fischer page back to Fischer, after you give Ireland back to the Irish.

Which name player has the worst fans?

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  harrylime: <tpstar: Give the Fischer page back to Fischer, after you give Ireland back to the Irish. Which name player has the worst fans?>

The Irish have Ireland.

How dumb are you ?! lol lol

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  harrylime: I do notice when I post on these pages about Chess ratings inflation and RJF being 2780 in 1972 the USUAL Fischer hating GIMPS on this page seem to melt away for a while ... lol lol
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  harrylime: Bobby Fischer Biography

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  harrylime: Bobby Fischer Against The World

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  harrylime: Bobby Fischer full documentary ' The Story Never Told' ' The Chess Sub'

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  harrylime: Bobby Fischer vs Boris Spassky: Game 6 | 1972 World Chess Championship

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  optimal play: <harrylime: ... GM patzers now who couldn't fix my kitchen sink are 2800 plus> Are there many 2800 GM's who also work as plumbers?
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  harrylime: <optimal play: <harrylime: ... GM patzers now who couldn't fix my kitchen sink are 2800 plus> Are there many 2800 GM's who also work as plumbers?>

Are there any idiots who post like you ?

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  optimal play: <harrylime: <optimal play: <harrylime: ... GM patzers now who couldn't fix my kitchen sink are 2800 plus> Are there many 2800 GM's who also work as plumbers?> Are there any idiots who post like you ?> Plenty.

Harry, what's your favourite Fischer game?

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  moronovich: Come on <harry love>

Give us a list with your best/worst hangovers.

That is actually 2(two) lists <harry love>

We neeeeeeeeeeeed soome of it.

Did I teel you to foooke off <harry love> ?

No I did´nt.

If all this is a bit too complicated,let me know.

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  Petrosianic: <optimal play>: <Harry, what's your favourite Fischer game?>

None. In one of his few lucid moments, Harrylol admitted that he actually hated the real Fischer for not living up to the pop culture icon in his mind. The way he expresses his hatred is to try to prevent meaningful conversations about the real Fischer from taking place.

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  MissScarlett: Via C.N. 10750, Bobby in playful mood:
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  andrewjsacks: Bobby, we were quite fortunate to have had you, despite your glaring flaws.
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  Diocletian: Thank you for so much chess, excitement and fun. Chess hero.
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  Richard Taylor: Who is this bloke? Is he any good?
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  MissScarlett: Not sure, but I've noticed he has the same birthday every year.
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  Sally Simpson: Happy Birthday Bobby, I 2nd Diocletian's post.

"Thank you for so much chess, excitement and fun. Chess hero."

Mar-09-18  KSchlecher: This man got more people over the world to learn playing chess, and actually made chess a more common pastime to many people. Like myself, I wouldn't be playing chess but for his triumph over Mr.Spassky. Thank you Bobby, happy birthday.
Mar-09-18  todicav23: Happy Birthday!
Mar-09-18  todicav23: Vlastimil Hort on Fischer:

"I was lucky to meet three brilliant chess personalities, Robert Fischer, Garry Kasparov, and Mihail Tal. For me, <Bobby is definitely the strongest World Champion of all times>."

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Bobby.
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  botvinnik64: Happy Birthday Bobby! You lived to be 64, adequate for a man who only contemplated that black and white universe that enthralled us all...
Mar-09-18  The Kings Domain: A day of the King, perhaps the greatest of them all.
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  juan31: Rest in peace in the heaven of chess
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