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Robert James Fischer
Fischer 
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 1,052
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785

Overall record: +420 -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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (195) 
    B90 B32 B88 B44 B77
 Ruy Lopez (122) 
    C92 C69 C95 C98 C97
 French Defense (76) 
    C19 C18 C11 C16 C15
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C92 C95 C98 C97 C89
 Caro-Kann (50) 
    B11 B10 B18 B13 B14
 French Winawer (45) 
    C19 C18 C16 C15 C17
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (117) 
    E80 E62 E97 E60 E67
 Sicilian (115) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 Sicilian Najdorf (77) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E45 E40 E46 E43 E41
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D79 D86 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
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   Fischer vs Panno, 1970 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Netanya (1968)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   US Championship (1966)
   Skopje (1967)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Zurich (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   -ER Fischer 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 ADopeAlias
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by KingG
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by demirchess
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by Jaredfchess
   A Legend on the Road (I) by MissScarlett
   Fischer Favorites by atrifix

GAMES ANNOTATED BY FISCHER: [what is this?]
   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970
   Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan, 1962
   >> 16 GAMES ANNOTATED BY FISCHER


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ROBERT JAMES FISCHER
(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. Gravestone photo: http://www.sjakkfantomet.no/wp-cont....

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 http://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...

Last updated: 2018-09-23 15:50:12

 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,052  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 Franklin Saksena 1-0221955Lincoln ch-US jrC53 Giuoco Piano
12. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0531956New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
13. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½361956New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
15. Fischer vs S Baron 1-0531956New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
16. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-1521956New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Fischer vs J A Casado ½-½481956Simul, 12bB32 Sicilian
18. Fischer vs E Nash 0-1511956US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
19. K Blake vs Fischer 0-1201956Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
20. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-1291956US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
21. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143195657th US OpenB20 Sicilian
22. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
23. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45195657th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
24. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
25. B E Owens vs Fischer ½-½43195657th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,052  PGN Download
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Mar-10-18
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  thegoodanarchist: <john barleycorn: Actually, in June 1974 when it was not clear that Karpov would be the challenger.>

You know, that's what I was thinking!

In my younger days, I would have written 1974, convinced that I was right.

Now that I am older, I make memory mistakes sometimes. I trusted the cg.com information over my own.

Every time I do that, I regret no going with my own thinking, since I am almost always right.

Anyway, thanks, <jbc> for the attention to detail!

Mar-10-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: Champ I'm with ya, you set perfectly fair conditions, FIDE decided against your participation. Just cause your title was not approved by the corrupt FIDE, you were undefeated and still World Chess Champion!!
Mar-10-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: <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.>

Nice Post !

Mar-10-18
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  MissScarlett: I prefer <forfeited>.

< He then virtually disappeared from the public eye for nearly 20 years.>

Even allowing for poetic licence, 17 years is not nearly 20.

Mar-10-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: Robert James Fischer IS the Ali of chess ..

The Cassius Marcellus Clay

Bobby IS THE GREATEST.

Nobody comes close to RJF in transcending his sport .. NOBODY.

Mar-10-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: I don't need a birthday to remind me how cool Bobby Fischer was and is .

But yeah ..

Mar-10-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Bobby played the computer games in 1977, so perhaps he only disappeared for 15 years - 1977-1992?
Mar-10-18  john barleycorn: Fischer never disappeared. It is that no one could see him.
Mar-10-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <john barleycorn: Fischer never disappeared. It is that no one could see him.>

The Ghost of Pasadena?

Mar-10-18  john barleycorn: the ghost of Pasadena and all the stories titled "How I almost met Bobby Fischer"
Mar-10-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: <TheFocus: Bobby played the computer games in 1977, so perhaps he only disappeared for 15 years - 1977-1992?>

You post garbage as usual.

Mar-11-18
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  MissScarlett: I've never met Hort.
Mar-11-18
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  Joshka: <TheFocus> During your research on Bobby, did anything turn up about the circumstances behind the Greenblate computer match? How long was he in Boston? Was he a guest at Harvard? I lived in Boston in 1977 and there was nothing in the press at all. Was he coerced with cold hard cash? thanks in advance!
Mar-11-18
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  HeMateMe: <During your research on Bobby, did anything turn up about the circumstances behind the Greenblate computer match? How long was he in Boston? Was he a guest at Harvard? >

you misspelled 'Greenblatt.' I think it was done by phone. Who in their right mind would want a loud, anti-Semitic fridge hog on their couch, even for a night or two? Would you leave your kids alone with him?

Mar-11-18
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  TheFocus: <Joshka> No, I wasn't overly enthused about his non-official games.

I will be posting a link here in a day or two. Shared some research with John Donaldson that will appear in Mechanics Institute Chess Newsletter.

Some previously unpublished annotations by Eliot Hearst in his games with Fischer.

Mar-12-18
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  Joshka: <TheFocus> Ok, thanks for responding. The games have all been published anyway, but I was more interested in how it was set up, and the logistics of how these games were played. Thanks!!
Mar-12-18
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  TheFocus: <Joshka> Thank you. I hope you enjoy the Hearst annotations.
Mar-14-18  todicav23: Hort on Fischer (second part)

https://en.chessbase.com/post/vlast...

Hort, Najdorf, Fischer played blitz during the USSR against the Rest of the World match:

"I remember that Miguel and I were always taking turns and did not have a chance against Fischer. After about three hours I could snatch a piece from the American. In hindsight I believe that he let me win because he had to go to the place where even emperors like to go alone."

They also analyzed together:

"Bobby knew the game Najdorf-Tal by heart and showed where Tal could have defended much better. He also thought that Najdorf could have played much better. During the analysis, I realised that compared to Bobby I knew nothing about chess and that Don Miguel knew very little."

Mar-14-18
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  TheFocus: In the book <Bobby Fischer: proti ceskym velmistrum>, Hort annotates six of his games against Fischer.
Mar-17-18
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  The Boomerang: "Bobby IS THE GREATEST. 

Nobody comes close to RJF in transcending his sport .. NOBODY.

"

But why do you keep repeating it? Are you afraid the world will forget about Fischer or?

Mar-26-18  Ulhumbrus: According to the kibitzer <Visayanbraindoctor> the two strongest performances of all time according to computer evaluations were those of Capablanca in 1919 and Fischer in 1971. They played near perfect chess and would have beaten anybody. The strongest player of all time was Capablanca at his peak in 1919.
Mar-27-18  todicav23: <Ulhumbrus: According to the kibitzer <Visayanbraindoctor> the two strongest performances of all time according to computer evaluations were those of Capablanca in 1919 and Fischer in 1971. They played near perfect chess and would have beaten anybody. The strongest player of all time was Capablanca at his peak in 1919.> According to chessmetrics, Fischer was the strongest player of all times (1 year peak).
Mar-27-18  Petrosianic: <According to chessmetrics, Fischer was the strongest player of all times (1 year peak).>

Not quite. Chessmetrics doesn't name the strongest player of all time at all, it gives ratings. No matter how many times people are told that ratings don't measure strength, only recent performance, people don't hear it.

Also, Chessmetrics also doesn't claim that the 1 year peak is any truer than the peaks of other timeframes. In fact, Fischer has the top 1 year peak, by 2 points. Kasparov has the top 2 year peak by 1 point. The top 3 year peak by 7 points. The top 4 year peak by 18 points (Lasker is 2nd). The top 5 year peak by 21 points (Fischer is 5th). The top 10 year peak by 16 points. The top 15 year peak by 42 points. And the top 20 year peak by 38 points. By your thinking, Chessmetrics probably says that Kasparov is the greatest ever. (It DOESN'T say that either, but it comes closer to matching your argument).

Mar-27-18  Petrosianic: <According to the kibitzer <Visayanbraindoctor> the two strongest performances of all time according to computer evaluations were those of Capablanca in 1919 and Fischer in 1971. They played near perfect chess and would have beaten anybody.>

Capa played two events in 1919. A shutout match victory over Boris Kostich, and a 10.5/11 score at the Hastings Tournament. Both great performances, but as Kostich was the strongest player he played all year, I don't think we can confidently say that he would have beaten "Anybody". He certainly didn't prove himself better than Lasker in 1919.

Mar-27-18
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  perfidious: I give about as little credence to <uluseless>' view on Capablanca as I do to his Reinfeldian horsebleep elsewhere.
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