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Robert James 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.

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

   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. Gravestone photo:

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: 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
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  TheFocus: <Petrosianic> <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.>

After St. Petersburg 1914, Capablanca won NY 1915, NY 1916, NY 1918 and then defeated Kostic by +5=0-0 in 1919 and won Hastings 1919. Notable players were Marshall, Kostic, and Janowski.

Lasker defeated Tarrasch by +5=1-0 in 1916 and won Berlin 1918 (Tarrasch, Schlechter, Rubinstein).

Lasker faced stronger opponents than Capablanca did during this period. I'm more impressed by Lasker than Capablanca.

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  The Boomerang:

German 'Keymer' 13 Yr oldthe next super Fischer?

Scores 8/9 at the Grenke Open with 49 GMs playing and hundreds of others beating Richard Rapport in the last round to seal it.

The most amazing performance by a 13yr old ever?

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  zborris8: Kevin Spraggett's blog
Rare: Andy Snider interviews Bobby Fischer, Canada 1963

Blog: Warning - Mature, chess content

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  Marmot PFL: Not your average family-friendly chess site.
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  Sally Simpson: The link usually associated with this famous 60 minute interview is broken.

I was trying to remember the name of the wee lad Fischer beat, Lewis Cohen, I found a working one. It's a good clip if you have not seen it before.

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  saffuna: Sports Illustrated writer William Nack has died. He was the magazine's (occasional) chess writer, and was fascinated by Bobby Fischer.

In 1985 he wrote a well-known story about trying to meet Fischer:

<To find him, to see him, had become a kind of crazy and delirious obsession, the kind of insanity that has hounded other men in search of, say, the Loch Ness monster. Fischer was the most gifted prodigy in chess, the game's equivalent of Mozart. At age 15, in 1958, he became the youngest player in history to become a grandmaster, and his performance at the Interzonal and Candidates' matches in 1970 and 1971—in which he won an unprecedented 20 straight games against some of the strongest players in the world, without playing a single game to a draw—remains today the most enduring signature of his art and skill. When, in the summer of 1972, he overwhelmed Soviet world champion Boris Spassky in Iceland to win the world title, he merely reaffirmed what most chess masters already believed and still believe today. By a consensus of grandmasters, he had become the strongest chess player in history. "The greatest genius to have descended from the chess heavens," Mikhail Tal of Latvia, the former world champion, once said.

During those two months in Iceland, Fischer attained a folkloric celebrity that attracted millions of Americans to a game they had long associated with the relative obscurity of park benches and coffeehouses. Looking out from the cover of national magazines that wild summer, he was depicted as a gallant cold warrior, a solitary American genius taking on and crushing the Soviet chess juggernaut, with its Moscow computers and its small army of grandmasters arrayed against him.>

Apr-15-18  SChesshevsky: <saffuna> Thanks for the link to a great piece. The most telling part for me was the Wilt Chamberlin story. As I believe Fischer was a basketball fan, he probably really wanted to meet Wilt. But just couldn't get himself to go.

Ironic that with all his imaginary enemies, Fischer's biggest enemy seems to have always been himself.

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  Diocletian: I suppose the first 2000 pages commentary got too big for the website. I wonder if they are still available somewhere.

I am donating my chess library to Marshall Chess Club, but I'm going to pull out the pamphlet "I was Tortured in the Pasadena Jailhouse" as I see it is selling for $375 at Amazon. Soon it will be $1000. I paid a few dollars for it long ago.

July 13, 2004, a day that will live in infamy.

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  Joshka: <Diocletian> I've had my copy on eBay for months, finally dropped it down to 250. No takers. There's one guy who has been trying to sell it for 405 for almost a year. Good luck, you'll need it;-) Which brings me to something, why doesn't have a forum where we can swap and shop items? Since we all have chess related material we'd draw from the biggest pool of chess lovers?
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  Diocletian: A market would destroy the site. The work and overhead would be far greater than that presently expended on our pleasant chess island. There would be disputes, problems with shipping, rip offs.

I guess I'll send it off with the other wonderful books, which I have seldom intensively studied. I've used chess for entertainment, studying the diagrams as I fall asleep, carrying a book to restaurants and plugging my ears against the music.

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  Joshka: <Diocletian> ahhh....lotta smart folks around here running this site, they could put together something maybe on a small scale....think people out of the box!!....Remember Ed Harris in Apollo 13 'Think people, failure is NOT an option!!';--)
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  Tabanus: <Diocletian: I suppose the first 2000 pages commentary got too big for the website.> They're still there.

Just click Archive [ON] to the right of the search field.

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  Diocletian: Gracias, <Tabanus>
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  zanzibar: Regina and Bobbi:

Apr-28-18  ketchuplover: Mr.Fischer scored 83.09% in his US Championships
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  zanzibar: Incidentally I posted a picture of Fischer using his pocket chess set... there are many such photographs - all of which are revealing displays of Fischer's concentration and focus:

(Have to dig through a few spurious hits...)

Aside- while investigating I found the first prototype version 0.1 of ChessBase:


OK, <john barleycorn> then made this post, which I moved here with a couple of replies:

<john barleycorn: [...] just a question on the side. when I hear and read of all the playing through games just in their head ... why does Fischer need a pocket chess set besides the chess magazine?>

<MissScarlett: Why do people need to look at their phones all the time?>

<john barleycorn: to make sure it is not stolen?>


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  zanzibar: I have a pretty clear memory that a young Fischer read through one of Alekhine's books completely without aid of a chessboard in a library, possibly at Erasmus?

Anybody remember where this might be from?

As for Fischer's views on Alekhine - Brady gave Winter permission to quote Fischer's Top-10 article here:

A direct link to the opinion on Alekhine:


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  zanzibar: Of course it's from Brady...

<The Brady book has a lot of information on Bobby's early days in NYC, and how he came to be such a good player. There is an illuminating picture of him about ~13 years old or so, sitting in a public library reading Alekhine's 500 Games without a board nearby. He definitely studied all the masters.>

Wish the photo were available.

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  TheFocus: In the May 11 issue of the Mechanics Institute Library, the two tournament games played between Eliot Hearst and Bobby Fischer are presented with Hearst's annotations.

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  Marmot PFL: Fischer, Dick Cavett, Ralph Nader and Sandy Duncan in case anyone hasn't seen it. When he said he was going to play for a long time he sounded like he meant it. maybe some kind of breakdown or depression set in after that.

May-15-18  Everett: Maybe Fischer was crazy.
May-15-18  Everett: <TheFocus> I actually played a few tournaments at the Mechanics Institute (mill bank library) back in the early 2000s
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  Joshka: <Marmot PFL> Well one can't play a long time if the Professional Chess (FIDE) structure in place doesn't want your participation. The Soviet Union got it's way and title back. They knew they were not going to get it back playing Fischer fair and over the board.
May-30-18  ClockPunchingMonkey: Fischer could have played chess. It would have taken about 5 minutes to arrange a match with Gligoric for at least a million dollars in prize money. He could have called it the Fischer Chess League or something.
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