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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 C97 C98
 French Defense (76) 
    C19 C11 C18 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 E46 E40 E43 E58
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D79 D86 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
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   Fischer vs Panno, 1970 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1

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

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

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   -ER Fischer by fredthebear
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   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 demirchess
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by KingG
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by Patca63
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by Jaredfchess
   A Legend on the Road (I) by MissScarlett

   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970
   Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan, 1962
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886

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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 1,057  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. 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. W Whisler vs Fischer 0-1281956?E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
16. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0531956New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
17. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. Fischer vs J A Casado ½-½481956Simul, 12bB32 Sicilian
19. Fischer vs E Nash 0-1511956US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
20. K Blake vs Fischer 0-1201956Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
21. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-1291956US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143195657th US OpenB20 Sicilian
23. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
24. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45195657th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
25. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
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Aug-10-18  technical draw: During my initial playing days there was a lot of speculation about who would be the "next Fischer". I remember Mecking, Timman, Browne, Christiansen, and others. Now maybe Carlsen is the new Fischer. Kasparov and Karpov didn't have that je ne sais qoui that Fischer had. For me without Fischer there is no chess.
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  Joshka: <technical draw> What's even more disgusting there is no Fischer anymore, is there are no long regular classical matches!! Even with Bobby gone, the 3 k's contested REAL matches, this school yard phony 12 game system, with blitz etc to determine in a tie, is such a joke I cannot even get a bit excited when the match comes around I think in November?? See...garbage
Aug-11-18  technical draw: Replaying Fischer's games is like watching good, entertaining, action movies. Replaying Kasparov or Karpov is like watching one of those "art" movies. Maybe they have better actors, better writers, and better directors, but they are usually incomprehensible and no fun at all. The KK's may be considered the best ever but for pure fun and entertainment give me Fischer anytime.
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  Charlie Durman: <technical draw: Replaying Fischer's games is like watching good, entertaining, action movies. Replaying Kasparov or Karpov is like watching one of those "art" movies. Maybe they have better actors, better writers, and better directors, but they are usually incomprehensible and no fun at all. The KK's may be considered the best ever but for pure fun and entertainment give me Fischer anytime.>

Nice post and setting off a few analogies in my head .

I do remember the late great Harry Golembek eulogising over Bobby's games and sighing when comparing them to Karpov's ..

As for Kasparov.

Fischer v Kasparov is the dream match nobody ever seems to talk about.

Aug-12-18  ughaibu: Kasparov's games are no fun??
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  Charlie Durman: <ughaibu: Kasparov's games are no fun??>

Who said that ???

Aug-12-18  technical draw: <Kasparov's games are no fun??>

Yes. Especially if you're playing against him.

Aug-13-18  PeterPringle: Anyone know the story where Fischer helped a guy, before that guy was to play a game later? That guy won and his angry opponent subsequently got revenge by helping Fischer's next opponent?
Aug-13-18  ughaibu: PeterPringle: Here you go: C Jauregui vs Fischer, 1959
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  perfidious: <PeterPringle>, the names in that tale were Ludek Pachman and Carlos Jauregui.
Aug-13-18  Billy747: @Petrosianic. Sorry for the late reply. There are several things left out of this bio. His match with Reshevsky is missing. His Olympiad efforts are left out. His Cuban tournament participation via teletype is also left off.

Moreover, one doesn't have to limit a bio to tournament victories. This bio mentions the '56 game with Byrne. There are other epic games which deserve mention (e.g. Botvinnik).

I just think there are missing elements which would have made this a far better synopsis of a player's career.

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  Joshka: <PeterPringle> Have never heard that one, but I recall Petrosian's wife helped out an opponent of Bobby's and Fischer was upset.? Or something to that affect. It might have been her husband that Bobby was going to play.
Aug-13-18  john barleycorn: < perfidious: <PeterPringle>, the names in that tale were Ludek Pachman and Carlos Jauregui.>

Confirmed, by Pachman himself.

<Joshka: <PeterPringle> Have never heard that one, ...> How could such a famous anecdote escape your attention? Maybe it is also stored in the vaults of Rejkjavic?

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  MissScarlett: <Joshka>'s forgotten more about Bobby than <barleybore> will ever know.
Aug-13-18  john barleycorn: MissScarlett: <Joshka>'s forgotten more about Bobby than <barleybore> will ever know.>


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  harrylime: Robert Fischer is THE GREATEST chess player of ALL time.
Aug-13-18  john barleycorn: <harrylime: Robert Fischer is THE GREATEST chess player of ALL time.>


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  harrylime: <john barleycorn: <harrylime: Robert Fischer is THE GREATEST chess player of ALL time.>


We agree on something then <Brooocie> lol lol lol

Aug-13-18  john barleycorn: <harrylime: ...

We agree on something then <Brooocie> lol lol lol>

yes, except that I am not <Brooocie>, you old fook. lol lol lol

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  harrylime: <john barleycorn: <harrylime: ...

We agree on something then <Brooocie> lol lol lol>

yes, except that I am not <Brooocie>, you old fook. lol lol lol>

YOU are <Brooocie> from now on lol lol

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There really is no argument here.

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  MissScarlett: Don't say you haven't be warned.
Aug-14-18  Howard: Sorry, harrylime, but Karpov and Kasparov easily surpassed Fischer as far as their WC tenures, not to mention their tournament accomplishments.
Aug-19-18  gabriel25: Has anyone bothered about looking at those games of Fischer against Short?

I was familiar with that way of giving odds to a a lesser opponent it used to be called the Walking King.

What do those programs make of it?

Aug-19-18  Granny O Doul: I played, as a guest, a number of 1-0 games against the phony Fischer on ICC (he identified himself in personal tells as "Ass- am a, from Brooklyn", shortly after Fischer's post-9/11 interviews). He won 7 or 8 of 11, but if the operator were a real chess player, he would not have been surprised to lose a game that began 1. e4 f5 2. ef Kf7 3. Nf3 Kf7 4. d4 Kf6 4. Ne5 Kxf5, even if I were not Nigel Short or anyone like him.
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