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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 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 E40 E46 E43 E41
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D79 D86 D80 D98 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
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1
   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)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Skopje (1967)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Netanya (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

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   -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
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   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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Aug-28-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: does von Braun look a little bit like Fischer?

<http://footage.framepool.com/shotim...>

Sep-05-18  JimNorCal: What do you consider the key elements of Fischer's style? What allowed him to overwhelm the players of his time-what did he understand that they didn't?
Sep-05-18
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  MissScarlett: <does von Braun look a little bit like Fischer? >

Just eff off.

Sep-05-18  Howard: Fischer's style was probably what one would call positionally aggressive. He was not a wild tactician, but preferred to gradually improve his position while undermining that of his opponent.

He was, thus, very much like Capablanca but more aggressive.

Sep-05-18
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  Joshka: <JimNorCal> Bobby was very frank, when asked to comment on the "WHY" he was able to go thru his opponents like a knife thru butter. He simply stated "I can beat them cause I KNOW more than they do".....he read everything he could get his hands on, and REMEMBERED everything. Thus, he knew more.
Sep-05-18
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  edbermac: <HeMateMe: does von Braun look a little bit like Fischer>

No.

Sep-05-18
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  harrylime: <Howard: Fischer's style was probably what one would call positionally aggressive. He was not a wild tactician, but preferred to gradually improve his position while undermining that of his opponent.

He was, thus, very much like Capablanca but more aggressive.>

I'm now called JUSTIN OAR ...

<Howard> where have you bin these last two thousand years ?

lol lol lol

Sep-05-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: Robert James Fischer is the greatest.

Just like Ali is the greatest.

Both were the best . Both transcended their sports' more than anyone and both changed their sports more than anyone.

Bobby is the Ali of Chess.

Ofcourse Ali has his detractors ...

and Bobby does as well ...

Hey <HeMateMe> how's it hanging mate ? How's <Mark> ? Hope all ok mate . xxx

Sep-05-18
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  Big Pawn: And Donald Trump is the Ali of politics.
Sep-05-18  john barleycorn: <Big Pawn: And Donald Trump is the Ali of politics.>

more of Jerry "the white hope" Quarry.

Sep-07-18
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  Tabanus: https://chessbee.com/wp-content/upl.... Now we know where Judit Polgar learned to play chess.
Oct-11-18  piroflip: Bobby was the greatest chess player of all time. And did it without the army of helpers that kasparov had. And Trump is the only man who can save the US from the ***s.
Oct-11-18  Petrosianic: <harrylime: Robert James Fischer is the greatest.>

And this from a self-confessed Fischer hater.

Oct-11-18
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  harrylime: <Petrosianic: <harrylime: Robert James Fischer is the greatest.>

And this from a self-confessed Fischer hater.>

You still on this site !: lol lol

Respects ! x

Oct-25-18  Justin796: He was an amateur chess player as illustrated by his capture of Spassky's poisoned pawn. Most players who are rated above 1100 will not make such an egregious blunder.
Oct-26-18
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  perfidious: A true amateur has spoken, his pronouncements on numerous top players as vapid and tiresome as any of the emesis spewed by <pinhead king> on Carlsen.
Oct-26-18  Howard: Regarding the "rated 1100" remark, the reader who posted that would be well advised to look at the position after 29...Bxh2 (Game 1) more carefully.

As any reliable source points out, there was a somewhat tricky line in which Fischer would have come close--but no ciger--to extracting his bishop. But a well-timed Bd2 on Spassky's part would have sealed the bishop's coffin.

In other words, the Bxh2 capture was not nearly as careless as it looked at first glance.

Oct-26-18
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  Joshka: <Justin796> In one of his radio interviews, he talked about the "why' he took the pawn. Basically he was trying to mix things up and trying to win instead of just taking a draw. He KNEW very well his bishop would be trapped. Don't over complicate things Fischer. He was very simple in his chess. Many, many times they used to talk about his chess, and say, he plays very simply.
Oct-26-18  drnooo: A greater player AND chess talent likely was the most forgotten. Harry Nelson Pillsbury. Considering that he basically played the game as a hobby compared to Fischer's obsession, and what he did in tournaments, eclipses anyone in the history of chess. Had he not been so persistently ill, like Tal, and had he devoted himself to the game, it might well have been he and Capa playing a match for the best in the world.
Oct-26-18
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  keypusher: <drnooo: A greater player AND chess talent likely was the most forgotten. Harry Nelson Pillsbury.>

You're kidding. People on this site are obsessed by him.

<Considering that he basically played the game as a hobby compared to Fischer's obsession, and what he did in tournaments, eclipses anyone in the history of chess.>

At least one other kibitzer has said that Pillsbury didn't work hard at ches, but didn't say why he thought so. My impression is that he worked his ass off at chess.

<Had he not been so persistently ill, like Tal, and had he devoted himself to the game, it might well have been he and Capa playing a match for the best in the world.>

It's strange that Lasker gets underrated. To me it's like underrating Beethoven. But it happens around here.

Oct-27-18
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  perfidious: <keypusher....It's strange that Lasker gets underrated. To me it's like underrating Beethoven. But it happens around here.>

This is a parallel world in which some IMs and borderline GMs are lionised for certain traits, yet all-time greats are slagged as so much horsebleep.

Oct-27-18
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  MissScarlett: Who did Beethoven duck?
Oct-27-18  Howard: CL&R once stated around 1977 that Pillsbury may have been a bit overrated, except for his memorable victory at Hastings 1895.

Remind me to look that up tonight in my back volumes.

Oct-27-18
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  MissScarlett: Surely, they meant to say - or did say (<Howard>'s got a memory like a rusty sieve) - <CL&R once stated around 1977 that Pillsbury may have been a bit overrated, because of his memorable victory at Hastings 1895.> I think I'll reserve judgement until I get my hands on Pope's new Pillsbury book, so probably some time about 2020.
Oct-28-18  Howard: Excuse me, but why do you question my memory?
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