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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)

[what is this?]

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) 2˝ 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 3˝ 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 6˝-2˝ 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 12˝-8˝ 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. 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. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
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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Oct-28-18
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  maxi: I agree with <keypusher> that Pillsbury has had through the years many admirers in CG, myself included. That guy was a genius. I am not sure why <drnooo> says that he played chess as a hobby. Does he have concrete evidence in support of this statement?
Oct-28-18
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  zanzibar: <<maxi> That guy was a genius. I am not sure why <drnooo> says that he played chess as a hobby. >

Pillsbury operated Ajeeb for a time. Nobody did that as a "hobby", that's for sure!

.

Oct-29-18
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  keypusher: < MissScarlett: Who did Beethoven duck?>

He admitted to taking a knee against Handel. By the way, MissScarlett, why didn’t Pillsbury ever challenge Lasker to a match?

Oct-29-18  Howard: The CL&R comment appeared in the October, 1976 issue---just looked it up last night.

The editor of the Letters column stated that with "all due respect to Pillsbury", he was hardly in the same class as Morphy or Fischer. He did, naturally, take clear first at Hastings 1895 plus he also died for first at a strong 1900 event. But, the editor adds, his blindfold feats were one of the main reasons for his claim to fame---not so much his tournament record.

Oct-29-18
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  diceman: <Howard:

he also died for first>

That's some dedication.

(or is it deadication?)

Oct-29-18  Howard: He TIED for first---ya got me there !
Oct-29-18
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  maxi: Jeez! If Pillsbury died for first then chess ain't no hobby!
Oct-30-18
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  MissScarlett: <By the way, MissScarlett, why didn’t Pillsbury ever challenge Lasker to a match?>

Good question - by which, I mean, I don't know the answer. I wasn't joking when I said I'm still awaiting Pope's book, even though I appreciate it won't be a fully-fledged biography.

I do have a memory of reading that Pillsbury talked about challenging Lasker after London (1899), but, if so, it's plausible that Lasker's overwhelming victory cooled his ardour or that of any potential backers. Janowski, apparently, did challenge Lasker around this time, but whether this frustrated Pillsbury's plans, I don't know.

Assuming that any match would likely have taken place in America, it's notable that Lasker visited there every year between 1901 and 1905, so there was clearly no lack of opportunity.

Oct-30-18
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  harrylime: Harry Nelson Pillsbury would swipe the floor with all the two bit 2700 GM's today !

He'd destroy them.

HNP should have been a world champion and if a FIDE existed in the 1890's he would have been .

RJF is a direct heir from PCM, HNP,and JRC.

The NEW WORLD line in chess .

Oct-30-18
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  MissScarlett: New world in the morning - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE0...
Oct-30-18
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  MissScarlett: <Hazz>, best title matches never played must include: 1905 - Pillsbury vs Charousek.
Oct-30-18
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  harrylime: <MissScarlett: New world in the morning - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE0...

Not heard that for a looooooooooong time ! lol lol

I was thinking more along these lines tho !

THE NEW WORLD
https://youtu.be/hPX9FW-kYH0

Morphy
Pillsbury
Capablanca
Fischer

Oct-30-18
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  harrylime: There are two bit GM's around today rated 2700 who could not shine Paul Keres' shoes even with their own spit.

Bobby's rating of 2785 in 1972 would be what now ???

Oct-31-18
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  harrylime: This is the page of the GREATEST CHESS PLAYER OF ALL TIME ...

Yet looking at the Bio up top you'd think it was the Bio of some two bit GM earning his subs on the net just now..

Embarrassing.

Oct-31-18
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Harry,

I think the Bio is OK, you are comparing it with some of the other Bio's which are way too long and any future researcher could easily get lost in the myriad of information which has suddenly been dumped into their lap.

Oct-31-18
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  MissScarlett: <Hazz>, I agree with <Miss Sally> - <cg.om> bios ought to painted in broad strokes. Please specify the areas in which you think the bio is deficient.
Nov-02-18
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  maxi: <There are two bit GM's around today rated 2700 who could not shine Paul Keres' shoes even with their own spit.> Ha! That's what I call colorful writing!
Nov-03-18
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  maxi: Pillsbury's bio here as <zanzibar> mentioned, says that he operated Ajeeb for 6 years. That must have been an extremely demanding job.

I would like to learn more about him. <MissScarlett> talks about a coming bio, somebody named Pope? From the bio here and the steepness of his chess learning curve I would guess he was both obsessed with chess and had a natural genius for it.

Nov-05-18
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  keypusher: <maxi>

That would be the redoubtable Nick Pope, <jnpope>. Check out his http://www.chessarch.com/index.php sometime.

Nov-05-18
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  MissScarlett: Redoubtable, it means he's unreliable.
Nov-05-18
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  keypusher: <MissScarlett: Redoubtable, it means he's unreliable.>

You should rest secure in your own erudition. This sort of thing just makes you seem insecure.

Nov-05-18
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  maxi: Yes. It makes <MissScarlett> seem redoubtable.

At least neither of you are in my ignore list (according to <jnpope>), so there's still pope, I mean, hope.

Nov-06-18
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  zanzibar: So, maybe <Missy> and <Edward Winter> aren't one in the same?!

<... whereas page 253 of Harry Nelson Pillsbury American Chess Champion by Jacques N. Pope (Ann Arbor, 1996) – which is by far the best-researched book on the American master – ...>

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

Wonder if <MissS> has a source for such a claim?

Nov-10-18
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  HeMateMe: Iceland put the older Fischer on a postage stamp

<http://www.chessonstamps.org/mediac...>

Nov-14-18  gamego: You always have good stuff. Many thanks.
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