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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. W Whisler vs Fischer 0-1281956?E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
13. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0531956New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
14. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½361956New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
16. Fischer vs S Baron 1-0531956New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
17. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-1521956New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
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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Jan-06-19
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  gezafan: <keypusher: < gezafan: Kasparov disparages Fischer every chance he gets. Fischer is the most famous chess player of all time. Maybe Kasparov is jealous and so wants to tear Fischer down.>

Yes, who can forget when Kasparov called Fischer one of <the lowest dogs around> or accused him of fixing his match games? Oh, sorry, that was Fischer talking about Kasparov.>

None of what keypusher said contradicts what I said about Kasparov disparaging Fischer.

Jan-06-19
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  keypusher: <gezafan: <keypusher: < gezafan: Kasparov disparages Fischer every chance he gets. Fischer is the most famous chess player of all time. Maybe Kasparov is jealous and so wants to tear Fischer down.> Yes, who can forget when Kasparov called Fischer one of <the lowest dogs around> or accused him of fixing his match games? Oh, sorry, that was Fischer talking about Kasparov.>

None of what keypusher said contradicts what I said about Kasparov disparaging Fischer.>

No, but it does demonstrate that genius for projection you share with your hero. All-time greats tend not to be the best at appreciating other all-time greats. Kasparov is better at it than Botvinnik, to say nothing of Fischer.

Jan-06-19
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  Count Wedgemore: <keypusher: Kasparov is better at it than Botvinnik, to say nothing of Fischer.>

Fischer called Lasker "a weak player", so I agree with <keypusher>.

Jan-06-19  john barleycorn: I remember Spassky being quoted when commenting on a Kasparov-Karpov game which was called "draw" : "Dirty guys".

Kasparov in 1992 had a big problem, namely that 2 "chess pensioneers" played for 5m while he had a hard time to get an offer for 1m for "his" title defense. Kasparov never stripped of that "Bolchevik" mentality. He accused others of what he himself was doing.

Jan-06-19
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  ChessHigherCat: Didn't Fischer say that "Russians don't know how to play chess"? Kasparov probably didn't find that too endearing.
Jan-06-19
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  harrylime: Robert James Fischer is why I am ere ...

Nuff said.

Jan-07-19
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  Count Wedgemore: <harry: Robert James Fischer is why I am ere …>

Well, if I didn't like him before, I sure as hell don't like him now.

As if there wasn't enough reason to dislike Fischer already.

Jan-07-19  RFW3: <gezafan> Kasparov likely wanted to make his own accomplishments look better by building up Karpov, while denigrating Fischer.

<ChessHigherCat> I also recall Bobby calling the "Super K's" The running dogs of chess, during the press conferences before his 2nd match vs Spassky.

Jan-07-19
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  Sargon: <gezafan: Kasparov disparages Fischer every chance he gets. Fischer is the most famous chess player of all time. Maybe Kasparov is jealous and so wants to tear Fischer down.>

One of my favorite things about Bobby Fischer was that <on general principle> he usually didn't play for draws. He'd risk losing a game just to play moves (or a move) that might be winning—and he often was right.

I've never seen <any> player in the modern era other than Fischer who could rattle off consecutive victories—with <no> intervening draws—to win a national championship 11-0, or dominate a field of <Russian> WC candidates when that nation was at the <height> of its power in chess.

To my mind, <that's> how chess <should> be played...

Jan-07-19
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  Sargon: <Count Wedgemore: <harry: Robert James Fischer is why I am ere …>

Well, if I didn't like him before, I sure as hell don't like him now.

As if there wasn't enough reason to dislike Fischer already.>

There are <several> of reasons to dislike Fischer—and players like Alekhine—but <none> of them have to do with their skill at the game of chess...

Jan-07-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: <ChessHigherCat:

Didn't Fischer say that

"Russians don't know how to play chess"?>

Fischer vs Spassky/Taimanov/Petrosian
in the 71-72 World Championship cycle:

18 win
3 loss
14 draw 71.43%

I wonder where he got that idea?

Jan-07-19
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  diceman: <Sargon:

To my mind, <that's> how chess <should> be played...>

Exactly!

I've had a lot of trouble being impressed by modern players for that very reason.

Jan-07-19
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  diceman: <harrylime: Robert James Fischer is why I am ere ...>

Exactly, Bobby Fischer is the only reason
I know Carlsen, Larsen, Korchnoi, Petrosian, Rubinstein, Nimzovich, and so on.

According to Fischer himself, Larsen was winning enough tournaments, and playing strong enough chess, to play first board in the 1970 USSR vs World match.

Yet, Larsen never put chess on the map.

Jan-07-19
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  Troller: <Yet, Larsen never put chess on the map.>

I suppose it also has something to do with geography. As a Danish inhabitant, I can say that Larsen is without comparison the best known and most influential chessplayer ever in this country.

Some people in Denmark will know Fischer - but these are either aged 65+ or dedicated chessplayers. On the contrary, everyone knows Carlsen, and almost everyone knows Kasparov.

I would assume Portisch is broadly known in Hungary and Torre in the Philippines. And of course publicity-wise Carlsen is outranking every athlete in Norway, not that it is saying very much :)

Jan-07-19
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  rogge: <publicity-wise Carlsen is outranking every athlete in Norway, not that it is saying very much :)>

Eh, http://www.espn.com/olympics/winter... :)

As for Fischer, I guess it's a generation thing. Everyone old enough to remember Reykjavik 1972 knows Fischer.

Jan-07-19
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  Troller: Hehe, I was just waiting for some Norwegian to post a ski link :)

But is Carlsen currently the biggest sports star in Norway?

Jan-07-19
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  rogge: I don't think so. We just had the annual sports awards, and Carlsen didn't win any prizes. The biggest rising star is probably Jakob Ingebrigtsen, winning 2 gold medals (1500m and 5000m) in the 2018 European Athletics championships at the age of 17 :)

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2...

Jan-07-19
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  saffuna: <The biggest rising star is probably Jakob Ingebrigtsen, winning 2 gold medals (1500m and 5000m) in the 2018 European Athletics championships at the age of 17 :)>

That is not a very rare double. It's been done in the World Championships, but I don't think ever in the Olympics.

And 17 years old? He is probably a future world-record holder, as distance runner often don't reach their peaks until their mid-20s.

Jan-07-19
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  rogge: <He is probably a future world-record holder> Wouldn't surprise me. He has two older brothers, both former 1500m European champions, and they're all still improving.
Jan-07-19  nok: His bro looks cooler.
Jan-07-19
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  saffuna: His brother came in second in the 5000. Amazing.
Jan-07-19
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  saffuna: <That is not a very rare double.>

Poor editing, apologies.

I meant to say that it IS a very rare double.

Jan-07-19
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  rogge: His other brother would probably have won the 1500m, but got injured in the semi-final :)

http://www.european-athletics.org/c...

Jan-07-19
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  saffuna: Jakob Ingebrigtsen's best in the 1500 would have been the world record in 1980. His 3:31 was the same as the world-famous British runners Ovett, Coe and Cram. Amazing.

He's still a few seconds (but just a few) behind the best junior runners from African nations, so maybe I'm getting ahead of myself.

Jan-07-19
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  rogge: Personal bests:

2015: 3:49
2016: 3:42
2017: 3:39
2018: 3:31

:)

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