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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
Repertoire Explorer

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. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-1521956New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
13. W Whisler vs Fischer 0-1281956?E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
14. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0531956New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
15. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½361956New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
17. Fischer vs S Baron 1-0531956New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
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
 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,052  PGN Download
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Jan-27-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Is this open book?
Jan-27-19  nok: <its admirable that you defend <john barleycorn>>

Yes he listens to country music, but he's a fun guy.

Jan-27-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: <plang: Is this open book?>

Itz the BOOK OF PLANG 👍

Feb-10-19  Mountain1: hello Lamont
Feb-15-19  Mountain1: would Fischer beat Carlsen in a match today, if he was alive and both at their peaks?
Feb-15-19  gokusano: <Mountain1: would Fischer beat Carlsen in a match today, if he was alive and both at their peaks?> It's hard to tell. Both are incredible player.
Feb-15-19  ketchuplover: Fischer is a copycat!
Feb-15-19  Petrosianic: <harrylime: ROBERT JAMES FISCHER

Would eat alive 2800 GM's today

Discuss 😎>

Make your case and we'll discuss it. From a guy who admits he hates Fischer, I don't expect to hear much of a case.

Feb-15-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  gezafan: < harrylime: What's all this garbage talk on here about "Blitz chess " killing chess ??

Blitz chess is just a reflection of how good you are in classical chess. The better the player, the quicker he/she sees and reads the position on the board.

Bobby "blitzed" Herceg Novi in 1970 because he was comfortably the best player in the world back then... as indeed he was through out the 1960's from say 63 onwards..

Blitz chess is cool.The average GM on looking at any given position knows the best move in seconds ...

Bobby had some "blitz" chess with the Russkies when he went over to Moscow as a kid in the 50's......would love to see those games on here 😍>

I remember a story of Alekhine playing blitz games with American master Arthur Dake. Alekhine lost badly.

Alekhine was not reputed to be a strong blitz player, relatively speaking. Yet Alekhine won a match against Capablanca, one of the best blitz players ever.

Blitz is different from classical chess. Classical chess is real chess. Blitz is a variant.

Feb-16-19  Mountain1: My bet is, Fischer would soon be shining Carlsen's shoes and calling him BOSSSS
Feb-16-19  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi gezafan,

"Classical chess is real chess. Blitz is a variant."

Or is Classical Chess just a variant of Blitz Chess. :) (some seem to think so)

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Mar-05-19  Momentum Man: One of my favorite players of all time: Bobby Fischer.

I come to his player page, and all I see is bickering.

This website is very odd, in my opinion. Why would administrators allow the Bobby Fischer page to be defaced?

Mar-06-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: <Momentum Man> It's been that way for years. The rudeness of people knows no bounds on this site. Bobby was right when he said he really hated chess players during his last days. He much preferred the company of musicians/artists/....they are less petty. 90% of trolls/a##holes/that I have had to place on censor/ignore are from the Fischer site. Good luck to ya.
Mar-06-19  Momentum Man: Thank you for explaining, Joshka. I guess I will have to put people on ignore if I want to keep using this website.

That's unfortunate.

Mar-06-19  rafani fischer: My late brother. (just kidding).
Mar-07-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: Did Bobby ever face the Alekhine Defense with white?
Mar-07-19  Retireborn: <Joshka> Couple of wins against Hans Berliner.
Mar-07-19  Sally Simpson: ***

According to this:

Repertoire Explorer: Robert James Fischer (white)

Fischer faced it 11 times including Fischer vs G Thornell, 1964 where he played 2.Nf3

A few games on here where White played 2.f3 but none using my move if 2...e5 3.f4! The Latvian Gambit.

***

Mar-07-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: <Sally Simpson> geez thanks man, was not even aware that we had this feature!!!;-)
Mar-08-19  Mountain1: happy birthday mate
Mar-08-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Fischer broke his country's laws in order to increase his bank account. He then renounced his country completely. Great chess player, deeply flawed human being.

A lot of American players have said they enjoy his chess but <none> of them hold Fischer up as a role model. No parent would want him near their kids.

Mar-09-19  Mountain1: Fischer was sick; mentally ill! when people understand mental illness then they will understand Fischer. He was not a bad guy at all.
Mar-09-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diocletian:


click for larger view

Fischer vs E Stephans, Cleveland 1957
White to move.

http://www.wtharvey.com/fisc.html

Happy Birthday, Bobby.

Mar-09-19  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Bobby. RIP, sir.
Mar-09-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <NoMatesHe> is accusing Bobby of being a pedo....jeez...lol
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