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Robert James Fischer
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 1,079
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785

Overall record: +422 -85 =245 (72.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 327 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (197) 
    B90 B32 B88 B44 B77
 Ruy Lopez (123) 
    C92 C69 C95 C97 C98
 French Defense (80) 
    C19 C18 C11 C16 C10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C92 C95 C97 C98 C89
 Caro-Kann (52) 
    B11 B10 B18 B13 B14
 French Winawer (47) 
    C19 C18 C16 C15 C17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (121) 
    B92 B99 B90 B97 B93
 King's Indian (117) 
    E80 E62 E97 E60 E67
 Sicilian Najdorf (82) 
    B92 B99 B90 B97 B93
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E45 E40 E46 E43 E34
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D86 D79 D80 D98 D78
 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?]
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Netanya (1968)
   Skopje (1967)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Bled (1961)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   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 dwinco
   Match Fischer! by amadeus
   Bobby Fischer: Selected Games from 1955-1992 by wanabe2000
   Bobby Fischer: Selected Games from 1955-1992 by fernando.laroca
   book: Russians versus Fischer by Baby Hawk
   Bjelica_125 by Gottschalk
   Russians versus Fischer by Anatoly21
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by dikaio
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by demirchess
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by Patca63
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by Patca63

   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 44; games 1-25 of 1,079  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 S Baron 1-0531956New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
13. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-1521956New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
14. W Whisler vs Fischer 0-1281956?E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
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 K Vine ½-½361956New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
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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  technical draw: <chancho> <<It really is awful.> <Yup!>

It's worse than awful. A pure amateurish production. It's probably good for laughs though. Trying to figure out who's who's by the trailer is crazy. Was that really Boris Spassky playing Fischer or Super Fly?

Aug-03-20  todicav23: This is a very interesting "analysis" of Fischer's mental health and personality:

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  savage sanctuary: A short but interesting examination of the body language of Bobby Fischer

Aug-05-20  Bratek: After sensationally winning the Interzonal Tournament 1962 in Stockholm Bobby Fischer travelled to Copenhagen to play a TV exhibition game against Bent Larsen - which was relatively easy - and a simul against 41 Danish players - which was difficult.
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  Troller: The report on the event related by <Bratek> in Danish:

Report starts at page 8 and lists all Fiscer's simul opponents and their results.

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  MissScarlett: Bobby's mate:

<Sumner Redstone, one of the US media giants who shaped the modern entertainment industry, has died at the age of 97.

Redstone took over his father's drive-in movie theatre business National Amusements and turned it into a multi-billion dollar cinema and media empire.

It controlled names including Viacom, Paramount Pictures, CBS Corp and MTV.>


<Facebook's rules have long included a ban on hate speech related to race, ethnicity and religious affiliation, among other characteristics.

But they have now been revised to specify:

caricatures of black people in the form of blackface

references to Jewish people running the world or controlling major institutions such as media networks, the economy or the government>

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  harrylime: <<Bratek: After sensationally winning the Interzonal Tournament 1962 in Stockholm Bobby Fischer travelled to Copenhagen to play a TV exhibition game against Bent Larsen - which was relatively easy - and a simul against 41 Danish players - which was difficult.>

Wow. And respects for this 👍

Aug-12-20  todicav23: Short story from the book "The Bobby Fischer I Knew & Other Stories":

At the 1963 Western Open in Bay City, Michigan, Bobby became involved in a speed chess marathon with Norbert Leopoldi, a local advertising man and strong master. The two were hard at it by 7 p.m., immediately after round four on the second day of the tournament. Bobby began by offering pawn and move and later upped the odds to pawn and two moves. They continued throughout the night, often doubling and redoubling the stakes. By 9 a.m. the following morning, Bobby was up $3,500.

For Bobby, that was the good news. The bad news was that he had to rush to his morning tournament game without any rest.

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  Dionysius1: I'm getting into watching baseball, and it keeps occurring to me that Bobby Fischer was very like Mickey Mantle.

MM played for the New York Yankees. He wasn't liked to start with (he was from Oklahoma, and Joe diMaggio was the baseball hero at the time), and he was sulky and awkward. He looked good - fair haired and athletic, and he was proud of how well he played. People didn't understand where his talent came from.

So much, a lot like Fischer. Then Mantle became popular with the crowds, and he asked more money than his owners were prepared to give him, so he got fussy about playing.

In the end Mantle died just short of 64, after a lot of alcoholism and bad behaviour towards his family and people who cared about him.

It all happened about the same time as RJF's career - the similarities must have been very noticeable. Have comparisons been made between them?

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  HeMateMe: <todicav23: Short story from the book "The Bobby Fischer I Knew & Other Stories": >

That's Arnold Denker's book, isn't it? I bought that and enjoyed it.

<How much is $3,500 in 1963 dollars worth? Year. Equivalent. 2020. $29,585.82.>

$30K. Not a bad night's work.

Aug-20-20  BobbyDigital80: Fischer played the Queen’s Indian Defense in a training game against Gligoric in 1992. Kind of surprising since he had never played it before. You can find it here, third game from the bottom.
Sep-06-20  login:



'Editor in Charge Sharon Mooney' telling the 'The True Story of My Church Brother Bobby Fischer'

Personal context:

More 'external truth' in form of a Mag Archive
(e.g. Bobby Fischer speaks out!)

Policy of truth ...

Sep-07-20  Petrosianic: <Dionysius1>: <MM played for the New York Yankees. He wasn't liked to start with (he was from Oklahoma, and Joe diMaggio was the baseball hero at the time), and he was sulky and awkward. He looked good - fair haired and athletic, and he was proud of how well he played. People didn't understand where his talent came from.>

That's sort of the reverse of Fischer, who was very popular at first, but whose personality problems surfaced later. If you want a baseball parallel, Fischer is more like Ted Williams, who had the talent to be adored, but squandered a lot of good will on feuds with the media and fans. Williams was still recognized as Boston's greatest star and one of the best players ever, but personal feeling was cooled.

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  Eggman: Does anybody other than me find it off-putting that Andrew Soltis' upcoming Magnus Carlsen game collection is called "60 Memorable Games"?! I'm surprised Soltis, a smart guy, would think that such an appropriation was acceptable.
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  keypusher: < Eggman: Does anybody other than me find it off-putting that Andrew Soltis' upcoming Magnus Carlsen game collection is called "60 Memorable Games"?! I'm surprised Soltis, a smart guy, would think that such an appropriation was acceptable.>

I’d only be offended if Soltis called it <My 60 Memorable Games> and pretended he’d played them.

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  OhioChessFan: <Eggo: Does anybody other than me find it off-putting that Andrew Soltis' upcoming Magnus Carlsen game collection is called "60 Memorable Games"?! >

Yes. But I'm not losing sleep over it.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

The book is being advertised as 'coming soon' If they keep the current cover picture of Carlsen... could be titled 'Carlsen's 60 Forgettable Games.' he looks completely fed up.

I like Andrew Soltis as an author, his books on Marshall and Lasker are very good.

Of course not the first time he has pulled a flanker (slang for chancing it a bit, cashing in on a publishing stunt) though to be fair with the Spassky book it was possibly the marketing team. Read on:

Back in 1971/72 much was made of Bob Wade copying out by hand Spassky's games for Bobby Fischer. The games were apparently in a red velvet folder, for more details see Boris Spassky (kibitz #1164) and reports of Fischer with the infamous red file were popping up in the press.

Andrew brings out a book on Spassky's games (played before the 72 match) with a bright red cover!

(a good book but not in same depth and class as his latter efforts - when having a clear out a few year back I had this book and the Cafferty book on Spassky, which is also OK, I decided to keep to the Soltis book. I liked the cover!)


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  Eggman: <Sally> The example you give is interesting, but I see nothing controversial about the red cover. At most it's a little cheeky, and probably even such a charge is too harsh.

But to call a chess book '60 Memorable Games' is like calling a rock album Colonel Pepper's Lonely Hearts' Club Band, or something, but it's even worse: the Pepper's example would be received as some sort of parody, and that might possibly excuse it, but no such thing could be said about Soltis' Carlsen book.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Eggman,

Agree the red cover is cheeky, just recalling some of the comments and discussions about it in and around the bookstalls in 1974/75.

A good marketing ploy, no harm done. Just saying you have to watch them.

Some of the funniest and strangest things I've heard in chess circles have been at the bookstall.

Topically I remember B.H.Wood saying he doubted if Fischer wrote his '60' it was solely the work of Evans with a bit of Fischer thrown in. There followed quite a debate.

I like those on bookstall patrol advising all what not get and what is hot. (guilty as charge as i've been known to grab opening books out of juniors hands and thrust upon them Tartakower's 500. )

Also people who buy two or three endgame books at once. You only need one. Unless of course some bright spark has found a way to win King and Rooks Pawn v a lone King.

Usually the endgame book is a panic buy. They resigned in the endgame so that is where they think they need help not realising they resigned in the ending but were lost in the middle game.

I missed Bronstein holding up an Eric Schiller book and telling everyone in earshot that this was the worst chess book ever written. A friend of mine who witnessed this said it was hilarious.


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  Eggman: <Sally> Poor Eric Schiller. Do you remember which book that was?
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Eggman,

I think it, I cannot recall the exact tile, but next time I'm in contact I'll find out.

Yes poor Eric indeed, I often see his books in 2nd hand shops, even bought a few to nick a blog idea from.

I think Eric suffered from too high an output, the writing and analytical skill was definitely there if only he could have reined himself in and maybe do one good book every two years. A few of the books he wrote with Watson are deemed quite good. Not read any.

Was reading about someone who put one of his books (post and packing free) on E-Bay for one penny!

I sold BCO for 20p on Ebay telling people not to buy it. Some lad in Yorkshire bought it.


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  HeMateMe: 20 pence is...20 cents American, 1/5 of a US dollar?
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  HeMateMe: almost certainly Evans wrote the whole <Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess> book, authorship given as Bobby Fischer 'with Larry Evans.' There is a slight endnote probably contributed by Fischer himself: "If after reading this book I hope you can polish off some of your old opponents."

Gosh, that's inspiring. The whole book is just 100 of so diagrams of 2 move combinations, tactics 101. A blatant move to cash in on Fischer's name. I got the book as an Xmas present as a little kid, so I guess they got $3 from my parents or whomever bought the book.

Never have liked Fischer. Great chessplayer, very low quality man.

Sep-23-20  Granny O Doul: Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess was written/compiled by Stu Margulies, not Evans.
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  WorstPlayerEver: The Ted Bundy of chesse. He kept on beating that dead horse like no other.
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