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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 C98 C97
 French Defense (80) 
    C19 C18 C11 C16 C10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C92 C95 C98 C97 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 E46 E40 E43 E21
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D86 D79 D98 D80 D97
 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?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Netanya (1968)
   US Championship (1966)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Skopje (1967)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Zurich (1959)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   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
   Russians versus Fischer by Anatoly21
   Bjelica_125 by Gottschalk
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by KingG
   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. 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. W Whisler vs Fischer 0-1281956?E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
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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  AylerKupp: Oh <harrylime>. Why do you keep asking those same 2 questions (Fischer's rating in 1972 and what Fischer's rating would be now)? You have asked them many times in the past and I have answered them many times in the past. Why don't you pay attention? Or are you running out of things to say and therefore you recycle the same posts over and over again for what you hope is a new audience?
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  AylerKupp: <MoonFischer> But in your forum's header you say that you are the reincarnation of Robert James Fischer. So why do you talk about him in the third person? You should be speaking in the first person. Depending on your age you should be able to tell us whether you again won the US chess championship at 14 or whether you reached a rating of 2900.
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  gezafan: <pazzed paun: Has anyone read Fischer comments on Nimzowitsch MY System?>

I haven't. Do you know what he said or do you want the answer too?

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  pazzed paun: My system is a classic book
Just hard to believe no one ever asked Fischer about the book
Apr-06-20  The Rocket: Spring chicken Karpov played Spassky 17 games between 1971 and 1975 (I won't count the game played in 1965 but it was a draw nonetheless). Karpov scored +6-1=10

Fischer was +0-3=2 from 1966 to 1970.

Spassky said that he did not understand Karpovs play. No kidding!

Apr-06-20  Petrosianic: <AylerKupp: Why do you keep asking those same 2 questions>

It's hard for a non-chessplayer to attract attention to himself in a chess forum by the usual means.

It reminds me of the biggest troll on the Chess Ninja board, a guy named Chess Fan. He actually did play a little (at about the 1400 level), but was always looking for ways to be the center of attention. One time I asked a trivia question, "Who was Etorre Boiardi?" That's not totally obvious at first, but after a couple of clues, it was clear to everyone that I was talking about Chef Boyardee. Chess Fan, though, pretended not to get it, just so everyone would take him by the hand and encourage him. "Come on, Steve, you can get this." (He was older than most posters, but also acted like he was about 5).

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  Diocletian: <UhlhumbrusOne example of an alternative answer is that at the interview Fischer gave answers which the interviewing officer thought were those of a crackpot and the officer thought then that the army would be better off without him.> If Bob were to give spontaneous answers in the meeting he may have gotten himself into trouble, but I believe that his mother made sure that he was prepared with some deficiency. I do not speculate further.

Also the physical exam for military fitness is far more about being ordered about and checked for hemorrhoids than about interviewing. He had to have gone there with paperwork or a genuine, albeit contrived, disability.

I agree with you that the army was better off without him.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi gezafan:

Only time I have read Fischer talking about a chess book (apart from his 60MG's) was when he was in someone's house and spotted a copy of Ruben Fine's 'Idea Behind the Openings' saying it was a good book.

I cannot off hand recall the source.


Avoid this film on Fischer. 'Bobby Fischer Live.'

Watched it on Amazon a few days ago. It really is awful.

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  pazzed paun: Does anyone know if Irving Chernev
Helped Fischer learn the Russian
May-19-20  Granny O Doul: Don't know about that, but what bits of Lewis Carroll and Gilbert & Sullivan Fischer picked up from Chernev allowed him to sparkle at cocktail parties.

Reuben Fine's works on the psychology of chess players, meanwhile, helped keep him out of Vietnam.

May-19-20  Scuvy: Hi, Sally : Fischer was a guest on the home of Betty Roberts, when he spotted Fine's book in her library. The whole story is found in "How to Get Better at Chess" (1991,Summit Books), by Larry Evans, Jeremy Silman and Betty Roberts. Amazon still has a copy or two.
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  chancho: <It really is awful.>


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  AylerKupp: <<Petrosianic> It's hard for a non-chessplayer to attract attention to himself in a chess forum by the usual means.>

Which then brings up the question: "Why does a non-chessplayer want to attract attention on a chess forum?" After all, if you want to attract attention to yourself, there are easier and less embarrassing ways to do it.

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  harrylime: <<AylerKupp: <<Petrosianic> It's hard for a non-chessplayer to attract attention to himself in a chess forum by the usual means.> Which then brings up the question: "Why does a non-chessplayer want to attract attention on a chess forum?" After all, if you want to attract attention to yourself, there are easier and less embarrassing ways to do it.>>

That non chess player may not give a MONKIES tho ... just sayin louike 😃😉

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Scuvy,

Thanks, I was wondering where I read it. I have that book (somewhere.)

Have read/heard that Fischer's first book was Reinfeld's 'Tarrasch's Best Games.' but again not sure where, but I do recall seeing it.


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  Sally Simpson: ***

see above - just googled about:

"Bobby saw his first chess book in May, 1949. He found a book of annotated chess games (perhaps Tarrasch’s Best Games of Chess by Fred Reinfeld written in 1946)"

Do not know why 'perhaps' was added, it could have been Tarrasch Game of Chess which makes more sense as it was a Primer. (...and how do they know?)

When you think about it and what Botvinnik said about Bobby style, there was more than just a dash of Tarrasch in Bobby Fischer. (and Tarrasch did make Bobby's top 10....but not Botvinnik.)


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  Sally Simpson: ***


...This is a chess site, behave yourself. If you must talk about music (and I do not mean a mediocre twee pop group like the Stone Roses) then at least use artists from Chess Records. 'Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats.' now there was a band.


May-20-20  Everett: < rMay-19-20 pazzed paun: Does anyone know if Irving Chernev Helped Fischer learn the Russian

Fischer could read Russian chess nomenclature, but thought that was it.

I used to read French chess magazines for fun, but was not fluent at all in French

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  chancho: Post from 2011: <Petrosian said that Gligoric called him from Belgrade during the negotiations for the candidates final match between Fischer and Petrosian and asked him if he wanted to speak with Fischer. Petrosian said:"How could we manage? I am not a good English speaker and his Russian is hardly good enough for a serious talk." "No problem said Gligoric, I shall be your mediator and interpreter."> source: Petrosian's Legacy pg 113.
May-20-20  Everett: <chancho> yeah, thought so. Would be nice if that myth of fluency was put to rest.
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  pazzed paun: You guys are off point ..I did not imagine Fischer reading long sections of Russian poetry or reciting Bolshevik speeches But he had to have been able to do more than just look at a Russian game score and move the pieces ... he extensively studied the Lipintsky book and also Boleslavsky collected games ..he needed a pretty good knowledge of Russian language to benefit from those books
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  pazzed paun: Fischer was born in 1943
Those born. In 1944 and later were subject to the draft lottery
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  harrylime: Bobby is the james Dean of chess

throw in early Marlon and a bit of Wilde and you're gettin the picture ... lol lol

Jun-09-20  carpovius: Oh, really!? He lost only 85 games in 40 years. What a powerful western intellect 😊
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  HeMateMe: Just picture Bob in the age of Covid. Already a reclusive sort, photographers hunting him like he was Garbo or Howard Hughes.

Suddenly Bob now senses that anyone with a cell phone camera coming close to him might be able to breathe a deadly disease onto him. It could drive a guy crazy!



<It turns out that Bobby Fischer and his mother were under FBI surveillance for many years, dating back as far as 1942. This was prompted by an informant, who contacted the FBI after reading letters that outlined Regina Fischer's leftist political beliefs. Although Bobby's mother was born in Switzerland, she was of Russian and German origin, and the FBI suspected that she and her circle of academic friends were communist sympathizers. It was the FBI that determined that Bobby's biological father was Paul Nemenyi and not Hans-Gerhardt-Fisher, Regina's husband until 1945. After Regina's death, journalists accessed her FBI file, which showed that Bobby was under FBI surveillance and that the FBI considered him a potential recruit of the KGB, a practically laughable supposition as Fischer was an avowed anti-communist who despised the Soviet system.>

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