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Robert James Fischer
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 1,072
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785

Overall record: +421 -85 =245 (72.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 321 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 (122) 
    C92 C69 C95 C97 C98
 French Defense (79) 
    C19 C18 C11 C16 C15
 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 E51
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D79 D86 D80 D98 D73
 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)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Skopje (1967)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Netanya (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Zurich (1959)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

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   Bobby Fischer: Selected Games from 1955-1992 by fernando.laroca
   Bobby Fischer: Selected Games from 1955-1992 by wanabe2000
   Russians versus Fischer by Anatoly21
   Bjelica_125 by Gottschalk
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by Patca63
   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

   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 43; games 1-25 of 1,072  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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  chancho: <RookFile> My apologies. I deleted my earlier post because I wrote it wrong. It was not intentional. :)
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  Joshka: <RookFile> Leko indeed, did study with Bobby in the early or mid 90's. He wrote a couple articles on it, but I'll be hard pressed to find them.
Mar-03-06  square dance: <Well, Karpov didn't push any pawns either, for several months after the Kasparov match was cancelled prematurely, but Kasparov showed up and PLAYED CHESS.> so, several months equates to 20 years how?
Mar-03-06  RookFile: It's not that several months equates to 20 years. The point is, ughaibu is claiming that Karpov wanted to continue playing chess against Kasparov, instead of having his match cancelled. Kasparov did continue to play chess after the match. Karpov checked into a hospital. Big difference.
Mar-03-06  square dance: <rookfile> when you quote me to argue with <ughaibu> its gets confusing. it seems as if you are addressing me. but im glad you thought enough of my point to use it as one of your own.
Mar-03-06  Jim Bartle: I guess we have to admire Kasparov's stamina and energy, but I think you can excuse Karpov for resting after playing 48 games without any rest.
Mar-03-06  ughaibu: During the period that Karpov didn't play, Kasparov played a six game match with Andersson, that's all and it was four months after the aborted match. Naturally both players were preparing for the re-match.
Mar-03-06  RookFile: But this is a world championship match, Jim Bartle. When things don't go your way, you don't go out and get a note from Mommy and say, let's play some other time. Karpov was physically unable to continue. Lev Alburt made the case at the time this was due to his using stimulants.

What we hear today from ughaibu is: Karpov was ready, willing, and able to continue his world championship match with Kasparov. And that is simply not true. Karpov's going to a hospital and lack of chess play for a period after match is corroborating evidence against him.

Mar-03-06  ughaibu: Square Dance: I'm also getting lost as to RookFile's direction. He's now showing that Karpov wanted to carry on playing even though the reality was that he needed hospital care. RookFile seems to be making Karpov into a hero. I guess if he boosts him enough there'll be room underneath him to Fischer to rise to a modicum of dignity, so I suppose that's the plan.
Mar-03-06  square dance: <rookfile> you cant take fischers word, ignoring his actions and then not take karpovs word, citing his actions. unless you're trying to make a point by doing so.
Mar-03-06  Jim Bartle: Rookfile: Sorry, I wasn't clear. There was no justification to stop the match just because Karpov was exhausted (I like the "note from Mommy" comment). I only meant to say that once it had been canceled, it's understandable that he didn't play in tournaments afterward.
Mar-03-06  RookFile: So, there's a dispute between Karpov and Fischer as to what happenned. How do you evaluate it? Certainly Karpov's subsequent actions help reveal what type of person he was.

Karpov's subsequent actions after the first Kasparov match show that he was phyically done. He was already physically frail to start with, and it is known that Karpov list 22 more pounds as a result of playing Kasparov.

Ughaibu forgets that Kasparov played
a match with Robert Huebner, in addition to Ulf Anderssen. Questions about Kasparov's stamina? In one month he's playing Huebner, and in the very next month, it's Ulf.

Mar-03-06  ughaibu: RookFile: I didn't forget the Huebner match, when it was played Karpov was also playing. What has Karpov's frailty to do with Fischer setting up unmeetable conditions?
Mar-03-06  RookFile: <RookFile: I didn't forget the Huebner match, when it was played Karpov was also playing. >

Of course you forgot. You cited the Anderssen match. What you still don't seem to understand is that Kasparov played Huebner BEFORE this match.

Mar-03-06  ughaibu: I guess Chessmetrics listing the Andersson match first shows their pro-Kasparov bias.
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  chancho: <"After I crush you in the chess match, I don't want to hear some weaseling comments like, 'Oh this match was just for fun', or 'It was an unofficial match'.">

If Fischer had played the match vs Karpov, sans the word "Professional," I doubt the chess fans would have given any credence to "the weaseling comments."

Mar-03-06  ughaibu: Chancho: Campomanes is said to have been present, so the idea that the match might suddenly be declared unofficial if lost is laughable.
Mar-03-06  RookFile: <I guess Chessmetrics listing the Andersson match first shows their pro-Kasparov bias.>

I think what it shows is the diffrence between those who were active in chess and following the events as they happenned, and those who read about it after the fact. Anyway, the Huebner match happenned first. I remember how amazed I was that somebody of Huebner's strength could get crushed like that.

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  keypusher: <So, there's a dispute between Karpov and Fischer as to what happenned. How do you evaluate it? Certainly Karpov's subsequent actions help reveal what type of person he was.>

I can't imagine any action Karpov could undertake that would be as revealing as Fischer's "action" of not playing chess for 20 years. Forget this absurd sideshow about whether Kasparov played Huebner or Andersson first.

Mar-03-06  RookFile: Well, I'll see if I can refresh your memory.

In 1976, Karpov ducked out of a match with Fischer because Fischer wanted to call it a professional match.

In the late 1970's, Karpov played a match with Korchnoi, with Korchnoi's son essentially held hostage.

In 1985, Karpov lost some games to Kasparov, and was afraid his match lead would disappear, so he had the whole match cancelled.

In 1999, Karpov resigned from FIDE because he didn't like rule changes in the FIDE championship that would require him to prove he was the best player.

The issue of Kasparov playing both Huebner and Anderssen in matches shows that he wasn't exhuasted from the Karpov match, and could have continued. The same can't be said of Karpov, of course.

Mar-03-06  ughaibu: Keypusher: Thanks, the first amusing post I've read here today.
Mar-03-06  Akavall: <RookFile> When you post unsubstantiated tripe, it shouldn't come as a surprise that other kibitzers aren't taking you seriously.
Mar-03-06  RookFile: Do you have something specific of mine that you are objecting to, akavall? Pick something that I posted that you think isn't true, my 1685 rated friend.
Mar-03-06  Akavall: <RookFile> All are your claims about Karpov are unsubstantiated tripe, and the reason you brought that up is to divert attention from the main issue-- typical Red Herring.
Mar-03-06  RookFile: Are you having difficulty picking out a specific claim about Karpov that you think isn't true? You can do it! Post it here:
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