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Robert James Fischer
Fischer 
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 1,098
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785

Overall record: +434 -87 =247 (72.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 330 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (200) 
    B90 B32 B88 B44 B77
 Ruy Lopez (128) 
    C92 C69 C95 C98 C97
 French Defense (81) 
    C19 C18 C11 C16 C15
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (79) 
    C92 C95 C98 C97 C89
 Caro-Kann (52) 
    B11 B10 B18 B13 B14
 French Winawer (48) 
    C19 C18 C16 C15 C17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (125) 
    B92 B99 B90 B97 B93
 King's Indian (117) 
    E80 E62 E97 E60 E67
 Sicilian Najdorf (83) 
    B92 B99 B90 B97 B93
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E45 E46 E40 E43 E41
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D79 D86 D98 D80 D73
 English (18) 
    A16 A15 A10 A19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956 0-1
   R 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 Petrosian, 1971 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0

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)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Netanya (1968)
   Skopje (1967)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Bled (1961)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   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 amadeus
   Match Fischer! by dwinco
   Bobby Fischer: Selected Games from 1955-1992 by wanabe2000
   Bobby Fischer: Selected Games from 1955-1992 by fernando.laroca
   Bjelica_125 by Gottschalk
   Russians versus Fischer by Anatoly21
   book: Russians versus Fischer by Baby Hawk
   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 dikaio

GAMES ANNOTATED BY FISCHER: [what is this?]
   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970
   Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan, 1962
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886
   >> 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 44; games 1-25 of 1,098  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 F 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 0-1401956Manhattan CC chB22 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. Pat Smith vs Fischer  0-1231956Casual gameC48 Four Knights
19. Fischer vs I Spector 1-0351956Casual gameB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
20. Fischer vs J A Casado ½-½481956Simul, 12bB32 Sicilian
21. A Jenkins vs Fischer 0-1181956North Carolina - Log Cabin CC mB20 Sicilian
22. Fischer vs J F Bacardi  1-0281956US Amateur chA04 Reti Opening
23. Fischer vs E Nash 0-1511956US Amateur chA05 Reti Opening
24. R Riegler vs Fischer  0-1341956US Amateur chB20 Sicilian
25. K Blake vs Fischer 0-1201956Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,098  PGN Download
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Feb-22-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: I've never bought this BS about 'I'm only interested in the games.' In the words of <John Wayne>: <The hell you are!>
Feb-22-21
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  saffuna: Here's Einer Einarsson calling '61' a fraud:

https://my61fraud.blogspot.com

<From: Einar S Einarsson
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 5:09 PM
To: 'Edward Labate'; SIGMAR B. HAUKSSON
Cc: Yasser Seirawan
Subject: RE: EAT

Sorry to hear about all of this EAT @#$%*&!#

which pisses me and all Icelanders off totally.

What an asurd extreme and nonsense.

I contacted both F.Friedel at Chessbase.com

and D.J.t Guesendam at NIT and they do not want

dignify and publish anything about this rubbish hoax

and blog which has sunken below all common sense.

Still what Ed Trice says or asserts about me and

others of Bobby´s fair friends does not bother us a bit.

End of story.

Sincerely

Einar S. Einarsson

Chairman RJF Committee>

Feb-22-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: What kind of book is never offered for sale, either online or in bookstores?
Feb-22-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <saffuna: What kind of book is never offered for sale, either online or in bookstores?>

The Book of Mormon? The Bhagavad Gita? (Don't ruin it by proving me wrong.)

Feb-22-21  Petrosianic: <MissScarlett: I will ask Donaldson if he thinks its a forgery.>

If Donaldson says it isn't a forgery (assuming he does) and Fischer says it is, I think I'd go with Bobby

<‘Some time after he came home [from hospital] we became aware of a new book in circulation, My 61 Memorable Games, which was claimed to be by Bobby. The book supposedly contained the 60 games that he had selected and annotated in his book My 60 Memorable Games with the addition of one game from his match against Spassky in 1992. Every time he had discussed the possibility of re-issuing this book [My 60 Memorable Games] he had been opposed to my idea of publishing it with revised annotations by himself and others, which I was convinced would make the book even more valuable. To Bobby, it was more important that the original sources should be preserved in their original form. To meddle with the text of an already published book was so ridiculous to him that I doubt whether he would have agreed to correct even obvious spelling mistakes, if found. My 60 Memorable Games was no less dear to him than many of his victories in chess. He was therefore very sad when I brought him the news of that counterfeit publication, which, we discovered later, had been illustrated with the Icelandic flag and photographs taken for private use by Icelanders with whom he was no longer associated.’> -- Yfir farinn veg með Bobby Fischer by Garðar Sverrisson

Feb-22-21
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  Check It Out: <eggman> The brief interview is hilarious.

<Int: "Would you call yourself a misogynist?"

BF: "Excuse me, what's the definition of that word?"

I: "What do you think of women?"

BF: "When it comes to chess, not too much. "

I: "What about outside chess?"

BF: "I don't think they should mess in intellectual affairs. They should keep strictly at home."

I: "A woman's place is over the hot stove, eh?"

BF: "No, they can't cook."

I: "What can they do?!"

BF: "You know, just be at home, waiting for their man to come home.">

Granted, he was young in that interview, but lordy.

Feb-22-21  Petrosianic: <Granted, he was young in that interview, but lordy.>

Are you sure it's genuine? I've seen similar comments, but not that bad. In the early 60's, Tal mentioned being impressed that Fischer was familiar with some of the games from the Women's Championship, and they knew nothing about them. "Who has the time to look?", or something like that was Tal's comment. Of course in those days just FINDING games was a chore. Not like now when you can just go to a database and pull it all up.

Feb-22-21
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  Check It Out: <Are you sure it's genuine?>

It's a live interview, check the video <eggman> posted.

Feb-22-21  Petrosianic: I guess it's genuine, then. I'd cut him a lot of slack on what he said as a child, though. Apart from his mother and sister, what women did he even know about? (At a guess, I'd say that Regina Fischer was a lousy cook.)
Feb-22-21  Petrosianic: <The interviewer was no Art Linkletter, by the way. What kind of question is that, to ask a kid if he considers himself a misogynist, and then refuse to define the term on request?>

I think he was showing off. (You may be a grandmaster, kid, but I know some big words you don't.)

Feb-22-21
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  Check It Out: <What kind of question is that, to ask a kid if he considers himself a misogynist, and then refuse to define the term on request?>

To be fair, he did define the word on request. He said in response to BF's definition query, <"A woman hater.">

I agree though, these were loaded questions to be asking a young chess player. Can you imagine someone asking Karjakin or Carlsen those questions when they were 17-ish? I can't.

Feb-22-21  Petrosianic: OK, then it was just missing from the transcript. If he defined it, that's something.. It still seems a bit of a dirty question to ask a kid (inter-gender rivalry is a big thing for a lot of kids at that age).
Feb-22-21
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  keypusher: Yes, some of those quotes are famous, including spotting the woman's world champion a knight. Which he probably could have done against the incumbent Bykova (whom he mentions), but not Gaprindashvili, who clobbered her the following year.
Feb-23-21
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  HeMateMe: didn't kasparov play a match against a guy rated around 2200, in which every game featured Kasparov spotting the guy two pawns, a different two pawns? If memory serves, the fellow in question had been a promising junior player but hadn't played serious chess in years. Still, he beat Kasparov in a couple of those games.

I would think anyone at the 2000 level (a young, active player) could beat any GM in the world given Knight odds in a serious match of several games. Lets give the GM a couple of draws because of vast experience, knowing so many ways to create a draw with a material disadvantage. The match would go to the person with the extra Knight.

I see all of those USSR women beating Fischer if given knight odds. One might note that there would have been some nice publicity in it yet Fischer never pressed the topic. I'm guessing someone in Russia could have come up with some money for a short match, maybe 4 games, knight odds. Fischer would have gotten killed.

Feb-23-21  Petrosianic: <keypusher: Yes, some of those quotes are famous, including spotting the woman's world champion a knight. Which he probably could have done against the incumbent Bykova (whom he mentions), but not Gaprindashvili, who clobbered her the following year.>

THAT quote I've heard about. It was in a more famous interview. Not sure if even Bykova could have been given a Knight. He'd have been The Bobby Riggs Before Bobby Riggs if he'd tried it.

Feb-23-21
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  keypusher: <HMM I would think anyone at the 2000 level (a young, active player) could beat any GM in the world given Knight odds in a serious match of several games. >

I think you're mistaken, but there isn't a lot of data. (Does Carlsen vs G Jones, 2018 count? Carlsen tosses a piece to a GM and then beats him. That game shows what a wide range in strength there is among GMs, too.)

At blitz I would guess the GM could give a 2000 at least a rook, maybe a queen.

Soltis wrote an old column about an odds tournament at the Marshall Chess Club in the 70s or 80s at a 30/30 time control or thereabouts. If there was a rating difference of more than 200 points, the stronger player gave pawn and move. If 400 to 599 points, knight odds. If 600 or more, rook odds. He wrote that people thought the odds were too steep, but in fact out of 40 games at odds the lower-rated player won only once. (See <Karl Marx Plays Chess> at 90.)

Morphy won a knight-odds match against Thompson, one of the better American players, in 1859. Game Collection: Morphy's Knight Odds Match vs Thompson

So given those data points, I would bet on the GM at knight odds even at standard time controls. Especially if the GM was at Carlsen or Caruana level rather than "only" 2500 or so.

Feb-23-21
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  fabelhaft: <Can you imagine someone asking Karjakin or Carlsen those questions when they were 17-ish? I can't>

The interview was made in 1962, just before Fischer turned 19. He was rather young, but still, I think few top players would express themselves like that at the same age. Women should avoid all intellectual fields, they belong at home, they can’t even cook, etc. Maybe such views were more common 60 years ago, but it all sounds very immature.

Feb-23-21
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  keypusher: < fabelhaft: <Can you imagine someone asking Karjakin or Carlsen those questions when they were 17-ish? I can't> The interview was made in 1962, just before Fischer turned 19. He was rather young, but still, I think few top players would express themselves like that at the same age. Women should avoid all intellectual fields, they belong at home, they can’t even cook, etc. Maybe such views were more common 60 years ago, but it all sounds very immature.>

Honestly I think they were quite rare even in 1961. And I don't think Carlsen ever had such opinions. But one big difference between 18 y/o Carlsen and Fischer is that Carlsen had a familial and professional support group that helped with public relations, among other things. Even if he had ideas like that, he'd have been told to keep them to himself!

Feb-23-21
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  Eggman: Surely the biggest difference between Magnus and Bobby is that the former was born 47 years after the latter.
Feb-23-21
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  perfidious: The opinions expressed by Fischer in 1962 were, I believe, hardly his alone, immature though he surely was in many ways outside chess. I rather suspect that if one were to go to a dusty little town in Louisiana, or backwoods Vermont, to name merely two places which I have either visited or lived in, that the ideas articulated by those people may not have been so different.
Feb-23-21  Petrosianic: The opinions he expressed in 1992 are more troubling than those he expressed in 1962.
Feb-23-21
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  Check It Out: Kids are much more media-savvy these days with the proliferation of phone recordings and social media. Back then it was much harder for an immature teen to understand the potential ramifications of permanent recordings and the media.

As for these views:

Women can't cook: utter hogwash. Julia Child started her TV career months after this interview. She could have had a young Fischer on as a guest and showed him a thing or three about French cuisine.

Women should not "mess" with intellectual affairs: complete tripe. Even tripe is better, usually in pho.

Feb-23-21
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  Eggman: A longer clip of Fischer's 1963 interview with the CBC in Canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdA...
Feb-23-21
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  MissScarlett: Women who can’t cook and who mess in intellectual affairs....Bob was obviously talking about his Mom.
Feb-23-21
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  Eggman: <MissScarlett> Good insight. I think we always have specific examples in mind, even when generalizing.
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