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Robert James Fischer
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 1,100
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785

Overall record: +433 -87 =248 (72.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 332 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (201) 
    B90 B32 B88 B44 B77
 Ruy Lopez (128) 
    C92 C69 C95 C97 C98
 French Defense (80) 
    C19 C18 C11 C16 C10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (79) 
    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 (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 E21
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D86 D79 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
   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
   Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 1-0
   Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 0-1
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 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)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Havana Olympiad Final-A (1966)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Skopje (1967)
   Rovinj / Zagreb (1970)
   Netanya (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Bled (1961)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Zuerich (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
   Bobby Fischer: Selected Games from 1955-1992 by igiene
   Russians versus Fischer by Anatoly21
   Russians versus Fischer by PassedPawnDuo
   Bjelica_125 by Gottschalk
   book: Russians versus Fischer by Baby Hawk
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by KingG
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by demirchess

   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970
   Fischer vs 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.

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. This made the 15-year-old Fischer the youngest candidate for the World Championship. It also made him 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 V 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 Curacao. 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 unknown player, 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 Spassky - Fischer 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 greats 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: 2022-01-07 23:43:50

 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,101  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 1-0121955corrE70 King's Indian
5. Fischer vs S Greene ½-½111955US Amateur ChB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½331955US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
7. Fischer vs K Warner 0-1281955Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
8. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½251955Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
9. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-1231955Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
10. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½281955Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
11. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-1441955Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
12. Fischer vs F Saksena 1-0221955Lincoln ch-US jrC53 Giuoco Piano
13. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-1521956Manhattan CC chA07 King's Indian Attack
14. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956Manhattan CC chB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. Fischer vs S Baron 1-0531956Manhattan Chess Club Semifinal BC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
16. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0531956Manhattan Chess Club Semifinal BE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
17. Fischer vs C Sharp  1-0331956CAN-opC78 Ruy Lopez
18. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½361956Manhattan Chess Club Semifinal BB32 Sicilian
19. Fischer vs I Spector 1-0351956Casual gameB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
20. Pat Smith vs Fischer 0-1231956Casual gameC48 Four Knights
21. J R Florido vs Fischer 0-1261956Capablanca CC - Log Cabin mC50 Giuoco Piano
22. Fischer vs J A Casado ½-½481956Simul, 12bB32 Sicilian
23. A Jenkins vs Fischer 0-1181956North Carolina - Log Cabin CC mB20 Sicilian
24. Fischer vs J F Bacardi 1-0281956US Amateur chA04 Reti Opening
25. Fischer vs E Nash 0-1511956US Amateur chA05 Reti Opening
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  Diocletian: Here is some info on the FBI file, which is public but hard to find.
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  HeMateMe: Wasn't Regina Fischer just another harmless kook running around with signs, shouting things? she was a complete nobody. Bobby Fischer threw her out of her own apartment at age 16 because he was embarrassed by her.

God, what a horrible family situation that was. You can see the seeds of Fischer's emotional problems, how it all began--alone in the world at age 16.

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  MissScarlett: <Wasn't Regina Fischer just another harmless kook running around with signs, shouting things? she was a complete nobody. Bobby Fischer threw her out of her own apartment at age 16 because he was embarrassed by her.>

They didn't have the Ignore function back then.

Apr-08-23  stone free or die: The FBI files on Regina are reported to be hard to find on the web these days.

Wayback offers one source (used by Tartajubow(*)):

Unfortunately it doesn't allow downloading all 750 pages at a go, instead you have to flip through, page by page.

One of Bobby's FBI files is easily found via google

It can also be found using the search function of the FBI vault website.


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  HeMateMe: basically, it was all about nothing, right? The FBI was like the NKVD in the 1950s. Reds had to be ferreted out, even if there was no proof positive. Regina Fischer would be nothing more than an internet troll in 2023.

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Apr-26-23  Reviews By AdiN: actually, karpov was already champion in 1974 when he beat korchnoi, i was pen pals with korchnoi!
Apr-26-23  Petrosianic: Petrosianic: <HeMateMe: This was the day, kids, April 3, 1975. It was the day Bobby Fischer was forfeited to Anatoly Karpov by FIDE. Fischer officially walked away from his title as world champion.>

No, Fischer resigned the title in June, 1974, before his challenger had been selected.

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  HeMateMe: Fischer wasn't forfeited until 1975.
Apr-26-23  Petrosianic: He resigned the title in 1974. FIDE would have let him take it back up until April 1975, but he never did. Fischer's reign ended in June 1974.
Apr-27-23  Reviews By AdiN: when in june exactly? thus karpov is official champion 1974-1985!
Apr-27-23  Petrosianic: June 26, I believe. But Karpov didn't become champion then, he wasn't even the challenger yet. The title was vacant until April 3 next year.
Apr-27-23  Reviews By AdiN: so now what... since fischer resigned then he is no longer champ... like lasker resigned his title to capablanca, however that did not count since he was enticed to play him for good dough!
Apr-27-23  Petrosianic: I have heard that the match contract for 1921 states that Capablanca is the defending champion and Lasker the challenger. Not sure that's true, though, and if it is, people have mostly roundly ignored it.

I think most people, if they're aware that Lasker resigned his title at all, feel that he took the resignation back (as Fischer could have done, but didn't), and defended his title.

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  perfidious: Have never heard of Lasker rescinding his 1920 resignation, nor of Capablanca being regarded as the titleholder till after Havana.
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  HeMateMe: I'm surprised that Lasker, an older man, would have played in the heat of Havana. I guess that's where the money was.

But, he probably could have arranged the match for a more favorable climate in the USA or Europe for the same money. It seemed that Capa's backers really wanted him to have the title and they would have financed a match anywhere.

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  MissScarlett: Would it have been considered an outrageous faux pas to take off one's jacket or loosen one's tie at the board?
Apr-27-23  SChesshevsky: < I have heard that the match contract for 1921 states that Capablanca is the defending champion and Lasker the challenger.>

I always wondered if these old time WC chess negotiations were done by the players lawyers/managers. I tend to believe so. It's the lawyers job to get every little bit for their client. No matter how small. Plus, the players would understand it's business - not personal. Feels like these negotiators were real sharks. But, of course, the players get the ultimate say.

Doubt Fischer had an official negotiator though. But didn't he even have intermediaries field initial requests and maybe initial responses?

Apr-27-23  Petrosianic: <SChesshevsky>: <Doubt Fischer had an official negotiator though. But didn't he even have intermediaries field initial requests and maybe initial responses?>

Not a lawyer, and probably not "official", but Fischer had Ed Edmondson working with FIDE behind the scenes on Fischer's behalf. Edmondson had no power to make agreements for Fischer, but he did negotiate with FIDE and present options to him.

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  FSR: <perfidious> To my knowledge, Lasker never rescinded his supposed resignation of the title in favor of Capablanca. He insisted that in their 1921 match he was the challenger. However, wrote Edward Winter, "The chess press (some sections of which, it may be recalled, had only recently been attempting to strip Lasker of his title – see page 357 of A Chess Omnibus and page 211 of Chess Facts and Fables) was all but unanimous in repudiating Lasker's abdication in favour of Capablanca." The champion can of course resign the title (as Fischer and Carlsen later did), but he has no right to designate his successor.
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  gezafan: <HeMateMe: It finally caught up to him; Fischer did a year in jail, in Japan. He died alone, of a treatable medical problem, a mentally ill old man.>

He wasn't alone. He had a wife.

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  gezafan: I just finished reading Bobby Fischer vs the Rest of the World.

It seems to me Brad Darrach, the author, made some things up, such as conversations where he was not present.

Does anyone have any opinions on this book!

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<<gezafan: I just finished reading Bobby Fischer vs the Rest of the World. It seems to me Brad Darrach, the author, made some things up, such as conversations where he was not present.

Does anyone have any opinions on this book!>>

As in you being a Biased NUMPTIE ??

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