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Robert James Fischer
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 1,101
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785

Overall record: +434 -87 =248 (72.6%)*
   * 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 (81) 
    C19 C18 C11 C16 C15
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (79) 
    C92 C95 C97 C98 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 E34
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D79 D86 D98 D80 D83
 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
   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?]
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Netanya (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Skopje (1967)
   US Championship (1966)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Havana Olympiad Final-A (1966)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Zurich (1959)
   Havana (1965)

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

   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.

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. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0531956Manhattan Chess Club Semifinal BE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
16. Fischer vs Karl Vine ½-½361956Manhattan Chess Club Semifinal BB32 Sicilian
17. Fischer vs S Baron 1-0531956Manhattan Chess Club Semifinal BC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
18. Pat Smith vs Fischer 0-1231956Casual gameC48 Four Knights
19. Fischer vs I Spector 1-0351956Casual gameB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
20. J R Florido vs Fischer 0-1261956Capablanca CC - Log Cabin mC50 Giuoco Piano
21. Fischer vs J A Casado ½-½481956Simul, 12bB32 Sicilian
22. A Jenkins vs Fischer 0-1181956North Carolina - Log Cabin CC mB20 Sicilian
23. Fischer vs J F Bacardi 1-0281956US Amateur chA04 Reti Opening
24. Fischer vs E Nash 0-1511956US Amateur chA05 Reti Opening
25. R Riegler vs Fischer 0-1341956US Amateur chB20 Sicilian
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May-04-22  Z free or die: <Petrosianic> Did anybody archive <Focus>' forum?

Fischer vs H Matthai, 1956 (kibitz #26)

(Speaking of unreliable...)

Note to all biographers - please don't use your personal forum for publishing historically interesting info - it risks being taken offline (see, for example, all the info published in <Chess Librarian> account - which should be a system account:

CG Librarian chessforum)


May-04-22  Z free or die: Slightly off-topic: Wonder how <Focus> is doing?

Hopefully better, by-and-by.

(This is probably the forum he posted in the most)

May-04-22  pazzed paun: <Petrosianic>
I think we agree
I would like to see fewer Brady Stories
and fewer low IQ individuals who think Brady’s stuff is gospel truth
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  MissScarlett: <Supply, say, a dozen examples, if possible.>

Let's make things easier. Just half a dozen.

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  Sally Simpson: As Focus pointed out in Fischer vs H Matthai, 1956 (kibitz #26)

Brady writes: 'I ask forgiveness for my occasional speculations in this book....'

So you have to view some of it with a bit of suspicion and then you can choose to believe the bits you want to believe...or hear what you want to hear and disregard the rest. (thank you Paul Simon)

Which is what most people do with the enigma that was Bobby Fischer anyway.

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  MissScarlett: Look, I'll settle for three, and that's my last offer!
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  Sally Simpson: That lad might not have the book.

I trust the games Fischer played, there are witness's and signed score sheets by his opponents. Everything else written about him needs the 'occasional speculation' he was a chess player, his real private life story is probably very boring.

Woke up, had breakfast, studied chess, ate dinner, studied endgames, ate supper, studied openings, went to bed, slept, Woke up, had breakfast, studied chess... I suppose you could do that for 250 pages and if it had 'Fischer' on the cover people would buy it.

Have you seen the endless list of books on Bobby Fischer. which Edward Winter admits is as 'comprehensive as possible,'

I tried counting them twice but kept losing my place. The list was last updated in February 2020 so there will be more to add.

May-05-22  Z free or die: <<Missy> Look, I'll settle for three, and that's my last offer!>

Seems the closer to closing time we come the less discerning <Missy> becomes!

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  perfidious: <zed....Seems the closer to closing time we come the less discerning <Missy> becomes!>

After the fashion of many a sot since time immemorial.

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  MissScarlett: The gauntlet has been thrown down before the anti-Brady camp; they appear to have been provoked into silence.
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  harrylime: <<Z free or die: <<Missy> Look>>

This waaaaanka is the old USER


the Numptie refused to reveal this when challenged by me

embarrassin . Loike.

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  Sally Simpson: Focus pointed out a few errors.

Part 1
Robert James Fischer (kibitz #37348)

No Idea what happened to part 2.

Part 3

Robert James Fischer (kibitz #37366)

Part 4

Robert James Fischer (kibitz #37367)

On the whole Focus appears to like the book (I thought is was OK - never finished it, I know how it ends. Gave it to the Club library.)

This is Focus's work, not mine. I think one or two are minor nit-picking but some of the others are genuine errors.

Genuine error.
page 30 (in Focus's copy I cannot check) The Tsar Nicholas II originally giving out GM titles. That is wrong.

My view of a nit pick (though I'll accept that opinions may vary - it's a silly slip, no harm done, unlike the remark about the Tsar.)

Pg. 104: On Gligoric’s thirty-second move, the Yugoslav looked up from the board and said, “Remis?” Fischer knew the French word for “draw” and he immediately consented.>

Remis is German for Draw.

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<<Sally Simpson: Focus pointed out a few errors. Part 1>>

FOOK off <<Sally>>


May-06-22  Z free or die: <Harry>

Or would you rather be a mule?

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  Diocletian: I find very little historical record regarding the Fischer -Gligoric training match of 1992. In fact there is very little commentary on the games themselves here at chessgames, and I myself was unfamiliar with these games until now.

My interest at the moment is in the dates during which this match was held. I do not have the time frame here, but clearly it had to be well prior to the match with Spassky and prior to the infamous Treasury Department letter dated August 21, which Fischer contemptuously displayed on September 1. I say it is all the more to the discredit of the government that the letter was conveyed AFTER the training match with Fischer's activity in Yugoslavia already well underway and the training match finished.

One (not me) might argue that there was no prize fund in the training match so it might not count as "illegal business activity in Yugoslavia," but renting a hotel room or buying a Coca Cola is business too. I'm sure Fischer would have ignored any warning prior to the training match the same as he ignored the tardy warning of August 21, but the letter's timing only makes it all the more tasteless.

Fischer began playing chess in Yugoslavia at age 15, and there was no valid reason that chess should make way for war when he was 49. On seeing Fischer's display on September 1 I called the Treasury Department and made my sentiments known. To my mind the timing of the letter only underlines its perfidy.

So I stop by here today to add my spit to Fischer's on that letter. Now let me play through some of the creative work of Fischer - Gligoric 1992.

Is there any place where these games are annotated?

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  harrylime: <<Z free or die: <Harry> Or would you rather be a mule?>>


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  MissScarlett: One would think the games date from around late July to early August:

You appear to think this unpublicised training match is signficant with regard to the Treasury letter, but I don't see any connection.

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  HeMateMe: If you're a USA citizen you don't do business in a country where economic activity is banned. Fischer was told before that letter got spit on, before the match even began. The USA bans economic activity in places like Milosevic's Serbia, Putin's Russia. Fischer spent his whole life doing whatever he wanted, believing that the rules did not apply to him, because he was one of the best in the world at something.

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.

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  Dionysius1: Spooky! In the score sheet (<Missy>'s link), RJF has written his name like Prisoner! Do do eee do do eee do.
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  Dionysius1: Wow - does the US government define economic activity in a way that makes it even possible for dictatorships to want to ban it, let alone able to?

The usual definitions of economic activity include making goods, providing services and using a medium of exchange.

Strange the USA would think other countries would want to ban those. A twinge of liberal panic maybe?

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  Diocletian: Thank you for the link. I liked looking at Fischer's sloppy score sheets, but there's no date given except for the year 1992.

The sanctions on Yugoslavia were imposed by United Nations May 31, 1992.

So if your estimate of the practice games date of July-August is right then Fischer was playing these games under the sanctions too. The games were not publicized so maybe the G was unaware of them - but I doubt it because both Fischer and his mother were subjects of scrutiny for many years prior.

One may consider the matter significant or not significant.

I do not know if the training match was subject to drug testing or injection mandates, but I say it's most of the world that's mentally ill, not Fischer.

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  MissScarlett: <So if your estimate of the practice games date of July-August is right then Fischer was playing these games under the sanctions too.>

These were economic sanctions. How could private training games - even if the American authorities were aware of them, which I'm positive they weren't - come under their rubric?

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  Diocletian: It is noteworthy that Fischer used the English opening in the training match and later surprised Spassky and everyone else with it. This training games really had to be kept secret.
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  Diocletian: <These were economic sanctions. How could private training games - even if the American authorities were aware of them, which I'm positive they weren't - come under their rubric?>

I'm not sure, but I bet that if I had traveled to Yugoslavia, rented a hotel room and bought meals then I might have had trouble too. I don't know.

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  HeMateMe: <then Fischer was playing these games under the sanctions too.>

he wasn't paid to play Gligoric unless some behind the scenes wealthy benefactor threw him a bone for playing. Perhaps free hotel and meals, something like that.

The second half of the match was to be played in Belgrade, Serbia. Milosevic was a murderer, a stone-cold ethnic cleanser dictator, like Hitler. The USA government does not want individuals and companies to do business in these parts of the world, with these peoples. Such economic activity hints at acceptability of such criminals and their behavior, acceptability of a war criminal like Milosevic. It is banned where possible by our state department.

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