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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. Fischer vs S Baron 1-0531956New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
13. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-1521956New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
14. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0531956New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
15. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. W Whisler vs Fischer 0-1281956?E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
17. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½361956New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
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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Apr-23-19  john barleycorn: <Also, as Malcolm Pein notes in 'Bobby Fischer the $5,000,000 Comeback' Spassky should have used current opening theory instead of popular variations from the 60 and 70's. (in game 1 after 12 moves they reached a position they had in game 10 1972.) >

Scandalous ... after 12 moves having the same position like in a game from 20 years before. Today, we can expect same positions after 30 moves. Patzers, the 2 pensioneers in 1992.

<It would have been very one-sided.>

that is the question.

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  harrylime: <JOHN BARLEYBORE>

You posting on drugs just the Noooooo?? lol lol lol lol lol

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  harrylime: <john barleycorn: <harry> the funny thing is that Kasparov would have died to play Fischer. The unprecented price money for such a match would have been the one reason for a true Bolchevik. But after the 1992 match with Spassky it was clear to me that Kasparov would not have squashed Fischer like a bug. Fischer had it still.>

DRUGS are bad for you folks. 😉😎

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  beatgiant: It's still not easy to create a good chatbot....
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  Count Wedgemore: <harrylime: DRUGS are bad for you folks.>

Not for you though. I doubt it would make much difference.

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  HeMateMe: bob had to be somewhat streetwise. he made it through a youthhood in Flatbush, Brooklyn without getting the crap beat out of him.
Apr-25-19  john barleycorn: <Count Wedgemore: <harrylime: DRUGS are bad for you folks.>

Not for you though. I doubt it would make much difference.>

<harry> escapes reality anyway

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  Dionysius1: Let's start a speculation. Perhaps the reason why Fischer acted so oddly socially and yet scored such tremendous results in the run up to the world championship might be that he had found some mind enhancing drug which had destabilising social effects. Discuss, and don't shoot me.
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  harrylime: <Count Wedgemore: <harrylime: DRUGS are bad for you folks.> Not for you though. I doubt it would make much difference.>

You auditioning to be my new stalker on these pages ? lol

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  Joshka: <Dionysius1> By 1975, Bobby had become a bit more "worldly". He was "living" as they say from the end of September 1972 onwards. He had a ONE TRACK mind prior to the 72 match. He succeeded!! Enough was enough. Although I believe without a doubt he would have played in 1975 if the conditions he laid out were accepted, he was by no means going to give in on any of them. He was Champ and that's that. He also was unable to partner a world outside of chess while still having a foot firmly in it. Morphy really the same way.......Steinitz? An obsession with a certain type of study gets a bit much, and not many can achieve it. Thus, no American World Chess Champion since, and nothing on the horizon I'm afraid.
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  harrylime: Any Chess GM still alive now having encountered Bobby would say he was the BIZ.

The sad thing about the past is the more we discuss it, the more folk who actually witnessed the thing leave us.

I'm a Bobby FANBOY so guess my opinion doesnt matter.

But I'm pretty certain anyone who played Bobby and is still around would say he was like what John Lennon said of the Beatles , Bigger than Jesus.

May-11-19  Tiggler: <harrylime: I'm a Bobby FANBOY so guess my opinion doesnt matter.>

Correct. I am a Bobby HATER, and my opinion doesn't matter either. So we have that in common, if nothing else.

May-11-19  todicav23:

This is an interview in Romanian with Florin Gheorghiu. He believes that Fischer is the best chess player ever. He also said that Fischer could easily beat Carlsen in a match (presumably, Fischer at his best, with computers and modern theory).

Gheorghiu, who played 9 world champions (including Karpov and Kasparov), said that Fischer was the only player that when playing against him you had the impression that he wants to "kill you from the chess point of view". He said that playing against Karpov or Kasparov felt more "human".

May-11-19  ughaibu: Which world champions has Gheorghiu beaten at chess?
May-11-19  ughaibu: Well, I checked myself. The only world champion Gheorghiu beat was Fischer. He lost to Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Karpov and Kasparov. Against Botvinnik he drew, they only played once.
May-11-19  ughaibu: Who was the ninth? It looks like eight to me.
May-11-19  ughaibu: Okay, I forgot Kramnik, another single encounter and a draw.
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  Diademas: <todicav23: This is an interview in Romanian with Florin . He believes that Fischer is the best chess player ever. He also said that Fischer could easily beat Carlsen in a match. >

Fischer could not even get a positive score against Gheorghiu, <Classical games: Florin Gheorghiu tied Robert James Fischer 1 to 1, with 2 draws.>

<ughaibu: The only world champion Gheorghiu beat was Fischer. He lost to Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Karpov and Kasparov. Against Botvinnik he drew, they only played once.>

I guess that means Gheorghiu would have beaten Carlsen easily too.

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  Joshka: <todicav23> I appreciate the opinions of Gheorghi. When he says playing Karpov/Kasparov "felt" more human, this is how I try to remember my opponents when I play on the ICC. How they make me "feel" in regards to their strength. What's puzzling at times is a certain player say Player x will have a winning percentage against me like 87%. Then I look up what he has done against say Player Y, whom I have say a 70 % winning score. Many times the player I handle easily like Player Y, will also be beating player X on a regular basis! But this way of 'feeling" the strength of someone happens all the time with my playing.
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  Joshka: <todicav23> Well I played Petrosian in a simul does that count?;-) 1 degree separation!!;-)
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  Joshka: Just noticed all the back posts have been deleted?? Any reason??
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  HeMateMe: that's a lot of world champions for Flo-Go. I think Korchnoi played 11 WCs, the most ever.
May-11-19  sneaky pete: <Joshka> Not deleted but archived. If you jump to page 1 of Earlier Kibitzing, you'll find a link (bottom left) to Archived Kibitzing.
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  thegoodanarchist: <Fischer is the profoundest student of chess who ever lived. He reads incessantly, forgets nothing, turns knowledge into action with monstrous precision and ferocity.>

– Brad Darrach


<<<<thegoodanarchist>>> is the most profoundly average student of chess who ever lived. He reads only sometimes, forgets quite a bit, turns knowledge into action with monstrous blunders.>


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  Fusilli: Who is Fischer playing in this photo?

Does anyone know?

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