Bobby Fischer 1961-1970

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Fischer 1961-1970

1961 Rehevsky match

Implications and Drama

The play was abandoned because of a dispute indirectly created by Rehevsky's refusal to play on the Jewish Sabbath. It is ironic that a year later Fischer became a member of the World Church of God, a fundamentalist sect which also forbade play on the Jewish Sabbath.

+2=7-2
Bled

 

2nd place (+8=11) after Tal ahead of Gligoric, Keres, Petrosian and Geller
BBC Consultation (=1)
1962 Stockholm Interzonal

Implications and Drama

Fischer's winning margin of 2.5 points reflected his complete domination of this event.

Leonard Barden's report read

"...This was a remarkable victory not only for its margin, but for the maturity of chess style by which it was achieved. It seemed that Fischer was combining the iron logic of a Botvinnik, the fanatical zeal to win of an Alekhine, and endgame purity of Capablanca and Rubenstein"

Games (round order)

Teschner,R - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Benko,P ½-½
Aaron,M - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Portisch,L 1-0
Bilek,I - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Barcza,G 1-0
Bisguier,A - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Pomar Salamanca,A ½-½
Gligoric,S - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Schweber,S 1-0
Yanofsky,D - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - German,E 1-0
Cuellar Gacharna,M - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Olafsson,F 1-0
Stein,L - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Petrosian,T ½-½
Geller,E - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Korchnoi,V 1-0
Filip,M - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Bolbochan,J 1-0
Bertok,M - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Uhlmann,W ½-½

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1st place (+13=9) 2.5 points ahead of the 2nd prize winners
Larsen exhibition match Won (+1)
Candidates, Curaçao

This was a 28 round marathon, with each player plays each other 4 times.

Games (arranged by opponent, not chronological order)

Fischer,R - Benko,P 1-0
Fischer,R - Benko,P 1-0
Benko,P - Fischer,R 1-0
Benko,P - Fischer,R ½-½

Fischer,R - Filip,M 1-0
Fischer,R - Filip,M 1-0
Filip,M - Fischer,R ½-½
Filip,M - Fischer,R ½-½

Fischer,R - Geller,E 0-1

Fischer,R - Geller,E 1-0
Geller,E - Fischer,R 1-0
Geller,E - Fischer,R ½-½

Fischer,R - Keres,P 1-0

Fischer,R - Keres,P 0-1
Keres,P - Fischer,R ½-½
Keres,P - Fischer,R ½-½

Fischer,R - Kortchnoi,V 0-1

Fischer,R - Kortchnoi,V 0-1
Kortchnoi,V - Fischer,R 0-1
Kortchnoi,V - Fischer,R ½-½

Fischer,R - Petrosian,T 0-1

Fischer,R - Petrosian,T ½-½
Petrosian,T - Fischer,R ½-½
Petrosian,T - Fischer,R ½-½

Fischer,R - Tal,M 1-0

cancelled (Tal had to retire from the tournament due to kidney trouble)
Tal,M - Fischer,R ½-½

Tal,M - Fischer,R ½-½
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Implications and Drama

Five of the eight competitors were from the USSR and Fischer believed that they had conspired against him. The objective truth may have been either that Fischer aged 19 was not yet good enough to win such this event or that his sheer desire to win, to squeeze every last drop out of the positions, was inappropriate for this marathon tournament. Draws would have allowed the conservation of energy.

As a consequence of Fischer's belief of Russian conspiracy, he did not play in international tournaments for three years.

Fourth place (+8=12-7) after Petrosian, Keres and Geller
Silwa, USA v Poland Won (+1)
Olympiad, Varna

(+8=6-3)
US Championship (1962/63)

Games (round order)

Fischer,R - Mednis,E 0-1
Rossolimo,N - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Berliner,H 1-0
Evans,L - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Reshevsky,S 1-0
Benko,P - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Addison,W 1-0
Steinmeyer,R - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Sherwin,J 1-0
Byrne,R - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Bisguier,A 1-0

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1st (+6=4-1)
1963 Western Open at Bay City, Michigan 1st (+7=1)
New York State Open at Poughkeepsie 1st (+7)
US Championship (1963/64)

Implications

Fischer demonstrated convincingly that he was now in a class by himself. This was the only time that anyone had ever whitewashed the field in a United States Championship.

Games (round order)

Mednis,E - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Evans,L 1-0
Byrne,R - Fischer 0-1 (brilliancy prize)
Fischer,R - Bisguier,A 1-0
Reshevsky,S - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Steinmeyer,R 1-0
Addison,W - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Weinstein,R 1-0
Byrne,D - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Benko,P 1-0
Saidy,A - Fischer,R 0-1
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1st (+11)
1964 Simultaneous Tour  
1965 Capablanca memorial tournament held in Havana. 

Fischer sat in New York and played by teletype!

2nd (+12=6-3) equal with Geller and Ivkov half a point behind the winner Smyslov
US Championship (1965/66)

Games (round order)

Addison,W - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Suttles,D 1-0
Evans,L - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Benko,P 1-0
Bisguier,A - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Zuckerman,B 1-0
Saidy,A - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Byrne,R 0-1
Reshevsky,S - Fischer,R 1-0
Fischer,R - Rossolimo,N 1-0
Burger,K - Fischer,R 0-1

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1st (+8=1-2)
1966 Piatigorsky Cup, Santa Monica

Each player played each other twice in this tournament format.

Games (round order)

Reshevsky,S - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Portisch,L ½-½
Ivkov,B - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Donner,J ½-½
Unzicker,W - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Larsen,B 0-1
Najdorf,M - Fischer,R 1-0
Spassky,B - Fischer,R 1-0
Fischer,R - Petrosian,T ½-½
Fischer,R - Reshevsky,S 1-0
Portisch,L - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Ivkov,B 1-0
Donner,J - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Unzicker,W ½-½
Larsen,B - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Najdorf,M 1-0
Fischer,R - Spassky,B ½-½
Petrosian,T - Fischer,R ½-½

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2nd (+7=8-3) half a point behind Spassky.
Olympiad, Havana Board 1 (+14=2-1)
US Championship (1966/67)

Games (round order)

Benko,P - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Saidy,A 1-0
Rossolimo,N - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Byrne,R ½-½
Byrne,D - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Zuckerman,B 1-0
Evans,L - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Addison,W ½-½
Sherwin,J - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Reshevsky,S 1-0
Bisguier,A - Fischer,R 0-1

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Implications

Fischer qualified for the next interzonal

1st (+8=3)
1967 Monaco

Games (round order)

Lombardy,W - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Forintos,G 1-0
Mazzoni,G - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Bergraser,C 1-0
Larsen,B - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Smyslov,V ½-½
Matanovic,A - Fischer,R ½-½
Gligoric,S - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Geller,E 0-1

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1st (+6=2-1) 
Skopje

Games (round order)

Ilijevski,B - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Geller,E 0-1
Damjanovic,M - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Dely,P 1-0
Minic,D - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Panov,V 1-0
Maric,R - Fischer,R 0-1
Danov,K - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Bukic,E 1-0
Knezevic,M - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Popov,L ½-½
Janosevic,D - Fischer,R 1-0
Fischer,R - Matulovic,M 1-0
Nicevski,R - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Soos,B 1-0
Kholmov,R - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Sofrevski,J 1-0

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1st (+12=3-2)
Sousse interzonal

Games (round order)

Fischer,R - Barczay,L 1-0
Portisch,L - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Miagmasuren,L 1-0
Cuellar Gacharna,M - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Sarapu,O 1-0
Kavalek,L - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Stein,L 1-0 (a very important win against the Soviet champion)
Kortchnoi,V - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Reshevsky,S 1-0
Byrne,R - Fischer,R 0-1
Games not played against Geller, Gipslis, Hort and Larsen
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Implications and drama

He seemed destined to win the interzonal, having a comfortable lead after ten rounds. Unfortunately he became involved in a dispute which revolved around playing schedules. 

This led to his withdrawal from the tournament, which meant that his chances of becoming champion were delayed for another three years.

Withdrew. Was on (+7=3)
1968 Natanya, Israel

Games (round order)

Fischer,R - Hamann,S 1-0
Kraidman,Y - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Czerniak,M 1-0
Troianescu,O - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Kagan,S 1-0
Porath,Y - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Ree,H 1-0
Bernstein,S - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Domnitz,Z 1-0
Ciocaltea,V - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Geller,E 1-0
Fischer,R - Yanofsky,D ½-½
Aloni,I - Fischer,R 0-1

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1st (+10=3)
Vinkovci, Yugoslavia

Fischer,R - Wade,R 1-0
Fischer,R - Jovanovac,I 1-0
Matulovic,M - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Hort,V ½-½
Ivkov,B - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Minic,D 1-0
Matov,M - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Matanovic,A 1-0
Nikolic,E - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Robatsch,K ½-½
Byrne,D - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Gheorghiu,F ½-½
Bertok,M - Fischer,R 0-1

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Implications

After the successful tournaments of Natanya and Vinkovci, Fischer withdrew from tournament play for a year and a half, devoting himself to prepare for the next interzonal

1st (+9=4)
1969 Metropolitan League (+1)
1970 Rest of the World v.s. USSR match

Board 2 (+2=2)

Herceg Novi 5-Minute 1st (+17=4-1)
Rovinj-Zagreb, "Tournament of Peace"
Rovinj, April 12-26 - Zagreb, April 27-May 8

Games (round order)

Parma,B - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Nicevski,R 1-0
Minic,D - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Marovic,D 1-0
Ivkov,B - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Uhlmann,W 1-0
Ghitescu,T - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Kovacevic,V 0-1
Smyslov,V - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Gligoric,S 1-0
Kurajica,B - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Udovcic,M 1-0
Hort,V - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Bertok,M 1-0
Browne,W - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Kortchnoi,V ½-½
Petrosian,T - Fischer,R ½-½

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41 of Fischers conditions had been met

1st prize (+10=6-1)
Buenos Aires 

Games (round order)

Fischer - Tukmakov 1-0
Damjanovic,M - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Gheorghiu,F 1-0
Fischer,R - Schweber,S 1-0
Quinteros,M - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - O'Kelly de Galway,A 1-0
Najdorf,M - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Panno,O 1-0
Agdamus,J - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Rossetto,H 1-0
Szabo,L - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Bisguier,A 1-0
Mecking,H - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Rubinetti,J 1-0
Reshevsky,S - Fischer,R ½-½
Smyslov,V - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Garcia,R 1-0

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1st prize (+13=4)
Olympiad, Siegen

Fischer's loss to Spassky
Spassky,B - Fischer,R 1-0

Board 1 (+8=4-1)

losing only to Spassky

Andersson Exhibition match Won (+1)
Palma de Majorca interzonal

Fischer gained a place in this tournament because Pal Benko gave up his place.

Games (round order)

Fischer,R - Hubner,R ½-½
Smyslov,V - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Addison,W 1-0
Fischer,R - Filip,M 1-0
Hort,V - Fischer,R 0-1
Reshevsky,S - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Matulovic,M ½-½
Naranja,R - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Larsen,B 0-1
Portisch,L - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Polugaevsky,L ½-½
Geller,E - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Ivkov,B 1-0
Minic,D - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Jimenez Zerquera,E ½-½
Ujtumen,T - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Rubinetti,J 1-0
Uhlmann,W - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Taimanov,M 1-0
Suttles,D - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Mecking,H 1-0
Gligoric,S - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer - Panno,O 1-0 (1 move)


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