GM Bobby Fischer

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Full name
Bobby Fischer
Life
Mar 9, 1943 - Dec 17, 2008 (age 65)
Place of birth
Chicago, Illinois, US
Federation
United States

Bobby Fischer is the first and only American World Chess Champion in history. Many also consider him to be the greatest chess player of all time. Fischer sparked an entire generation of chess players, especially in the United States. His success against the Russian chess empire of the 1960’s and 70’s remains as one of the most incredible individual performances by any chess player ever.

Bobby Fischer with Euwe

Bobby Fischer with Max Euwe in 1972. | © Dutch National Archive.

Starting at age 14, Fischer played in eight United States Championships, winning each one by at least a one-point margin. At age 15, Fischer became both the youngest grandmaster ever (at that time) and the youngest candidate for the World Championship. At age 20, Fischer won the 1963–64 U.S. Championship with 11/11, the only perfect score in the history of the tournament. In 1970 Fischer won the Interzonal Tournament by a 3½-point margin and won 20 consecutive games, including two 6–0 sweeps in the Candidates Matches. In 1972, he captured the World Chess Championship from Boris Spassky in a match publicized as a Cold War confrontation which attracted more worldwide interest than any chess championship before or since. In 1975, Fischer did not defend his world champion title. Afterward, Fischer became a recluse, disappearing until 1992, when he won an unofficial rematch against Spassky. Fischer passed away on January 17, 2008.

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Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Catalan Opening (1) : E01
King's Gambit Accepted (8) : C33 C36 C34
Pirc Defense (13) : B09 B07 B08
Queen's Gambit Declined (3) : D59 D55 D37
English Opening (2) : A39 A11
Caro-Kann Defense (49) : B10 B13 B11 B18 B17
Petrov's Defense (6) : C42 C43
King's Gambit Declined (7) : C31 C30
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (4) : A01
Reti Opening (11) : A04 A05
Indian Game (1) : A50
Modern Defense (6) : B06
Bird's Opening (1) : A03
Hungarian Opening (1) : A00
King's Indian Defense (1) : E67
Scandinavian Defense (6) : B01
King's Indian Attack (7) : A08 A07
Alekhine Defense (8) : B04 B03 B02
Giuoco Piano Game (14) : C51 C52
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (2) : B00
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Philidor Defense (6) : C41
Italian Game (10) : C58 C57 C59
King's Pawn Opening (3) : C40 C20
Scotch Game (1) : C44
King's Gambit (1) : C30
Nimzowitsch Defense (1) : B00
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A43
Polish Opening (2) : A00
Queen's Pawn Opening (1) : D02
Four Knights Game (1) : C47
Black Pieces
Queen's Gambit Accepted (4) : D27
Alekhine Defense (7) : B04 B05 B03
Pirc Defense (1) : B09
Bird's Opening (4) : A02
Reti Opening (9) : A04 A05
Tarrasch Defense (2) : D32
Torre Attack with 3.Bg5 (1) : A48
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (4) : D79 D78
Ruy Lopez Opening (8) : C89 C70 C68 C64
Indian Game (12) : A46 A50 E10 A49
Hungarian Opening (5) : A00
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
Torre Attack (2) : A48
Giuoco Piano Game (1) : C53
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D70
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Trompowsky Attack (1) : A45
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C39
London System (1) : A48
Queen's Pawn Opening (1) : D00

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