Bobby Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008)

Life Magazine Bobby Fischer

Life Magazine Bobby Fischer

Today, Bobby Fischer, an American chess legend, would have turned 70.

March 9, 2013 – Robert James “Bobby” Fischer was an American grandmaster and the 11th World Chess Champion. He was one of the greatest chess players of all time. He died on January 17, 2008 at the age of 64.

Chess Review Magazine (1956) Bobby Fischer

Chess Review Magazine (1956) Bobby Fischer

“Bobby” Fischer was a chess prodigy. At age 13 Fischer won against Donald Byrne in a chess game that later became known as “The Game of the Century”.  The “Game of the Century” was a chess game played between Donald Byrne and 13-year-old Bobby Fischer in New York City at the Rosenwald Memorial Tournament (October 17, 1956). The game was nicknamed “The Game of the Century” by Hans Kmoch in Chess Review magazine.

“The following game, a stunning masterpiece of combination play performed by a boy of 13 against a formidable opponent, matches the finest on record in the history of chess prodigies.” – Hans Kmoch, Chess Review Magazine

Bobby Fischer started participating in the US Championships at age 14, he played in eight US Championships, winning every one. He became the youngest grandmaster at age 15½.

In the following video clip, you will see Bobby Fischer on “I’ve Got a Secret”, a CBS Television Game Show (March 26, 1958)

Bobby Fischer’s book, “My 60 Memorable Games”

“My 60 Memorable Games” was published in 1969. This book is highly recommended and is a wonderful piece of chess literature. No chess library should be without one.

The World Chess Championship Match (1972)

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World Chess Federation: Boris Spassky – Bobby Fischer, World Chess Championship Match History 1972

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World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 1

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 2

Following his loss in Round 1, Bobby Fischer made further demands on the organizers of the World Championship Match (1972), including that all cameras be removed. When they were not, he refused to appear for Game 2, giving a default win to Spassky.

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 3

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 4

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 5

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 6

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 7

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 8

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 9

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 10

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 11

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 12

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 13

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 14

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 15

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 16

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 17

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 18

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 19

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 20

World Chess Championship Match (1972), Round 21

Bobby Fischer Video Clips

CBS News, Bobby Fischer (1972)

Match with Spassky (Video Clip)

Bobby Fischer, Exhibit at the World Chess Hall of Fame (2012)

“World-renowned photographer Harry Benson was the only person to have private access to Bobby Fischer during the entire 1972 World Chess Championship match in Reykjavík, Iceland. Benson captured intimate images of this time with Fischer and was the first person to deliver the news to Fischer that he had won the match.” – World Chess Hall of Fame Exhibit

Works Featured in this Exhibition:

Bobby Fischer, Amusement Park, Buenos Aires, 1971

Bobby Fischer, Amusement Park, Buenos Aires, 1971, Photograph by Harry Benson CBE, World Chess Hall of Fame Exhibit

Bobby Fischer, Chess in Park, Children Gather Round, Buenos Aires, 1971

Bobby Fischer, Chess in Park, Children Gather Round, Buenos Aires, 1971, Photograph by Harry Benson CBE, World Chess Hall of Fame Exhibit

Bobby Fischer, Always Reading, Grossinger’s Resort, New York, 1972

Bobby Fischer, Always Reading, Grossinger’s Resort, New York, 1972, Photograph by Harry Benson CBE, World Chess Hall of Fame Exhibit

Fischer-vs-Spassky, Game 2 , Iceland 1972, Photograph by Harry Benson CBE, World Chess Hall of Fame Exhibit

Fischer-vs-Spassky, Game 2 , Iceland 1972, Photograph by Harry Benson CBE, World Chess Hall of Fame Exhibit

Bobby kissed by a horse, Iceland 1972, Photograph by Harry Benson CBE, World Chess Hall of Fame Exhibit

Bobby kissed by a horse, Iceland 1972, Photograph by Harry Benson CBE, World Chess Hall of Fame Exhibit

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