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  1. The Clear Play of Bobby Fischer - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 152

    The Clear Play of Bobby Fischer - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 152

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    In this DVD series Bryan examines in depth 8 of Fischer’s amazing matches and explains them in detail.

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  2. Master Class - Bobby Fischer

    Master Class - Bobby Fischer

    $33.95
    On this DVD, a team of experts presents you every facet of the chess legend, and shows you the winning techniques and strategies employed by the 11th World Champion. Grandmaster Dorian Rogozenco delves into Fischer’s openings, and retraces the development of his repertoire. What variations did Fischer play, and what sources did he use to arm himself against the best Soviet players? Mihail Marin explains Fischer’s particular style and his special strategic talent in annotated games against Spassky, Taimanov and other greats. Learn More
  3. Bobby Fischer - 60 More Memorable Games

    Bobby Fischer - 60 More Memorable Games

    $24.95
    National Master Paul Powell explores the games of Bobby Fischer from a unique point of view. Focusing on his own personal journey and taking up the mission statement of his bestselling book “Chess Patzer to Master - How an Everyday Joe Does it” he continues the battle to help the average player become a chess master. Learn More
  4. E-DVD WINNING CHESS THE EASY WAY - VOLUME 5 - Bobby Fischer's Most Brilliant Instructional Games and Combinations

    E-DVD WINNING CHESS THE EASY WAY - VOLUME 5 - Bobby Fischer's Most Brilliant Instructional Games and Combinations

    $19.95
    Susan Polgar will share with you her personal knowledge of Bobby Fischer. Susan answers some of the questions everyone wants to know like who would have won the Fischer vs. Karpov match in 1975; the impact Fischer had on chess; what she learned from Bobby and how he compares with today's best. Learn More
  5. E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 55 - A Tribute to Bobby Fischer

    E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 55 - A Tribute to Bobby Fischer

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    This DVD is Grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvili's tribute to "the greatest pure chess genius of all time" ---Robert J. "Bobby" Fischer. Learn More
  6. Fischer Spassky

    Fischer Spassky

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    AT LAST- after cancellations, protests, demands, disappearances, apologies, reporter limitations, referee uncertaincies, chessboard glares, unsuitable chairs and disputes about lighting, noise, and player and audience distance were resolved-at last Bobby Fischer was in Iceland and ready to play. Jully 11, 1972, the Green Day, had arrived at last... Learn More
  7. Both Sides of the Chessboard

    Both Sides of the Chessboard

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    An analysis of the 1972 World Championship Chess Match from both sides of the chessboard - a Russian and an American analysis. Learn More
  8. 1958 interzonal Chess Tournament Portoroz

    1958 interzonal Chess Tournament Portoroz

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    The 1958 Interzonal Chess Tournament in Portoroz was one of the most important and strongest tournaments in chess history, and is still regularly discussed in chess circles today. This is the tournament where the 15-year-old Bobby Fischer earned the grandmaster title and first became a contender for the World Chess Championship. It is also the tournament where Mikhail Tal finally got his first chance to compete in a grandmaster tournament outside of the Soviet Union, and started one of the longest non-losing streaks in chess history on his march to the World Chess Championship. Learn More
  9. Bobby Fischer and His Predeccessors

    Bobby Fischer and His Predeccessors

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    The distinguished author, himself a past world champion and President of FIDE, analyzes aspects of Fischer's play in comparison with previous holders of the title Alekhine, Botvinnik, Capablanca, Euwe, Lasker, Petrosian, Smyslov, Spassky, Tal. He examines the relevance of the respective ELO ratings of the earlier champions and provides more specific evidence for considering the true status of Fischer among the champions. Learn More
  10. Die Weltmeister Des Schachspiels 2 von Botwinnik bis Fischer - GERMAN EDITION

    Die Weltmeister Des Schachspiels 2 von Botwinnik bis Fischer - GERMAN EDITION

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    World Champions of Chess, Volume 2 - containing biographies and games of Botvinnik , Smyslov , Tal , Petrosian , Spassky and Fischere Learn More
  11. Chess World Championship 1972 - Fischer vs. Spassky

    Chess World Championship 1972 - Fischer vs. Spassky

    $19.95
    This is the most complete book on the Match for the World Chess Championship between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. For every move, there is a diagram and an explanation of the reasons for the move. This new version of this timeless classic includes a new introduction, which includes comments and revelations by leading Soviet Grandmasters concerning the match and its outcome. Learn More
  12. CLEARANCE - World Chess Champions

    CLEARANCE - World Chess Champions

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    The World Chess Champions program comprises of 4 wonderful programs devoted to Garry Kasparov, Vishwanathan Anand, Bobby Fischer and Magnus Carlsen. Learn More
  13. SHOPWORN - Fischer - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - Fischer - Move by Move

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    Bobby Fischer is a legendary chess figure, and many consider him to be the greatest chess player of all time. Fischer was a child prodigy who later developed into a phenomenal force. During his peak years he dominated his nearest rivals in a manner that had previously never been seen. In this book, former American Open Champion Cyrus Lakdawala studies his favorite Fischer games. Lakdawala examines Fischer's renowned skills in attack, defense, counterattack, exploiting imbalances, dynamic elements, accumulating advantages and endgame play. Learn More
  14. The Big Book of World Chess Championships

    The Big Book of World Chess Championships

    $24.95
    German chess journalist Andre Schulz tells the stories and the history of the World Chess Championship fights in fascinating detail: the historical and social backgrounds, the prize money and the rules, the seconds and other helpers, and the psychological wars on and off the board. Learn More
  15. How Fischer Plays Chess

    How Fischer Plays Chess

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    A study and analysis of the games of Bobby Fischer, the greatest chess player the world has ever known. Learn More
  16. Pawn Sacrifice

    Pawn Sacrifice

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    In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world. Learn More
  17. Fischer - Move by Move

    Fischer - Move by Move

    $29.95
    Bobby Fischer is a legendary chess figure, and many consider him to be the greatest chess player of all time. Fischer was a child prodigy who later developed into a phenomenal force. During his peak years he dominated his nearest rivals in a manner that had previously never been seen. In this book, former American Open Champion Cyrus Lakdawala studies his favorite Fischer games. Lakdawala examines Fischer's renowned skills in attack, defense, counterattack, exploiting imbalances, dynamic elements, accumulating advantages and endgame play. Learn More
  18. SHOPWORN - Bobby Fischer Comes Home

    SHOPWORN - Bobby Fischer Comes Home

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    Bobby Fischer Comes Home tells the story of their complicated friendship and paints an intimate portrait of the last years of the man who many see as the greatest chess player that ever lived.

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  19. Bobby Fischer: My 60 Memorable Games - RUSSIAN EDITION

    Bobby Fischer: My 60 Memorable Games - RUSSIAN EDITION

    $24.95
    This is the infamous translation into Russian of the famous work by Bobby Fischer “My 60 Memorable Games”. This translation is famous because it was denounced vehemently by Bobby Fischer in his radio broadcasts because this translation was not authorized by him. However, he even more vehemently objected to the revision by the English publisher Batsford, as he had not given them permission to reprint his work even though they had a contractual right to reprint his work by virtue of an agreement they had with the original publisher, Simon and Schuster. To make matters much worse, the Batsford edition translated all the moves from Descriptive Notation as in P-K4 into Algebraic Notation as in e4. Batsford hired English Grandmaster Nunn to go through the book and correct any mistakes in Fischer's analysis. Unfortunately, in the course of “correcting” Fischer's “mistakes”, the English grandmaster made mistakes of his own, because one “correction” required an illegal move, as the piece was pinned, as otherwise the king would have been in check. So, in reality the correction was wrong and the original note by Fischer was correct. Learn More
  20. My 60 Memorable Games

    My 60 Memorable Games

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    This is an exact reproduction of the original 1969 classic work, My 60 Memorable Games by Bobby Fischer. Unfortunately, there have been many efforts by other authors and contributors to ''improve'' on Fischer's work by converting the text into algebraic notation and then correcting what they thought were mistakes in analysis. It turned out that what they thought were mistakes by Fischer were mistakes by themselves. Fischer's analysis was correct. Their's was wrong. As a result, Fischer famously went on the radio to denounce those who claimed to have ''improved'' on his work. Learn More
  21. Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME IV

    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME IV

    $44.95
    This book brings together the two greatest names in the history of chess. The author, Garry Kasparov, is the world number one and, by common consent, the greatest player ever. The subject of the book, Bobby Fischer, is the only American to have become world champion and is probably the greatest natural talent the world has ever seen. Learn More
  22. Fischer vs. Spassky

    Fischer vs. Spassky

    $19.95
    The World Chess Championship Match 1972 The chess match of the century has finally taken place and chess masters throughout the world have already agreed that some of the games are among the greatest that have ever been played. Learn More
  23. EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME IV

    EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME IV

    $29.95

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    This book brings together the two greatest names in the history of chess. The author, Garry Kasparov, is the world number one and, by common consent, the greatest player ever. The subject of the book, Bobby Fischer, is the only American to have become world champion and is probably the greatest natural talent the world has ever seen. Learn More
  24. Bobby Fischer Comes Home

    Bobby Fischer Comes Home

    $19.95
    Bobby Fischer Comes Home tells the story of their complicated friendship and paints an intimate portrait of the last years of the man who many see as the greatest chess player that ever lived. Learn More
  25. ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 55 - A Tribute to Bobby Fischer

    ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 55 - A Tribute to Bobby Fischer

    $19.95
    This DVD is Grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvili's tribute to ''the greatest pure chess genius of all time'' ---Robert J. ''Bobby'' Fischer. Learn More
  26. Bobby Fischer: Karpov on Fischer - VOLUME 3

    Bobby Fischer: Karpov on Fischer - VOLUME 3

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    The 12th World Champion, Anatoly Karpov, has again selected his favorite games of the American World Champion - Robert J. Fischer. Here Karpov discusses some of the games played during the rematch between Robert Fischer and Boris Spassky in 1992. Learn More
  27. Bobby Fischer - The Career and Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion

    Bobby Fischer - The Career and Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion

    $39.95
    Now, for the first time, every one of his 736 tournament and match games is presented with insightful explanations and analysis. Best-selling chess author, German International Grandmaster Karsten Muller, annotates each game of the player many believe to be the greatest of all time. Learn More
  28. Bobby Fischer's Games of Chess

    Bobby Fischer's Games of Chess

    $25.95
    This is the only book ever written entirely by Bobby Fischer. It is not to be confused with other books with similar names that were written by other authors. Here is the blurb on the original dust jacket, as published in 1959: THERE ARE 34 games in this book. Learn More
  29. Bobby Fischer's Conquest of the World Chess Championship

    Bobby Fischer's Conquest of the World Chess Championship

    $25.95
    Reuben Fine was both one of the world's strongest grandmasters of chess and one of the world's leading authorities on psychoanalysis. In this book, he combines the two disciplines. This Fischer-Spassky book is really three books in one. Learn More
  30. My 60 Memorable Games

    My 60 Memorable Games

    $22.95
    In this authoritative reissue of one of the most important chess books ever written, the great Bobby Fischer takes the reader move by move through 60 of his most instructive and entertaining games, including the astounding 'Game of the Century' played when he was only 15 years old! Learn More
  31. Bobby Fischer's Outrageous Chess Moves

    Bobby Fischer's Outrageous Chess Moves

    $11.95
    This book contains a collection of the most brilliant, ingenious and outrageous moves ever played by Bobby Fischer, the American who is generally acknowledged to be the greatest chess player of all time.These 101 moves - every one a move that either forced checkmate, gained material or lead to an overwhelmingly superior position - have been selected from among all of Fischer's recorded games, most of which were were played under tournament or match conditions. Learn More
  32. Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess

    Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess

    $7.95
    Learn to think the same way Bobby Fischer did. This is the fastest, most efficient, most enjoyable book on chess ever compiled. As the student, you start at the beginning and progressively develop your skills as you apply Bobby Fischer's principles and learn how to play Chess the Bobby way. Learn More
  33. Bobby Fischer - Complete Games Of the American World Chess Champion

    Bobby Fischer - Complete Games Of the American World Chess Champion

    $19.95
    A thorough look at the games of the man recognized as the greatest Chess player of all time. Bobby Fischer's genius and uncompromised attitude raised the entire world's consciousness of chess and paved the way for multi-million dollar prize funds enjoyed by today's top players. Learn More
  34. Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess

    Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess

    $25.95
    Learn to think the same way Bobby Fischer did. This is the fastest, most efficient, most enjoyable book on chess ever compiled. As the student, you start at the beginning and progressively develop your skills as you apply Bobby Fischer's principles and learn how to play Chess the Bobby way. Learn More
  35. Bobby Fischer vs. The Rest of the World

    Bobby Fischer vs. The Rest of the World

    $29.95
    In 1972, an epic chess match took place in Iceland between representatives of the two great super-powers of the world: Bobby vs. Boris. Boris was backed by the Mighty Soviet Union, with late night phone calls coming from his handlers in Moscow, telling him what his next move should be. Learn More
  36. How Fischer Plays Chess

    How Fischer Plays Chess

    $26.95
    A study and analysis of the games of Bobby Fischer, the greatest chess player the world has ever known. Learn More

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Bobby Fischer

Wherever you go in the world you'll find chess players and wherever you find chess players you'll find people who know of Bobby Fischer, the greatest chess player in the history of America, and without doubt one of the greatest chess players of all-time. Fischer’s adventures, on and off the board, have been chronicled in many chess books and articles.

Robert James "Bobby" Fischer was born March 9, 1943 in Chicago Illinois, moving to at an early age. Bobby was fascinated with the game of chess even when he was just six years old. In fact he didn’t even want new friends unless they played chess. Fischer quickly made an impression on the local chess community. In the 1954 club championship, he tied for third to fifth-place even though most of his competition was several times his age. It didn't take long for Bobby Fischer to leap into the national tournament scene. In 1955 he participated in the U.S. junior a quite respectable even score considering he was only twelve years old. 

In 1956 he won the U.S. junior championship in Philadelphia won eight games drawn one end dropping just one. That same year he came to the attention of the entire chess world winning a brilliant game against Donald Byrne at the Rosenwald Memorial in New York City. A year later he not only won the U.S. Junior Championships with eight wins and just one draw, but also won the U.S. Open winning eight games and drawing four. Then  he won the United States championship, held in New York City. 

Name

Robert J. "Bobby" Fischer

Country

USA

Born

March 9, 1943

Death

January 17, 2008

Title

Grandmaster

Peak Rating

2785

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In 1958 it was time for major international competition and Bobby Fischer was invited to a qualifying stage for the world championship. The tournament, known as an Interzonal, was held in Yugoslavia. He managed a very impressive tie for fifth and sixth place. Then he came back to New York and won the U.S. championship again, something which is going to be quite routine for him. He did it again in 1959 and in 1960 and1962. Bobby won the Interzonal tournament in Stockholm qualifying him to move on to a tournament of world championship candidates in Curacao .He finished fourth in that event, and then went off to win the U.S. championship yet again.

In 1963 Bobby Fischer achieved a result never matched in the history of American chess. He not only won the United States championship again, he won all 11 games, no draws, no defeats! To win a 12 player tournament with a perfect score is an almost impossible achievement, especially when all of the opponents are qualified chess masters.

It was time to make a serious bid for the world championship. In 1966 he took on many of the world's top players in the famous Piatigorski Cup in Santa Monica , California .He finished second there, then dominated the chess Olympiad in Havana  scoring 14 wins, two draws and only single loss. Then it was off to win yet another United States championship in New York so the stage was sacked for him to participate in a qualifying stage is for the 1969 world championship. That started with the Interzonal tournament in Sousse , Tunisia .Things were going quite well but after winning seven games and drawing three Bobby withdrew from the event.

Fortunately, in 1970 he was able to participate in the Interzonal tournament in, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. He tore through the field winning 15 games, drawing seven and losing only won two to take first-place. Now he had to defeat three of the world's strong chess players in individual matches before he could challenge World Champion Boris Spassky.. Bobby Fischer not only achieved the goal, but he did so in a way that has never been duplicated an almost certainly never will. He smashed Mark Taimanov, a top Russian player, 6-0 with no draws. That remarkable achievement was followed by shutting out Bent Larson, the highly talented Danish player, by the same score. Against Tigran Petrosian, the world champion who held the title until Spassky took it away, he did lose one game, but won five and drew three to easily take the match. The stage was set for the dramatic confrontation between the famous Russian Boris Spassky world champion from Communist Soviet Union and Bobby Fischer the brash, unpredictable American.

When Bobby defeated Spassky by winning seven drawing 11 and losing three, he drew attention from the entire world. The Communist side in the Cold War considered themselves invulnerable at the chess board. A single American smashed all that and although Russia has continued to more or less dominate the world chess scene, the domination could never again be complete. Of the first ten world champions, the Soviet Union had produced five in a row. The defeat was a major psychological blow to the Soviet government. Bobby Fischer had clobbered the Soviet “army”.

In a dispute over regulations for his title defense, Bobby Fischer had the title taken away from him by the World Chess Federation. He did not show up to defend his title and so it went to the winner of the Candidates’ match between two Russian players, with Anatoly Karpov becoming the twelfth world champion. Unfortunately Karpov never played Fischer. Bobby went into self-imposed exile from the game, not to play chess for 20 years. When he was an active player he stuck to a fairly narrow set of chess openings, being an advocate of the Ruy Lopez as White and Najdorf Sicilian as Black.

In 1992, Bobby did play a match against his old nemesis Boris Spassky and defeated him handily. He didn’t play another serious game, and died in exile in Iceland, site of his greatest triumph, in 2008.

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