Robert J. Fischer (1943-2008) was an American grandmaster and world chess champion. At the height of his skills (1972) he was peerless. He was known for his meticulous preparation, deep understanding of the game, and mercurial temperament.

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Did Stein really ridicule Fischer for grabbing the poisoned pawn in the Najdorf Sicilian?

I remember reading somewhere that Leonid Stein (one of the top players at that time) has ridiculed Bobby Fischer for grabbing the poisoned pawn in the Najdorf Sicilian during the Spassky-Fischer match ...
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Random distribution of chess pieces (Chess960/Fischer Random Chess) [closed]

I am new to Java(2 weeks training only) and tried to create a simple Java game and implemented an AI. Learning Java all by myself, I followed a few guidelines online and have come up with something ...
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Fischer vs. Geller, Curacao Candidates 1962

I recently came across a very interesting rook and pawn endgame from one of the games between Fischer and Geller from the Curacao Candidates Tournament in 1962. More precisely, I am talking about the ...
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Bobby Fischer and the U.S

Why did Bobby Fischer despise the U.S and why did he get exiled? Wasn't he America's hero at one point? I'm a big fan of his games.
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Fischer playing Greenblatt in 1977

Is there any information, apart from the three games, regarding Fischer playing the Greenblatt computer in 1977? Wasn't Fischer living in seclusion at that time? How did someone manage to have Fischer ...
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Why did Bobby Fischer quit chess after the match with Spassky?

I am not asking about the 1975 "resignation" to Karpov, but why do you think Bobby Fischer gradually lost interest in competitive chess after becoming World Champion? Jews or not Jews, he did not play ...
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Bobby Fischer photos in his NY apartment?

Are there any photos of young Bobby Fischer in his NY apartment?
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Why did Bobby Fischer play the Queen's Gambit as White vs. Spassky?

Why did Bobby Fischer play the Queen's Gambit as White in many games in the 1972 World Championship match vs. Spassky, although he almost never played it in any other tournament or match game?
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Why didn't Donald Bryne capture with the queen instead of pawn (against 13-year-old Bobby Fischer in the Game of the Century)?

I watched this video - Game of the Century - Bobby Fischer vs Donald Byrne in which the 13-year-old Bobby Fischer defeated Donald Byrne in an epic match. But I didn't really understand what happened ...
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Playing Styles of Fischer and Botvinnik

They say Botvinnik had 'scientific' approach to chess and Fischer's style was crystal-clear. What does it mean? Could you please enunciate about the styles of these masters in a more lucid way?
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Did Bobby Fischer castle with a pawn promoted to a rook?

I once heard that Bobby Fischer pawn promoted to a rook, and then on a subsequent move, castled with that rook. I have been searching for the move history of this game, if it really did happen, but I ...
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Why and how do great chess players become “crazy”? [closed]

I know that this question may be for a more psychology-focus forum, and "great" is an understatement for players such as Fischer; yet, I want to know your opinion on this question. Is it intelligence? ...
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How come chess prodigies seem to start in young ages?

I started looking into the history of a few grandmasters such as Fischer and Carlsen, but why does it seem to have its "kings" and queens" playing the game from a young age? Can anyone show me any ...
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Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess - Visual Teaching of Chess

I have severe dyslexia which means that for the majority of chess books I find it very difficult to accurately read games (although having a board does help). My favorite chess book when I was younger ...
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In Spassky v Fischer '72 game 11, why is 14. Nb1 considered such a great move?

In game 11 of the 1972 World Championship, Spassky as white moves his Knight back to its 14. Nb1 starting position. Apparently, this moved was received as 14. Nb1!!. But to me, it seems as a simple ...
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Who did Nigel Short really play on the ICC in 2001 when he thought he was playing Fischer?

In 2001, Nigel Short went public with the opinion that he had in fact played Bobby Fischer on the Internet Chess Club. This was denied by Fischer himself, and the consensus seems to be that it was ...
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Do professional level chess players mainly stay consistent in their opening play?

I know that professional chess players obviously have to have a wide repertoire and try to know as much as they can, but I was curious if they mainly stay consistent. The reason for asking this was ...
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Why is Byrne vs. Fischer (1956) regarded as the “Game of the Century”?

(This is the game in question.) Is it because it was played by a 13-year-old Bobby Fischer? Would it have been different if it were played by a much older player? Who labeled it the "game of the ...
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Fischer: 1. e4 “Best by test”

Fischer famously scribbled "best by test" on one of his score sheets after playing 1. e4. Yet when I look at chess.com's database of games, 1. d4 yields a larger win %age for while than does 1. e4. ...