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|60 Memorable Fischer Moments|
|Top moments and events in Bobby Fischer's spectacular chess career and uncommon life.|
For an explanation of the draft version and the finished version (further down), see Can't Get There From Here.
1. 1942 Fischer's mother under FBI surveillance : (Oct) Fischer's mother Regina comes to attention of FBI; placed under surveillance
2. 1943 Fischer born : (Mar) Fischer born in Chicago -> Mobile AZ -> Brooklyn, NY
3. 1949 Learns to play chess : Age 6, learns to play chess from sister Joan
4. 1951 Response to mother's plea : (Jan) Helms responds to mother; RJF plays simul; meets Carmine Nigro
5. 1955 First tournaments : U.S. Amateur, N.J. (less than 3.5 out of 6); U.S. Junior, Nebraska (5.0 out of 10)
6. 1956 Rosenwald : (Oct) Lessing J. Rosenwald tournament; 'Game of the Century' vs. D.Byrne
7. 1957 U.S. Junior : (Jul) Wins U.S. Junior, San Francisco (8.5 out of 9)
8. 1957 U.S Championship : (Dec) Wins U.S championship for 1st time (+8-0=5), a point ahead of Reshevsky
9. 1958 'I've Got a Secret' : (Mar) Appears on 'I've Got a Secret'
10. 1958 IZ Portoroz : (Aug) Portoroz Interzonal; 5th place; youngest candidate ever; awarded title of GM
11. 1959 Drops out of school : (Mar) Drops out of school
12. 1959 IT Zurich : (May) Zurich International Tournament
13. 1959 CT Yugoslavia : (Sep) Candidates Tournament, Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade, Yugoslavia
14. 1960 Mother leaves home : Mother leaves home
15. 1960 IT Mar del Plata : (Mar) Mar del Plata International Tournament
16. 1960 IT Buenos Aires : (Jun) Buenos Aires International Tournament
17. 1960 OL Leipzig : (Oct) Leipzig Olympiad
18. 1961 Match vs. Reshevsky : (Jul) Match vs. Reshevsky
19. 1961 IT Bled : (Sep) Bled International Tournament
20. 1962 Worldwide Church of God : Becomes follower of Worldwide Church of God
21. 1962 IZ Stockholm : (Jan) Stockholm Interzonal; 1st
22. 1962 CT Curacao : (May) Candidates Tournament, Curacao, accuses Russians of cheating
23. 1962 OL Varna : (Sep) Varna Olympiad
24. 1963 U.S. Championship : (Dec) Wins U.S. Championship 13-0; game vs. R.Byrne, 'more witchcraft than chess'
25. 1965 IT Havana : (Aug) Havana International Tournament by telex(?)
26. 1966 Fischer Teaches Chess : Publishes 'Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess'
27. 1966 IT Santa Monica : (Jul) Santa Monica International Tournament; comeback in second half
28. 1966 OL Havana : (Oct) Havana Olympiad
29. 1967 IZ Sousse : (Oct) Sousse Interzonal; withdraws while leading
30. 1968 OL Lugano : Lugano Olympiad; leaves abruptly
31. 1968 Moves from NY to CA : (Mar) Moves from New York to Pasadena
32. 1969 '60 Memorable Games' : Publishes 'My 60 Memorable Games'
33. 1969 Declines to play U.S. Championship : (Oct) Declines to play U.S. Championship, a zonal
34. 1970 USSR vs. Rest of World : (Mar) USSR vs. Rest of World; board 2 vs. Petrosian
35. 1970 OL Siegen : (Sep) Siegen Olympiad
36. 1970 Seeded into Palma IZ : (Oct) seeded into Palma IZ
37. 1970 IZ Palma : (Nov) Palma Interzonal; 1st
38. 1971 CM 1/4-final : (May) Candidates quarterfinal match vs. Taimanov (6-0)
39. 1971 CM 1/2-final : (Jul) Candidates semifinal match vs. Larsen (6-0)
40. 1971 CM 1/1-final : (Sep) Candidates final match vs. Petrosian
41. 1972 Will he play Spassky? : (Jul) Slater doubles prize fund
42. 1972 Game 1 : (Jul) Start of World Championship match vs. Spassky 1
43. 1972 Game 3 : (Jul) Beats Spassky for first time 3
44. 1972 Game 21 : (Sep) Wins match vs. Spassky; becomes world champion 21
45. 1974 Demands for title match : (Jun) FIDE General Assembly considers demands for next title match
46. 1975 Loses title by default : (Apr) Loses title by default to Karpov
47. 1981 Arrested in Pasadena : (May) Arrested in Pasadena; 'I was tortured in the Pasadena jailhouse'
48. 1984 Disavows Jewishness : (Jun) Writes letter disavowing Jewishness
49. 1988 Files for patent : (May) Files for patent on Fischer clock
50. 1992 Rematch with Spassky : (Sep) Press conference; spits on letter
51. 1992 Game 1 Spassky rematch : (Sep) Plays Spassky second time 1
52. 1996 Fischer Random Chess : (Jun) Fischer Random Chess (Chess960)
53. 1997 Mother dies : Regina (mother) dies
54. 1998 Sister dies : Joan Fischer Targ (sister) dies (b.1937)
55. 1999 First radio interview : (Jan) First radio interview
56. 2001 Reaction to 9-11 : (Sep) Radio interview and reaction to 9-11
57. 2002 Biological father revealed : Biological father revealed as Paul Nemenyi (Jewish)
58. 2004 Detained in Japan : (Jul) Detained in Japan
59. 2005 Released to Iceland : (Mar) Released to Iceland
60. 2008 Fischer dies in Iceland : (Jan) Dies in Iceland
'Larger than life', 'A legend in his own time', 'A god among mortals', have all been said about Bobby Fischer. These are our picks for the top moments and events in his spectacular chess career and uncommon life.
1. 1942 Fischer's mother under FBI surveillance : (October) While carrying her second child, Fischer's mother Regina comes to the attention of the FBI. She is placed under surveillance. Over two decades, the FBI compiles a 900 page dossier.
2. 1943 Fischer born : (March 9) Fischer is born in Chicago. His father is Gerhard Fischer, his mother Regina Fischer (nee Wender). They divorce in 1945. The family moves to Mobile, Arizona, and then to Brooklyn, N.Y.
3. 1949 Learns to play chess : Age 6, the boy learns to play chess from his sister Joan.
4. 1951 Response to a mother's plea : (January) After Regina writes to the Brooklyn Eagle, Hermann Helms responds, 'If you can bring your little chess-playing boy to the Brooklyn Public Library, he might find someone there about his own age.'. Fischer plays in a simultaneous exhibition against Max Pavey and loses. He meets Carmine Nigro, president of the Brooklyn Chess Club, who offers to teach him.
5. 1955 First tournaments : U.S. Amateur, N.J. (May, less than 3.5 out of 6); U.S. Junior, Nebraska (July, 5.0 out of 10).
6. 1956 John W. Collins : (June) Begins visiting Hawthorne Chess Club, a private chess circle at the Brooklyn home of John W. (Jack) Collins and his sister Ethel. Collins had been New York State Champion in 1952 and was a stabilizing influence on the young Fischer.
7. 1956 Rosenwald : (October) Invited to play in the 3rd Lessing J. Rosenwald tournament, Fischer finishes 8/9th out of 12 players, 4.5 points behind the winner Reshevsky. He plays the 'Game of the Century' as Black against Donald Byrne.
8. 1957 U.S. Junior : (July) Wins the U.S. Junior Championship, San Francisco with 8.5 out of 9 points.
9. 1957 U.S Championship : (December) Wins the U.S Championship on his first try (+8-0=5), a point ahead of Reshevsky. Held at yearend during that period in U.S. chess, he also wins in 1958/59, 1959/60, 1960/61, 1962/63, 1963/64, 1965/66, and 1966/67, a total of eight times. The victory earns him a spot in the next FIDE Interzonal, a World Championship qualifier.
10. 1958 'I've Got a Secret' : (March) Appears on 'I've Got a Secret', and wins a trip to the Interzonal.
31. 1968 OL Lugano : Lugano Olympiad; unsatisfied with the lighting, leaves abruptly without playing a single game.
32. 1968 Moves from NY to CA : (March) Moves from New York to Los Angeles. Attracted to the LA area since playing in the 1966 Santa Monica tournament.
33. 1969 '60 Memorable Games' : Publishes 'My 60 Memorable Games', the largest repository of his chess knowledge and an instant classic. Includes three Fischer losses and seven draws. Assisted by GM Larry Evans, also responsible for the game introductions.
34. 1969 Declines to play U.S. Championship : (October) Declines to play U.S. Championship, a zonal, thereby forfeiting his right to participate in the 1970-1972 World Championship cycle. Top places won by Reshevsky, Addison, and Benko, who qualify for the forthcoming Interzonal.
35. 1970 USSR vs. Rest of World : (March) USSR vs. Rest of World; ten matches, each of four games, between the Soviet Union's top players and all other top players. GM Bent Larsen of Denmark insists on playing first board against World Champion Spassky. Unexpectedly, Fischer agrees and plays board 2 vs. previous World Champion Petrosian. Fischer wins the first two games and finishes +2-0=2.
36. 1970 OL Siegen : (September) Siegen Olympiad, West Germany; scores +8-1=4 on first board. The U.S team finishes 4th.
37. 1970 Seeded into Palma IZ : (October) Seeded into Palma Interzonal. The 41st FIDE Congress, held during the Siegen Olympiad, opened the door for Fischer's participation in the next Interzonal. Benko gives up his qualifying spot, and Fischer confirms his willingness to play. He will be guided over the next three years by Colonel Ed Edmondson, USCF Executive Director.
38. 1970 IZ Palma : (November) Palma de Mallorca Interzonal; 1st place (+15-1=7), 3.5 points ahead of Larsen, Geller, and Huebner. Qualifies for the Candidates Matches. Fischer wins the last seven games, although the 23rd game is a forfeit win over Panno.
39. 1971 CM 1/4-final : (May) Candidates quarterfinal match vs. Taimanov, in Vancouver, Canada. Fischer wins 6-0.
40. 1971 CM 1/2-final : (July) Candidates semifinal match vs. Larsen, in Denver, CO. Fischer again wins 6-0.