This collection has all the games in Bobby Fischer’s book, My 60 Memorable Games.
Included here is the Byrne-Fischer game during USA Championship 1963-64. In Fischer’s book, the editor of the South African Chess Quarterly, K.F. Kirby, is quoted: “The Byrne game was quite fabulous, and I cannot call to mind anything parallel to it. After White’s eleventh move I should adjudicate his position as slightly superior, and at worst completely safe. To turn this into a mating position in eleven more moves is more witchcraft than chess!”
Byrne’s own words regarding the game: “As I sat pondering why Fischer would choose such a line, because it was obviously lost for Black, there suddenly came 18 … NxB. This dazzling move came as the shocker…The culminating combination is of such depth, that, even at the very moment at which I resigned, both grandmasters who were commenting on the play for the spectators in a separate room believed that I had a won game!”.


Brief Biography of Bobby Fischer

Robert James “Bobby” Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) was an American chess prodigy, grandmaster, and the eleventh World Chess Champion. Many consider him the greatest chess player of all time.

At age 13 Fischer won a “brilliancy” that became known as The Game of the Century. 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 up to 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. Fischer’s My 60 Memorable Games (1969) remains a revered work in chess literature.

In 1970, “Fischer dominated his contemporaries” by winning the 1970 Interzonal Tournament by a record 3½-point margin and winning 20 consecutive games, including two unprecedented 6–0 sweeps in the Candidates Matches. In July 1971, he became the first official World Chess Federation (FIDE) number-one-ranked player, spending 54 total months at number one. In 1972, he captured the World Chess Championship from Boris Spassky of the USSR in a match, held in Reykjavík, Iceland, publicized as a Cold War confrontation which attracted more worldwide interest than any chess championship before or since.

In 1975, Fischer refused to defend his title when an agreement could not be reached with FIDE over one of the conditions for the match. Afterward, Fischer became a recluse, disappearing from the public eye until 1992, when he won an unofficial rematch against Spassky, held in Yugoslavia, which was under a United Nations embargo at the time, leading to a conflict with the U.S. government, which sought income tax on Fischer’s match winnings, and issued a warrant for his arrest.

In the 1990s, Fischer patented a modified chess timing system (which added a time increment after each move; now a standard practice in top tournament and match play) and created a new variant of chess called Fischerandom (Chess960).

During the 1990s and early 2000s, Fischer lived in Hungary, Germany, the Philippines, Japan, and Iceland, and made increasingly anti-American and anti-semitic remarks on various radio stations. Possibly as a result, his U.S. passport was revoked. Fischer, unaware of his passport’s revocation, traveled to Japan, where he was arrested by Japanese authorities, and detained for over eight months (in 2004 and 2005) under threat of deportation. In March 2005, Iceland granted Fischer full citizenship, leading Japanese authorities to release him from prison. Fischer flew to Iceland, where he lived until his death on January 17, 2008.

Full name: Robert James Fischer
Country: United States, Iceland (2005–08)
Born: March 9, 1943; Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: January 17, 2008 (aged 64), Reykjavík, Iceland
Title: Grandmaster (1958), World Champion 1972–75
Peak rating: 2785 (July 1972 FIDE rating list)

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