- Bobby Fischer was born at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, on March 9, 1943
- At age 13, he 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 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.
- His book My 60 Memorable Games (published 1969) is regarded as a classic work of chess literature.
- Fischer won the 1970 Interzonal Tournament by a record 3½-point margin and won 20 consecutive games, including two unprecedented 6–0 sweeps in the Candidates Matches.
- In July 1971, he became the first official FIDE number-one-rated player.
- It was in summer 1972, in a match played in Reykjavik, that Mr. Fischer wrested the world championship from Mr. Boris Spassky, becoming the first — and as yet only — American to win the title, which Russian-born players had held for more than four decades.
- From 2000 to 2002, Fischer lived in Baguio City in the Philippines, residing in the same compound as the Filipino grandmaster Eugenio Torre, a close friend who had acted as his second during his 1992 match with Spassky.
- On May 21, 2001, Marilyn Young gave birth to a daughter named Jinky Young. Torre introduced Fischer to a 22-year-old woman named Marilyn Young. On August 17, 2010, it was reported that a DNA test revealed that Jinky Young was not the daughter of Bobby Fischer.
- On January 17, 2008, Fischer died from renal failure at the Landspítali Hospital (National University Hospital of Iceland) in Reykjavík.