Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bobby Fischer

  1. Bobby Fischer was born at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, on March 9, 1943
  2. At age 13, he won a "brilliancy" that became known as "The Game of the Century".
  3. Starting at age 14, Fischer played in eight United States Championships, winning each by at least a one-point margin. 
  4. At age 15, Fischer became both the youngest grandmaster up to that time and the youngest candidate for the World Championship.
  5. At age 20, Fischer won the 1963–64 U.S. Championship with 11/11, the only perfect score in the history of the tournament. 
  6. His book My 60 Memorable Games (published 1969) is regarded as a classic work of chess literature. 
  7. 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. 
  8. In July 1971, he became the first official FIDE number-one-rated player.
  9. 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.
  10. From 2000 to 2002, Fischer lived in Baguio City in the Philippines,[471] 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.
  11. 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. 
  12. On January 17, 2008, Fischer died from renal failure at the Landspítali Hospital (National University Hospital of Iceland) in Reykjavík.

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