Happy Birthday Bobby Fischer

Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

Today is March ninth and therefore it is Bobby Fischer’s birthday. Fischer, who died in 2008, would have turned 78-years-old today. 

Bobby Fischer, whom many believe to be the greatest chess player of all time, was an almost unstoppable force from 1968-1972. His dominating record during this period is unparalleled in chess history and culminated with his world championship victory against Boris Spassky. The energy and excitement he brought to the table caused American interest in chess to surge. In fact, if you know a chess master who is around 60 years of age, he or she was probably a product of the Fischer Boom. 

One of my favorite Fischer positions to show my students occurs in the 1959 between game Bobby Fischer and Ruben Shocron played in Mar del Plata, Argentina. And since it’s Bobby Fischer’s birthday, I’ll share it with you. 

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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