Bobby Fischer (1943-2008)
{Little Rock, Simul 1964}
Robert James Fischer recently passed away at the age of 64 (number of squares on a chessboard).  In 1964 several members of the Memphis Chess Club went to Little Rock, Arkansas to play Fischer in a simul which consisted of 36 players.
John Hurt, Hunter Weaks, Eddie Middleton, Charles Savery, Troy Armstrong, James Mitchell, and James Wright were  players who ventured from Memphis to play the legend who became World Champion in 1972.  See lost games played with R.O. Mitchell!

On March 29, 1964 the Little Rock Simul ended with Bobby winning all 36 matches.  Here are a few of the games.  Our club historian, Dwight Weaver, has been searching for more of these games, which will appear here as soon as possible.

Sources for these games: "A Legend On the Road, Bobby Fischer's 1964 Simul Tour" by John Donaldson, "Selected Games of Hunter Weaks" by Memphis Chess Club and "A History of Tennessee Chess" by Peter Lahde.


Bobby Fischer - John Hurt    Little Rock Simul, March 29, 1964
French: Winawer (Nimzovich) variation

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. a3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 Ne7 6. Bd3 O-O 7. Nf3 Nd7
8. e5 f5 9. exf6 gxf6 10. O-O Rf7 11. Re1 Nf8 12. Nh4 Nfg6 13. Qh5 Nxh4 14.
Qxh4 Kh8 15. Re3 Nf5 16. Bxf5 exf5 17. Rg3 Qe7 18. Bf4 Bd7 19. Bxc7 Ba4 20.
Bf4 Bxc2 21. Re3 Qd7 22. Rae1 Rg8 23. h3 Ba4 24. Re6 Qd8 25. g3 Re8 26. Qh6
Rxe6 27. Rxe6 Qf8 28. Qh5 Bd7 29. Rd6 Qe8 30. Kh2 Be6 31. a4 Qe7 32. a5 Rg7
33. a6 b6 34. Qe2 Bd7 35. Qa2 Qe8 36. Rxf6 Re7 37. Be5 Rxe5 38. dxe5 Qxe5
39. Rf8+ Kg7 40. Ra8 f4 41. Rxa7 fxg3+ 42. fxg3 Qe6 43. Rxd7+ 1-0

Bobby Fischer - Hunter Weaks   Little Rock Simul, March 29, 1964
Caro-Kann: two knights, 3...Bg4

1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 Bg4 4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 e6 6. d4 Nf6 7. Bd3 dxe4 8.
Nxe4 Nxe4 9. Bxe4 Nd7 10. O-O Be7 11. Rd1 O-O 12. c4 Nf6 13. Bc2 Qc7 14. Bf4
Bd6 15. Bg5 Be7 16. Rac1 Rfd8 17. Bb3 Rd7 18. d5 exd5 19. cxd5 Rad8 20. dxc6
Rxd1+ 21. Bxd1 bxc6 22. Bb3 c5 23. Be3 h6 24. Qf5 Kf8 25. Bxc5 Bxc5 26. Rxc5
Qd7 27. Qf4 Qd6 28. Qc4 Rd7 29. Rc8+ Ne8 30. g3 Rc7 31. Ba4 Rxc8 32. Qxc8
Qe5 33. Qxe8+ Qxe8 34. Bxe8 Kxe8 35. Kg2 Kd7 36. Kf3 Kd6 37. Ke4 1-0

Bobby Fischer - Richard Long   Little Rock Simul, March 29, 1964
Sicilian: Taimanov variation

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Bc4 Qc7 7. Bb3 b5 8.
O-O Bb7 9. Re1 Rc8 10. Nd5 Qe5 11. Nf3 Qh5 12. Be3 Nf6 13. Nf4 Qh6 14. Nxe6
g5 15. Bxg5 Qg6 16. Nh4 Qh5 17. Bxf6 Qxd1 18. Raxd1 dxe6 19. Bxh8 1-0

Bobby Fischer - G Berry   Little Rock Simul, March 29, 1964
Petrov: modern attack, Symmetrical variation

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 Nxe4 4. Bd3 d5 5. Nxe5 Bd6 6. c4 c6 7. O-O O-O 8.
Nc3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Nd7 11. Qh5 Nxe5 12. dxe5 Be7 13. Be3 Qa5 14.
Rac1 b5 15. Bb3 c5 16. f4 c4 17. Bc2 g6 18. Qh6 Re8 19. f5 Bf8 20. Qh3 Bg7
21. e6 Qxc3 22. exf7+ Kxf7 23. fxg6+ Ke7 24. Rf7+ Kd6 25. Rd1+ 1-0