by Don (Nevada): In 1971 Fischer won three matches over Taimonov(sp?), Larsen and Petrosian. The first two were complete wipe outs, the third was something like Six wins, two losses.
All were very high rated; was there any record of the ratings jump for Fischer in this period?
This led to the 1972 victory over Spassky; what was his rating then?
I give you a few links below where you can see that Fisher was not extremely high rated compared to the best chess players nowadays. However, many players believe that rating inflation has occured over time and that you cannot compare chess masters of different chess eras.
According to the link below Bobby Fischer had a rating of 2882 (a match performance of 2796) when he won the title against Spassky.
Rating of Bobby Fischer
However, this is all speculation.
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