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Spassky: Getting out of Reykjavik
Compiled by pawn to QB4
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It has been said that many of Bobby Fischer's opponents were never the same players again. Ahead of Boris Spassky lay many years as a leading master, and successful battles on and off the board that showed true strength in adversity.

"The experts predicted Spassky's...collapse" - H Golombek
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 1-0

"Fischer's dynamic powers...Spassky's amazing ingenuity" - HG
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(B69) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

"The best game of the match, the most pure" - BVS
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

"The real hero of the tournament was Spassky" -VK
Spassky vs N Rashkovsky, 1973 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 21 moves, 1-0

"Spassky played simply splendidly" - Kasparov
Spassky vs V Tukmakov, 1973 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 35 moves, 1-0

"It appeared he was completely restored after Fischer" R Byrne
Spassky vs Averkin, 1973 
(B44) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

"A brilliant tactical shot" (patzer2)
Hug vs Spassky, 1973 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

"an easy win" (BVS)
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(B83) Sicilian, 63 moves, 0-1

"astounded at the confidence Spassky exuded"
Robert E Byrne vs Spassky, 1974 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 56 moves, 0-1

"an interesting ending"
Spassky vs Beliavsky, 1975 
(B83) Sicilian, 57 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs I Nei, 1975 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs N Zilberman, 1975
(B06) Robatsch, 34 moves, 1-0

"neat little combo...nice tricks"
Vaganian vs Spassky, 1975 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 47 moves, 0-1

"Uhlmann is almost impossible to beat"
Spassky vs Uhlmann, 1976 
(C16) French, Winawer, 51 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Kavalek, 1977 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

"Great attacking game by Spassky" - zev22407
Spassky vs Portisch, 1977 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 40 moves, 1-0

"too much pressure....everything works"
Spassky vs Timman, 1977 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 25 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Kavalek, 1977
(B83) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Hort, 1977 
(A25) English, 40 moves, 1-0

"I know no man more capable of self-perfection than Spassky"
Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C26) Vienna, 59 moves, 1-0

Kavalek vs Spassky, 1977 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 24 moves, 0-1

"astonishing and brilliant"
Spassky vs Larsen, 1978 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 21 moves, 1-0

"some wizard with the pawns"
Spassky vs Bukic, 1978 
(A48) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

Bxf7+! is the solution
Spassky vs H Pfleger, 1979 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

"monumental..against really tough defence" JohnnyM
Spassky vs Kavalek, 1979 
(A53) Old Indian, 58 moves, 1-0

"nice and pretty"
Larsen vs Spassky, 1981 
(A26) English, 44 moves, 0-1

"created a great impression on me" - Kasparov
Kasparov vs Spassky, 1981 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 66 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Short, 1982 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 48 moves, 1-0

"a real whuppin'"
Adorjan vs Spassky, 1982 
(A10) English, 23 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Seirawan, 1982 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

"an ultra-fighting draw" - Kasparov
Spassky vs Kasparov, 1982 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

"smothered under the weight of Boris's pieces"
Timman vs Spassky, 1983 
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

"Marina, I've beaten Kasparov!" - BVS
Kasparov vs Spassky, 1983 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 33 moves, 0-1

thanks to keypusher
Spassky vs Seirawan, 1985 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 1-0

Game of The Day
Spassky vs A Ostl, 1990 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

"How many of you would make that move?" Ksadler
Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 50 moves, 1-0

"beautiful chess...by an old school grandmaster"
Zsuzsa Polgar vs Spassky, 1995 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

"the older generation can't cope"
Spassky vs Svidler, 2001 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 46 moves, 1-0

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