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Boris Spassky's Best Games
Compiled by brucemubayiwa
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The best games of Spassky's career.

Chess is like life. - Boris Spassky

Which do I prefer? Sex or chess? It depends on the position. - Boris Spassky

When I am in form, my style is a little bit stubborn, almost brutal. Sometimes I feel a great spirit of fight which drives me on. – Boris Spassky

After I won the title, I was confronted with the real world. People do not behave naturally anymore - hypocrisy is everywhere. - Boris Spassky

In my country, at that time, being a champion of chess was like being a King. At that time I was a King … and when you are King you feel a lot of responsibility, but there is nobody there to help you. - Boris Spassky

I don’t want ever to be champion again. - Boris Spassky

I enjoy life, sometimes with a good bottle of wine! But don't count on me in tournaments that demand a lot of nervous energy, like the French championship. I am empty; these are not for me anymore. - Boris Spassky

The Cary Grant of the 64 Squares. - Larry Parr

Highly cultured with interests in all fields of human knowledge, a man of impeccable comportment, great modesty ... one of the favorites of all chessplayers. - Max Euwe

When Spassky offers you a piece, you may just as well resign. – Miguel Najdorf

I believe that judged by his style of play, Spassky is much closer to Alekhine and Tal than to Smyslov, Botvinnik, or Petrosian. This is probably why, when Spassky was in his best form, neither Tal nor Korchnoi could really put up much resistance against him. Spassky could read their play (especially that of Tal) like an open book. – Garry Kasparov

The universal chess style, characterized by the ability to play quite different types of chess positions, is considered by many to derive from that of Boris Spassky. But I think that the general idea that Spassky has a universal style overlooks the fact that from an early age, Spassky had a bent for sharp, attacking play and a good eye for the initiative. – Garry Kasparov

It is characteristic that Spassky has never in his life started a game with 1.Nf3. He must have considered it a “semi-move”, real moves being only those that lead to an immediate fight. All of those notorious opening peculiarities (such as avoiding this, that, and the other and preventing the other that and this) seemed repulsive to him. – Garry Kasparov

Spassky was the first great chess player to use both 1.e4 and 1.d4 with equal success. He managed to employ these moves more harmoniously than any other world champion. – Garry Kasparov

One of the soundest attacking players ever, Spassky nonetheless took very few chances. Totally dominant until he lost to the irresistible juggernaut known as Bobby Fischer. After that loss, he was never the same. – Bruce Pandolfini

Spassky sacrifices his pieces with the utmost imperturbability. He can blunder away a piece, and you are never sure whether it's a blunder or a fantastically deep sacrifice. He sits at the board with the same dead expression whether he's mating or being mated. – Bobby Fischer

Spassky is also a correct player, in this 'classical' aspect he is like Smyslov. But whereas Smyslov is a sedate player, Spassky has an attacking style. He combines the qualities of different chess players. Like Alekhine he values time. He is a very good strategic player. His games are pleasant to watch: he uses the whole board. He manages to deal with everything, grabs space, turns on the pressure here and there... - Vladimir Kramnik

He was less concerned about the position’s evaluation than about the character of the arising struggle. If he liked the character of the battle, he felt absolutely at home and, as a rule, didn’t fail to outplay his opponents. – Garry Kasparov (on Spassky)

Spassky vs Avtonomov, 1949 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 21 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Smyslov, 1953 
(E31) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line, 35 moves, 1-0

O Barda vs Spassky, 1953 
(A43) Old Benoni, 40 moves, 0-1

Szabo vs Spassky, 1953 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 29 moves, 0-1

A Medina Garcia vs Spassky, 1955 
(C94) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Pilnik, 1955 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 1-0

Averbakh vs Spassky, 1956 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Gurgenidze, 1957 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Kholmov, 1957 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Furman vs Spassky, 1957 
(A04) Reti Opening, 23 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs S Zhukhovitsky, 1957 
(B68) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7, 52 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1958 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Tolush, 1958 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 27 moves, 1-0

Gipslis vs Spassky, 1959 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 22 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs V Mikenas, 1959 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

A Kuznetsov vs Spassky, 1960 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Bondarevsky, 1960 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Suetin vs Spassky, 1960 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 46 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1961 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 42 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Spassky, 1961 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 37 moves, 0-1

V Mikenas vs Spassky, 1962 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 22 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Larry Evans, 1962 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs L Schmid, 1962 
(A43) Old Benoni, 24 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs V Osnos, 1963 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs G Forintos, 1964 
(D09) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3, 38 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Geller, 1965 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Spassky, 1965 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 39 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Keres, 1965 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Spassky, 1965 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Fischer, 1966 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 50 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 91 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs I Bilek, 1967 
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 25 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Pachman, 1967 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs H Ree, 1967 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 46 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Ghitescu, 1967 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Suetin, 1967 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 59 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Geller, 1968 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Geller, 1968 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 32 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Geller, 1968 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 48 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1968 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 35 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1968 
(A14) English, 42 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Y Porat, 1968 
(C11) French, 25 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Larsen, 1968 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs O'Kelly, 1969 
(C10) French, 44 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs J Penrose, 1969 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 49 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 41 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 24 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 53 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1970 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 39 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs J Kostro, 1970 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 22 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs J H Donner, 1970 
(C11) French, 26 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Kholmov, 1971 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 1-0

H Kestler vs Spassky, 1973 
(B68) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7, 26 moves, 0-1

Hug vs Spassky, 1973 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs V S Korensky, 1973 
(B65) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4, 28 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Averkin, 1973 
(B44) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs V Tukmakov, 1973 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 35 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs N Rashkovsky, 1973 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 21 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(B83) Sicilian, 63 moves, 0-1

Robert E Byrne vs Spassky, 1974 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 56 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Robert E Byrne, 1974 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 59 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Hort, 1975 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Beliavsky, 1975 
(B83) Sicilian, 57 moves, 1-0

Vaganian vs Spassky, 1975 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 47 moves, 0-1

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

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

Spassky vs Uhlmann, 1976 
(C16) French, Winawer, 51 moves, 1-0

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

Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1977 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 36 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Portisch, 1977 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 40 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Portisch, 1977 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 40 moves, 1-0

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

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

Spassky vs Timman, 1977 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 25 moves, 1-0

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

Spassky vs Hort, 1978 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C26) Vienna, 59 moves, 1-0

Gligoric vs Spassky, 1978 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 51 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Bukic, 1978 
(A48) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

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

Spassky vs Kavalek, 1979 
(A53) Old Indian, 58 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Huebner, 1979 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

Beliavsky vs Spassky, 1980 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 60 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Spassky, 1981 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 66 moves, 0-1

Larsen vs Spassky, 1981 
(A26) English, 44 moves, 0-1

Adorjan vs Spassky, 1982 
(A10) English, 23 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs E Torre, 1982 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 62 moves, 1-0

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

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

Timman vs Spassky, 1983 
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs H J Cordes, 1984
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 29 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Seirawan, 1984 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

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

Vaganian vs Spassky, 1985 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 73 moves, 0-1

Van der Wiel vs Spassky, 1987 
(C58) Two Knights, 38 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs S Kindermann, 1986
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 42 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs D Barua, 1987 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Beliavsky, 1988 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Hjartarson, 1988 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 24 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Gufeld, 1988 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 42 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Illescas Cordoba, 1990 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs A Ostl, 1990 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 27 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 45 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 58 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 50 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 54 moves, 1-0

Zsuzsa Polgar vs Spassky, 1995 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Svidler, 2001 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 46 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Short, 2001 
(E31) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line, 62 moves, 1-0

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