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|Feb-11-17|| ||Fusilli: <Sally Simpson> How's his health these days, do you know? One doesn't hear much about him, but when he shows up anywhere it's always so inspirational for today's players, GMs and amateurs alike.|
|Mar-06-17|| ||Sally Simpson: Just been reading this from:
In 1981 he [Spassky] got a first (unsavoury) glimpse of an emerging superstar, Gary Kasparov.
The then 19-year-old strode up to his opponent of the next day, ex-world champion Petrosian, and, quite unprompted, snarled, `I'm going to f*** you, Tigran 'Vartanovich.'
Petrosian was appalled. Spassky, who was present, noted that this boy, all energy and aggression, needed humiliating.
So during games with Kasparov he would say, 'I offer a draw from a position of strength.'
Once he even grabbed Kasparov firmly by the buttocks whilst on stage in full view of the audience. This somewhat unusual approach seems to have worked, as Kasparov has only recently succeeded in beating Spassky."
Written in 1992.
|Mar-19-17|| ||TheFocus: Quote of the day: <I'm not afraid of Spassky. The world knows I'm the best. You don't need a match to prove it> - Fischer.|
|Mar-19-17|| ||zanzibar: <Fusilli> Two strokes in ten years, the most recent in Moscow, have presented him with severe challenges. Plus the divorce from his "French wife".|
But he sounds, er, somewhat optimistic, and definitely lucid, in this interview:
<OK. Whom do you consider a chess genius?
I'd better list my favourite chess players. Paul Morphy, Harry Pillsbury. Mikhail Chigorin. Alexander Alekhine. Alexander Dmitrievich Petrov, the forefather of Russian chess. Misha Tal. Tragic figures, all of them.>
|Oct-11-17|| ||diagonal: <When we were young>: Boris Spassky at age of 19 at the Candidate's Tournament in Amsterdam in 1956: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...|
Photo: Herbert Behrens, Anefo — Nationaal Archief / Wikipedia
|Oct-12-17|| ||WorstPlayerEver: <1981 he [Spassky] got a first (unsavoury) glimpse of an emerging superstar, Gary Kasparov.|
The then 19-year-old strode up to his opponent of the next day, ex-world champion Petrosian, and, quite unprompted, snarled, `I'm going to f*** you, Tigran 'Vartanovich.'>
Kasparov wasn't 19 in 1981 though.
|Dec-11-17|| ||RookFile: Petrosian evidently wasn't scared. He went out and beat Kasparov.|
|Jan-24-18|| ||offramp: When Boris Yeltsin was the leader of whatever country he was leader of, the BBC got a sudden Bee in its Bonnet about the Correct pronunciation of Boris. For about a year he was called Baris Yeltsin. It was still spelled Boris but pronounced Baris. |
After about a year Auntie Beeb, as we call the BBC, seemed to change its mind and reverted to the old Boris.
|Jan-28-18|| ||Ron: Back in the 1990s I played chess with a Russian emigre to the US named Boris. I think his last name was Schneider.|
Someone asked me, "Is he a good player?" I said, "Yes, he's a good player. His name is Boris."
At the time, the Boris I played chess with was a senior citizen. This Boris told me that one time he watched, with Tigran Petrosian, a soccer game on TV.
|Jan-28-18|| ||Granny O Doul: I've heard it as approximately "BeauREESSS", but I'm remembering a time in particular when it was Alex Yermolinsky asking Boris Gulko to be quiet, which may have affected the stress and the number of S's at the end ('Beau' here rhymes with 'blow', btw).|
|Jan-29-18|| ||ChessHigherCat: <Granny O Doul> The general rule for "o" in Russian is that it's only pronounced "o" as in "groan" if it's stressed, "a" (as in baah-baah black sheep) if it immediately precedes the stressed (tonic) syllable (as is the case with "BarIS") and schwa anywhere else) but people aren't very good at adhering to pedantic rules when they get emotional.|
|Jan-29-18|| ||perfidious: <bah-REES>.|
|Jan-29-18|| ||ChessHigherCat: <perfidious: <bah-REES>|
Yes, <Na-TA-sha> darlink?
|Jan-30-18|| ||Scuvy: Happy birthday to a true legend of the chess world!|
|Jan-30-18|| ||WorstPlayerEver: Happy birthday, mr. Spassky!|
|Jan-30-18|| ||edbermac: С днём рождения Бори́с Васи́льевич!|
|Jan-30-18|| ||rayoflight: Happy birthday champ.|
|Jan-30-18|| ||ZonszeinP: Happy birthday!
May you live until 120!
|Jan-30-18|| ||The Kings Domain: Good to see he's still around. Long live the King.|
|Jan-30-18|| ||saturn2: Happy birthday to the player who was born like me on the 30th of january; some years earlier though and with much more talent for chess than me.|
|Jan-30-18|| ||Sularus: happy birthday, russian bear.|
|Jan-30-18|| ||harrylime: I love you Boris.|
|Jan-30-18|| ||harrylime: https://pin.it/n7ydsd2w6urran|
|Jan-30-18|| ||diagonal: Happy 81st birthday to Boris Spassky, the 10th World Chess Champion, holding the crown from 1969 to 1972. |
His first name (Boris) is an anagram of "orbis", Latin for "globe", and indeed he was going on to be the World Champion.
Eternal Elegance: Boris Spassky giving a simul in 2009 at Zurich, Switzerland. Photo from Juerg Vollmer:
|Jan-30-18|| ||harrylime: I grew up with Boris , Mikhail, Robert and Paul.... |
These were my heroes when I caught that disease chess addiction.
Paul first and then Robert ..
Thru these I moved into Mikhail and then finally landed here !
Boris is as under rated as it gets in chess regarding achievements and playing style. His chess is/was universal.Beautiful.Sublime.His character in becoming a world champion, facing so many obstacles , and so many titans of chess and politics, is like an Amundsen .. Never give up .. Never give in ..
I salute you Mr Spasski
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