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Boris Spassky
Number of games in database: 2,261
Years covered: 1948 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2548
Highest rating achieved in database: 2690

Overall record: +761 -208 =1239 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 53 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (207) 
    B25 B20 B42 B43 B23
 Ruy Lopez (123) 
    C92 C77 C95 C73 C78
 French Defense (90) 
    C18 C11 C16 C19 C17
 Nimzo Indian (76) 
    E30 E31 E46 E45 E53
 Caro-Kann (73) 
    B18 B17 B12 B14 B16
 King's Indian Attack (58) 
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (231) 
    C95 C64 C92 C84 C93
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (134) 
    C95 C92 C84 C93 C89
 Sicilian (113) 
    B83 B81 B31 B80 B47
 Orthodox Defense (84) 
    D58 D55 D59 D50 D63
 Queen's Gambit Declined (78) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D06
 Nimzo Indian (75) 
    E59 E21 E47 E42 E34
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 0-1
   Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 1-0
   Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1960 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 1-0
   Spassky vs Geller, 1968 1-0
   Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 1-0
   G Andruet vs Spassky, 1988 0-1
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 1-0
   Spassky vs Larry Evans, 1962 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1966)
   Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Rematch (1969)
   Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   USSR Championship (1973)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   Bugojno (1978)
   USSR Championship (1956)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   USSR Championship (1955)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   USSR Championship (1958)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)

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(born Jan-30-1937, 81 years old) Russia
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Boris Vasilievich Spassky was born in Leningrad, USSR. As a child, in 1943, he escaped from the siege of Leningrad by the Nazi forces in World War II. In 1955 he won the World Junior Chess Championship and became a grandmaster - the youngest ever at that time, by virtue of qualifying from Gothenburg Interzonal (1955) for the Candidates Tournament- and in 1956 tied for first place as Soviet Champion (losing the title to Mark Taimanov), becoming the youngest player ever to qualify for the candidates round that would be won by Vasily Smyslov. Many people expected Spassky to be world champion before his 25th birthday, but his fifth place in the Soviet Championship of 1958 was not enough to qualify him for the Portoroz Interzonal. This was due to a last-round loss to Mikhail Tal (Spassky vs Tal, 1958), which shook him deeply.

After winning one of the four semi-finals by finishing equal first with Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov Leningrad champion of 1959 [rusbase-1] and 1961 [rusbase-2] and finally Soviet Champion in 1961 [rusbase-3]. Winner of the Russian Zonal [rusbase-4]. Spassky shared the first place with Smyslov and Bent Larsen at Amsterdam 1964 In 1965 he eliminated Paul Keres, Efim Geller and Mikhail Tal but failed to win against Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, the world champion; Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1966). As Sub-Champion, Spassky was pre-qualified for the next cycle, where he overcame Geller, Larsen and Korchnoi.

Spassky's style of play can be described best as lively and adaptable; this produced many brilliant victories. A position based on his victory in 1960 against David Bronstein was used in the James Bond movie, From Russia With Love. His versatility was key in defeating Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian in 1969 for the World Championship Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Rematch (1969). His polite, friendly disposition and his entertaining games have made him one of the most popular world champions ever. In the West, his tournament victory at Santa Monica 1966 is the most remembered

In 1972, Spassky was challenged by Robert James Fischer for the World Championship; Spassky lost, 12-8, ending the reign of nearly 25-year Soviet hegemony over the World Championship. In the next year Spassky was the Soviet Champion over, amongst many strong grandmasters, [rusbase-5] ahead Anatoly Karpov, but lost to Karpov at the Candidates semifinal in 1974, after eliminating Robert Eugene Byrne. In 1977 he lost the Candidates final to Viktor Korchnoi, after eliminating Vlastimil Hort and Lajos Portisch. In 1992, Spassky played a rematch with Fischer for US $5 million and lost once again, 10 to 5 (with 15 draws).

Wikipedia article: Boris Spassky

Last updated: 2017-02-04 01:24:43

 page 1 of 91; games 1-25 of 2,261  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-0121948LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
2. Spassky vs Shman 1-0351948Trud ChD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Spassky vs Rodgaisky 0-181948URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-1511949LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
5. Spassky vs Vilup 1-0271949LeningradD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. V Liavdansky vs Spassky 0-1511949LeningradB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. Spassky vs Avtonomov 1-0211949Soviet Junior QualifyersD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
8. M Aizenshtadt vs Spassky 0-1331951LeningradD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Estrin vs Spassky 0-1191951URS-ch qfC44 King's Pawn Game
10. Y Gusev vs Spassky 0-1241951URS-ch qfA00 Uncommon Opening
11. Levenfish vs Spassky ½-½321952TournamentD71 Neo-Grunfeld
12. G Chepukaitis vs Spassky 0-1351952URS-ch sfC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
13. Taimanov vs Spassky ½-½591952LeningradD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Spassky vs J Yuchtman 1-0281952Rostov on DonE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
15. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-1471952LeningradD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Furman vs Spassky 0-1361952LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. B Vladimirov vs Spassky 0-1271953LeningradD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. Spassky vs Z Milev  0-1691953BucharestD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
19. Petrosian vs Spassky ½-½151953BucharestD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Spassky vs Smyslov 1-0351953BucharestE31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
21. V Ciocaltea vs Spassky  ½-½211953BucharestC50 Giuoco Piano
22. Spassky vs Filip 0-1721953BucharestA84 Dutch
23. G Barcza vs Spassky  ½-½281953BucharestD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Stoltz vs Spassky  ½-½311953BucharestE10 Queen's Pawn Game
25. O Barda vs Spassky 0-1401953BucharestA43 Old Benoni
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  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.>


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  diagonal: <When we were young>: Boris Spassky at age of 19 at the Candidate's Tournament in Amsterdam in 1956:

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.
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  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.

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  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).
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  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.
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  perfidious: <bah-REES>.
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  ChessHigherCat: <perfidious: <bah-REES>

Yes, <Na-TA-sha> darlink?

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  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.
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  harrylime: I love you Boris.
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  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:

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  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

Mar-01-18  tgyuid: for the sake of conversation, and by way of due honour; the first computor game i ever played was chess against a machine called boris
Mar-01-18  tgyuid: she won
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  Marmot PFL: Spassky interviewed in Russia

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