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Boris Spassky
Number of games in database: 2,253
Years covered: 1948 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2548
Highest rating achieved in database: 2690

Overall record: +761 -207 =1233 (62.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 52 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (247) 
    B25 B24 B23 B20 B42
 Ruy Lopez (124) 
    C77 C92 C95 C73 C67
 French Defense (90) 
    C18 C11 C16 C19 C10
 Nimzo Indian (76) 
    E30 E46 E31 E41 E21
 Caro-Kann (73) 
    B17 B19 B18 B12 B14
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (59) 
    C92 C95 C96 C93 C98
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (231) 
    C95 C64 C92 C84 C93
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (134) 
    C95 C84 C92 C93 C89
 Sicilian (119) 
    B83 B81 B31 B23 B52
 Orthodox Defense (96) 
    D58 D55 D59 D50 D63
 Nimzo Indian (74) 
    E59 E21 E47 E42 E20
 Queen's Gambit Declined (64) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D38
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 1-0
   Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 0-1
   Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1960 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 1-0
   G Andruet vs Spassky, 1988 0-1
   Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 1-0
   Spassky vs Geller, 1968 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 (1963)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   Bugojno (1978)
   USSR Championship (1956)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   USSR Championship (1955)
   USSR Championship (1958)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)

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   Spassky! by chocobonbon
   Spassky The Legend by SantGG
   Spassky The Legend by CharlieLuciano
   Some S-upermen by fredthebear
   Match Petrosian! by amadeus
   Max Euwe - From Steinitz to Fischer, Part 1 by Chessdreamer
   My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov by LionHeart40

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(born Jan-30-1937, 80 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 2,253  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-012 1948 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
2. Spassky vs Shman 1-035 1948 Trud ChD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Spassky vs Rodgaisky 0-18 1948 URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
5. Spassky vs Vilup 1-027 1949 LeningradD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Spassky vs Avtonomov 1-021 1949 Soviet Junior QualifyersD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
7. V Liavdansky vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. Estrin vs Spassky 0-119 1951 RigaC44 King's Pawn Game
9. Y Gusev vs Spassky 0-124 1951 RigaA00 Uncommon Opening
10. M Aizenshtadt vs Spassky 0-133 1951 LeningradD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Furman vs Spassky 0-136 1952 LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Levenfish vs Spassky ½-½32 1952 TournamentD71 Neo-Grunfeld
13. G Chepukaitis vs Spassky 0-135 1952 tC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
14. Taimanov vs Spassky ½-½59 1952 LeningradD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-147 1952 LeningradD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Spassky vs J Yuchtman 1-028 1952 Rostov on DonE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
17. Sliwa vs Spassky 1-032 1953 BucharestD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
18. Spassky vs S Szabo 1-055 1953 BucharestD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Spassky vs Filip 0-172 1953 BucharestA84 Dutch
20. Stoltz vs Spassky  ½-½31 1953 BucharestE10 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Petrosian vs Spassky ½-½15 1953 Bucharest (04)D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
22. Spassky vs O'Kelly  ½-½48 1953 BucharestE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
23. Szabo vs Spassky 0-129 1953 BucharestE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
24. Spassky vs Smyslov 1-035 1953 1, BucharestE31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
25. Boleslavsky vs Spassky ½-½29 1953 BucharestD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
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Nov-29-16  Howard: Uhhhh....make that three games, not two, that Fischer lost that year. He also lost to Kovecivic (sp) at Zagarb (sp).

That was the game where Fischer's position, as White, was in knots within about 20 moves.

Nov-29-16  ZonszeinP: Correct!
3 defeats!
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  RookFile: Tal vs Karpov, 1987
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  offramp: He is 80 today. That is a good age for a World Champion. They seem to die young. Capablanca and Alekhine died aged 53, Tal and Petrosian were 55. Steinitz and Fischer were 64, which is still quite young.

I hope Spassky carries on living in good health for a long time. Skol!

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  alexmagnus: Oldest world champion ever was Smyslov, who made it to 89. Botvinnik died at 83, Euwe at 80. I think that's all, no one else made it to 80 - until Spassky now.
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  offramp: ...And the only one left is Lasker, who was 72 when he passed to the Great Gig in the Sky.
Jan-30-17  WorstPlayerEver: Happy Birthday, mr. Spasski! 🎁
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Boris Spassky!!
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  naresb: I hope WC Spassky carries on living in good health for a long time. Happy birthday, Boris Spassky!!
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  offramp: Spassky is a man of culture who has many interests outside of chess. Smyslov was a singer and Botvinnik had his little Radio Shack business.

Petrosian and Tal were committed to professional high-level chess throughout their careers.

Jan-30-17  ZonszeinP: с днем рождения!
Jan-30-17  chessamateur: Spassky is a rarity. A champion with the utmost class. May there be many more birthdays to come for this chess legend.
Jan-30-17  Pyrandus: alexmagnus: The Oldest activ Player was Kortchnoi and... to Februar 2017: SPASSKY!
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  botvinnik64: С днём рожде&
Jan-30-17  Eastfrisian: I am missing him in the birthday list for today ??
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  diagonal: <Spassky is 80 today. That is a good age for a World Champion. They seem to die young. Capablanca and Alekhine died aged 53, Tal and Petrosian were 55. Steinitz and Fischer were 64, which is still quite young.

Oldest world champion ever was Smyslov, who made it to 89. Botvinnik died at 83, Euwe at 80 .. And the only one left is Lasker, who was 72 when he passed to the Great Gig in the Sky.>

Thanks for that trivia piece and historical information, <offramp> and <alexmagnus>.

Happy 80th birthday to Boris Spassky, the 10th World Chess Champion, holding the title from 1969 to 1972. A true Chess Ambassador!

Jan-30-17  N0B0DY: Поздравляем с 80-летием
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  Joshka: <Rookfile> That was either rapid/blitz, does not count;-) Tal never beat Karpov in a normal, regular time control game.
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  RookFile: That's fine, change the parameters of what you originally said.
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  diagonal: According to cg. database (might be incomplete), Anatoly Karpov beat Mikhail Tal 1 to 0, with 19 draws in the years between 1971 and 1989 (meaning after Tal appeared in the chess firmament like a meteor in the late 1950s), including rapid/blitz etc. games: Karpov beat Tal 2 to 1, pretty close..
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  Sally Simpson: Ah...Missed Boris's Birthday, no excuse as I mentioned it in an earlier blog this year.

A 1937 Blind Date with Boris Spassky

He was born on the exact same day as Vanessa Redgrave don't you know.

(better zoom off to Vanessa Redgrave's site and wish her a belated happy birthday as well.)

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  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.
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  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.

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  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.
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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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