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|May-27-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess, with all its philosophical depth, its aesthetic appeal, is first of all a game in the best sense of the word; a game in which are revealed your intellect, character and will> - Boris Spassky.|
|Jun-06-15|| ||posoo: This dosunt help me find da game fucus.|
|Jun-06-15|| ||Retireborn: <posoo> Late reply, but I expect you're thinking of 16...Nc6 in this game:-|
Averbakh vs Spassky, 1956
Well, I hope that is indeed da game.
|Jun-07-15|| ||posoo: THAKS rutburn!|
|Sep-21-15|| ||offramp: In the 1990s when Boris Yeltsin was [insert hierarchical term here] of Russia, the BBC started calling him Baris. They said that Baris was a more accurate reflection of the Russian name. |
I suppose it might depend on where in the USSR Comrade Yeltsin was born... or is Baris genuinely a reasonable way of pronouncing Boris?
There is a similar problem with the word kosher. I was once emphatically told, by a genuine North Londoner, that that word is pronounced kasher.
It's a pity there's no Russian-Jewish chess-players around. They could answer both questions!
|Sep-21-15|| ||Stonehenge: <is Baris genuinely a reasonable way of pronouncing Boris?>|
|Sep-21-15|| ||Murky: About the pronunciation of 'Boris' in Russian:
The stress is on the 'i' in the second syllable. Unstressed vowels in Russian, the 'o' in this case, lose the full vowel sound. So it's no longer an 'o' as in the word 'bore'. That 'o' becomes 'ah', as in 'father'.
Also, the 'i' in Boris, is not at all like an English 'i'. It's an 'eee' sound, as in 'beat'.
Listen to the pronunciation link as given above in Boris' bio.
|Dec-22-15|| ||Zonszein: Hello:
|Dec-29-15|| ||MissScarlett: Poor Boris. He gets his own stamp, but it's somebody else! http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...|
|Dec-29-15|| ||zanzibar: Did we just get snow in April?!|
|Dec-29-15|| ||whiteshark: Ouch! The face of a bad guy from a 1963 James Bond film :)|
|Dec-29-15|| ||Retireborn: Brilliant way to troll poor old Boris :)|
|Jan-14-16|| ||john barleycorn: Interview with Boris Spassky
|Jan-14-16|| ||zanzibar: <JohnB> fantastic video of Spassky. What a classy guy.|
|Jan-30-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, WC Boris Spassky!!!!|
|Jan-30-16|| ||gars: Happy Birthday, World Champion Spassky! As long as I live I'll never forget your Candidates' Match game against Robert Byrne, in which you sacrificed your Queen. "A thing of beauty is a joy forever."|
|Jan-30-16|| ||ketchuplover: ditto|
|Jan-30-16|| ||Howard: Yes, I remember that game, too. It was in the 1977 book Chess Master vs Chess Master. Second game in the book, as I recall.|
The third game, by the way, was Browne's famous 1974 win against Bisguier !
|Jan-30-16|| ||sleepyirv: Happy Birthday, Spassky!
Here is the game everyone is talking about: Robert E Byrne vs Spassky, 1974
|Jan-30-16|| ||andrewjsacks: Happy birthday to a true gentleman and worthy World Champion.|
|Jan-30-16|| ||juan31: Un Super Gran Maestro|
|Feb-08-16|| ||Hawkman: I'm a huge Fischer fan, but Spassky beat him 3 times and tied twice before the WC. Fischer's psychological games took a toll on Spassky's nerves at the WC and I'm not sure the best player won.|
|Feb-08-16|| ||ZonszeinP: Well said!|
|Feb-08-16|| ||HeMateMe: not really true. Spassky was in decline when he played bob for the title. Afterwards, in the next cycle, Korchnoi defeated Spassky, who before that had been better than Korchnoi, Petrosian, Huebner, Byrne, et. al. In the next cycle I think Spassky lost in the semis. He lost a bit of playing strength each cycle. His decline began in 1972.|
If he had played Fischer in 1969 he might have won. Maybe Fischer saw that possibility and stayed out of the zonals during that time. That's my opinion as to why Fischer stayed out of chess during the zonals in the 60s--he didn't know if he could beat Petrosian or Spassky in a world championship match.
But please, don't say Spassky lost because Fischer was a jerk. at the end of the day the games are played over the board. Spassky was 35, in good health, played tennis, jogged, swam and arrived in Iceland a couple of weeks before the match, to become acclimated. He was tanned, rested and ready. He lost.
There are reports too that no real work was done at his "training camp" before the match. Perhaps Spassky coasted a bit too much on natural talent, and it finally caught up to him.
|Feb-08-16|| ||Gypsy: <Hawkman: I'm a huge Fischer fan, but Spassky beat him 3 times and tied twice before the WC. Fischer's psychological games took a toll on Spassky's nerves at the WC and I'm not sure the best player won.>|
From the Soviet chess nomenclature's standpoint, Spassky was a brilliantly talented maverick showing early signs of perhaps becoming a 'refusnik'. Yet, he was their best bet for keeping the chess title in the USSR. (Korchnoi was always a loose cannon and Fischer already demolished Petrosian in Belgrad.)
From the standpoint of Spassky, the money he would receive for playing in Reykjavik, win or lose, would effectively be his ticket to freedom.
All in all, Spassky did come under a lot of pressure and he thinks he 'fried his brain' a bit in Reykjavik. He feels that he did not play his very best in 1972; but he also feels his true creative collapse came a couple of years later. (Spassky said so in interviews for Czech chess publications.)
In all of this stress, Fischer's antics certainly played a role. But, in my opinion, the main pressure on Spassky came from his uneasy relationship with USSR Chess 'apparatchiks'.
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