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Boris Spassky
Spassky 
 
Number of games in database: 2,255
Years covered: 1948 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2548
Highest rating achieved in database: 2690

Overall record: +762 -207 =1234 (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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
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 E21 E45
 Caro-Kann (73) 
    B17 B19 B18 B12 B14
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (59) 
    C92 C95 C93 C96 C86
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (231) 
    C95 C64 C84 C92 C93
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (134) 
    C95 C92 C84 C93 C89
 Sicilian (119) 
    B83 B81 B31 B52 B23
 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?]
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   USSR Championship (1973)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   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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   Space Invaders by Gottschalk
   Power Chess - Spassky by Anatoly21
   Spassky! by chocobonbon
   Spassky The Legend by CharlieLuciano
   Spassky The Legend by SantGG
   Some S-upermen by fredthebear
   Max Euwe - From Steinitz to Fischer, Part 1 by Chessdreamer
   Match Petrosian! by amadeus
   My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov by LionHeart40

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BORIS SPASSKY
(born Jan-30-1937, 80 years old) Russia
PRONUNCIATION:
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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 http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/646.... 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 http://www.worldchesslinks.net/ezqa....

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 2,255  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Spassky vs Shman 1-035 1948 Trud ChD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Spassky vs Rodgaisky 0-18 1948 URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-012 1948 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
4. Spassky vs Vilup 1-027 1949 LeningradD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. V Liavdansky vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
7. Spassky vs Avtonomov 1-021 1949 Soviet Junior QualifyersD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
8. Estrin vs Spassky 0-119 1951 RigaC44 King's Pawn Game
9. M Aizenshtadt vs Spassky 0-133 1951 LeningradD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Y Gusev vs Spassky 0-124 1951 RigaA00 Uncommon Opening
11. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-147 1952 LeningradD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Spassky vs J Yuchtman 1-028 1952 Rostov on DonE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
13. Taimanov vs Spassky ½-½59 1952 LeningradD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Levenfish vs Spassky ½-½32 1952 TournamentD71 Neo-Grunfeld
15. Furman vs Spassky 0-136 1952 LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. G Chepukaitis vs Spassky 0-135 1952 tC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
17. Spassky vs Sajtar ½-½30 1953 BucharestD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
18. Spassky vs Golombek 1-025 1953 BucharestE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
19. Spassky vs Z Milev  0-169 1953 BucharestD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
20. Spassky vs Smyslov 1-035 1953 1, BucharestE31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
21. B Vladimirov vs Spassky 0-127 1953 LeningradD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. G Barcza vs Spassky  ½-½28 1953 BucharestD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. O Barda vs Spassky 0-140 1953 BukharestA43 Old Benoni
24. Sliwa vs Spassky 1-032 1953 BucharestD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
25. Spassky vs Filip 0-172 1953 BucharestA84 Dutch
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Nov-29-16
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  perfidious: <Retireborn: <SteinitzLives> Not strictly true, as Boris did lose one game to Bent Larsen in the USSR vs World match, although it was AFAIK the only game he lost that year.>

It was indeed Spassky's only defeat of 1970.

Nov-29-16  Howard: Didn't know that ! Spassky lost only one game the whole year ?!
Nov-29-16  ZonszeinP: Spassky lost only one game in 1970 (qt least officially) against Larsen... Fischer lost two games: against Spassky and.....the same Larsen
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!
Dec-02-16
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  RookFile: Tal vs Karpov, 1987
Jan-30-17
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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!

Jan-30-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Jan-30-17
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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! 🎁
Jan-30-17
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Boris Spassky!!
Jan-30-17
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  naresb: I hope WC Spassky carries on living in good health for a long time. Happy birthday, Boris Spassky!!
Jan-30-17
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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!
Jan-30-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  botvinnik64: С днём рожде&
Jan-30-17  Eastfrisian: I am missing him in the birthday list for today ??
Jan-30-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Jan-30-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: <Rookfile> That was either rapid/blitz, does not count;-) Tal never beat Karpov in a normal, regular time control game.
Jan-30-17
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  RookFile: That's fine, change the parameters of what you originally said.
Jan-31-17
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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..
Jan-31-17
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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

http://www.redhotpawn.com/chess-blo...

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.)

Feb-11-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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