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Boris Spassky
Number of games in database: 2,287
Years covered: 1948 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2548
Highest rating achieved in database: 2690
Overall record: +771 -212 =1262 (62.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      42 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (248) 
    B25 B24 B23 B20 B42
 Ruy Lopez (125) 
    C77 C92 C73 C95 C67
 French Defense (91) 
    C18 C11 C16 C19 C10
 Nimzo Indian (77) 
    E30 E31 E46 E53 E21
 Caro-Kann (75) 
    B17 B19 B18 B12 B14
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (59) 
    C92 C95 C93 C96 C86
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (237) 
    C95 C64 C93 C84 C92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (139) 
    C95 C93 C84 C92 C89
 Sicilian (119) 
    B83 B81 B31 B52 B80
 Orthodox Defense (98) 
    D58 D55 D59 D50 D63
 Nimzo Indian (76) 
    E59 E21 E47 E42 E46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (66) 
    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
   Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 1-0
   G Andruet vs Spassky, 1988 0-1
   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)
   USSR Championship (1973)
   Bugojno (1978)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   USSR Championship (1956)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   USSR Championship (1955)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   USSR Championship (1958)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Boris Spassky's 400 Selected Games by jakaiden
   Match Spassky! by amadeus
   Road to the Championship - Boris Spassky by suenteus po 147
   Boris Spassky's Best Games by KingG
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 3) by Anatoly21
   Spassky! by chocobonbon
   Spassky The Legend by CharlieLuciano
   Match Petrosian! by amadeus
   Spassky: Getting out of Reykjavik by pawn to QB4
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1940-1959 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
   Favorite Games from (1960-1979) by wanabe2000

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(born Jan-30-1937, 77 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 Two. In 1955 he won the World Junior Chess Championship and became a grandmaster - the youngest ever at that time - 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 5th 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 4 semi-finals tied 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 style of play 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, 12½-8½, ending the reign of 35-year Soviet hegemony over the World Championship. In the next year Spassky was the Soviet Champion [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 with brilliant play. In 1992 he played a rematch against Fischer for five million dollars and lost once again, 10 to 5 (with 15 draws).

Wikipedia article: Boris Spassky

 page 1 of 92; games 1-25 of 2,287  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-012 1948 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
2. Spassky vs Rodgaisky 0-18 1948 URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. Spassky vs Shman 1-035 1948 Trud ChD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
5. V Liavdansky vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. Spassky vs Vilup 1-027 1949 LeningradD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
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. Y Gusev vs Spassky 0-124 1951 RigaA00 Uncommon Opening
10. M Aizenshtadt vs Spassky  0-133 1951 LeningradD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Levenfish vs Spassky ½-½32 1952 TournamentD71 Neo-Grunfeld
12. Taimanov vs Spassky ½-½59 1952 LeningradD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. G Chepukaitis vs Spassky 0-135 1952 tC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
14. Spassky vs J Yuchtman 1-028 1952 Rostov on DonE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
15. Furman vs Spassky 0-136 1952 LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-147 1952 LeningradD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. B Vladimirov vs Spassky 0-127 1953 LeningradD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. Spassky vs O'Kelly  ½-½48 1953 BucharestE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
19. Spassky vs Smyslov 1-035 1953 1, BucharestE31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
20. Stoltz vs Spassky  ½-½31 1953 BucharestE10 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Szabo vs Spassky 0-129 1953 BucharestE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
22. O Barda vs Spassky 0-140 1953 BukharestA43 Old Benoni
23. Spassky vs Sajtar ½-½30 1953 BucharestD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
24. Spassky vs E Reicher 1-050 1953 BucharestD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Sliwa vs Spassky 1-032 1953 BucharestD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
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Jan-30-14  Everett: Great player, great model for behavior while being great.

Thank you, Mr. Spassky, for your games and for the example you set in your public life.

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  offramp: Dear Boris. I hope you recover from your mental breakdance.
Jan-30-14  Nonnus: Old men should be given the time to deteriorate in peace and with dignity.
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  HeMateMe: In an interview Spassky said "Americans like me because I lost to Fischer."

Well, that is part of it. Reading more into that comment: [we like him because he allowed the erratic Fischer to play his childish games, and still Spassky allowed the match to go forth, because the whole world wanted to see it, and the chess community needed it.]

And, this was done with the USSR pressuring Spassky to leave the island and default Fischer. That's a lot of weight on one person's shoulders.

We like great chess, and people of strong character who play the royal game.

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  offramp: <Nonnus: Old men should be given the time to deteriorate in peace and with dignity.>

Has someone been dissing you?

Feb-05-14  Zonszein: <Well, that is part of it. Reading more into that comment: [we like him because he allowed the erratic Fischer to play his childish games, and still Spassky allowed the match to go forth, because the whole world wanted to see it, and the chess community needed it.]> Great post
Feb-13-14  OldTimr: <GSM> Calm down, it was just a hypothetical, in response to yours and Colonel's reactions.

*WHAT IF* you made the wrong choice (by consistantly being one sided).

Feb-13-14  PJs Studio: Fischer was a buzzsaw. Which does not take away World Champion Spassky. A truly amazing player. Incredible tenacity and deep understanding.
Feb-14-14  OldTimr: Apologies. My last post was meant for the Rogoff page.
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  diagonal: Remake – Match between the old 'Leningrad boys' Boris Spassky (aged 77) and Viktor Korchnoi (aged 83), both suffered severe health problems, we know. It will be great to see them doing again, what they love most!

<Schach-Event der Extraklasse in Leipzig 2014>, Veranstaltung auf Initiative von Dr. Gerhard Köhler, ORWO Net AG, Wolfen, Deutscher Schachbund DSB, Emanuel-Lasker-Gesellschaft und der Universität Leipzig:

If health allows, then Boris Vasilievich and Viktor Lvovich will play four games, from (this) Friday, 28th march 2014 on, with live coverage.

The official announcements:




The chess community keeps fingers crossed for Boris Vasilievich and Viktor Lvovich to a delicious next chess summit. I suppose, it couldn't be a better time and feeling as playing simultaneously during the present Candidates.

Apr-14-14  Everett: I feel Anand would do well to revisit (I'm sure he's see them before) Spassky's work with d4 for his next match with Carlsen, including responses to the Nimzo, Gruenfeld, etc. Spassky at his best played with tremendous energy, fearlessness, and nose for the initiative.
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I dont know if the Great Master International of chess Boris Spassky is in good healt, i wish that.

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  ketchuplover: Enjoy your $5000 young man :)
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  hyperactivemodernist: A great master and a great man. Wishing you the best, Boris Vasilievich!
Sep-10-14  domradave: Boris Spassky was idolized by Judy Lubner, played by Gilda Radner, on Saturday Night Live. Playing through Spassky's games is a good reason to idolize him. What an artist of the chessboard!
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  offramp: He's a bit of a Dick Shawn lookalike. Same sense of humour as well.
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This is pretty good! Spassky looks really really old too. I don't know why that shocks me because he isn't exactly a young man, but he hasn't aged too well.

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  alexmagnus: <Spassky looks really really old too. I don't know why that shocks me because he isn't exactly a young man, but he hasn't aged too well.>

Hm, I'd say he looks ok for his age. One could say "didn't age too well" if he looked like 90, but he doesn't.

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  MarkFinan: Check out the article and look at his picture? He looks mid 80's to me. Maybe it's because of his "mental break dance" as <offramp> so elegantly puts it!? I don't know much about him apart from those games with Fischer. Well compare him to Ringo Starr a man only 3 years his junior and you'll see what I meant.
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  TheFocus: Put a moustache on Spassky and he would be the spitting image of Captain Kangaroo.
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  TheFocus: I don't think I spelled moustache correctly.

Screw spell check.

Oct-03-14  ljfyffe: Must ache, nontheless. T's correct.
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  TheFocus: <I consider myself an idler, too, but the dimensions of Spassky's laziness were astounding> - Karpov.
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  perfidious: Whatever one makes of Karpov's self-assessment of that facet of his character above, his mien at the chessboard displayed no lack of will power or ferocity.
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  TheFocus: True. At the chessboard, Karpov was anything but lazy.

Didn't he win about a thousand tournaments?

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