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|Jun-28-05|| ||WMD: What do you want, applause?|
|Jun-28-05|| ||suenteus po 147: <WMD> I wouldn't hear it even if I could get it.|
|Jun-28-05|| ||Ziggurat: WMD is like a vengeful robot gone amok, randomly trawling kibitz pages in search of the next user to insult. A kind of online Tourette's syndrome maybe.|
|Jun-28-05|| ||hintza: <suenteus po 147> Great work!|
|Jun-28-05|| ||tpstar: [Confidential to <suenteus po 147>] Please excuse me for daring to edit an English Professor. Your first set of Interzonals have "Tournament" spelled incorrectly. Also, I prefer Semi-Finals but that is style over substance.|
Nice work. =)
|Jun-28-05|| ||keypusher: Thanks <suenteus>! Man, that was a long road.|
|Jun-28-05|| ||Knight13: Now that's definently a better picture!|
|Jun-28-05|| ||suenteus po 147: <tpstar> I always appreciate the proofreading. I've been putting the collection together for a while now, and while I managed to organize them all correctly I wasn't as careful on the spelling of the titles.|
<TheAlchemist>, <hintza>, <tpstar>, and <keypusher> I'm glad you guys like it. I always appreciate the input.
|Jun-29-05|| ||offramp: That is a great collection. When you see it in one long list it shows just what a huge Everest winning the World Championship is. It shows Spssky's fierce determination; winning the Candidates' twice is a major achievement.|
I think I saw one small error: "Spassky barely lost the first world championship match against Petrosian 11-13..." - I thought it was 11.5-12.5
|Jun-29-05|| ||suenteus po 147: <offramp> I just double checked my count, and it's three wins for Spassky and 16 draws, that's 11 points, plus 13 points for Petrosian is 24 games worth of points total. I don't know if other sources have published the final score as 11.5 to 12.5, but the count based on the game scores in the collection support 11-13. Maybe one of the game scores is wrong?|
|Jun-29-05|| ||sneaky pete: <suenteus po 147> I did a recount and arrived at Petosian 4 Spassky 3 draw 17. The actual match was over after game 22 when Petrosian had reached the 12 points needed to keep the championship. Game 23 (win by Spaaky) and 24 (draw) were played as exhibition games, says the tournament book.|
|Jun-29-05|| ||suenteus po 147: <sneaky pete> You are correct. All of sudden this morning I count 17 draws in the championship match, with 3 for Spassky and only 4 for Petrosian.
<offramp> My apologies.|
|Jul-02-05|| ||offramp: It's a good new picture of Spassky - it might have been put there today. It look like he is in Rejkyavik.... Those spectators don't look like Soviet citizens to me.|
|Jul-07-05|| ||Joshka: So is Boris the top authority on the opening of the day? From C33-36 only 1 loss and I believe this was in a simul!|
|Jul-17-05|| ||calman543: He might have beat Karpov in 1974, but the Russians put a lot of psychological heat on him for losing to Fischer, and his primary assistant, Efim Geller, switched to the Karpov camp and revealed all of Spassky's opening secrets to Karpov.|
|Jul-18-05|| ||SnoopDogg: No wonder Boris couldn't beat Karpov....at least he got revenge on Hamburg TV winning against Karpov in a King's Gambit Spassky vs Karpov, 1982|
|Jul-20-05|| ||TheAlchemist: Some writings by Adrian Mikhalchishin about Spassky: |
Wherever he was, Spassky was always in charge of making people laugh. He was particularly good in imitating other people. His favorite was Petrosian when analyzing a game. Petrosian was partially deaf, so he often gesticulated with his arms as well. Spassky used to stand behind him and imitate his movements perfectly. Soon, everybody except Petrosian started laughing. When Petrosian finally realized what was going on, he said calmly: "What else can you expect from a clown like Spassky?"
His second favorite target was Lenin, which, in those days, could have much more sevee consequences...
Soviet chess players had to present themselves every year in front of a commission, formed by old Bolsheviks, who then released them a permission to travel abroad. One had to be very careful and humble when interviewed by the commission - one had to present himself as a good citizen. So, one day Spassky comess wearing purple trousers, yellow shirt and red tie. The president of the commission, in complete shock, asked: "What is this parrot doing here?" But Spassky was unstoppable and pulled some papers out of his pocket and started reading an article about the latest world fasion. Completely frustrated, the members of the commission finally gave in...
In his last years of active play, Spassky always came to his games in his tennis gear. He put the racket beside the chessboard, drew in about 10 moves and ran off to play a game. Spassky and Ulf Andersson were excellent tennis players, and so were Capablanca an Keres long before them...
Mikhalchishin and Spassky met in 1979, at the end of the Spartakiad. That year, the surprising winners were Beliavsky, Romanishin, Tukmakov, Dorfman, Kuzmin and Mikhalchishin. Spassky came to congratulate them personally at the end of the event. He came to Mikhalchishin and extended his arm: "I believe we haven't met before." And then, in English: "My name is Spassky." In the middle of Moscow, with all those politicians, his show produced fits of laughter, but it left poor Mikhalchishin completely confused...
(I apologize if these anecdotes have been posted before, I ran through all the pages quickly, so I could have easily missed them)
|Jul-20-05|| ||offramp: I have never heard them and thank you very much for taking the tie and trouble to post them.|
|Jul-21-05|| ||Dirk Diggler: I've always like Spassky. A romantic, an independent Leningrader, and never a puppet of the soviet regime, like Botvinnik and Karpov.|
|Jul-21-05|| ||IMlday: Nice collection SP147, nostalgic for me as I was following it all in real time as a fan. No internet then, the Moscow qualifier was a couple of dozen pages of newsprint with lots of typos
selling for $1 in Toronto's Russian bookstore.
As regards the nominker 'comeback kid'
Spassky had been World Junior Champ and qualified to the top 8 Candidates in the mid-fifties. Things looked good. But then came Tal, like a cyclone, blowing everyone away including Boris. Watching Spassky sharpen his style circa 58-63 was remarkable, no gambit off limits, crazy chess. Whatever Tal's magic was, Spassky wanted some. Without this 'crazy chess' period I doubt Boris could have become the universal superstar of the late 60's. That surreal style didn't work vs Petrosian in '66 but the 'comeback kid' came back powerfully in '69. Boris certainly makes my all-time top ten list!
|Aug-02-05|| ||mcgee: 2690 does seem like rather a low rating. Spassky won the Candidates' twice, won three category 15 events when Fischer didn't win any and had three very impressive heavyweight successes after ceding the title (USSR Champ 1973, Bujogno 1978, Linares 1983)I had not stopped to think about it but maybe he would pinch the last place in my Top 10?|
|Aug-02-05|| ||SnoopDogg: <2690 does seem like rather a low rating.>|
2690 was the second highest behind Fischer's 2785 <mcgee> which now would be 2900 due to inflation and Spassky's 2800 about. Inflation has caused that not Spassky performing badly :-).
|Aug-02-05|| ||Koster: Anyone know if Spassky is coaching the French team in the European match? They are doing well so far, beating Germany today. I would like to see tham meet Iceland, with Fischer on Bd 1!|
|Aug-02-05|| ||TruthHurts: Koster no Gurevich the Belgium Grandmaster is coaching France, Spassky is not really involved in french chess high level, now he's old and enjoys more than something else.|
|Aug-23-05|| ||turkishgrandmaster: His rating and performance has decrease a lot in these years.|
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