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Boris Spassky
Number of games in database: 2,262
Years covered: 1948 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2548
Highest rating achieved in database: 2690

Overall record: +760 -209 =1240 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 53 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (248) 
    B25 B24 B23 B20 B42
 Ruy Lopez (123) 
    C77 C92 C95 C73 C67
 French Defense (90) 
    C18 C11 C16 C19 C01
 Nimzo Indian (76) 
    E30 E46 E31 E45 E41
 Caro-Kann (73) 
    B17 B19 B18 B12 B14
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (57) 
    C92 C95 C93 C96 C98
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (231) 
    C95 C64 C84 C92 C93
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (134) 
    C95 C84 C92 C93 C89
 Sicilian (119) 
    B83 B81 B31 B80 B52
 Orthodox Defense (97) 
    D58 D55 D59 D50 D63
 Nimzo Indian (75) 
    E59 E21 E47 E42 E53
 Queen's Gambit Declined (65) 
    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 Geller, 1968 1-0
   Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 1-0
   G Andruet vs Spassky, 1988 0-1
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 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 (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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(born Jan-30-1937, 81 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, 12½-8½, 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 2,262  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-0121948LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
2. Spassky vs Rodgaisky 0-181948URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. Spassky vs Shman 1-0351948Trud ChD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Spassky vs Avtonomov 1-0211949Soviet Junior QualifyersD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
5. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-1511949LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
6. V Liavdansky vs Spassky 0-1511949LeningradB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. Spassky vs Vilup 1-0271949LeningradD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Estrin vs Spassky 0-1191951RigaC44 King's Pawn Game
9. Y Gusev vs Spassky 0-1241951RigaA00 Uncommon Opening
10. M Aizenshtadt vs Spassky 0-1331951LeningradD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Levenfish vs Spassky ½-½321952TournamentD71 Neo-Grunfeld
12. G Chepukaitis vs Spassky 0-1351952URS-ch sfC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
13. Spassky vs J Yuchtman 1-0281952Rostov on DonE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
14. Furman vs Spassky 0-1361952LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Taimanov vs Spassky ½-½591952LeningradD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-1471952LeningradD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. B Vladimirov vs Spassky 0-1271953LeningradD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. Spassky vs Smyslov 1-0351953BucharestE31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
19. Spassky vs Z Milev  0-1691953BucharestD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
20. V Ciocaltea vs Spassky  ½-½211953BucharestC50 Giuoco Piano
21. Petrosian vs Spassky ½-½151953BucharestD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Spassky vs Radulescu 1-0401953BucharestD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Spassky vs Golombek 1-0251953BucharestE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
24. Sliwa vs Spassky 1-0321953BucharestD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
25. Spassky vs Filip 0-1721953BucharestA84 Dutch
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  Petrosianic: Would you tell us if he did? There are stories floating around out there, like Evgeny Gik's anecdote about people walking out after his comment about Russia letting too many big-nosed people into government. If he's a friend of yours, you wouldn't be all that keen to tell us bad stories about him even if you knew any.
Jun-02-11  boz: But if Eric said nothing would we interpret his silence as a tacit admission that Boris is an anti-semite?
Jun-02-11  bronkenstein: < There is something about chess world champions and anti-semitism....>

Quite the opposite , in fact.

Jun-02-11  Catfriend: <bronkenstein: < There is something about chess world champions and anti-semitism....>

Quite the opposite , in fact.> LOL thanks, I was looking for the best reply :)

But maybe you could say something about all the non-Jewish WCs. And Fischer. Except for Kramnik. and Smyslov. And Karpov, for all I know. And Anand, of course.

Hmmm a remarkably hard statement to generalize :)

Jun-02-11  bronkenstein: The point is clear , no need to nitpick the formulation . BTW who is Kramnik ? ... I remember a gyu that never qualified even for a challenger , and then he beats some other gyu that ...hmm ...what was he...ah , I remember now , he had very good rating @ that point...;)

Same mysterious thing happens in the domain of Nobel Prize , Oscar and so on, having the percentages and probability in mind . But that topic smells more like Rogoff anyway.

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  Eric Schiller: <Petrosianic> Only partially true. I'll happily dish the dirt in a pub, but the Internet is permanent. Spassky has never forgiven Keene for writing things about him that were true, bu heat of battle moments that Spassky felt should not be immortalized in a book.
Jun-03-11  Catfriend: <bronkenstein> I wasn't nitpicking or criticizing in any way at you at all.
Jun-03-11  bronkenstein: Ah , sorry , it seems that I didnt pick the best possible expression to say , simply , that there is no need to clarify further when the point is already clear :P
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  jessicafischerqueen: Boris Spassky arrives in Iceland to meet Bobby Fischer.

<Live footage> of the World Champion as he steps from the airplane and into the playing hall for "game one." That's Nikolai Krogius you can see striding across the field with Spassky.

Jun-20-11  M.D. Wilson: <Petrosianic: Would you tell us if he did? There are stories floating around out there, like Evgeny Gik's anecdote about people walking out after his comment about Russia letting too many big-nosed people into government. If he's a friend of yours, you wouldn't be all that keen to tell us bad stories about him even if you knew any.>

Seems like one can't defend one's friend around people like you.

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  Joshka: I know Boris was allowed to smoke during those television games back in 1982, but did he smoke during the 1972 match with Bobby? Bobby being so particular with the way he needed everything set up, I would find it amazing that he allowed Boris to smoke while at the board!?? Any info appreciated, thanks in advance! PS Any new news on the health of Boris?
Jul-09-11  polarmis: <Joshka>, Spassky's expected to play in a veteran's tournament in mid-August with Korchnoi, Taimanov and others, so we've got to assume the recovery's going well!
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  Joshka: <polarmis> Ahh wonderful news!! Thanks!
Aug-10-11  Everett: Just came across the fact that Portisch advanced over Spassky in their '80 candidates match because, of the two decisive games (one victory each out of 14), Portisch's win came playing black.

Anyone know of Spassky's reaction to this decision, and was this tiebreaker known before the beginning of the match?

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  Petrosianic: It was known. And the other candidates series had equally silly tiebreakers (in 1974 it was a coin flip). This was the first time one of them was actually used, however.
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  alexmagnus: And after all this you have something against rapids and blitz as tiebreakers? :D. At least it's chess.
Aug-20-11  swissfed: ¡¥I consider myself to be an idler, too, but the dimensions of Spassky¡¦s laziness were astounding¡¦...said Karpov (page 98)(Karpov on Karpov)
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  perfidious: <Petrosianic: ....And the other candidates series had equally silly tiebreakers (in 1974 it was a coin flip). This was the first time one of them was actually used, however.>

Then we have Smyslov's advance after the spin of a roulette wheel in the 1983 cycle.

Even the National Football League uses coin flip as a last resort after numerous other means, one of which can hardly help but break the tie!

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  NARC: I think I have seen an interesting thing in Spassky's second match against Petrosian. Spassky seemed to be willing to simplify to get better endings from 1. e4 openings. A lot of players rather go for further complications after playing 1.e4

Does anybody see the same, or otherwise?

Nov-07-11  AnalyzeThis: He showed the same tendency against Fischer.
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  kingfu: We need an update on Boris's health.

How is he doing?

I hope he is doing well.

Dec-13-11  Antiochus: Appeal to President Bush from Boris Spassky

Dec-14-11  goldenbear: The only Aquarian world chess champion, and it showed...
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  brankat: Happy Birthday Boris!!
Jan-30-12  bronkenstein: Best wishes and good health , Boris!

PS here`s Spragett`s extensive B-day greeting (don`t be afraid, it has lots of pics!), which may contain some additional info for (way too short) bio of the ex-champ.

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