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|Jan-30-12|| ||King Death: Happy birthday to a champ!|
|Jan-30-12|| ||Refused: Happy Birthday Boris.|
|Jan-30-12|| ||Monoceros: Happy 75th to our beloved Russian bear.|
|Jan-30-12|| ||kingfu: Boris,
I hope you are doing well. After all, one may do Chess even while in bed! Benjamin Franklin used to play Chess in France while in the TUB!
Happy Birthday, mon ami.
To win at the Game of Life is better than winning at the Game of Chess.
And you did both quite well. May you continue to do so for many more years.
My favorite Spassky game is when he beat Fischer with The King's Gambit.
|Jan-30-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: Happy birthday, World Champion Grandmaster Spassky! :)|
|Jan-30-12|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday Boris Spassky! Special year for him. Twenty since years since he last played Fischer in a match, and twenty years before that, you played a WCC match, with Fischer.|
|Jan-31-12|| ||polarmis: Karpov, Kasparov and Kramnik congratulating Spassky on his 75th birthday: |
And here's a long interview with Spassky published yesterday, though apparently it took place before Spassky's stroke (I'm not 100% convinced about the source, but it's an interesting interview):
|Jan-31-12|| ||Tomlinsky: Boris Spassky: "I am in the endgame now, which is the most difficult part of the game. But I am still okay."|
|Jan-31-12|| ||HeMateMe: Nice interview with Kramnik.|
|Jan-31-12|| ||ketchuplover: belated happy birthday to herr spassky :)|
|Jan-31-12|| ||talisman: happy belated birthday GM Boris Spassky, all the best from all of us.|
|Jan-31-12|| ||TugasKamagong: <(Jul-09-11) 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?>|
Can't remember my source or the exact words, but I remember someone writing that Spassky unilaterally refrained from smoking during the 1972 match, simply because he knew Fischer was a nonsmoker. In 1972 smokers had more "rights" than they do now, but Spassky didn't make an issue of it. It wasn't mentioned in any of the pre-match negotiations. And he never pointed out afterwards that he had made this gesture out of consideration for Fischer.
It may seem like a small thing, but those of us who smoke can appreciate what it's like to go 5 or 6 hours at a stretch without a cigarette. We already know Spassky is a real gentleman, and the way he handled this smoking issue showed he's got a lot of class.
In sharp contrast to this is the 1974 match with Byrne, Candidates' quarterfinal, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Robert Byrne was a smoker. Both Spassky and Byrne smoked heavily and incessantly all throughout that match.
|Feb-01-12|| ||AlphaMale: Nice tributes from the KKK for Spassky. Pity Bobby didn't have anything to add.|
|Feb-01-12|| ||Joshka: <TugasKamagong> Hey thanks for your input. Yes as a former smoker I do know how refraining can cause, headaches, ect. But this leads to another point. With all that was written about the match, we still don't know all that much about what went on! From what I read all the games were videotaped! Where are they?? Is someone holding them from distribution wanting an arm and a leg? We see the same clips over and over from Game 1, games last 4-6 hours, there is a treasure trove of Game footage that is tucked away somewhere by someone. How much are they asking? Lombardy writes a book recently and from what we hear nothing really new in the book on the match. Heck Spassky has never written on the match, nor Kavalek who was Fischer 2nd after Lombardy. Match of the Century, and the folks who were there basically shut up. Of course some have written, I have the Fine book, Evans and Byrne books and another or two, but so much more could be known. Oh well thanks for responding!|
|Feb-01-12|| ||Joshka: <TugasKamagong> <It wasn't mentioned an any of the pre-match negotiations> Another point of contention, I had a heated debate with someone (forgotten who) who believes all the hype about Bobby dictating 219 or so demands just before the match. I call this hogwash, and do not believe it was in the hundreds. Have NEVER seen what these demands were. If he did make all these demands, why wouldn't they be made public in order to shame him? I just don't believe it.|
|Feb-01-12|| ||theagenbiteofinwit: <polarmis: Karpov, Kasparov and Kramnik congratulating Spassky on his 75th birthday: >|
A very touching and emotional wishes from Karpov, especially from Kramnik.
Of course Kasparov mentions himself more than Spassky in his congratulations.
Happy Birthday Mr. Spassky, you not have the reputation as being one of the greatest players ever, you also have the more amazing distinction of being one of the greatest gentlemen of the game!
|Feb-01-12|| ||AlphaMale: <From what I read all the games were videotaped!>|
What did you read? I thought only the first two games were filmed in the playing hall.
|Feb-01-12|| ||TheFocus: ALL of the games WERE videotaped.|
|Feb-01-12|| ||Caissanist: The first game had a film crew in the hall. Bobby hated the noise they were making and refused to play any more games with the crew present. A later game was also filmed from someplace that was so quiet that he didn't notice (an air conditioning vault or something like that), but Bobby stopped that too as soon as he found out about it. |
However, there were also two (I think) closed circuit cameras set up which recorded all the games, without human intervention. Release of the tapes was held up for years because of legal wrangling; don't know if that was ever resolved.
|Feb-01-12|| ||AlphaMale: 1970s quality CCTV. I can hardly wait.|
|Feb-02-12|| ||Joshka: <Caissanist> <Release of the tapes was held up for years because of legal wrangling; don't know if that was ever resolved> This is my inquiry exactly, why has this not been resolved, and if it has been resolved, why have they not been made for sale to the general public? Heck, I'd even settle for bootleg versions!|
|Feb-02-12|| ||Joshka: <TheFocus> <All of the games WERE videotaped> Exactly, and with all the research you are doing with your upcoming book, are you going to take up this subject in any detail, so for us who NEED to know, get the details!;-)??....Games lasting 4-6 hours for 20 some odd games, were talking around a 100 hours of video of Bobby and Boris at the board for the Match of the Century! Is Chester Fox still around? Does he own the rights? Maybe its the chess federation from Iceland?|
|Feb-02-12|| ||AlphaMale: <<All of the games WERE videotaped>>|
Still waiting for substantiation.
|Feb-02-12|| ||TheFocus: <AlphaMale> <<All of the games WERE videotaped>>|
<Still waiting for substantiation.>
Then read <Caissanist>'s post above. He is correct.
<However, there were also two (I think) closed circuit cameras set up which recorded all the games, without human intervention.>
|Feb-02-12|| ||Petrosianic: That's my understanding too, though I don't know what became of the tapes. I'd heard that they were laying in a warehouse somewhere because Chester Fox didn't pay to get them out, or something like that.|
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