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Spassky 
 
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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
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)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   USSR Championship (1956)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   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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BORIS SPASSKY
(born Jan-30-1937, 77 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 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 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 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 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 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. Spassky vs Shman 1-035 1948 Trud ChD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-012 1948 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
3. Spassky vs Rodgaisky 0-18 1948 URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. Spassky vs Avtonomov 1-021 1949 Soviet Junior QualifyersD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
5. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
6. V Liavdansky vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. Spassky vs Vilup 1-027 1949 LeningradD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Y Gusev vs Spassky 0-124 1951 RigaA00 Uncommon Opening
9. M Aizenshtadt vs Spassky  0-133 1951 LeningradD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Estrin vs Spassky 0-119 1951 RigaC44 King's Pawn Game
11. G Chepukaitis vs Spassky 0-135 1952 tC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
12. Taimanov vs Spassky ½-½59 1952 LeningradD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Spassky vs J Yuchtman 1-028 1952 Rostov on DonE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
14. Furman vs Spassky 0-136 1952 LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-147 1952 LeningradD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Levenfish vs Spassky ½-½32 1952 TournamentD71 Neo-Grunfeld
17. O Barda vs Spassky 0-140 1953 BukharestA43 Old Benoni
18. G Barcza vs Spassky  ½-½28 1953 BucharestD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Spassky vs Tolush ½-½15 1953 BucharestA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
20. Spassky vs O'Kelly  ½-½48 1953 BucharestE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
21. O Troianescu vs Spassky 0-140 1953 BucarestC22 Center Game
22. Stoltz vs Spassky  ½-½31 1953 BucharestE10 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Szabo vs Spassky 0-129 1953 BucharestE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
24. Spassky vs S Szabo 1-055 1953 BucharestD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Spassky vs Sajtar ½-½30 1953 BucharestD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
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Mar-28-12  Dionysius1: Thanks <PB>
Mar-28-12
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  HeMateMe: Youze guys are SOO analytical.
Apr-03-12  bwarnock: Spassky win/draw pcts in the '80s - someone asked about this awhile ago:

Yr - W___L__D
80 - 13__5__36
81 - 12__3__33
82 - 23_10__42
83 - 17__7__49
84 - 15__4__45
85 - 17__5__43
86 - 34__4__73
87 - 12__1__29
88 - 18__8__49
89 - 10_10__48
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T - 171_57_447

Note: 207 of the draws are 20 moves or fewer.

Draw percentage is 66%
Win pct decisive games: 75%
Win pct overall: 58.4%
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Apr-13-12  Petrosian63: <Dionysius1>http://www.gettyimages.com.au/detai...
Apr-18-12  bwarnock: Spassky's record in Candidates matches leading up to the World Championship: (65-66 and 68-69). (Not including the WC matches with Petrosian).

W L D
22 5 28

i.e. in 6 matches against Geller, Korchnoi, Larsen, Tal and Keres he lost a total of 5 games. Wow. (Keres was the only one to beat him twice).

I'd say that's a good basis for declaring him the strongest player of this period.

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Apr-18-12  AVRO38: <I'd say that's a good basis for declaring him the strongest player of this period.>

There is no doubt that Spassky was the strongest player of the 1960's. Keep in mind that the 1966 match from a chess perspective was a draw. Game 22 had a 3-fold repetition but Spassky refused to claim it because of the limited match format. He was therefore forced to play inferior moves and as a result he lost the game and subsequently the match.

I'd also point out Spassky's victory at Santa Monica in 1966 over Fischer and Petrosian and his victory over Fischer at the 1970 Olympiad.

Apr-18-12  Petrosianic: Winning the candidates is a good basis for declaring someone the best challenger. But if you're going to throw out the championship itself, you might as well throw out the candidates too, and declare that Botvinnik was the best all through the 60's (If we're throwing out the championship, then he never lost it).
Apr-18-12  JohnDahl: Yes, Spassky's reputation as a battle-hardened fighter at the end of the 60s was very high. That's why it was the manner, rather than the fact of his defeat to Fischer that really shocked people like Tal and Botvinnik. From later interviews with Spassky, it appears that the physical and mental stress of all these world championship matches simply wore him down.
Apr-18-12  Lambda: There's certainly good basis for declaring Spassky the strongest player of the 60s. However, there's also good basis for declaring this of a few other players.
Apr-18-12  Petrosianic: That's kind of like declaring the Colts the best team of 1968. "Well, they lost the Superbowl, but we think they were a better team anyway." I actually think they were too, but it makes no difference if you don't win the big one.
Apr-18-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Perhaps Spassky's best form was wasted in the somewhat dull matches with Petrosian, one victory, one loss. As good as Petrosian was, the games are a bit dry. That isn't any knock on Petrosian--he won matches with his own style, but this chess didn't get Spassky the kind of exposure he deserved. I think that, even in the 1960s, the world championship winner only got $10,000, or something like that.
Apr-18-12  Petrosianic: Have you actually played them over? both matches were quite interesting. Especially 1969, which, honestly, had more interesting games than 1966. Almost every game in 1969 was interesting, with the possible exceptions of Games 13 and 15.
Apr-18-12
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  HeMateMe: I have played through most of it. A lot of draws. I realize you will get a lot of draws at the highest level of chess. Again, no knock on Petrosian, it's just his chess isn't the most exciting.

Contrast the Spassky/Petrosian matches with Tal/Botvinnik. The Tal/Botvinnik matches, especially the first one, which Tal one, are very exciting.

Or for something more contemporary, the excitement of all of the KK matches is strong. I still enjoy playing through Kramnik v. Topalov, fighting chess.

Apr-18-12  Petrosianic: 55% draws is actually fairly low for a championship match. Especially a championship match involving Petrosian.

But you can't just go by the result of the game. Karpov-Korchnoi 1974 was one of the most exciting matches, with 79% draws, while conversely, Game 8 is probably the least interesting game of the Fischer-Spassky match.

Apr-18-12  AVRO38: <Have you actually played them over? both matches were quite interesting. Especially 1969..>

I agree. Although the 1966 match is interesting, I've always considered the 1969 match to be one of the most accurate and well played matches in chess history. I'd also include 1927, 1937, and 1954 on that list.

Jun-22-12  Call Me TC: This picture (http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l...) is used (in part) on the front cover of Gennady Sosonko 's book, <Smart Chip from St.Petersburg>, (NIC, 2006).

It's stated there: <Tal and Spassky at the Chigorin Chess Club, Leningrad 1960>. No such game fitting that description is listed in the <CG.com> records, but the presence of the clock and crowd suggests it was, at least, a formal game. I'm not sure if we should read anything into the fact that board is the wrong way round (a8-h1 diagonal is dark squared).

Jul-09-12  gezafan: Many seem to feel that Spassky lost his edge after the match with Fischer.

Actually he lost his edge after his 1969 match with Petrosian in which he won the title.

He achieved his goal and his drive declined and consequently his play.

After winning the title he was known to have referred to it as a burden. Subconsciously he may have wanted to lose to Fischer.

Jul-09-12
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  Joshka: I've always been of the opinion, that Boris, over all other GM's who have played both Fischer and Karpov would be the best authority on their relative strengths and weaknesses. He and Bobby played around 39 games, and with Anatoly some 57 games. Do not think any other living GM can make that boast. Has Boris ever gave a complete description of what might have happened had Bobby and Karpov played? Since Korchnoi gave Karpov all that he could handle in 1974 and 1978, I believe Fischer would have won these two matches, due to Bobby being so much younger than Korchnoi. Korchnoi lost easily in 1981, so this in my opinion would have been a very, very tough match for Bobby, with Karpov probably winning by a thread. Thanks in advance!
Jul-09-12  Petrosianic: Spassky wouldn't be very objective. He's always pitied Fischer, but seems to actively dislike Karpov. If we try to reduce the whole equation to how well each one did against Korchnoi, Fischer actually comes off a little worse, only breaking even with a Korchnoi who was lower ranked and rated than the Korchnoi of the mid 70's.
Jul-09-12
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  alexmagnus: < I believe Fischer would have won these two matches, due to Bobby being so much younger than Korchnoi>

Korchnoi was old, but at this old age he was actually at his prime (slightly later actually, around 1979 - according to all rating systems).

Aug-17-12
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  Natalia Pogonina: Shocking revelation about how Spassky was on the verge of dying/getting killed in the French hospital:

http://pogonina.com/index.php?optio...

Aug-17-12  LoveThatJoker: <Natalia> Thanks for that!

LTJ

Aug-17-12
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  HeMateMe: <"My Chess Way"> sounds great, the long awaited Spassky autobiograpy. If (please make it so) the book is truly open and objective, it will make for excellant reading.

Some of Spassky's comment's about his contemporaries haven't been very interesting. I think in Seriwen's book <Five Crowns> Spassky is asked about Fischer's allegation that all five of the KK matches were prearranged, and Spassky mentions one particular game and says something like "...well, we have to consider game 19....". A serious answer of course would be to dispell such Fischer nonsense, the rant of a disturbed man.

I just hope Boris takes the time, and listens to advisors, editors and perhaps other chess players to be serious and thorough in addressing the issues of his career. It won't always be pretty, some toes will have to be stepped on, but that's what makes for a good book.

1. If Fischer was better than Karpov, go into detail. Pehaps show how a few game positions were handled.

2. Did he face the same pressures that Korchnoi, did by state censors?

3. Who is his favorite player of his era?

4. Most feared opponent?

5. Strongest player of Russia, after Kasparov and Karpov?

6. Was he ever told to draw a game in a tournament when a countryman had a better chance of catching Fischer or Larsen and winning the event?

7. Describe the siege of Leningrad, seen from his youth, and adulthood.

8 What are his true views of the west, don't sugar coat anything.

9. Was Botvinnik given too much help by the state, and by FIDE, with the rematch clause?

10. How do we improve chess, today and for the future? Give specific examples, go into depth.

40 pages of narrative, along with 50 annotated games probably won't be a very good book. I really hope he takes the bit by the teeth and is serious about his one chance to set the record straight.

Aug-17-12
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  Eggman: <<If we try to reduce the whole equation to how well each one did against Korchnoi, Fischer actually comes off a little worse, only breaking even with a Korchnoi who was lower ranked and rated than the Korchnoi of the mid 70's.>>

Fischer and Korchnoi played each other only eight times, and only twice after Fischer was a teenager, so what can one really make of such data? I mean, why not try to compare Fischer and Karpov by looking at how they both faired against Polugaevsky, whom Fischer played exactly once?

Aug-17-12
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  Eggman: <<HeHateMe>>

That would all be nice, but I'm not holding my breath. Spassky is a life long diplomat.

In any event I don't recall The Life And Games Of Mikhail Tal being especially uncompromising (considering when it was written it couldn't have been), but it was still a delightful read.

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