< Earlier Kibitzing · PAGE 91 OF 91 ·
|Jan-30-17|| ||offramp: He is 80 today. That is a good age for a World Champion. They seem to die young. Capablanca and Alekhine died aged 53, Tal and Petrosian were 55. Steinitz and Fischer were 64, which is still quite young.|
I hope Spassky carries on living in good health for a long time. Skol!
|Jan-30-17|| ||alexmagnus: Oldest world champion ever was Smyslov, who made it to 89. Botvinnik died at 83, Euwe at 80. I think that's all, no one else made it to 80 - until Spassky now.|
|Jan-30-17|| ||offramp: ...And the only one left is Lasker, who was 72 when he passed to the Great Gig in the Sky.|
|Jan-30-17|| ||WorstPlayerEver: Happy Birthday, mr. Spasski! 🎁|
|Jan-30-17|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Boris Spassky!!|
|Jan-30-17|| ||naresb: I hope WC Spassky carries on living in good health for a long time. Happy birthday, Boris Spassky!!|
|Jan-30-17|| ||offramp: Spassky is a man of culture who has many interests outside of chess. Smyslov was a singer and Botvinnik had his little Radio Shack business.|
Petrosian and Tal were committed to professional high-level chess throughout their careers.
|Jan-30-17|| ||ZonszeinP: с днем рождения!|
|Jan-30-17|| ||chessamateur: Spassky is a rarity. A champion with the utmost class. May there be many more birthdays to come for this chess legend.|
|Jan-30-17|| ||Pyrandus: alexmagnus: The Oldest activ Player was Kortchnoi and... to Februar 2017: SPASSKY!|
|Jan-30-17|| ||botvinnik64: С днём рожде&|
|Jan-30-17|| ||Eastfrisian: I am missing him in the birthday list for today ??|
|Jan-30-17|| ||diagonal: <Spassky is 80 today. That is a good age for a World Champion. They seem to die young. Capablanca and Alekhine died aged 53, Tal and Petrosian were 55. Steinitz and Fischer were 64, which is still quite young.|
Oldest world champion ever was Smyslov, who made it to 89. Botvinnik died at 83, Euwe at 80 .. And the only one left is Lasker, who was 72 when he passed to the Great Gig in the Sky.>
Thanks for that trivia piece and historical information, <offramp> and <alexmagnus>.
Happy 80th birthday to Boris Spassky, the 10th World Chess Champion,
holding the title from 1969 to 1972. A true Chess Ambassador!
|Jan-30-17|| ||N0B0DY: Поздравляем с 80-летием|
|Jan-30-17|| ||Joshka: <Rookfile> That was either rapid/blitz, does not count;-) Tal never beat Karpov in a normal, regular time control game.|
|Jan-30-17|| ||RookFile: That's fine, change the parameters of what you originally said.|
|Jan-31-17|| ||diagonal: According to cg. database (might be incomplete), Anatoly Karpov beat Mikhail Tal 1 to 0, with 19 draws in the years between 1971 and 1989 (meaning after Tal appeared in the chess firmament like a meteor in the late 1950s), including rapid/blitz etc. games: Karpov beat Tal 2 to 1, pretty close..|
|Jan-31-17|| ||Sally Simpson: Ah...Missed Boris's Birthday, no excuse as I mentioned it in an earlier blog this year.|
A 1937 Blind Date with Boris Spassky
He was born on the exact same day as Vanessa Redgrave don't you know.
(better zoom off to Vanessa Redgrave's site and wish her a belated happy birthday as well.)
|Feb-11-17|| ||Fusilli: <Sally Simpson> How's his health these days, do you know? One doesn't hear much about him, but when he shows up anywhere it's always so inspirational for today's players, GMs and amateurs alike.|
|Mar-06-17|| ||Sally Simpson: Just been reading this from:
In 1981 he [Spassky] got a first (unsavoury) glimpse of an emerging superstar, Gary Kasparov.
The then 19-year-old strode up to his opponent of the next day, ex-world champion Petrosian, and, quite unprompted, snarled, `I'm going to f*** you, Tigran 'Vartanovich.'
Petrosian was appalled. Spassky, who was present, noted that this boy, all energy and aggression, needed humiliating.
So during games with Kasparov he would say, 'I offer a draw from a position of strength.'
Once he even grabbed Kasparov firmly by the buttocks whilst on stage in full view of the audience. This somewhat unusual approach seems to have worked, as Kasparov has only recently succeeded in beating Spassky."
Written in 1992.
|Mar-19-17|| ||TheFocus: Quote of the day: <I'm not afraid of Spassky. The world knows I'm the best. You don't need a match to prove it> - Fischer.|
|Mar-19-17|| ||zanzibar: <Fusilli> Two strokes in ten years, the most recent in Moscow, have presented him with severe challenges. Plus the divorce from his "French wife".|
But he sounds, er, somewhat optimistic, and definitely lucid, in this interview:
<OK. Whom do you consider a chess genius?
I'd better list my favourite chess players. Paul Morphy, Harry Pillsbury. Mikhail Chigorin. Alexander Alekhine. Alexander Dmitrievich Petrov, the forefather of Russian chess. Misha Tal. Tragic figures, all of them.>
|Oct-11-17|| ||diagonal: <When we were young>: Boris Spassky at age of 19 at the Candidate's Tournament in Amsterdam in 1956: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...|
Photo: Herbert Behrens, Anefo — Nationaal Archief / Wikipedia
|Oct-12-17|| ||WorstPlayerEver: <1981 he [Spassky] got a first (unsavoury) glimpse of an emerging superstar, Gary Kasparov.|
The then 19-year-old strode up to his opponent of the next day, ex-world champion Petrosian, and, quite unprompted, snarled, `I'm going to f*** you, Tigran 'Vartanovich.'>
Kasparov wasn't 19 in 1981 though.
|Dec-11-17|| ||RookFile: Petrosian evidently wasn't scared. He went out and beat Kasparov.|
< Earlier Kibitzing · PAGE 91 OF 91 ·