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Boris Spassky
Number of games in database: 2,255
Years covered: 1948 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2548
Highest rating achieved in database: 2690
Overall record: +762 -207 =1234 (62.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      52 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (247) 
    B25 B24 B23 B20 B42
 Ruy Lopez (124) 
    C77 C92 C95 C73 C67
 French Defense (90) 
    C18 C11 C16 C19 C17
 Nimzo Indian (76) 
    E30 E31 E46 E53 E41
 Caro-Kann (73) 
    B17 B19 B18 B12 B14
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (59) 
    C92 C95 C96 C93 C86
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 B23 B80
 Orthodox Defense (96) 
    D58 D55 D59 D50 D56
 Nimzo Indian (74) 
    E59 E21 E47 E42 E20
 Queen's Gambit Declined (64) 
    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?]
   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 (1955)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   USSR Championship (1958)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)

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   Boris Spassky's 400 Selected Games by jakaiden
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   Space Invaders by Gottschalk
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   Spassky! by chocobonbon
   Spassky The Legend by CharlieLuciano
   Match Petrosian! by amadeus
   Max Euwe - From Steinitz to Fischer, Part 1 by Chessdreamer
   Some S-upermen by fredthebear
   My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov by LionHeart40
   Move by Move - Spassky (Franco) by Qindarka
   Spassky: Getting out of Reykjavik by pawn to QB4

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(born Jan-30-1937, 79 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 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 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 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

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. 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 91; games 1-25 of 2,255  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-012 1948 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
2. Spassky vs Rodgaisky 0-18 1948 URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. Spassky vs Shman 1-035 1948 Trud ChD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Spassky vs Avtonomov 1-021 1949 Soviet Junior QualifyersD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
5. V Liavdansky vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. Spassky vs Vilup 1-027 1949 LeningradD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
8. Estrin vs Spassky 0-119 1951 RigaC44 King's Pawn Game
9. Y Gusev vs Spassky 0-124 1951 RigaA00 Uncommon Opening
10. M Aizenshtadt vs Spassky 0-133 1951 LeningradD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Levenfish vs Spassky ½-½32 1952 TournamentD71 Neo-Grunfeld
12. G Chepukaitis vs Spassky 0-135 1952 tC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
13. Spassky vs J Yuchtman 1-028 1952 Rostov on DonE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
14. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-147 1952 LeningradD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Furman vs Spassky 0-136 1952 LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Taimanov vs Spassky ½-½59 1952 LeningradD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Spassky vs Radulescu 1-040 1953 BucharestD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Spassky vs Smyslov 1-035 1953 1, BucharestE31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
19. B Vladimirov vs Spassky 0-127 1953 LeningradD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. Sliwa vs Spassky 1-032 1953 BucharestD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
21. Spassky vs Golombek 1-025 1953 BucharestE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
22. Spassky vs Filip 0-172 1953 BucharestA84 Dutch
23. Spassky vs Z Milev  0-169 1953 BucharestD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
24. O Barda vs Spassky 0-140 1953 BukharestA43 Old Benoni
25. G Barcza vs Spassky  ½-½28 1953 BucharestD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Mar-27-16  ZonszeinP: Hello. And Larsen win in that game was of great class
Apr-02-16  DLev: Spassky's 1970 unbeaten streak pales in comparison to Tal's 1973-74 unbeaten streak of 95 consecutive games.
Apr-02-16  ughaibu: There was also Lasker's seven year unbeaten run from 1914 to 1921. But as with Capablanca's eight year run, this was probably due to the war.
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  brankat: My own unbeaten streak was from June of 1971 till October 2005. Must be the world record.
Jul-10-16  ZonszeinP: Need to double check.
But probably nobody can match that
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  HeMateMe: I haven't been beaten by a GM since I took up chess at age 10.
Jul-20-16  ZonszeinP: Amazing
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  MissScarlett: <So Liverpool go marching on - but not without the inspiration of Philippe Coutinho. What a performance by the little man. He might only be 5ft 7in but he stood head and shoulders above any other player at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening. The Brazilian was involved in almost every move Liverpool produced. As for the through ball he played for Sadio Mane, who pulled a fabulous save out of Steve Mandanda in the Palace goal, it was like watching chess legend Boris Spassky make a move that no-one saw coming.>


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  Sally Simpson: "...make a move that no-one saw coming."

Football commentator Garth Crooks on the Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho.

"As for the through ball he played for Sadio Mane, who pulled a fabulous save out of Steve Mandanda in the Palace goal, it was like watching chess legend Boris Spassky make a move that no-one saw coming. Wonderful stuff."

I wonder if the 'move that no-one saw coming.' was this one from G Andruet vs Spassky, 1988

Black to play.

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  HeMateMe: It must be N(4)-f3+. The Knight can't be taken because of a mate on g2. Black probably then plays Bishop to h3, prying open the weak square g2.

Reminds me of that game (Marshall?) where he played Q-g3, where his queen could be taken by the h or f pawn but really can't because of forks and back rank traps that lead to a mate.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi HeMateMe.

"Reminds me of that game (Marshall?) where he played Q-g3."

So try again. Think Marshall.

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  HeMateMe: Oh, I think I see it now. Q-f3+. The queen has to be taken, opening up the weak squares. then, N (5) to f3+, followed by B-h3 with mate on g2.
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  Sally Simpson: You got it!

I solved it from a set puzzle possibly because I was looking for something special.

I'm not sure if I would have seen it during a game. Probably not. The first move is not a check or a capture. These are hard to spot.

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  HeMateMe: I doubt I'd ever see it in one of my games. Four pieces pry open the kingside, in a non-violent manner. Hard to spot. It wasn't easy for Mr. Andruet, either, I guess.
Oct-31-16  john barleycorn: <HeMateMe: ... It wasn't easy for Mr. Andruet, either, I guess.>

Nothing was easy for Monsieur Andruet up to his bitter end.

Oct-31-16  ZonszeinP: Apart from the famous Marshall's game, the move Qf3!! reminds the non less famous game Fischer-Benko 1963... I'm sure Boris was thinking about his old friend Bobby when he saw it...
Nov-16-16  ZonszeinP: Hi,
Why is it that on "notable tournaments" there appear some in which Spassky didn't even win, whereas the one at Santa Monica 1966, in which he finished above Fischer, Larsen and all the others, included the WC is not in the list?
Nov-16-16  ewan14: 1958 because he chose to go for automatic qualification by beating Tal as opposed to a play off with Averbakh by drawing with Tal
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  Joshka: <Dlev> Well speaking of Tal's winning streak, he still NEVER beat Karpov;-)
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  perfidious: <Retireborn: <SteinitzLives> Not strictly true, as Boris did lose one game to Bent Larsen in the USSR vs World match, although it was AFAIK the only game he lost that year.>

It was indeed Spassky's only defeat of 1970.

Nov-29-16  Howard: Didn't know that ! Spassky lost only one game the whole year ?!
Nov-29-16  ZonszeinP: Spassky lost only one game in 1970 (qt least officially) against Larsen... Fischer lost two games: against Spassky and.....the same Larsen
Nov-29-16  Howard: Uhhhh....make that three games, not two, that Fischer lost that year. He also lost to Kovecivic (sp) at Zagarb (sp).

That was the game where Fischer's position, as White, was in knots within about 20 moves.

Nov-29-16  ZonszeinP: Correct!
3 defeats!
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  RookFile: Tal vs Karpov, 1987
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