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|Nov-29-16|| ||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!
|Dec-02-16|| ||RookFile: Tal vs Karpov, 1987|
|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.|
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