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|Jan-30-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, WC Boris Spassky!!!!|
|Jan-30-16|| ||gars: Happy Birthday, World Champion Spassky! As long as I live I'll never forget your Candidates' Match game against Robert Byrne, in which you sacrificed your Queen. "A thing of beauty is a joy forever."|
|Jan-30-16|| ||ketchuplover: ditto|
|Jan-30-16|| ||Howard: Yes, I remember that game, too. It was in the 1977 book Chess Master vs Chess Master. Second game in the book, as I recall.|
The third game, by the way, was Browne's famous 1974 win against Bisguier !
|Jan-30-16|| ||sleepyirv: Happy Birthday, Spassky!
Here is the game everyone is talking about: Robert E Byrne vs Spassky, 1974
|Jan-30-16|| ||andrewjsacks: Happy birthday to a true gentleman and worthy World Champion.|
|Jan-30-16|| ||juan31: Un Super Gran Maestro|
|Feb-08-16|| ||Hawkman: I'm a huge Fischer fan, but Spassky beat him 3 times and tied twice before the WC. Fischer's psychological games took a toll on Spassky's nerves at the WC and I'm not sure the best player won.|
|Feb-08-16|| ||ZonszeinP: Well said!|
|Feb-08-16|| ||HeMateMe: not really true. Spassky was in decline when he played bob for the title. Afterwards, in the next cycle, Korchnoi defeated Spassky, who before that had been better than Korchnoi, Petrosian, Huebner, Byrne, et. al. In the next cycle I think Spassky lost in the semis. He lost a bit of playing strength each cycle. His decline began in 1972.|
If he had played Fischer in 1969 he might have won. Maybe Fischer saw that possibility and stayed out of the zonals during that time. That's my opinion as to why Fischer stayed out of chess during the zonals in the 60s--he didn't know if he could beat Petrosian or Spassky in a world championship match.
But please, don't say Spassky lost because Fischer was a jerk. at the end of the day the games are played over the board. Spassky was 35, in good health, played tennis, jogged, swam and arrived in Iceland a couple of weeks before the match, to become acclimated. He was tanned, rested and ready. He lost.
There are reports too that no real work was done at his "training camp" before the match. Perhaps Spassky coasted a bit too much on natural talent, and it finally caught up to him.
|Feb-08-16|| ||Gypsy: <Hawkman: I'm a huge Fischer fan, but Spassky beat him 3 times and tied twice before the WC. Fischer's psychological games took a toll on Spassky's nerves at the WC and I'm not sure the best player won.>|
From the Soviet chess nomenclature's standpoint, Spassky was a brilliantly talented maverick showing early signs of perhaps becoming a 'refusnik'. Yet, he was their best bet for keeping the chess title in the USSR. (Korchnoi was always a loose cannon and Fischer already demolished Petrosian in Belgrad.)
From the standpoint of Spassky, the money he would receive for playing in Reykjavik, win or lose, would effectively be his ticket to freedom.
All in all, Spassky did come under a lot of pressure and he thinks he 'fried his brain' a bit in Reykjavik. He feels that he did not play his very best in 1972; but he also feels his true creative collapse came a couple of years later. (Spassky said so in interviews for Czech chess publications.)
In all of this stress, Fischer's antics certainly played a role. But, in my opinion, the main pressure on Spassky came from his uneasy relationship with USSR Chess 'apparatchiks'.
|Mar-04-16|| ||Shams: He comes off a little bit of a crank and a little bit paranoid himself, but Boris Spassky has the best chess interview so far of 2016:
|Mar-04-16|| ||john barleycorn: < Shams: He comes off a little bit of a crank and a little bit paranoid himself, but Boris Spassky has the best chess interview so far of 2016:...>|
absolutely. I enjoyed reading it.
|Mar-17-16|| ||SteinitzLives: A friend of mine mentioned today that Spassky did not lose a single game in the calendar year 1970. I checked it out here, and sure enough, in 1970 Spassky had 19 wins, 23 draws and 0 losses!|
Capablanca went about eight years without losing a game, albeit with somewhat less impressive competition, but for a much longer period of time.
I wonder what streaks other world champions have had without losses in terms of years.
|Mar-17-16|| ||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.|
|Mar-17-16|| ||alexmagnus: <I wonder what streaks other world champions have had without losses in terms of years.>|
Steinitz' famous streak of 25 wins (wins, not just no-losses!) in a row spanned 9 years (1873-1882) but it were only three events (16 games in 1873, 7 in 1876 and 2 in 1882). He lost in the 1882 event then.
|Mar-17-16|| ||SteinitzLives: <Retireborn> Right you are, don't know how I missed that, will let my friend know.|
|Mar-17-16|| ||Retireborn: <SteinitzLives> I think Spassky's win against 1.b3 is so famous that people simply forget that Larsen won a game too :)|
|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.|
|Jun-26-16|| ||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
|Jul-11-16|| ||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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