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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 Fischer, 1972 1/2-1/2

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)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   USSR Championship (1955)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   USSR Championship (1958)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   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, 12½-8½, 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 Rodgaisky 0-18 1948 URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. Spassky vs Shman 1-035 1948 Trud ChD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-012 1948 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
4. V Liavdansky vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB23 Sicilian, Closed
5. Spassky vs Vilup 1-027 1949 LeningradD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
7. Spassky vs Avtonomov 1-021 1949 Soviet Junior QualifyersD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
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. Spassky vs J Yuchtman 1-028 1952 Rostov on DonE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
12. G Chepukaitis vs Spassky 0-135 1952 tC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
13. Furman vs Spassky 0-136 1952 LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Taimanov vs Spassky ½-½59 1952 LeningradD45 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. Spassky vs Z Milev  0-169 1953 BucharestD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
18. Spassky vs Filip 0-172 1953 BucharestA84 Dutch
19. Spassky vs S Szabo 1-055 1953 BucharestD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. G Barcza vs Spassky  ½-½28 1953 BucharestD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Petrosian vs Spassky ½-½15 1953 Bucharest (04)D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
22. Spassky vs O'Kelly  ½-½48 1953 BucharestE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
23. Stoltz vs Spassky  ½-½31 1953 BucharestE10 Queen's Pawn Game
24. B Vladimirov vs Spassky 0-127 1953 LeningradD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. Szabo vs Spassky 0-129 1953 BucharestE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
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Dec-18-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Here is Boris, at the recent "Battle for Moscow" chess tournament, won by Morozovich. It appears that Spassky is greatly reduced and infirm. But, at least he is out of bed. Hopefully physical therapy and exercise can strengthen him enough to visit some more chess tournaments, and be walking.

I thought he lived in Paris, with his wife. Why is he in Moscow?

<http://en.chessbase.com/Portals/4/f...>

Dec-18-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  paulalbert: Apparently you missed the whole saga of his "escape" from France where he claimed he was not being properly treated medically after his stroke and being isolated so as to be taken advantage of in other ways. All of this remains vague and bizarre as far as I know, but Boris has been back in Russia since then. The implication seemed to be that his wife was somehow involved; whether they are divorced at this point I do not know. In interviews Boris, if asked, does not seem willing to discuss it or blame anybody, and just seems to indicate that he is happy to be back in Russia.
Dec-19-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Paul, I had read something about it months ago, but info was incomplete. The first thing I read was that somehow an ill Spassky was "kidnapped to Moscow", taken against his wishes there, for treatment, or perhaps non-treatment. Later, it seemed he had somehow been taken there, with help, against his wife's wishes. I have no idea. I think he has been married 40 years, so I can't believe this is some sort of Heather Mills type ruse to take advantage of an older man with money. Maybe the truth will come out when Spassky passes.
Dec-20-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Paint My Dragon: I found this interview quite compelling viewing ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAyu...

However, Boris stops just short of revealing everything. You feel he is holding something back while trying to give the impression of being open. He seems to display some emotional turmoil or even regret at the end of the interview, although he quickly recovers his composure.

Now I can see how someone might fall out with their wife, or their son, or their sister, or their doctor - but all four at once? That seems very strange, particularly when he keeps reminding us he is not accusing anyone of anything. This interview clears very little up, but certainly ramps up the intrigue factor.

Dec-20-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Are you implying that one or more family members wanted the Will to be read? It wouldn't be the first time such a thing has happened. I think he earned $1.5M in the '92 rematch with Fischer. Perhaps he handles money wisely, and has this and more, in his accounts? A sorry business indeed, if he had to run to Moscow to escape his immediate family.
Dec-21-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Paint My Dragon: Yes, there would be decent money in his account. Did this raise his suspicions about his poor recovery? Why should his son have the whole 'moving him back to Moscow' episode on his conscience, when he is glad to be there? Is there also a chance that Spassky developed some unreasonable paranoia? How else do you lose faith in your entire family? It sounds like a conspiratorial plot or a mental breakdown. I've got no idea which, but it's hard to imagine a third explanation.
Dec-21-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: I imagine his doctor(s) could shed some light, but of course physicians are bound to silence.
Jan-25-14  tzar: Dear Boris Vasilievich:

If you ever read your page in Chesgames.com I know you have gone through very difficult moments in the last years. Fortunately, now you are safe in Moscow and have overcome a very dark story that almost cost your live. From here, I send you my sympathy and respect, not only as one of the greatest players in history but as one of the best human beings out of the board. Always an example to everybody. I am sure most people in this website share these feelings.

Jan-30-14  Penguincw: Happy 77th birthday to ex-world champ Boris Spassky!
Jan-30-14  gars: Happy Birthday, Boris Vasilievich! We all wish you lots of health and happiness!
Jan-30-14  Zonszein: Happy birthday to one of the greatest!
Jan-30-14  EdZelli: Happy birthday to one of the greatest.
Suffered immense poverty and hunger during his youth but succeeded to get the crown in 1969. Wishing Boris the best during his golden years.
Jan-30-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: I second all positivity on this page
Jan-30-14  Everett: Great player, great model for behavior while being great.

Thank you, Mr. Spassky, for your games and for the example you set in your public life.

Jan-30-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Dear Boris. I hope you recover from your mental breakdance.
Jan-30-14  Nonnus: Old men should be given the time to deteriorate in peace and with dignity.
Jan-30-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: In an interview Spassky said "Americans like me because I lost to Fischer."

Well, that is part of it. Reading more into that comment: [we like him because he allowed the erratic Fischer to play his childish games, and still Spassky allowed the match to go forth, because the whole world wanted to see it, and the chess community needed it.]

And, this was done with the USSR pressuring Spassky to leave the island and default Fischer. That's a lot of weight on one person's shoulders.

We like great chess, and people of strong character who play the royal game.

Jan-31-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Nonnus: Old men should be given the time to deteriorate in peace and with dignity.>

Has someone been dissing you?

Feb-05-14  Zonszein: <Well, that is part of it. Reading more into that comment: [we like him because he allowed the erratic Fischer to play his childish games, and still Spassky allowed the match to go forth, because the whole world wanted to see it, and the chess community needed it.]> Great post
Feb-13-14  OldTimr: <GSM> Calm down, it was just a hypothetical, in response to yours and Colonel's reactions.

*WHAT IF* you made the wrong choice (by consistantly being one sided).

Feb-13-14  PJs Studio: Fischer was a buzzsaw. Which does not take away World Champion Spassky. A truly amazing player. Incredible tenacity and deep understanding.
Feb-14-14  OldTimr: Apologies. My last post was meant for the Rogoff page.
Mar-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: Remake – Match between the old 'Leningrad boys' Boris Spassky (aged 77) and Viktor Korchnoi (aged 83), both suffered severe health problems, we know. It will be great to see them doing again, what they love most!

<Schach-Event der Extraklasse in Leipzig 2014>, Veranstaltung auf Initiative von Dr. Gerhard Köhler, ORWO Net AG, Wolfen, Deutscher Schachbund DSB, Emanuel-Lasker-Gesellschaft und der Universität Leipzig:

If health allows, then Boris Vasilievich and Viktor Lvovich will play four games, from (this) Friday, 28th march 2014 on, with live coverage.

The official announcements:

<http://www.pressetext.com/news/2014...>

<http://www.schachgemeinschaft-leipz...>

<http://www.schachbund.de/news/schac...>

The chess community keeps fingers crossed for Boris Vasilievich and Viktor Lvovich to a delicious next chess summit. I suppose, it couldn't be a better time and feeling as playing simultaneously during the present Candidates.

Apr-14-14  Everett: I feel Anand would do well to revisit (I'm sure he's see them before) Spassky's work with d4 for his next match with Carlsen, including responses to the Nimzo, Gruenfeld, etc. Spassky at his best played with tremendous energy, fearlessness, and nose for the initiative.
Jul-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  juan31: http://susanpolgar.blogspot.mx/2012...

I dont know if the Great Master International of chess Boris Spassky is in good healt, i wish that.

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