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|Aug-01-13|| ||jerseybob: Kingfu: It's not that Fischer was in a "draw mode"; that's the surest way to lose. Spassky just started playing like Spassky, and the second half of the match was a lot tougher.
Not one of those second-half games is a Grandmaster draw.|
|Sep-03-13|| ||Everett: <jerseybob: Kingfu: It's not that Fischer was in a "draw mode"; that's the surest way to lose. Spassky just started playing like Spassky, and the second half of the match was a lot tougher. Not one of those second-half games is a Grandmaster draw.>|
That's my take as well. I also believe Spassky should have fought to have Bondarevsky on his team, but there seemed to be some strife in deciding who would second Spassky, with Geller winning out.
|Oct-31-13|| ||visayanbraindoctor: Game Collection: Spassky vs the World Champions Decisive Games|
|Dec-18-13|| ||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?
|Dec-18-13|| ||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|| ||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|| ||Paint My Dragon: I found this interview quite compelling viewing ...
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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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.]>
|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.|
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