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Spassky 
 
Boris Spassky
Number of games in database: 2,256
Years covered: 1948 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2548
Highest rating achieved in database: 2690
Overall record: +763 -209 =1238 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      46 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (249) 
    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 E46 E31 E21 E54
 Caro-Kann (72) 
    B17 B19 B18 B12 B14
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (59) 
    C92 C95 C96 C93 C98
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 B80 B47
 Orthodox Defense (96) 
    D55 D58 D59 D50 D63
 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 Geller, 1968 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 1-0
   G Andruet vs Spassky, 1988 0-1
   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)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   USSR Championship (1956)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   USSR Championship (1955)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   USSR Championship (1958)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   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
   Space Invaders by Gottschalk
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 3) by Anatoly21
   Spassky! by chocobonbon
   Spassky The Legend by CharlieLuciano
   Match Petrosian! by amadeus
   My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov by LionHeart40
   Spassky: Getting out of Reykjavik by pawn to QB4
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1940-1959 (Part 2) by Anatoly21

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BORIS SPASSKY
(born Jan-30-1937, 79 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, 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 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 91; games 1-25 of 2,256  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Spassky vs Rodgaisky 0-18 1948 URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-012 1948 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
3. Spassky vs Shman 1-035 1948 Trud ChD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
5. Spassky vs Vilup 1-027 1949 LeningradD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Spassky vs Avtonomov 1-021 1949 Soviet Junior QualifyersD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
7. V Liavdansky vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. M Aizenshtadt vs Spassky 0-133 1951 LeningradD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Estrin vs Spassky 0-119 1951 RigaC44 King's Pawn Game
10. Y Gusev vs Spassky 0-124 1951 RigaA00 Uncommon Opening
11. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-147 1952 LeningradD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Levenfish vs Spassky ½-½32 1952 TournamentD71 Neo-Grunfeld
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. G Chepukaitis vs Spassky 0-135 1952 tC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
16. Spassky vs J Yuchtman 1-028 1952 Rostov on DonE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
17. V Ciocaltea vs Spassky  ½-½21 1953 BucharestC50 Giuoco Piano
18. Petrosian vs Spassky ½-½15 1953 Bucharest (04)D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
19. Spassky vs Radulescu 1-040 1953 BucharestD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Boleslavsky vs Spassky ½-½29 1953 BucharestD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
21. B Vladimirov vs Spassky 0-127 1953 LeningradD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. Spassky vs Z Milev  0-169 1953 BucharestD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
23. Spassky vs Filip 0-172 1953 BucharestA84 Dutch
24. Spassky vs Smyslov 1-035 1953 1, BucharestE31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
25. Szabo vs Spassky 0-129 1953 BucharestE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
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May-27-15
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  TheFocus: <Chess, with all its philosophical depth, its aesthetic appeal, is first of all a game in the best sense of the word; a game in which are revealed your intellect, character and will> - Boris Spassky.
Jun-06-15  posoo: This dosunt help me find da game fucus.
Jun-06-15  Retireborn: <posoo> Late reply, but I expect you're thinking of 16...Nc6 in this game:-

Averbakh vs Spassky, 1956

Well, I hope that is indeed da game.

Jun-07-15  posoo: THAKS rutburn!
Sep-21-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: In the 1990s when Boris Yeltsin was [insert hierarchical term here] of Russia, the BBC started calling him Baris. They said that Baris was a more accurate reflection of the Russian name.

I suppose it might depend on where in the USSR Comrade Yeltsin was born... or is Baris genuinely a reasonable way of pronouncing Boris?

There is a similar problem with the word kosher. I was once emphatically told, by a genuine North Londoner, that that word is pronounced kasher.

It's a pity there's no Russian-Jewish chess-players around. They could answer both questions!

Sep-21-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: <is Baris genuinely a reasonable way of pronouncing Boris?>

See http://ask.masterrussian.com/229/wh...

Sep-21-15  Murky: About the pronunciation of 'Boris' in Russian:

The stress is on the 'i' in the second syllable. Unstressed vowels in Russian, the 'o' in this case, lose the full vowel sound. So it's no longer an 'o' as in the word 'bore'. That 'o' becomes 'ah', as in 'father'.

Also, the 'i' in Boris, is not at all like an English 'i'. It's an 'eee' sound, as in 'beat'.

Listen to the pronunciation link as given above in Boris' bio.

Dec-22-15  Zonszein: Hello:
Kósher
Barís

YW

Dec-29-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Poor Boris. He gets his own stamp, but it's somebody else! http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...
Dec-29-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Did we just get snow in April?!
Dec-29-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Ouch! The face of a bad guy from a 1963 James Bond film :)
Dec-29-15  Retireborn: Brilliant way to troll poor old Boris :)
Jan-14-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: Interview with Boris Spassky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6S...

Jan-14-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <JohnB> fantastic video of Spassky. What a classy guy.
Jan-30-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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'.

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