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Boris Spassky
Number of games in database: 2,255
Years covered: 1948 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2548
Highest rating achieved in database: 2690
Overall record: +762 -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.

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 C10
 Nimzo Indian (76) 
    E30 E31 E46 E21 E54
 Caro-Kann (72) 
    B17 B19 B18 B12 B14
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (59) 
    C92 C95 C93 C96 C86
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 B52 B80
 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 Fischer, 1972 1-0
   Spassky vs Geller, 1968 1-0
   G Andruet vs Spassky, 1988 0-1
   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?]
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   USSR Championship (1973)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   Bugojno (1978)
   USSR Championship (1956)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   USSR Championship (1955)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship (1958)
   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
   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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(born Jan-30-1937, 78 years old) Russia
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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 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

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 2,255  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-012 1948 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
2. Spassky vs Rodgaisky 0-18 1948 URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
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. V Liavdansky vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. Spassky vs Vilup 1-027 1949 LeningradD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Spassky vs Avtonomov 1-021 1949 Soviet Junior QualifyersD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
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. G Chepukaitis vs Spassky 0-135 1952 tC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
12. Spassky vs J Yuchtman 1-028 1952 Rostov on DonE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
13. Taimanov vs Spassky ½-½59 1952 LeningradD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Furman vs Spassky 0-136 1952 LeningradD43 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. O Troianescu vs Spassky 0-140 1953 BucarestC22 Center Game
18. Spassky vs Sajtar ½-½30 1953 BucharestD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
19. Spassky vs E Reicher 1-050 1953 BucharestD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Sliwa vs Spassky 1-032 1953 BucharestD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
21. Spassky vs Golombek 1-025 1953 BucharestE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
22. Spassky vs S Szabo 1-055 1953 BucharestD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. V Ciocaltea vs Spassky  ½-½21 1953 BucharestC50 Giuoco Piano
24. Spassky vs Radulescu 1-040 1953 BucharestD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Petrosian vs Spassky ½-½15 1953 Bucharest (04)D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
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May-08-15  A.T PhoneHome: Spassky vs E S Stoliar, 1957

<- In my opinion a wonderful game by Spassky!

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  TheFocus: <My forte was the middlegame. I had a good feeling for the critical moments of the play. This undoubtedly compensated for my lack of opening preparation and, possibly, not altogether perfect play in the endgame. In my games things often did not reach the endgame!> - Boris Spassky.
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  TheFocus: <Boris Vasilievich was the only top-class player of his generation who played gambits regularly and without fear ... Over a period of 30 years he did not lose a single game with the King's Gambit, and among those defeated were numerous strong players of all generations, from Averbakh, Bronstein and Fischer, to Seirawan> - Garry Kasparov.
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  TheFocus: <Often, in the Ruy Lopez, one must be patient, wait and carry on a lengthy and wearisome struggle> - Boris Spassky.
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  TheFocus: <The shortcoming of hanging pawns is that they present a convenient target for attack. As the exchange of men proceeds, their potential strength lessens and during the endgame they turn out, as a rule, to be weak> - Boris Spassky.
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  TheFocus: <The power of hanging pawns is based precisely in their mobility, in their ability to create acute situations instantly> - Boris Spassky.
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  TheFocus: <After I won the title, I was confronted with the real world. People do not behave naturally anymore – hypocrisy is everywhere> - Boris Spassky.
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  TheFocus: <The best indicator of a chess player's form is his ability to sense the climax> - Boris Spassky.
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  TheFocus: <As a fellow traveller and a living witness of Spassky's progress, I can testify that I know no man who is more capable of self-perfection than Spassky> - Viktor Korchnoi.
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  TheFocus: <From being an average member of society - featureless, unreasoning, submissive - he has become an independent, discerning thinker, and has gradually turned into a dissident> - Viktor Korchnoi. - (on Spassky)
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  TheFocus: <In general, what a chess player needs has always been the same, with a love of chess the main requirement. Moreover, it has to be loved naturally, with passion, the way people love art, drawing and music. That passion possesses you and seeps into you. I still look at chess with the eyes of a child> - Boris Spassky, in an interview with Anatoly Samokhvalov.
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  TheFocus: <Nowadays the dynamic element is more important in chess—players more often sacrifice material to obtain dynamic compensation. Of course, such players were in my generation too and they existed before (for example, Alekhine) but then fewer people played like that than now. When I spoke with Alexander Nikitin, he said that players of my generation had a very good understanding of chess, but the game was slower then. Nowadays there is more dynamism in chess, modern players like to take the initiative. Usually they are poor defenders though> - Boris Spassky, interviewed by Alex Baburin for Chess Today in 2000.
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  TheFocus: <Chess brings out man's creative powers. It is not only a struggle, it is a sphere where humans can fight for justice because there are strict laws> - Boris Spassky in Time magazine July 31, 1972.
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  TheFocus: <Fischer was an individual and so was I. Today, these players have coaches, physicians, cooks, psychologists, and parapsychologists. The championship has become a fight between two big collective farms> - Boris Spassky.
May-25-15  posoo: oHO! Hello chess games users! What is da game where spussky sacrafices a KNIGHT for no reason and then draughs da game?

da ONLY noble draugh in chess anals!

May-25-15  posoo: * oh also da toplove krumnok battle where toppo uses da cokrin!
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  TheFocus: <Spassky's strength is his emotional stability plus his stamina. His strength away from the board sustains him at the board> - Larry Evans in Time Magazine July 31, 1972.
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  TheFocus: <Spassky was less concerned about the position's evaluation than about the character of the arising struggle. If he liked the character of the battle, he felt absolutely at home and, as a rule, didn't fail to outplay his opponents> - Garry Kasparov.
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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!
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  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!

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  Stonehenge: <is Baris genuinely a reasonable way of pronouncing Boris?>


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.

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