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|Oct-03-14|| ||ljfyffe: Must ache, nontheless. T's correct.|
|Oct-19-14|| ||TheFocus: <I consider myself an idler, too, but the dimensions of Spassky's laziness were astounding> - Karpov.|
|Oct-19-14|| ||perfidious: Whatever one makes of Karpov's self-assessment of that facet of his character above, his mien at the chessboard displayed no lack of will power or ferocity.|
|Oct-19-14|| ||TheFocus: True. At the chessboard, Karpov was anything but lazy.|
Didn't he win about a thousand tournaments?
|Oct-28-14|| ||PhilFeeley: How is the old man these days? I haven't heard anything more about the state of his health.|
|Nov-09-14|| ||alfiepa: http://en.chessbase.com/post/sochi-...|
It's sad see Spassky in this state .....
|Nov-09-14|| ||MissScarlett: <ChessVibes @ChessVibes 3h3 hours ago|
Memorable moment in Sochi: Boris Spassky, at a press conference, talking about Paul Keres — and saying "I feel I will see him again soon.">
|Nov-09-14|| ||MissScarlett: <Boris Vassilievich, whom could you single out as a personality among chess players?|
Undoubtedly, Paul Keres. He was the greatest treasure of the chess world. Being a man of great modesty and tact, he possessed the highest chess and general culture. His tragic destiny reminds of the end of Alekhine's life. And if we remember that for some time there was chess rivalry between Alekhine and Botvinnik, I’d rather resort to some literary comparison. Keres was the Gulliver among the Lilliputians, he was a real giant. Botvinnik, I believe, was the leader of the Lilliputians. And that is the crux of the matter. As simple as that.>
|Nov-09-14|| ||Murky: Spassky speaks in English at the Carlsen-Anand WCh match. Calls Carlsen a 'gnome', a 'ghost from underground'. Not an insult at all Spassky explains; Carlsen is 'mysterious' and very good for chess.|
Video clip here:
|Nov-09-14|| ||HeMateMe: Thanks for posting the Spassky interview, good stuff.|
|Nov-09-14|| ||john barleycorn: Thanks <Murky>.|
|Nov-09-14|| ||MissScarlett: Do they have gnomes (silent g, Boris) in Russia? Their spiritual heartland seems to be the English garden of the lower middle classes.|
|Nov-09-14|| ||MissScarlett: From the pictures, it appears that Boris may have lost most or all of his teeth. The story goes that when Fischer had his fillings removed, and he was asked what would happen if his teeth fell out, he replied, 'I'll just have to gum it!'|
|Nov-09-14|| ||john barleycorn: In the version I know he said "I'll get some vulcanizing".|
|Nov-10-14|| ||HeMateMe: He's doing ok for a guy that had a stroke. It's good that he wants to travel and see the games first hand.|
|Nov-13-14|| ||PhilFeeley: I love the Liev Schreiber quote from the premiere of the film "Pawn Sacrifice":|
"I know how to play chess, I just don't know how to win."
I can empathize with that!
|Nov-16-14|| ||MissScarlett: All Boris needs is a white cat and he could take over the chess world: http://www.chess-news.ru/sites/defa...|
|Dec-02-14|| ||Zonszein: Mr Ilyumzhinov doesn't seem to be paying attention to what the great man is saying|
|Dec-11-14|| ||MissScarlett: <Finally, there are some interesting historical anecdotes. Spassky (who, incidentally, clearly did quite a bit of work for the book, not merely lend his name to the project) notes (p. 7) that his years as world chess champion were the worst and most stressful of his career, bearing 'enormous responsibility' against the 'scalp hunters' and receiving no support. Keres replied with deep silence when Spassky told him he was lucky never to become world champion...>|
|Dec-24-14|| ||HeMateMe: Who knew? Botvinnik was +1 = 8 against Spassky, lifetime.|
<search "spassky v. botvinnik">
Seems odd, doesn't' it? The younger world champion has no victories against the much older world champion. I suppose MB toned down his playing schedule in the 1960s, but still it seems odd that Spassky has no wins, in 9 games.
|Dec-24-14|| ||perfidious: <HMM> Botvinnik only experienced a palpable downturn in his results at the very end of his career, in 1969-70, though of course all their games at Leiden 1970 (Botvinnik's last event) were drawn.|
|Dec-24-14|| ||perfidious: <HMM> Looking over the games between the two titleholders, two are clearly duplicates, though I am unsure which Classical Caro-Kann is the correct version.|
Botvinnik by +1 =6 was the actual lifetime mark.
|Dec-24-14|| ||Ron: Boris Spassky has an even record against Kramnik:
Kramnik vs Spassky, 2001
|Dec-24-14|| ||RookFile: Things like that will surprise you. Lasker had a nice record against Alekhine. A lot of people would love to have Petrosian's record against either Kasparov or Karpov.|
|Jan-30-15|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday to ex-world champion, Boris Spassky.|
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