Boris Vasilievich Spassky is a chess player and former world champion.
Spassky was considered an all-rounder on the chess board, and his "universal style" was a distinct advantage in beating many top Grandmasters.
Some analysts think that after he lost to Fischer in 1972, he was never the same again, he relied on his natural talent for the game, and sometimes would rather play a game of tennis than work hard at the board. Fischer played tactically (like Kramnik-Topalov WC controversy), Fischer changed the board, Fischer wanted cameras out, Fischer was late and didn't appear on the 2nd game, Fischer wanted this, Fischer wanted that...and Spassky didn't resist: Ok, Ok, no problem, for everything. This was a dirty Fischer psychological game, i now how Spassky felt himself then, he was crying inside, without tears, he didn't want to hear nothing about chess at the time...
On October 1, 2006, Spassky suffered a stroke during a chess lecture in San Francisco, his wife Marina reported several days later that Spassky was doing well.