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Boris Spassky
Number of games in database: 2,276
Years covered: 1948 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2548
Highest rating achieved in database: 2690

Overall record: +769 -209 =1244 (62.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 54 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (208) 
    B25 B20 B42 B23 B45
 Ruy Lopez (126) 
    C92 C77 C95 C73 C78
 French Defense (90) 
    C18 C11 C16 C19 C17
 Nimzo Indian (76) 
    E30 E31 E46 E21 E45
 Caro-Kann (73) 
    B18 B17 B12 B14 B16
 King's Indian Attack (58) 
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (232) 
    C95 C64 C92 C84 C93
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (134) 
    C95 C84 C92 C93 C89
 Sicilian (113) 
    B83 B81 B31 B23 B52
 Orthodox Defense (84) 
    D58 D55 D59 D50 D63
 Queen's Gambit Declined (78) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D06
 Nimzo Indian (76) 
    E59 E47 E21 E42 E34
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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 Geller, 1968 1-0
   Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 1-0
   G Andruet vs Spassky, 1988 0-1
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 1-0
   Spassky vs Larry Evans, 1962 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1966)
   Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1969)
   Spassky - Fischer 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 (1955)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   USSR Championship (1958)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)

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(born Jan-30-1937, 83 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 II. In 1955 he won the World Junior Chess Championship and became a grandmaster - the youngest ever at that time, by virtue of qualifying from Gothenburg Interzonal (1955) for the Candidates Tournament- 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 fifth 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 four semi-finals by finishing equal first 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 versatility 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 nearly 25-year Soviet hegemony over the World Championship. In the next year Spassky was the Soviet Champion over, amongst many strong grandmasters, [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. In 1992, Spassky played a rematch with Fischer for US $5 million and lost once again, 10 to 5 (with 15 draws).

Wikipedia article: Boris Spassky

Last updated: 2017-02-04 01:24:43

 page 1 of 92; games 1-25 of 2,276  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Spassky vs Rodgaisky 0-181948URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-0121948LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
3. Spassky vs Shman 1-0351948Trud ChD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-1511949LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
5. Spassky vs Avtonomov 1-0211949Soviet Junior QualifiersD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
6. Spassky vs Vilup 1-0271949LeningradD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. V Liavdansky vs Spassky 0-1511949LeningradB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. M Aizenshtadt vs Spassky 0-1331951LeningradD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Estrin vs Spassky 0-1191951URS-ch qfC44 King's Pawn Game
10. Y Gusev vs Spassky 0-1241951URS-ch qfA00 Uncommon Opening
11. Taimanov vs Spassky ½-½591952LeningradD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Spassky vs J Yuchtman 1-0281952Rostov on DonE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
13. Furman vs Spassky 0-1361952LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Levenfish vs Spassky ½-½321952LeningradD71 Neo-Grunfeld
15. G Chepukaitis vs Spassky 0-1351952URS-ch sfC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
16. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-1471952LeningradD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. B Vladimirov vs Spassky 0-1271953LeningradD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. Petrosian vs Spassky ½-½151953BucharestD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Spassky vs Z Milev  0-1691953BucharestD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
20. Spassky vs Smyslov 1-0351953BucharestE31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
21. V Ciocaltea vs Spassky  ½-½211953BucharestC50 Giuoco Piano
22. Spassky vs Stefan Szabo 1-0551953BucharestD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Spassky vs Radulescu 1-0401953BucharestD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Sliwa vs Spassky 1-0321953BucharestD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
25. Spassky vs Golombek 1-0251953BucharestE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
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  plang: You're blaming his second divorce on losing to Fischer?
Jan-30-19  botvinnik64: Happy Birthday Boris! You share the day with Roy Eldridge ("Little Jazz") who would have been 108 today. Astounding chess player and musician. We are lucky to have been witnesses!
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  Dionysius1: Hey <Plang> What else do you want to blame it on?
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  plang: ...maybe they just didn't get along
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Spassky.
May-19-19  ZonszeinP: Not a single Spassky game from 1950...
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  alexmagnus: <Not a single Spassky game from 1950...>

Yes, and the next missing year is 2000.

I wanted to look up if there are any in <1000 miniatures of chess world champions> but even there there are no games from 1950 - one from 1949 (against Avtonomov), two from 1951 (against Estrin and Gusev)...

May-20-19  ZonszeinP: It does not make sense
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  harrylime: I love Boris Spassky.

His chess was beautiful.
He was and is beautiful.
He was so handsome in the 60's !
Arrogant and suave but magnanimous too.
Cigarette at hand.
He belonged in a Truffaut or Goddard movie in the 60's. Love you Boris xxx

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  Charlie Durman: I love you Boris .
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  Charlie Durman: Queen - Radio Ga Ga

Love you Boris x

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  harrylime: Boris Spassky is to chess what Alain Delon is to film.



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  harrylime: Let It Be
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  Charlie Durman: The Life and Chess of Boris Spassky
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  Joshka: Does he ever do interviews? Lives in Russia?/France?....Wonder why he never wrote on book on Fischer? He would have the sole authority over all players to write one. 50 games contested between them.
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  plang: He never wrote any books - never did a book on his own games.

Why would he do one on Fischer?

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Spassky says in this interview he has a manuscript called 'The Dramatic Match' it's all about the Korchnoi - Spassky Candidates Final (1977/78) match.


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  Joshka: <Sally Simpson> Hey thanks for posting the Spassky interview! First time reading he now regrets that he allowed the 1972 Match to continue!! In hindsight, had he just left Iceland with his title still in tact, who knows the many scenarios that would have been played out!!??
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  gezafan: <WorstPlayerEver: <1981 he [Spassky] got a first (unsavoury) glimpse of an emerging superstar, Gary Kasparov.

The then 19-year-old strode up to his opponent of the next day, ex-world champion Petrosian, and, quite unprompted, snarled, `I'm going to f*** you, Tigran 'Vartanovich.'>

Kasparov wasn't 19 in 1981 though.>

I wonder if this is true. Did Kasparov really say this to Petrosian? What is the source?

Aug-24-19  RookFile: Well, if he did, it didn't exactly work out that way. For a while Petrosian had a plus score against Kasparov until it finally got evened up.
Jan-30-20  edbermac: Happy Birthday Boris Vasilievich!
Jan-30-20  Parachessus: What if Boris had left Iceland after game two and retained his title?

Would we have seen a Spassky vs Karpov match in 1975? Hard for me to believe that Fischer would remain active in world chess if he lost the match in such a weird way.


Jan-30-20  popnstart: Happy Birthday, Boris!
Jan-30-20  botvinnik64: Spassky! So sad that here in the USA - and elsewhere - you are known mainly for your loss in 1972. I agree w the views stated above that if Boris had claimed foul and walked away from the match after Game 2 then chess history might, indeed, be quite different. But we all know what this sense Spassky has always seemed a tragic figure.
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  juan31: A true <Gentleman>
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