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Boris Spassky
Spassky 
 
Number of games in database: 2,333
Years covered: 1948 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2548
Highest rating achieved in database: 2690

Overall record: +788 -209 =1280 (62.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 56 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (217) 
    B25 B20 B43 B23 B42
 Ruy Lopez (130) 
    C77 C92 C95 C73 C78
 French Defense (93) 
    C18 C11 C16 C19 C01
 Nimzo Indian (76) 
    E30 E31 E46 E21 E53
 Caro-Kann (73) 
    B18 B17 B12 B14 B16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (60) 
    C92 C95 C93 C96 C98
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (235) 
    C95 C64 C84 C92 C93
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (135) 
    C95 C84 C92 C93 C89
 Sicilian (117) 
    B83 B81 B31 B80 B23
 Orthodox Defense (91) 
    D58 D55 D59 D50 D63
 Queen's Gambit Declined (79) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D06
 Nimzo Indian (78) 
    E59 E21 E47 E42 E53
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 0-1
   Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 1-0
   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 Avtonomov, 1949 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)
   Belgrade (1964)
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   USSR Championship (1973)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   Amsterdam IBM (1970)
   USSR Championship (1956)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   USSR Championship (1955)
   USSR Championship (1958)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)

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BORIS SPASSKY
(born Jan-30-1937, 84 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 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 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 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 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 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 94; games 1-25 of 2,334  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Spassky vs Shman 1-0351948Trud ChD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Spassky vs Rodgaisky 0-181948URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-0121948LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
4. Spassky vs Avtonomov 1-0211949Soviet Junior QualifiersD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
5. V Liavdansky vs Spassky 0-1511949LeningradB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-1511949LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
7. Spassky vs Vilup 1-0271949LeningradD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. M Aizenshtadt vs Spassky 0-1331951LeningradD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Y Gusev vs Spassky 0-1241951URS-ch qfA00 Uncommon Opening
10. Estrin vs Spassky 0-1191951URS-ch qfC44 King's Pawn Game
11. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-1471952LeningradD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. G Chepukaitis vs Spassky 0-1351952URS-ch sfC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
13. Levenfish vs Spassky ½-½321952LeningradD71 Neo-Grunfeld
14. Taimanov vs Spassky ½-½591952LeningradD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Spassky vs J Yuchtman 1-0281952Rostov on DonE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
16. Furman vs Spassky 0-1361952LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. B T Vladimirov vs Spassky 0-1271953LeningradD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. Spassky vs Z Milev 0-1691953BucharestD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
19. Spassky vs Smyslov 1-0351953BucharestE31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
20. V Ciocaltea vs Spassky  ½-½211953BucharestC50 Giuoco Piano
21. Petrosian vs Spassky ½-½151953BucharestD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Boleslavsky vs Spassky ½-½291953BucharestD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
23. Spassky vs Tolush ½-½151953BucharestA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
24. O Troianescu vs Spassky 0-1401953BucharestC22 Center Game
25. Spassky vs Stefan Szabo 1-0551953BucharestD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Aug-24-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  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!!??
Aug-24-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Discuss.

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 happened...in this sense Spassky has always seemed a tragic figure.
Jan-30-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  juan31: A true <Gentleman>
Mar-31-20  The Rocket: One of the great attacking players in history. His legacy suffers from at times lack of objectivity and strategical depth. He sometimes wanted to play a certain way no matter if the position warranted it or not.

When he had the upper hand he rarely let go.

Apr-01-20  ewan14: His record in the candidates matches in the sixties was legendary
Apr-01-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: <So sad that here in the USA - and elsewhere - you are known mainly for your loss in 1972>

And elsewhere? I wouldn't think so. Spassky is known elsewhere for much more. As is Taimanov, another player often cited as being known only for being defeated by Fischer. Not everyone is so Fischer-centric as the US-written chess history is (that Fischer-centrism leading sometimes to confused statements like saying Taimanov and Spassky were the same generation :D).

Apr-01-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: <that Fischer-centrism leading sometimes to confused statements like saying Taimanov and Spassky were the same generation>

Or to the opinion that you needed to reach the Candidates to become a GM (which in reality was quite a rare way to get this title, a way taken mostly by child prodigies as Fischer - and Spassky, by the way - were).

Apr-01-20  ewan14: Korchnoi named his three greatest attacking ( at the time he was crticising Tal )

Spassky was one !
I think the others were Alekhine and Keres

Apr-01-20  ewan14: attacking players
Apr-26-20  hemy: In September 1971 Spassky participated in in the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) Open at Toronto. Results of the Swiss 6 rounds tournament:
1-2. Robert Byrne and Pal Benko 6/6.
3-4. Boris Spassky and Laszlo Witt (Canada) 5.5/6

A field of 248, a record, participated in the Canadian Exhibition Open at Toronto last month. The event, a six‐round Swiss system tournament, saw two American grandmasters, Robert Byrne of Ossining, N. Y., and Pal Benko of New York tie for first place at 6‐0.

Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union, the world champion, shared third place at 5½‐½.

A young Canadian player, Lawrence Day, held Spassky to a draw in a hard‐fought closed Sicilian Defense and the loss of this half‐point enabled Leslie Witt to tie Spassky for third.

Arthur Bisguler, a grandmaster from Hartsdale, N. Y., and Walter Browne, an Australian grandmaster who is now a resident of the United States, were never in contention after being upset by lower‐rated players. The Manhattan Chess Club champion, Arthur Feuerstein, also played.

The game Spassky-Ignas Zalys was published in "Draugas" (Chicago, Illinois), October 8, 1971, p. 2.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ugyq13mnf...

[Event "CNE open"]
[Site "Toronto"]
[Date "1971.09.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Spassky, Boris"]
[Black "Zalys, Ignas"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B19"]
[PlyCount "77"]
[Source: "'Draugas' (Chicago, Illinois), October 8, 1971, p. 2."]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bd2 Qc7 12. c4 Ngf6 13. Bc3 O-O-O 14. O-O-O Bd6 15. Ne4 Nxe4 16. Qxe4 Rhe8 17. Kb1 c5 18. d5 exd5 19. Qxd5 Ne5 20. Rhe1 f6 21. Nh4 Bf8 22. Qe4 Rxd1+ 23. Rxd1 Qc6 24. Re1 Qxe4+ 25. Rxe4 Kd7 26. Kc2 Nf7 27. Rxe8 Kxe8 28. Kd3 Kd7 29. Ng6 Bd6 30. Ke4 Ke6 31. f4 Bc7 32. f5+ Kd6 33. b4 a6 34. a4 Ng5+ 35. Kd3 Nf7 36. b5 axb5 37. axb5 Kd7 38. Nf8+ Ke7 39. Ne6 1-0

Sources: "The New York Times", October 4, 1971, p. 36; "Draugas" (Chicago, Illinois), October 8, 1971, p. 2.

Apr-26-20  ewan14: There is a quote by Korchnoi regarding Spassky' s tournament play in his ( Spassky's ) earlier days along the lines that Spassky would tire towards the end of a tournament because he had been trying to play masterpieces
May-05-20  Helios727: During the 1968 candidates matches commentators began to remark on Spassky's 'universal style' as his major strength. Fischer might calculate better, Tal might have more flair for sacrifices, and Korchnoi might be a better defender, but Spassky was the greatest all-rounder. [Leonard Barden, from the forward to Bernard Cafferty's book, "Spassky's 100 Best Games"].
May-24-20  Octavia: "I'm going to f*** you," this expression is not used like that in other languages.
Aug-09-20  Agferna: Hey botvinnik64, Spassky is not a loser or a tragic figure. He is a winner, and not only at chess, but at LIFE, which is much more difficult.

Look at the picture above. Is that the smile of a loser? That is the smile of a winner, and not just a winner, the smile of a genius with kind empathy to those less talented.

Every world champion has to eventually lose their title, either through match play (we hope), through death/health inability (sad), or through deliberate forfeit (you know who). Spassky lost his world title like the great world champions do, he lost it valiantly on the board. Spassky is among the most well balanced world champions we have ever seen - exemplary.

I met him once in Argentina 1978 with his gorgeous wife, and I can tell you this - he was a happy realized man, a true winner in LIFE! He inspired me. I instantly realized chess isn't everything. This man is happier without the tile than the man who won the title from him. This man has been able to convert and transform the title into something much more important.

What a genius, what a gentleman, what a sport, what a world champion, what a great person, what a winner, what an inspiration, the great Boris Spassky!!!

Cheers All.

Nov-04-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Messiah: Spassky's contribution to chess is immeasurable. Whatever will happen to this twisted world, he will always remain a legend.
Nov-30-20  cameosis: <billy ray valentine> do you happen to have the san francisco simul games by spassky somewhere and could share them?

the old link you posted (14 years ago XD) is dead: http://beta.uschess.org/frontend/ne...

thanks!

Feb-12-21  Poisonpawns: Spassky interview right after Fischer loss. This is why he was never the same again IMO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BP...
Jul-28-21  VerySeriousExpert: Often an opening variation starts to attract experts when two famous players play it once in an important game. Thus, Nightingale "Gambit" started to attract experts after the game Spassky - Taimanov Spassky vs Taimanov, 1954 and after Boris Spassky's further very large successes. The future has shown that this variation isn't weak for White! Thus, here is a recent super comment from stackexchange.com: " WHITE CAN PLAY STRONGER! Thus, the newest chess opening theory ( https://jeromegambit.blogspot.com/2... ) shows that after 6.Bxf7+!? Kxf7 7.Nxe5+ Ke7! 8.Nf7! Kxf7 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Qd5+ Kg7 11.Qxa8 Nc6 12.c3! N (Bukayev Yu. V.) the position is unclear. Here Yury V. Bukayev considered also 11...Qg5!? N and found that White has an enough success here too! " This article by Bukayev Yu. V. isn't only on it, it's also on Bednikova Opening (Woman Player's Luck Opening) and some other systems of Spanish Opening, but Nightingale "Gambit" is its most important part. It's interesting that opening books of 1966-76 transposed the moves of this Boris Spassky's game, so those experts started to up-date White's attack already then.
Aug-27-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: <hemy>
In September 1971 Spassky participated in in the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) Open at Toronto.

<hemy>
Prior to Magnus Carlsen playing in the 2015 Qatar Open, this tournament was the last occasion that a reigning World Champion played in an Open Swiss tournament.

Nov-18-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: anyone see a parallel between Spassky and Mikhail Gorbachev?

Spassky was world champion, having finally knocked off Petrosian.

Gorbachev was an economist, he had finally out maneuvered the militarist and communist dogma types to become secretary of the Communist party, the leader of the USSR.

Spassky was unhappy, because the pressure and spotlight were all on him.

Gorby could exert influence on the Russian state by beginning to open things up a beat, allow reforms, more political expression, embrace more trade with the west. But, such changes are gradual and his influence was limited.

Spassky knew that world chess under Bobby Fischer would be a different animal than it would be if another Soviet (Spassky) were the world champion. Fischer could have an effect on the game that no one else could.

Gorbachev knew that Boris Yeltsyn was an embarrassing drunk, unqualified to be premier of a democratic Russia. Yet, Gorby stepped down to let the people's choice, Yeltsyn, become the first leader of Russia the democracy. It was the right thing to do, it was best in the long run for the Russian people.

Spassky was banned from travel to tournaments outside Russia for a year, as punishment for losing to Fischer. [Or, was it punishment for not forfeiting bobby Fischer, as he could have done when BF was a no-show for the first two games of the '72 match?]

Yeltsyn had to quietly disappear and stay out of the limelight. The most powerful man in Russia was probably living at a dacha on the Black Sea, fishing and walking his dog every day.

Both men suffered, for doing 'the right thing.'

In the end, what really happened? The reforms, the new Russia, were gradually stamped out by Vladamir Putin, Stalin with a black belt in judo.

Bobby Fischer could have shepherd in a new age of chess as a mainstream sport. Instead, he ended up living in an ugly one room apartment in Pasadena, living off the kindness of strangers, no longer a chess player. Spassky's grand gesture had no lasting effect. Fischer's biggest influence on the game of chess in the west had already occurred before the summer of 1972.

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