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Boris Spassky
Spassky 
 
Number of games in database: 2,354
Years covered: 1948 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2548
Highest rating achieved in database: 2690

Overall record: +793 -210 =1295 (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 (219) 
    B25 B20 B43 B23 B42
 Ruy Lopez (132) 
    C92 C77 C95 C78 C73
 French Defense (93) 
    C18 C11 C16 C19 C01
 Nimzo Indian (76) 
    E30 E31 E46 E53 E45
 Caro-Kann (74) 
    B18 B17 B12 B14 B16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (60) 
    C92 C95 C93 C96 C98
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (236) 
    C95 C64 C92 C84 C93
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (135) 
    C95 C92 C84 C93 C89
 Sicilian (119) 
    B83 B81 B80 B31 B23
 Orthodox Defense (92) 
    D58 D55 D59 D50 D63
 Queen's Gambit Declined (81) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D06
 Nimzo Indian (78) 
    E59 E21 E47 E42 E20
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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 Petrosian, 1969 1-0
   Spassky vs Geller, 1968 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 1-0
   G Andruet vs Spassky, 1988 0-1
   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, 85 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 the city by German forces. 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 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 V 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 V Petrosian in 1969 for the World Championship Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1969). His polite, friendly disposition and his entertaining games have made him one of the most popular world champions. 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, 12½-8½, 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 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: 2022-09-01 21:33:15

 page 1 of 95; games 1-25 of 2,373  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-0121948LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
2. Spassky vs Shman 1-0351948Trud ChD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Spassky vs Rodgaisky 0-181948URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. Spassky vs S Avtonomov 1-0211949Soviet Junior QualifiersD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
5. V Liavdansky vs Spassky 0-1511949LeningradB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. Spassky vs A Vilup 1-0271949LeningradD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-1511949LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
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. Spassky vs J Yuchtman 1-0281952URS-chT JuniorsE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
12. G Chepukaitis vs Spassky 0-1351952MinskC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
13. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-1471952LeningradD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Levenfish vs Spassky ½-½321952LeningradD71 Neo-Grunfeld
15. Taimanov vs Spassky ½-½591952LeningradD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Furman vs Spassky 0-1361952LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-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. 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 S Szabo 1-0551953BucharestD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
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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.

Jan-02-22  Allanur: I foun these <international> tournaments were won by Spassky:

* Riga 59
* Mar Del Plata 1960
* 1962 Chess Olympiad Individual Gold on Board 3 * Moscov Zonal 1964
* Belgrade 1964
* Candidates 194-65
* Chigorin memorial 1965 (shared)
* Hastings 1965-66
* Piatigorsky 1966
* Beverwijk 1967
* Chigorin memorial 1967 (shared)
* Chigorin memorial 1967
* Candidates 1967-68
* San Juan 1969.
* Siegen Olympiad 1970 individual Gold
* Leiden Chess Club tournament 1970
* Amsterdam IBM 1970
** Canada Open 1971 (does it count as international or national?) * Dortmund 1973
* Bugojno 1978 (Shared)
* Montilla 1978
* Munchen 1979 (ahead of likes of Yuri Balashov, Ulf Anderssen, Robert Huebner, Wolfgang Unzicker, Olafsson) * Baden 1980
* Linares 1983
___________________________________

Besides these <international> tournaments, Spassky won the USSR championship two times: 1961 and 1973.

Besides those two national championsips, Spassky won some preliminary national tournaments that would qualify him to the national championships.

Besides those two categories, Spassky won some national team championships as well as world junior championship. ___________________________________

Do you know of any? It is a shame that Spassky is hardly popular despite having a very great career. He is treated like a fluke champion. Even Mikhail Tal is more famous than him despite having arguably an inferior career though Tal's career is probably as good as or better than Spassky's. Spassky is treated like Euwe and Smyslov: Champion who reigned too short with hardly any notable achievement other than being champion

Among the tournaments he won, the ones I think is as prestigious as any tourney won by other champions are the following:

* Belgrade 1964
* Linares 1983
* USSR chess championship 1973
* Bugojno 1979
* Piatigorsky 1966

Jan-03-22  Allanur: Additional to Boris Spassky (kibitz #2360) , here are Spassky's individual achievements in team events:

* 1957 European Men's Team Chess Championship, Board 5 - Individual Gold. * Soviet Team Chess Championship 1960, Board 1 - Individual Gold * Soviet Team Chess Championship 1962, Board 1 - Individual Gold * Eureopan Men's Team Chess Championship 1073, Board 1 - Individual Gold. ____________________________________
The above events are professional open events (without age restriction). Then, besides his World Junior Championship, Spassky has these individual accolades:

* World Student Team Chess Championship, 1955, 1957 and 1962, Board 2, 2 and 1 respectively - Individual Gold in these 3

Jan-04-22  Allanur: I feel like Smyslov and Spassky are the happiest of all the pre-cold war and cold war era world chess champions.

Steinitz died in poverty, Lasker too suffered such fate. Capa spent his post-championship life mourning of his lost title. Alekhine had to fight with the ghost of Capa myth and he conspired with Nazis for which he would regret later. Botwinnik was a communist who had to co-ordinate so much politics, Tal lived unhealthy, unstable and unbalanced life. Petrosian too had to flirt with the party officials and in 1977 he ended up being dumped of off his post as editor. Fischer? You know Fischer. Karpov used to pretend to be a loyal communist, he was pretending to be someone he was not just to keep his flirt with high level officials going. Then he flirted with FIDE officials and now with Putin government. Like Botwinnik, he is in the middle of so much politics: still keep pretending someone he is not. You know how life went for Kasparov as he headed into politics. Exiled (or self-exiled) and lynched by his former fans.

Spassky just lived a frank life. He was not even a party member, he was not acting like a communist. He did not need to flirt with communist party members, unlike Petrosian or Karpov. did not have unhealthy life, unlike Tal. Did not have to spent all his time studying chess, unlike Kasparov or Fischer. Was never hated like Kasparov. Never needed to be in the middle of politics and feud, unlike Karpov and Botwinnik.

Spassky did not chase fame, did not run for chase. He just pursued happy life: Drink, eat, earn money and spend it. Did not even need to work hard. Imagine how hard work Karpov or Kasparov had to maintain in order to maintain their achievements. Spassky did not do any of them.

That, in my eyes, is the happiest life. Just do things that neither tires nor bores you.

Jan-04-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: <Allanur>
Then what do you think was unhappy about Euwe's life? Too much politics as FIDE President?
Jan-04-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: He never won the Field prize?
Jan-05-22  Allanur: @beatgiant, I even forgot he was a world Champion.It seems, as far as I know, he is on the side of Spassky and Smyslov
Jan-05-22  RookFile: Fischer said that Euwe was too normal. He must have been a reasonably happy guy.
Jan-05-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Fischer was mentored by US champ Larry Evans, a chess buddy who must have served at least some of the functions of a father. Evans was a regular bloke, and good enough to be top five in the USA at his peak.

Fischer was just a strange guy who DEFINED paranoia.

Jan-11-22  RookFile: He was a child whose mother told him his family was being watched. The funny thing was, mom was right.

He was a child who had an interviewer make him look bad in press, for the whole world to see, when he could have showed more discretion.

You say he was paranoid? I'm sure he was. He also had some crappy things happen to him when he was young.

Jan-30-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Happy 85th birthday, Boris Vasilievich!

Ages at death - Steinitz 64, Lasker 72, Capablanca 53, Alekhine 53, Euwe 80, Botvinnik 83, Smyslov 89, Tal 55, Petrosian 55, Fischer 64.

Jan-30-22  Retireborn: Well, it looks as if I may have to live to be 120 to find out whether Carlsen can beat that number.
Jan-30-22  Albertan: A selection of brilliancies :Spassky faces the Sicilian:

https://en.chessbase.com/post/spass...

Happy Birthday GM Spassky!

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