Boris Spassky

Boris Spassky

Boris Vasilievich Spassky (also Spasskij; Бори́с Васи́льевич Спа́сский; born January 30, 1937) is a Soviet-French chess grandmaster. He was the tenth World Chess Champion, holding the title from 1969 to 1972. He is known as one of the greatest living chess players, and is the oldest living world champion.

Spassky won the Soviet Chess Championship twice outright (1961, 1973), and twice lost in playoffs (1956, 1963), after tying for first place during the event proper. He was a World Chess Championship candidate on seven occasions (1956, 1965, 1968, 1974, 1977, 1980, and 1985).

Spassky defeated Tigran Petrosian in 1969 to become World Champion, then lost the title in the Fischer–Spassky match in 1972 – one of the most famous chess matches in history.

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World Chess Championship 1969 - 1968 Candidates Tournament
... Spassky won the Candidates Matches to challenge Petrosian for the World Championship, which he did successfully ... Spassky had unsuccessfully challenged Petrosian in 1966.) 1st Round Semifinals Final Boris Spassky 5½ Efim Geller 2½ Boris Spassky 5½ Bent Larsen 2½ Lajos Portisch 4 ...
Boris Spassky - Notable Chess Games
... Boris Spassky vs Robert Fischer, Santa Monica 1966, Grunfeld Defence, Exchange Variation (D87), 1–0 Fischer seems to equalize in a sharp game, but he makes a small mistake and ... Boris Spassky vs Efim Geller, Sukhumi Candidates' match 1968, game 6, Sicilian Defence, Closed Variation (B25), 1–0 One of three beautiful wins by Spassky over Geller in this match using the same ... Boris Spassky vs Tigran Petrosian, World Championship match, Moscow 1969, game 19, Sicilian Defence, Najdorf Variation (B94), 1–0 Aggressive style of play and brilliant sparkles of ...
World Chess Championship 1978 - 1977 Candidates Tournament
... When Fischer declined, Spassky, as semifinalist, of the previous tournament, was offered the spot. 8½ Lev Polugaevsky 4½ Lev Polugaevsky 6½ Henrique Mecking 5½ Viktor Korchnoi 10½ Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky 8½ Vlastimil Hort 7½ Boris ...
1975 In Chess - Chess News in Brief
... wins with 10½/15, ahead of Fridrik Olafsson and Boris Spassky (both 9½/15) ... He scores 10/15, to head up a group of GMs on 9½/15 (Rafael Vaganian, Boris Gulko, Oleg Romanishin and Mikhail Tal) ... Memorial, Efim Geller celebrates another good performance, his 10½/15 edging out Boris Spassky on 10/15 ...
1974 In Chess - Chess News in Brief
... Tigran Petrosian beats Lajos Portisch in Palma de Mallorca, and Boris Spassky beats Robert Byrne in San Juan ... Petrosian by 3½-1½ in Odessa, while Karpov is again utterly convincing, winning 7-4 against Spassky in Leningrad ... Anatoly Karpov, Boris Spassky, Tigran Petrosian and Mikhail Tal take home individual gold medals for outstanding performances on their respective boards, while Viktor Korchnoi ...