Boris Spassky [Oldest Chess Champion Turns 83!]

Who is Boris Spassky? He is a Russian grandmaster. His full name is Boris Vasilievich Spassky. He won 10th World Chess Champion title (1969 – 1972). He is known for playing against Bobby Fischer. 

Boris Spassky’s Biography

Spassky biography
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Borris Spassky learned chess when he was 5 years old. He gained popularity when he defeated Mikhail Botivinik in a simultaneous exhibition match, at that time he was just 10 years old.

He got his grandmaster title at the age of 18. Spassky defeated Tigran Petrosian and became 1oth world champion.

He lost world chess championship title to Bobby Fischer in 1972. And today  Boris Spassky is oldest chess champion in the world.

 

Bobby Fischer vs Boris Spassky Game 6th

The game 6 in world championship got famous because Bobby Fischer started the game with 1.C4 . It was a big surprise for Boris Spassky becauseBobby Fischer used to play e4 all the time. watch game 6 below.

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Fischer – Spassky Game 6

Spassky’s Best Games

Here are below some of Spassky’s best games to watch. These game will help you to improve chess. Please remember that you have to watch carefully if you want to improve the chess or enjoy the show!

Game Spassky vs Hallstrom

Game Spassky vs Petrosian

Game Spassky vs Larsen

Game Spassky vs Kortschnoj

Spassky’s Famous Quotes

Boris Spassky
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A man who is willing to commit suicide has the initiative. (Spassky) Click To Tweet When you play Bobby, it is not a question if you win or lose. It is a question if you survive.(Spassky) Click To Tweet Bobby Fischer has an enormous knowledge of chess and his familiarity with the chess literature of the USSR is immense.(Spassky) Click To Tweet

The best indicator of a Chess Player's form is his ability to sense the Climax of the game.(Spassky) Click To TweetThe power of hanging Pawns is based precisely in their Mobility, in their Ability to create acute situations instantly.(Spassky) Click To Tweet

Nowadays the dynamic element is more important in chess – players more often sacrifice material to obtain dynamic compensation.(Spassky)

 

Pawn Sacrifice

This movie is based on Fischer’s life but you can watch a short history of Spassky’s life as well. Here is the trailer of pawn sacrifice movie.

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