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Boris Spassky


Chess grandmaster and tenth World Chess Champion (1969Ė1972).
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Boris Spassky
I believe that judged by his style of play, Spassky is much closer to Alekhine and Tal than to Smyslov, Botvinnik, or Petrosian. This is probably why, when Spassky was in his best form, neither Tal nor Korchnoi could really put up much resistance against him. Spassky could read their play (especially that of Tal) like an open book.
Spassky quotes
Which do I prefer? Sex or chess? It depends on the position.
Spassky
It is characteristic that Spassky has never in his life started a game with 1.Nf3. He must have considered it a 'semi-move', real moves being only those that lead to an immediate fight. All of those notorious opening peculiarities (such as avoiding this, that, and the other and preventing the other that and this) seemed repulsive to him.




Spassky Boris quotes
At a strictly personal level, if not to the manor born, Spassky was certainly to the gracious manner born.
Spassky Boris
We were like bishops of opposite color.
Boris Spassky quotes
In my country, at that time, being a champion of chess was like being a King. At that time I was a King Ö and when you are King you feel a lot of responsibility, but there is nobody there to help you.
Boris Spassky
When I am in form, my style is a little bit stubborn, almost brutal. Sometimes I feel a great spirit of fight which drives me on.
Spassky Boris quotes
One of the soundest attacking players ever, Spassky nonetheless took very few chances. Totally dominant until he lost to the irresistible juggernaut known as Bobby Fischer. After that loss, he was never the same.
Spassky
I enjoy life, sometimes with a good bottle of wine! But don't count on me in tournaments that demand a lot of nervous energy, like the French championship. I am empty; these are not for me anymore.
Spassky Boris
There are more pictures of Spassky standing before audiences of chess enthusiasts, who are rocking backwards in their chairs with delighted laughter, than there are of him sitting at a chessboard. He can act the clown while maintaining a dignified reserve - a gift unique among the humorless lot in the chess world.
Boris Spassky
The universal chess style, characterized by the ability to play quite different types of chess positions, is considered by many to derive from that of Boris Spassky. But I think that the general idea that Spassky has a universal style overlooks the fact that from an early age, Spassky had a bent for sharp, attacking play and a good eye for the initiative.




Boris Spassky quotes
Spassky sacrifices his pieces with the utmost imperturbability. He can blunder away a piece, and you are never sure whether it's a blunder or a fantastically deep sacrifice. He sits at the board with the same dead expression whether he's mating or being mated.
Boris Spassky
I donít want ever to be champion again.
Spassky quotes
Spassky was the first great chess player to use both 1.e4 and 1.d4 with equal success. He managed to employ these moves more harmoniously than any other world champion.
Spassky Boris
The Cary Grant of the 64 Squares.
Spassky Boris quotes
He was less concerned about the positionís evaluation than about the character of the arising struggle. If he liked the character of the battle, he felt absolutely at home and, as a rule, didnít fail to outplay his opponents.
Boris Spassky
After I won the title, I was confronted with the real world. People do not behave naturally anymore - hypocrisy is everywhere.
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