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Play Like Boris Spassky

Play Like Boris Spassky

Boris Spassky was the 10th World Champion, and one of the few players in history to successfully qualify for a title match more than once. Spassky played two title matches with Tigran Petrosian, winning the 2nd in 1969. He held the title until he lost a dramatic match to Bobby Fischer in 1972. Follow along find the moves in five of Spassky's greatest games.

  • Play Like Boris Spassky: Larsen vs Spassky

    Bent Larsen was one of the top players in the world in between the 1950s and 1980s. He defeated seven World Champions in his career and was always a dangerous and creative opponent. In this game from the 1970 USSR vs Rest of World match, Spassky punished...

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  • Play Like Boris Spassky: Spassky vs Bronstein

    David Bronstein was one of the best players in the world in the middle of the 20th century. He once drew a World Championship match with Mikhail Botvinnik, although Botvinnik retained the title. Bronstein was a creative attacking genius, but in this game...

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  • Play Like Boris Spassky: Spassky vs Petrosian Part 1

    Spassky played two exciting matches with World Champion Petrosian. After losing narrowly to Petrosian in 1966, Spassky won the candidates a 2nd time and challenged Petrosian again. This time he was victorious! This, the fifth game is the most famous one...

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  • Play Like Boris Spassky: Spassky vs Petrosian Part 2

    After 18 games, the 1969 match between Spassky and Petrosian was tied. In the 19th game, Spassky played a brilliant attack in a sharp Sicilian. See if you can figure out how he took the lead for good and won the World Championship.

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  • Play Like Boris Spassky: Spassky vs Fischer

    In 1972 Spassky played the most famous chess match in history against Bobby Fischer. After Fischer didn't appear for the 2nd game, Spassky was ahead 2-0. However, he only won one more game the rest of the match and lost 12.5-8.5. This game was Spassky's...

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