Play Like Boris Spassky

Play Like Boris Spassky

Find the moves in Wolrd Champion Spassky's greatest games!

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 and find the moves in five of Spassky's greatest games. Start winning like Spassky today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Find out how Spassky won a brilliant miniature when Larsen tried Larsen's Opening!
  • Use a King's Gambit to beat David Bronstein!
  • Find your way to victory against World Champions Petrosian and Fischer!
Play Like Boris Spassky: Larsen vs Spassky

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 Larsen's unusual opening play and won an amazing miniature.
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Play Like Boris Spassky: Spassky vs Bronstein

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 Spassky played the King's Gambit and was the player putting on the fireworks!
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Play Like Boris Spassky: Spassky vs Petrosian Part 1

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 in the match.
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Play Like Boris Spassky: Spassky vs Petrosian Part 2

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

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 last win in the match, a demolition of Fischer's favorite Najdorf defense.
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Play Like Boris Spassky

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5 Lessons
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5 Challenges
Released October 23, 2019
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