Boris Spassky Seriously Ill

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/23/10, 9:48 AM.

Russian news sources are reporting that the former world champion, Boris Vasilievich Spassky is seriously ill, having been hospitalized after suffering a stroke.

Spassky, now 73 years old, fully recovered from a previous stroke in 2006, but the tone of news reports suggest that this time it is more serious, and the tenth world champion is fighting for his life.

Spassky was world chess champion from 1969 until 1972, taking the title from Tigran Petrosian and losing it to Bobby Fischer.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Boris Vasilievich!

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8 votes


  • 6 years ago


    Go Spassky! Win the stroke like you won your chess games!

  • 6 years ago

    IM Kacparov


  • 6 years ago


    All the best Boris Vasilyevich; we're thinking of you.

  • 6 years ago


    OH, my! I really came to like him personally when he was fighting against Fischer in Iceland. Fischer was my chess idol, but he acted like a brat during the title games. Spassky was all class. Best of luck to him.

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