GM Boris Spassky

Full name
Boris Spassky
Jan 30, 1937 (age 82)
Place of birth
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

One of the most recognizable names in the history of chess, Boris Spassky is best known for playing against Bobby Fischer in the 1972 “Match of the Century” for the World Championship title. Among the first players to have a truly “universal” style of play, Spassky was incredibly difficult to prepare for due to his wide variety of openings and equally excellent play in all phases of the game. Still alive today, the past battles between Spassky and his opponents are some of the best games in history to analyze and learn from.

Boris Spassky learned to play chess at 5 years old. He first gained notice from other people when he defeated Mikhail Botvinnik in a simultaneous exhibition game when he was 10 years old. When he was 16 he became an International Master and when he was 18 he became a Grandmaster. Later in his career, he ran into a roadblock and had trouble qualifying for the World Championship match but he was able to break out of this slump and once he switched coaches he had a resurgence. Spassky first played for the World Championship in 1966 against Tigran Petrosian. He lost the match this first time, but in his rematch in 1969 he proved victorious and became the 10th World Champion. His match to defend his title against Bobby Fischer in 1972 is the most memorable chess match in history for it’s surrounding stories and because of Fischer’s incredible play leading up to the match. Spassky lost to Fischer and ceded the title to him. Even though he never got another chance to play for the World Championship, he has continued to be a very strong player throughout the rest of his life so far, winning multiple tournaments. Although he doesn’t play chess much anymore at his old age, his legacy still lives on through the numerous games he played in the past, as well as the openings he helped to innovate.

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Four Knights Game (25) : C49 C48 C47
Petrov's Defense (23) : C42 C43
Lion Defense (1) : B07
King's Gambit Accepted (23) : C39 C33 C34 C35 C36
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
Pirc Defense (33) : B07 B09 B08
Modern Defense (12) : A42 B06 B07
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (6) : D78
Semi-Slav Defense (6) : D43 D44
King's Gambit Declined (8) : C30 C31 C32
Gruenfeld Defense (30) : D87 D80 D94 D86 D85 D91
Queen's Gambit Accepted (26) : D27 D25 D26 D28
Scandinavian Defense (7) : B01
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (4) : A58
Dutch Defense (4) : A81 A80 A84
Torre Attack (27) : A46 A48
Tarrasch Defense (10) : D34 D32 D33
Indian Game (16) : A46 A49 E00 E10
Alekhine Defense (9) : B04 B03 B05
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (1) : A01
Budapest Defense (3) : A52
Queen's Indian Defense (33) : E12 E14 E19 E18
Bogo-Indian Defense (4) : E11
Vienna Game (12) : C25 C26
Queen's Pawn Opening (9) : A40 D00 D03 D02
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C40
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (2) : D44
King's Indian Attack (3) : A07
Italian Game (5) : C55 C50 C57 C59
Old Indian Defense (5) : A53 A54
Richter-Veresov Attack (3) : D01
London System (2) : A48
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (1) : A57
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (6) : B06
Polish Opening (2) : A04 A00
Catalan Opening (1) : E01
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
Scotch Game (1) : C44
Reti Opening (1) : A06
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A43
Giuoco Piano Game (1) : C53
Nimzowitsch Defense (1) : B00
Black Pieces
Bogo-Indian Defense (31) : E11
Queen's Indian Defense (44) : E19 E12 E18 E15 E17 E16 E14
Queen's Gambit Accepted (22) : D20 D25 D27 D26 D23
Scotch Game (13) : C45 C44
Ponziani Opening (3) : C44
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (2) : B06
Modern Defense (13) : B06 A42
Gruenfeld Defense (4) : D85 D96 D87
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (2) : A58
Queen's Pawn Opening (13) : D02 A40 D00
King's Pawn Opening (9) : B00 C40
Giuoco Piano Game (11) : C51 C50 C54 C53
Semi-Slav Defense (5) : D43 D47 D49
King's Indian Attack (18) : A07 A08
Tarrasch Defense (22) : D34 D32
Four Knights Game (10) : C47 C49 C48
Trompowsky Attack (1) : A45
Vienna Game (5) : C29 C25 C26
Old Indian Defense (4) : A53 A54
Pirc Defense (15) : B09 B07 B08
Reti Opening (18) : A09 A06 A05 A04
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
King's Gambit Accepted (3) : C34 C33 C36
Bishop's Opening (3) : C26 C28
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Slav Defense (6) : D17 D13 D11 D10
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (2) : A01
Petrov's Defense (1) : C42
Scandinavian Defense (2) : B01
Bird's Opening (2) : A03 A02
Torre Attack (1) : A48
Alekhine Defense (4) : B05 B02
Center Game Accepted (1) : C22
King's Gambit Declined (1) : C31
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D71