Boris Spassky

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Boris Vasilievich Spassky (Russian: Бори́с Васи́льевич Спа́сский, romanized: Borís Vasíl'yevich Spásskiy; born January 30, 1937) is a Russian chess grandmaster who was the tenth World Chess Champion, holding the title from 1969 to 1972. Spassky played three world championship matches: he lost to Tigran Petrosian in 1966; defeated Petrosian in 1969 to become world champion; then lost to Bobby Fischer in a famous match in 1972. Spassky won the Soviet Chess Championship twice outright (1961, 1973), and twice lost in playoffs (1956, 1963), after tying for first place during the event proper. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Boris Spassky has received more than 2,150,875 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Boris Spassky is the 6th most popular chess player, the 111th most popular biography from Russia (up from 122nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Russian Chess Player.

Boris Spassky is most famous for being the first world chess champion from the Soviet Union. He is also known for his victory over Bobby Fischer in the 1972 World Chess Championship.

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Among chess players, Boris Spassky ranks 6 out of 461Before him are Bobby Fischer, Wilhelm Steinitz, José Raúl Capablanca, Mikhail Tal, and Alexander Alekhine. After him are Emanuel Lasker, Mikhail Botvinnik, Anatoly Karpov, Tigran Petrosian, Max Euwe, and Garry Kasparov.

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Among people born in 1937, Boris Spassky ranks 14Before him are Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Bobby Charlton, Jane Fonda, Queen Sonja of Norway, and Martti Ahtisaari. After him are Renzo Piano, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Queen Paola of Belgium, Madeleine Albright, Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

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Among people born in Russia, Boris Spassky ranks 111 out of 3,761Before him are Tokhtamysh (1342), Ilya Prigogine (1917), Sergey Lavrov (1950), Vladimir Komarov (1927), Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan (1797), and Mikhail Lomonosov (1711). After him are Grigory Potemkin (1739), Alexander Kolchak (1874), Olga of Kiev (890), Dzhokhar Dudayev (1944), Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia (1878), and Ivan V of Russia (1666).


Among chess players born in Russia, Boris Spassky ranks 2Before him are Alexander Alekhine (1892). After him are Mikhail Botvinnik (1911), Anatoly Karpov (1951), Vasily Smyslov (1921), Viktor Korchnoi (1931), Mikhail Chigorin (1850), Savielly Tartakower (1887), Vera Menchik (1906), Yuri Averbakh (1922), Andor Lilienthal (1911), and Alexander Kotov (1913).