Boris Spassky

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Boris Vasilievich Spassky (Russian: Бори́с Васи́льевич Спа́сский; born January 30, 1937) is a Russian chess grandmaster. He was the tenth World Chess Champion, holding the title from 1969 to 1972. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Boris Spassky has received more than 1,274,410 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Boris Spassky is the 3rd most popular chess player, the 97th most popular biography from Russia (down from 85th in 2019) and the 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 3 out of 376. Before him are Bobby Fischer and Wilhelm Steinitz. After him are Mikhail Tal, Alexander Alekhine, José Raúl Capablanca, Mikhail Botvinnik, Emanuel Lasker, Tigran Petrosian, Max Euwe, Anatoly Karpov, and Garry Kasparov.

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Among people born in 1937, Boris Spassky ranks 11Before him are Harald V of Norway, Dustin Hoffman, Valentina Tereshkova, Ridley Scott, Jane Fonda, and Queen Sonja of Norway. After him are Vanessa Redgrave, Queen Paola of Belgium, Renzo Piano, Martti Ahtisaari, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and Jared Diamond.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Boris Spassky ranks 97 out of 2,688. Before him are Alexis of Russia (1629), Georgy Malenkov (1902), Nikolai Yezhov (1895), Alexander Kerensky (1881), Mikhail Bakhtin (1895), and Mikhail Lomonosov (1711). After him are Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857), Sofia Kovalevskaya (1850), Ivan VI of Russia (1740), Nikolai Bukharin (1888), Alexander Alekhine (1892), and Mikhail Lermontov (1814).


Among chess players born in Russia, Boris Spassky ranks 1After him are Alexander Alekhine (1892), Mikhail Botvinnik (1911), Anatoly Karpov (1951), Viktor Korchnoi (1931), Vasily Smyslov (1921), Vera Menchik (1906), Mikhail Chigorin (1850), Savielly Tartakower (1887), Andor Lilienthal (1911), Olga Rubtsova (1909), and Yuri Averbakh (1922).