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In August there were conflicting and worrying reports that former world chess champion Boris Spassky had either fled, or been taken against his will, from his home in Paris back to Russia.
Spassky had lived in France with his third wife since 1976, and had been receiving treatment for a second stroke which he suffered in 2010.
Now some more information about the fate of Boris Vasilievich has emerged after the great champion spoke about his recent experiences in an interview with WhyChess..
Photos and video: Irina Stepaniuk via WhyChess.
I got him to sign my copy of Spassky's 100 Best Games by Cafferty when he was giving a simul in Tom's River, NJ in the 1980's. He started a lot of games with the King's Gambit. I also saw him give a lecture at the NJ Open a few years later. Nice guy, great player. Previous reports kept using the phrase "grave condition". Wasn't sure we'd ever hear from him again. Glad he is doing better now.
I had the great fortune to meet Mr. Spassky years ago at the Paul Masson Chess tourney, got his autograph. A very classy gentleman indeed.
I'm glad to hear him thank God for somehow if he and his son could communicate. It's hard to be alone especially when you are older, and somehow no body forget you. God bless you Mr. Boris Spassky!!
The first time he played the up and coming wonder kid Fischer in 1960, Spassky (as white) opened with Kings gambit! Fantastic!!!!!!!!
He is a wonderful attack player!
And it was great that he played the return match with Fischer in 1992.
Spassky's one of my favorite players. In my view, it's wrong that some people only remember him as the player who lost to Fischer in 1972, and not a genius as Fischer was. Definitely one of the best champions ever.
a great man and even greater chess player
I've never heard of anyone who had a bad word to say about this man--that says a lot.
We love you Boris! You are truely one of the greats and you shall live forever. I'll be looking for your book which we know you will finish.
God bless you!
Is FIDE responsible for for taking care of the health and fortunes of former grandmasters?
Peace to Boris! You look good, buddy!
...still a fine man.
A mythical chess player still in life!
long live boris
For someone who's 75 Boris looks and sounds good. The interview gives the impression his wife and/or sister stole everything he had, but who knows what really happened without getting more details from other sources.
One thing we can all count on is that FIDE will completely ignore him just like it ignored another great champion, Smyslov, allowing him to die in poverty and obscurity. I hope Boris escapes this fate!
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thanks for posting this
What a beautiful guy. It's sad that his personal life, and later his health, have been so stormy. Get better and live long, Boris!
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