Boris Vassilievich Spassky (b. 1937, Leningrad) was the 10th World Chess Champion between 1969-1972 winning the title from Tigran Petrosian and losing it to Bobby Fischer in a famous televised match in Reykjavik, Iceland. His defeat meant punishment when he returned to the USSR, for not only did his loss to an American disgrace the Soviets, he had ignored orders to return home with the lead when Fischer failed to show up for a game mid-match. Spassky left to live and compete in France. In 1992, Fischer again defeated Spassky in a rematch in Yugoslavia.

Spassky learned the game of chess at the age of 5 and became an international grandmaster in 1955. His said of his own playing, "When I am in form my style is a bit stubborn, almost brutal." He resurrected the Tarrasch Defense for Black and for White he used the so-called Leningrad Variation (4. Bg5) of the Nimzo-Indian Defense. He was a master tactitian and one of the most feared attackers of the 20th century.

Spassky is still following chess, and a November 2000 interview with him appeared in Chess Today.

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