Boris Vasilievich Spassky (born on 30th Junuary 1937) is the tenth world champion in chess history.
He was born in Leningrad and learned to play chess at the age of five.
At the age of eighteen, he won the World Junior Chess Championship in Antwerp (Belgium) and became a Grandmaster.
Boris belonged to the soviet generation of players who wrote golden pages of chess history. His road to the world title was tough. Despite his classical aggressive style, Boris missed his first try in Moscow "66" against Tigran Petrossian from Soviet Armenia. In Moscow 1969, he took his revenge obtaining a well-deserved title.
Boris who was the "gentleman champion" lost his crown against Bobby Fischer in 1972 Reykjavik (Iceland). After that he continued his career, playing top-level chess until the end of the 80's. His last top chess show was a highly publicised revenge match against Bobby in Yugoslavia 1992. Once again he lost this exciting battle.
Boris who got french nationality in the late 70's is now living near Paris. He still travels around the world and frequently visits popular and friendly chess destinations.
14-16th october 2005 : The former Soviet Champion will be in the Far West Reno (Nevada) for an exciting Chess Show !!