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Boris Spassky
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Chess Champ
    (January 30, 1937- )
    Born in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
    World Chess Champion (1968-72)
    Lost the title to Bobby Fischer in the 'Match of the Century' (July 11-August 31, 1972)
    Became a French citizen (1978)
    His title match against Fischer ended with Spassky resigning an adjourned game via telephone.
    Chess coach Bruce Pandolfini said, 'After that loss, he was never the same.'
    Twenty years later, he and Fischer held a rematch in Yugoslavia, despite a UN ban on sporting events in that country.
    He first learned chess at age five on a train evacuating civilians from Leningrad during World War II.
    The Kronsteen v McAdams chess game featured in the James Bond film 'From Russia With Love' uses the moves from Spassky's victory over David Bronstein.
    Chess Life editor Larry Parr said, 'He can act the clown while maintaining a dignified reserve - a gift unique among the humorless lot in the chess world.'
    Asked if he preferred chess or sex, he reportedly replied, 'It depends on the position.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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