Spassky road to his title during the 1966 cycle..
In 1964 Spassky played
in the Amsterdam interzonal
where he tied for first with Larsen, Smyslov.
Spassky won 13 games.
In the 1965
candidate match, Spassky won three games and defeated Paul Keres by a
score of 6-4
In the1965 semi-final candidate match Spassky won 4 games to defeat Geller by a score of 5.5-2.5.
In the1965 final candidate match Spassky won 4 games to defeat
former champion Mikhail Tal by a score of
In the 1966
world championship match - Spassky
won three games in his loss to
Tigran Petrosian the 9th World Champion.
by a score of 11.5
Since Spassky lost the world championship match in 1966, he was
automatically seeded into the 1969 candidate process.
In the1968 quarterfinal candidate match Spassky won
3 games to defeat t Geller by a score of 5.5 2.5 .
In the 1968 semifinal candidate mach - Spassky won 4 games to defeat Bent Larsen
by a score of 5.5 2.5
In the 1968 final candidate
match Spassky won 4 games to
defeat Kortchnoi by a score 6.5 3.5.
In the 1969
world championship match Spassky won 6 games to became the
10th world champion by defeating the 9th World
Champion Tigran Petrosian by a score of 12.5 10 5.
Spassky road to the world title was a tough one. He deserved to
be world champion. He beat some very top players. He beat the whos who
Spassky won 27 games in his failed 1966 attempt and he won 17 games in
his successful run in 1969.
Spassky went on to lose his title
in 1972 to Bobby Fischer by a score of 8.5 - 12.5.