Here is a nice Letter from Boris Spassky to President Bush. Spassky is willing to go to jail with Bobby Fischer. Bobby has no greater friend in the world than Boris. Bobby owes Boris his title. If it wasn't for Spassky's great sportsmanship, Bobby and the rest of the world would have missed out on a great world championship match. No match in the history of the game has had a greater impact on the world. During and after the match, you could not even buy a chess set in New York City. Millions of new fans were introduced to the game, I was one of them.
During the 1972 match, Bobby was a royal pain in the arse, there were questions
as to if he would even show up for the match. Once he did, Bobby decided not to
play in game two. Bobby was upset by his loss in game
one, where he over
pressed in a completely drawn game. Bobby blamed the loss on noise
generated by the TV cameras. Fischer wisely accepted his forfeit of game
two. Spassky, ignoring orders from the Soviet Union to come home,
decided to do one of the most unselfish acts in sports history, he decided
to put his title on the line. Spassky could have returned home after
Bobby failed to show for game two. After all, Bobby had never beaten
Spassky before. This was not the first time Bobby walked out of a chess
tournament. He did that against Sammy Reshevsky in 1961 and in the
Sousse tournament in 1967.