How Boris Spassky won his title

Look at Spassky road to his title during the 1966 cycle..

1)      In 1964  Spassky played in the Amsterdam interzonal where he tied for first with Larsen, Smyslov.  Spassky won 13 games.

2)       In the 1965 quarter-final candidate match, Spassky won three games and defeated Paul Keres by a score of 6-4 

3)      In the1965 semi-final candidate match  Spassky won 4 games to defeat Geller by a score of 5.5-2.5.

4)      In the1965 final candidate match – Spassky won 4 games to defeat former champion Mikhail Tal by a score of  7-4.

5)      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 – 12.5.


  Since Spassky lost the world championship match in 1966, he was automatically seeded into the 1969 candidate process.

1)      In the1968 quarterfinal candidate match – Spassky won  3 games to defeat t Geller by a score of 5.5 – 2.5 . 

2)      In the 1968 semifinal candidate mach -  Spassky won 4 games to defeat Bent Larsen  by a score of 5.5 – 2.5 

3)       In the 1968 final candidate match  Spassky  won  4 games to defeat Kortchnoi by a score 6.5 – 3.5.

4)      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 who’s who of chess. 

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.