Biographies

Boris Spassky (Part 2 of 2)

Boris Spassky (Part 2 of 2)

After winning the World Chess Championship in 1969 from Tigran Petrosian, it was very apparent that there was no “rest for the weary”. The great American chess player Bobby Fischer quickly became the favorite to face Spassky for his crown and did so by winning the 1970 Interzonal and the 1971 Candidates. To this point in time, Spassky had not lost a single game against the American. Boris had won all three encounters with the […]

Boris Spassky (Part 1 of 2)

Boris Spassky (Part 1 of 2)

Boris Vasiliyevich Spassky was born in Leningrad, Russia on January 30, 1937. He learned how to play chess when he was five years old and achieved the rank of International Master by the young age of sixteen. He was mentored in the early stages of his career by famed Soviet grandmaster Alexander Tolush. In 1955 Spassky won the World Junior Championship in Antwerp, Belgium. That same year he attained the title of International Grandmaster (the […]

Vera Menchik

Vera Menchik

Vera Francevna Menchik (Mencikova) was born in Moscow, Russia on February 16, 1906. Her father was Czech and her mother was British. When Vera was 15, the family and she moved to England in 1921. She became affiliated with Geza Maroczy, who started coaching her in 1922. In 1923 she began participating in men’s international tournaments. FIDE established the 1st world championship for women in July, 1927, which Vera won at the age of 21 […]

Francois Philidor

Francois Philidor

Francois Andre Danican Philidor (1726-1795) had a chess career that spanned over 50 years. He was born on September 7th, 1726 in Dreux, France and was the 7th unofficial world chess champion from 1747-1795. He was from a family of musicians. His father was married twice and his second wife was was about 50 years younger. Philidor, one of his 20+ children, was one of the youngest children from the second marriage, so by the […]