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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 […]

Bird Touts Morphy Over Steinitz

Bird Touts Morphy Over Steinitz

Henry Edward Bird gave an interview to the Rochester (NY) Post-Express which was printed in the New York Sun on August 30th, 1890. The topic of conversation being his match experiences against American chess legends Paul Morphy and Wilhelm Steinitz, as well as his observations, as such: “Steinitz beat me 8 to 7, with 6 draws. That was in 1867. In 1858 Morphy beat me 8 to 1, with 1 draw. Steinitz claims that he […]

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 […]

1890 - Manchester

1890 – Manchester

The Manchester (England) Chess Club had been a prominent foundation throughout the 1800’s and was the meeting place in 1890 for the formation of a larger chess organization that consisted of 24 Cheshire and Lancashire chess clubs. In the early part of 1890, the recently reformed British Chess Association was reportedly speculating on having their Sixth Chess Congress in conjunction with the Manchester Chess Club. Debates ensued over each entity putting up half of whatever […]