Chuck: You know, I was, for a time, supposed to become a Grandmaster. Chess. 14 years old, and leapfrogging up the standings. Put me in a practice game, and I'd be a young Boris Spassky in his prime. By all rights, I should've dominated live competition, but I had a flaw. If I decided that my opponent didn't respect the game, or me, or if I didn't like the way he carried himself. If I decided for whatever reason that he wasn't worthy, a dark rage would come over me. And this rage became the driver. All the strategy, patience, and practice would vanish, and I would begin obsessing about total destruction. Some kid could fail to look me in the eye while shaking my hand at a tournament in the fall, and I would carry it until facing him again in the spring. But then, while I was trying to destroy him [laughs] I'd forget to win. I would play bold moves designed to intimidate, show him that he wasn't as smart as me or as brave. Leave voids in my defense. That's not how you win at chess. I knew better, but, uh but I couldn't do better. And then, at the end of the game, my opponent's arm would be raised in victory while I sat, humiliated and alone, bathed in anger and defeat. [sighs heavily] Here I am again, beaten.
Boris Vasilievich Spassky (born January 30, 1937) is a Russian chess grandmaster. He was the tenth World Chess Champion, holding the title from 1969 to 1972. Spassky played three world championship matches: he lost to Tigran Petrosian in 1966; defeated Petrosian in 1969 to become world champion; then lost to Bobby Fischer in a famous match in 1972.
Spassky won the Soviet Chess Championship twice outright (1961, 1973), and twice lost in playoffs (1956, 1963), after tying for first place during the event proper. He was a World Chess Championship candidate on seven occasions (1956, 1965, 1968, 1974, 1977, 1980, and 1985). In addition to his candidates wins in 1965 and 1968, he reached the semi-final stage in 1974 and 1977.
Spassky emigrated to France in 1976, becoming a French citizen in 1978. He continued to compete in tournaments but was no longer a major contender for the world title. He lost an unofficial rematch against Fischer in 1992. In 2012 he left France and returned to Russia. He is the oldest living former world champion.