Boris Spassky Reportedly Gravely Ill
Boris Spassky, the world champion from 1969-72, who lost the “Match of the Century” to Bobby Fischer, reportedly had a stroke while in Moscow and is in intensive care. Several Web sites have carried news of his hospitalization, but Chessdom seems to have the most complete information.
Spassky had a stroke in 2006 while visiting San Francisco.
The Russian site Life News brings a worrisome report about Boris Spassky.
10th World Chess Champion was taken to a Moscow hospital in serious condition
Doctors are fighting for the life of International Grandmaster and Honored Master of Sports of the USSR Boris Spassky.
Last Saturday at about 11am the ambulance received a call on board from the Moscow apartment of the grandmaster. When the medics arrived, they found 73-year-old Boris Vasilievich lying on a bed in a semiconscious state. He has a paralyzed left side of the body – arm and leg.
The famous chess player was urgently hospitalized in the intensive care unit at the 13th city hospital.
The patient had a cerebrovascular accident – the clinic told Life News. His condition is serious and doctors are doing their best.
Several titans of the chess world have already died this year, including Vasily Smyslov, the seventh world champion, in March; Andor Lilienthal, one of the 27 original grandmasters, in May; and Bent Larsen, one of the greatest players of the 20th century and one of Spassky’s biggest rivals, only two weeks ago.