"And Bobby said: 1.d4! is better than 1.e4"

Время публикации: 10.11.2014 03:01 | Последнее обновление: 10.11.2014 12:40

Boris Spassky presents his new book and describes his dreams about Fischer

The launch of the book Winning Record Against World Champions written by Boris Spassky and Israel Gelfer was the subject of the special press conference taken place in the Sochi Media Center during the 2nd game of the match. According to the sponsor of the book, President of Israeli Chess Federation Moshe Slav, the book is unique because it is the first one in history authored or co-authored by Spassky.

The press conference was held by the co-authors themselves; President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and President of the RCF Andrey Filatov were also taking part, but the one to attract biggest attention was of course the 10th World Champion who is the honoured guest of the Sochi match.

'And now we have the chance to, let's say, go back in history and look through the games of our predecessors', Spassky said. 'The book represents nearly all outstanding chess players. I'd like to say that Caissa, the chess goddess, was quite selective in her benevolence towards the challengers. She did have several favorites, but there were also the ones ignored by her. Let's remember the great American player Paul Morphy who hasn't got any chance of becoming the world champion. Or another chess giant, Paul Keres from Estonia'.

Spassky continued speaking about Keres: 'From this book, you'll actually find out that he was very successful in his games against World Champions'. (According to the book, Keres is next to Kasparov, Korchnoi, and Karpov in the list of those who have best records of victories against world champions.) 'I keep very warm memories about Paul Keres. We were great friends, he had very nice feelings towards me - paternal, tender and kind. We always empathized with each other. We used to talk a lot; he told me many stories about his adventures during the Second World War'.

'We also used to play in the same tournaments very often. Once I was driving from West Germany to Denmark (I've crossed all Europe from West to East by car twice), Keres was with me, and we were going too fast. That time, I would often ignore traffic regulations and road signs, so I would often tell him something like: "Isn't that stupid? Why is the sign saying 60 kmph if we can easily drive 100 kmph?" And Keres would usually correct me, saying: "Boris Vasilyevich, even if the rules are bad, that's better than having no rules at all" (applause). That was a very wise comment, and now I appreciate it more than ever before, because I feel I am going to meet its author soon...'

(Maria Keres, the Estonian Grandmaster's widow, has passed away a few days ago at the age of 97. The photo of her talking to Boris Spassky had been taken in the middle of the 2000's - CN.)

Then Spassky developed the topic of great chess players from the past:

'I was quite successful in my games against the world champions too, and those of different generations. I keep big respect and good memories towards them all. Many other champions were my good friends too: Botvinnik, Smyslov, Misha Tal, Bobby Fischer...'

'In fact, I keep talking to Bobby these days, because I often have dreams about him in which we talk about chess. For example, sometimes I would ask him: "What is better - 1.e4 or 1.d4 ?". And once, Bobby answered to me definitely that 1.d4 is better, because the d4-pawn is defended, while the e4-pawn is not - it perishes quickly. The d4-pawn is more solid.'

And that's what we do wish to Boris Spassky: to follow the example of the d4-pawn (although the 10th World Champion is rather the king than a pawn) and to be as solid and protected in his life.


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