Author: Cafferty, Bernhard (1934- ) Boris Vasilievich Spassky (1937- ) signed card
Publisher: The MacMillan Company
Place: New York
255 pages with diagrams and indices. Octavo (8 1/2" x 6") bound in original publisher's blue-green cloth with gilt lettering to spine in original jacket. Foreword ;by Leonard Barden. Signed card with small picture of Spassky laid in. (Lusis: 1353.1) Second printing.
In 1969, Boris Spassky, the Russian grandmaster, defeated Tigran Petrosian to become the World Champion, thus avenging his narrow defeat three years earlier. Like his 1972 challenger Bobby Fischer, Spassky is a superb attacking player, one of the outstanding grandmasters of the century. Spassky's twenty-year fight to the top is magnificently recorded in this fully annotated collection of his 100 best games. Beginning with his victory in the 1949 Leningrad Junior Championship at the age of eleven, Spassky's chess-playing career is divided by Bernard Cafferty into five main periods: the years of "Continuous Success" (1949-57). "Failure and Improvement" (1949-57). "Failure and Success" (1958-61) "The Road Back" (1962-65), "Second Time Round" (1966-69) and "Worth Champion" (1069-70) - with a final section devoted to later events. There is also a complete career record and a fascinating selection of winning practice positions for analysis.
Initials in small print on back pastedown. Jacket with light edge wear and some age toning else a better than very good in a near fine jacket.