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Hero of the Launch

Boris Spassky,
World Champion 1969-72

with Paul Motwani, Glasgow 1987


This month's hero was born on 30 January 1937, but even now at age 62 he still produces some magical masterpieces reminiscent of his beautiful 23-move victory playing the King's Gambit against GM David Bronstein at Leningrad in 1960. The finish became immortalised on film in a scene from the James Bond movie "From Russia With Love", and appropriately our hero's surname has 007 letters. His first name is an anagram of "orbis" (Latin for "globe"), and indeed he was the World Chess Champion from 1969-72. Grandmaster Boris Spassky is a living legend, and it will be a treat for us to revisit his aforementioned stunning win when we get into group four.