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The Soviet Union was an exception, but even there ...
by Boris Spassky

The Soviet Union was an exception, but even there chess players were not rich.
Only Fischer changed that.
- Boris Spassky

I don't play in tournaments, but I follow some.
- Boris Spassky

Bobby Fischer has an enormous knowledge of chess and
his familiarity with the chess literature of the USSR is immense.
- Boris Spassky

We were like bishops of opposite color.
- Boris Spassky

 

Nowadays the dynamic element is more important in chess -
players more often sacrifice material to obtain dynamic compensation.
- Boris Spassky

I think that the World Champion should try to defend
the quality of play more than anyone else.
- Boris Spassky

Nowadays there is more dynamism in chess,
modern players like to take the initiative.
Usually they are poor defenders though.
- Boris Spassky

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I try to help developing junior chess.
When I lived in USSR, I got a lot of free help from very good coaches -
now I am trying to repay that debt.
- Boris Spassky

Time control directly influences the quality of play.
- Boris Spassky

I don't want ever to be champion again.
- Boris Spassky

Recently I saw Kasparov and he looked to me as still
young and potent champion.
- Boris Spassky

For example, computer defends well, but for humans
its is harder to defend than attack,
particularly with the modern time control.
- Boris Spassky

Nowadays it would be reasonable to have an annual world championship.
- Boris Spassky

I also follow chess on the Internet,
where Kasparov's site is very interesting.
- Boris Spassky

We can compare classical chess and rapid chess with theatre and cinema -
some actors don't like the latter and prefer to work in the theatre.
- Boris Spassky

The place of chess in the society is closely related
to the attitude of young people towards our game.
- Boris Spassky

When I am in form, my style is a little bit stubborn,
almost brutal.
Sometimes I feel a great spirit of fight which drives me on.
- Boris Spassky

When you play Bobby, it is not a question if you win or lose.
It is a question if you survive.
- Boris Spassky

On the other hand, chess is a mass sport now and for
chess organisers shorter time control is obviously more attractive.
But I think that this control does not suit World Championship matches.
- Boris Spassky

Nowadays young people have great choice of occupations,
hobbies, etc, so chess is experiencing difficulties
because of the high competition.
Now it's hard to make living in chess,
so our profession does attract young people.
- Boris Spassky

When I played Bobby Fischer, my opponent fought against organizations -
the television producers and the match organizers.
But he never fought against me personally.
I lost to Bobby before the match because he was already
stronger than I. He won normally.
- Boris Spassky

In my country, at that time, being a champion of chess was like being a King.
At that time I was a King - and when you are King you
feel a lot of responsibility,
but there is nobody there to help you.
- Boris Spassky

Russia also declared its independence.
This was approved by the Supreme Soviet,
and you know and remember that there was the Declaration
on the Independence of Russia.
- Boris Yeltsin

I always felt that the Cubans were being pushed into
the Soviet Bloc by American policy.
- Lee Harvey Oswald

It was almost forbidden in the Soviet Union to study the New Economic Policy.
- Anatoly Chubais

Perhaps my information hurt the Soviet Union more than it helped.
I have no idea.
It was not something I ever discussed with the KGB
officers that I was dealing with.
- Aldrich Ames

If the Soviet Union let another political party come into existence,
they would still be a one-party state,
because everybody would join the other party.
- Ronald Reagan

Since the end of the Cold War, Soviet aggression had
been replaced by a number of particularly venomous threats,
from Timothy McVeigh to Osama bin Laden.
- Barbara Olson

Even in the former Soviet Union, they have good copies of my movies.
- Dario Argento

I handed over names and compromised so many CIA agents in the Soviet Union.
- Aldrich Ames

Our Soviet espionage efforts had virtually never,
or had very seldom, produced any worthwhile political
or economic intelligence on the Soviet Union.
- Aldrich Ames

So seven new countries, three of them formerly part of the Soviet Union,
and the others part of the Warsaw Pact,
will become full members of NATO next year.
- Lord Robertson

In the Soviet Union it was illegal to take a photograph of a train station.
Look what happened to them.
They tried to classify everything.
- Tom Clancy

If the Soviet Union and the United States have not
experienced direct military confrontations,
on the other hand, they supported, armed and trained Africans,
to fight other Africans.
- Omar Bongo

Anyone who doesn't regret the passing of the Soviet Union has no heart.
Anyone who wants it restored has no brains.
- Vladimir Putin

Historians don't really like to carry on speculative debates,
but you could certainly argue that the likelihood of
a Soviet invasion of Western Europe was extremely,
extremely low.
- Aldrich Ames

The interests of the Soviet Union are in controlling
highly developed countries and having the benefit of
their economies so that they can run their own inefficient empire.
- Barbara Amiel

If kids can forget their own mothers but still have
a sense of comrade Lenin,
then Soviet power really is here to stay!
- Andrei Platonov

Amin managed to invite both the US and Soviet ambassadors
to his palace at the very same time and then deliberately
kept them together in his waiting room.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

The difficulties of conducting espionage against the
Soviet Union in the Soviet Union were such that historically
the Agency had backed away from the task.
- Aldrich Ames

Membership of the United Nations gives every member
the right to make a fool of himself,
and that is a right of which the Soviet Union in this
case has taken full advantage.
- Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

The Soviet government is the most realistic regime in the world -
no ideals.
- Golda Meir

I did a long concert tour in England and Denmark and Sweden,
and I also sang for the Soviet people,
one of the finest musical audiences in the world.
- Paul Robeson

Throughout Soviet times, I understood what was really
happening in the world around me.
- Lennart Meri

Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country.
- Vladimir Lenin

I decided to create a sports club during the Soviet times.
It was my dream.
- Sergei Bubka

It didn't take long to recognise the shortcomings of
the Soviet regime and to see the values of the free world.
- Garry Kasparov

As a result of half a century of Soviet rule people
have been weaned from a belief in human kindness.
- Svetlana Alliluyeva

The Communists at that moment were very strong in Italy,
and the Italian Communist Party was the biggest Communist
Party outside the Soviet Union.
- Giovanni Agnelli

There was no race - but to the extent that there was an arms competition,
it was almost entirely on the Soviet side,
first to catch up and then to surpass the Americans.
- Herman Kahn

Yes, Samantha, we in the Soviet Union are trying to
do everything so that there will not be war on Earth.
This is what every Soviet man wants.
- Yuri Andropov

In the event of a victory over Germany by Soviet Russia and England,
Bolshevism in Europe would inevitably follow.
Under these circumstances I would prefer to see Germany win the war.
- Pierre Laval

Look at the Afghans, during the time of the Soviet invasion.
They were among the poorest Muslims in the world,
yet they were sustained by their faith in God,
and God alone.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

I am a Soviet man, and Yeltsin is a Soviet man -
maybe our grandchildren will be different.
- Aleksandr Lebed

Civilization is a youth with a molotov cocktail in his hand.
Culture is the Soviet tank or L.A.
cop that guns him down.
- Edward Abbey

The readings of Soviet society are as many as the experts you speak to.
In my view, it's a society that is overdue for measures
of democratization and organization.
- E. P. Thompson

Well, the Communists at that moment were very strong
in Italy and the Italian Communist Party was the biggest
Communist Party outside Soviet Union,
there's no doubt about that.
- Gianni Agnelli

I did Our Daily Bread for King and that made me popular in the Soviet Union;
King was amused by that.
- Karen Morley

You know, the Democrats want to balance the budget
by raising spending and raising taxes.
The Soviet Union had a balanced budget.
- Tom DeLay

People ask if I regret not winning a Stanley Cup,
but winning the series against the Soviet Union was the best.
It was the greatest experience of my hockey career by far.
- Marcel Dionne

We then came to the Soviet Union.
One day we were walking and carrying our banner and
distributing a few leaflets in Russian to people,
and we met two women on the road.
- Satish Kumar

According to the official version of history,
CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980,
that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan,
24 Dec 1979.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski

The Soviet Union has indeed been our greatest menace,
not so much because of what it has done,
but because of the excuses it has provided us for our failures.
- J. William Fulbright

In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance.
- Joseph Stalin

By now it is evident that the Soviet Union must gain
control of Europe to maintain its empire.
- Barbara Amiel

There used to be this country called the Soviet Union;
it's not there anymore.
Our technology was better than theirs.
- Tom Clancy

Our film examines the heroism, courage and prowess
of the Soviet submarine force in ways never seen before.
- Kathryn Bigelow

Wojtyla was a warrior, who did more to end the Soviet Union than even America.
- Oriana Fallaci

Ronald Reagan used to alarm his Soviet counterparts
by saying that surely they'd both unite against an invasion from Mars.
- Christopher Hitchens

In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism.
In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy.
- Fran Lebowitz

I said in court a long time ago that I didn't see that
the Soviet Union was significantly helped by the information I gave them,
nor that the United States was significantly harmed.
- Aldrich Ames


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