Boris Spassky in heavy condition (updated)
The World Champion hospitalized in intensive care

Last Saturday at 11am a call for an ambulance was received from Boris Spassky’s appartment in Moscow. Upon arrival the doctors discovered Spassky lying on the bed in semiconsciuos state. He had lost control of the left side of his body – arm and leg.

The World Champion was hospitalized urgently in intensive care the 13th hospital. cites the doctors, “He has a cerebral blood clot, the condition is grave.” Rosbalt cites his sources on Spassky’s condition as “irregular cerebral blood flow”. RIA Novosti says the condition of Spassky is grave, but does not specify the cause due to confidentiality.

On October 1, 2006, Spassky also suffered a stroke during a chess lecture in San Francisco, but recovered. In his first major post-stroke play, he drew a six-game rapid match with Hungarian Grandmaster Lajos Portisch in April 2007. In 2008 Spassky participated in a simul during Mtel Masters 2008 (scroll down for video). In 2009 in Elista he played The Battle of Giants against Korchnoi (video below). He is also the oldest former world champion still living.

Info provided by Chessdom

I am very sad to hear the news about Boris Spassky, a good friend of mine, someone I have known for a long time. He is a gentleman, and one of the most charismatic world champions. I wish him the best and hope that he can fully recover.

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