Former world chess champion Boris Spassky said in Bath (England) on Thursday (5 July) that he was depressed and not on top form for the opening of the championships on Friday (6 July).
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GV Pulteney Bridge across Avon
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SPASSKY: I should like to think that I have good chances if I could meet Fisher again, but anyway, I should make many changes in special preparations before the match. I hope to beat him, but I'm not sure.
NEWSMAN: At 36, do you think you are at the peak in chess?
SPASSKY: Yes I think so. I hope....stronger than I was before. But maybe I'm wrong you know...nobody knows.
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Background: Former world chess champion Boris Spassky said in Bath (England) on Thursday (5 July) that he was depressed and not on top form for the opening of the championships on Friday (6 July).
The 36-year-old ex-champion told a news conference at Bath that he had still not recovered from his world title defeat last September.
He said it would probably be another three or four years before he got back his top form.
The teams are competing for gold, silver and bronze medals. The Soviet Union has won all the previous championships, and are the favourites at Bath.
In an interview before he began playing, Spassky said he had a good chance of success if he was in good form.