The debate whether Chess is a sport has been going on since times of yore. Many detractors say that there is no physical effort invovled in Chess.
Chess, unlike popular notion, is not only brains. There is a fair bit of brawn. It is a non-contact sport, but players fight it out tooth and nail. Tigran Petrosian lost 30 pounds in his match with Mikhail Botvinnik. Anatoly Karpov was thoroughly exhausted after his first match with Gary Kasparov in 1984.
Over the years, the Chess World Championships have produced some truly unforgettable battles.
Here’s taking a look at three of the fiercest and the most dramatic of those duels:
BORIS SPASSKY vs BOBBY FISCHER, 1972, REYKJAVIK
This match is referred to as the 'Match of the Century'. The Cold War is at its peak when eccentric American Bobby Fischer takes on defending champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union. Soviets had dominated the sport for 24 years and Spassky was the clear favourite even though Fischer had a much higher Elo rating.
Both went all guns blazing and justified the immense hype media had created around the match.
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