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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Former world chess champion Boris Spassky says he recovering well after stroke

Chess news and chess trivia blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

Former world champion Boris Spassky recovering in France.
We wish him speedy recovery. (The chessboard waits.)

Hello Everyone,

During the Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk everyone was disturbed by the news that the tenth World Champion Boris Spassky had suffered a stroke. We found this happy news at

It is nice to know that he is doing well now in Paris at a rehabilitation hospital in Saint-Jean Rishat system. He will be staying there until mid-January.

Spassky told journalists that healing after a stroke takes time "so no worries about my health. After arriving in Paris, I passed all the medical test and now I continue a rehabilitation program under the supervision of French physicians, to whom I am very grateful. In addition, I would like to thank the doctors from the Moscow 13th Municipal Hospital and the Burdenko Institute, primarily Natalia V. Kurdyumov who gave me timely and qualified medical assistance to save my life."

Boris Spassky is taking daily therapy sessions and also spends time listening to his favourite music of recordings of Peter Leshchenko, Alexander Vertinsky, Enrico Caruso - the great music of the 1930s and 40.

You will love this Leshchenko recording.

And, this one...Alexander Vertinsky. Enjoy! And, send good thoughts to Boris Spassky.

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