So what actually was the Match of the Century? Well, the World Chess Championship 1972 saw two chess Grandmaster titans battle against each other in a titanic game that went down in history. Bobby Fischer of the United States played against Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union in an unforgettable set of games that started on July 11,1972 and ended on August 31 after 40 moves.
Fischer won the match 12½–8½, becoming the eleventh offical World Champion. Spassky resigned the very next day without resuming play.