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Borge Andersen vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
"Dancing Queen" (game of the day Sep-09-2010)
Nimzowitsch Memorial (1960), Copenhagen DEN, Aug-??
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Closed Variation 7…c6 (E88)  ·  0-1
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Mar-18-08  mravikiran: o-o-o??
Mar-18-08  mannetje: not a very Petrosian-like game, is it?? But it's prety nonetheless
Mar-18-08  Knight to f6: <mannetje: not a very Petrosian-like game, is it?? But it's prety nonetheless>

Actually, I think this is quite Petrosian-style. He liked to advance slowly and used a lot of prophylaxis, which is seen here...

Mar-18-08
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  Jimfromprovidence: I can't see why white played 17 Rc6. He needed to continue development with something like 17 Ne2, instead.


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The lack of the g knight development for all intents and purposes cost white the match.

White is essentially playing a rook down the whole match, eventually enabling black to play 21 ...Rf1+, the beginning of that very nicely played winning combination.

Mar-18-08  UdayanOwen: <Jimfromprovidence: I can't see why white played 17 Rc6. He needed to continue development with something like 17 Ne2, instead.>

Yeah, 17.Rc6 seems to be just about the losing move. I think it was a purposeful move, but I can only guess white might have miscalcuated what would happen if 17...Nc4. If white had thought 17...Nc4 was tactically unsound, then 17.Rc6 is a logical move, putting pressure on both b6 and d6, and forcing a passive response by black.

Certainly Petrosian's continuation makes clear that 17.Ne2 would have been a huge improvement on 17.Rc6. After the knight comes out, black appears to have no immediate threats.

Mar-18-08
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  kevin86: A strange game. I was looking to see how white had won the game--and then I noticed that...he lost. Funny,how white resigned offside-he couldn't even get that right. lol

It's a pity that white didn't play 29 ♔f1 as ♗xe4+ would have attacked everything in sight!

Mar-18-08  psmith: Fritz 5.32 suggests that 14. Qb4 would be good for White.

Petrosian's play is amazing after 19. Nc3.

Mar-18-08
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  whiteshark: The black queen arrived lately on the scene. But imposingly!
Mar-18-08  Shams: a nice touch; cg was alert enough to today's non-front-page news and they found a worthy game. well done guys.
Aug-22-10  xombie: Here's a thought. This looks like a mirrored French with very similar themes on undermining the central pawn complex. I point to the moves, c6 and f5, rendering the d5 pawn weak (removing all the other pawns around it). In the French openings (say, the Tarrasch), f6 and c5 are played, together with exchanges to snip the bolstering pawns. Remarkable, I would say.
Aug-22-10  xombie: Note also, the f4 move in so many KID openings, similar to c4 in the French.
Sep-09-10  dannymay: I believe it was Grandmaster Spassky who once said, "If Petrosian offers you a sacrifice, resign."
Sep-09-10  arsen387: 25...Rb8 is a beautiful move, and the whole attack starting from 19th move is great
Sep-09-10  paavoh: @al wazir: <In retrospect, would 19. Rxc4 really have been that bad?> I see a similar sac on e4, a pin by Bf5 and Qh4 to follow. W/o an engine, I can not figure it out in full but it looks equally depressing for White.
Sep-09-10
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  sfm: <dannymay: I believe it was Grandmaster Spassky who once said, "If Petrosian offers you a sacrifice, resign."> LOL! Good one.

What a brilliant game, TP must have seen it from 17.-,Nc4!! Wonder how long he calculated, it is definitely an "insane".

Børge (should really be written 'Boerge') Andersen was himself a brilliant guy, dangerous for anyone on his best days, with a string of victories over GMs at the olympics.

There's a funny win against Bronstein, who in the end breaks out of a repetition to play for a win - only to get mated two moves later. B Andersen vs Bronstein, 1967

Sep-09-10  I play the Fred: <I believe it was Grandmaster Spassky who once said, "If Petrosian offers you a sacrifice, resign.">

I swear, Petrosian inspired more funny quotes than any other player.

"It is to Petrosian's advantage that his opponents never know when he is suddenly going to play like Mikhail Tal." -Boris Spassky

"In those years, it was easier to win the Soviet Championship than a game against 'Iron Tigran'." —Lev Polugaevsky

"Comrade, when I see what abominable, loathsome moves Petrosian makes, I don't want to be his second!" -Viktor Korchnoi

"Petrosian was so strong, he was playing a defensive combination to trade pieces long before you realized you had an attack." -Robert Byrne

"The only way [Petrosian] can beat [Fischer] is by boring him to death." -Larry Evans

Sep-09-10  Petrosianic: Was it Spassky? I thought it might have been Bronstein. I seem to remember Tal being compared in the same breath. Something like "If Petrosian sacrifices a piece, resign. But if Tal sacrifices a piece, take it, because maybe he'll sacrifice another, and then who knows?"
Sep-09-10  Petrosianic: <I swear, Petrosian inspired more funny quotes than any other player.>

I don't remember the exact wording, but one of the funny ones was by Petrosian himself, about the Petrosian-Mukhitdinov match. He said that "wits" (better translation: Smart-alecs) had said that he drew that match, because the final score had been +6-0=6.

Sep-09-10  asiduodiego: One of the finest games I've seen from Petrosian.

He was the one who said: "My favorite piece is the rook, because is so much fun to trade it for lesser pieces"?

Sep-09-10
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  kevin86: Recently,we had a queen eater-the piece that captured everything-today we have a dancer.-lol
Sep-09-10
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  Once: Altogether now ....

You can dance, you can jive
Having the time of your life
Ooh see that girl, watch that scene
Diggin' the dancing queen

Friday night and the lights are low
Looking out for a place to go
Where they play the right music,
getting in the swing
You come in to look for a king

Anybody could be that guy
Night is young and the music's high
With a bit of rock music, everything is fine
You're in the mood for a dance
And when you get the chance

You are the dancing queen
Young and sweet, only seventeen
Dancing queen, feel the beat
From the tambourine, oh yeah

You can dance, you can jive
Having the time of your life
Ooh see that girl, watch that scene
Diggin' the dancing queen

You're a teaser, you turn 'em on
Leave 'em burning and then you're gone
Looking out for another, anyone will do
You're in the mood for a dance
And when you get the chance

You are the dancing queen
Young and sweet, only seventeen
Dancing queen, feel the beat
From the tambourine, oh yeah

You can dance, you can jive
Having the time of your life
Ooh see that girl, watch that scene
Diggin' the dancing queen
Diggin' the dancing queen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REEl...

Sep-09-10  OBIT: For quotes about Petrosian, there is also Fischer's comment in game 31 of "My 60 Memorable Games": "Petrosian has a knack of snuffing out [attacking prospects] twenty moves before they even enter his opponent's head!"
Jan-11-11  k009ris: Hi
Did anyone notice that 21...Bf5! is much stronger then the rook check? The idea is to play Qh4 and Rc8...it all falls apart much faster then in the game. Still after Rf1+ the bind is complete.
May-11-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

B Andersen vs Petrosian, 1960.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF PETROSIAN.
Your score: 43 (par = 37)

LTJ

Mar-29-19
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  plang: Playing on the queenside with 12 Rc1 and 13 Nd1 is a bit unusual; more thematic is the immediate 12 g4. Since White intends to exchange on c4 when the knight arrives there 16 Bd3?! is a waste of time. 28..Rxb2! would have won immediately too.
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