|Jun-30-04|| ||Snow Man: Petrosian could move a thousand pounds with four ounces... |
|Sep-29-04|| ||Eggman: This was the game (non-game?) with which Petrosian won the title. Botvinnik, trailing by three with three to play, took this draw (having also acquiesced with a 10-move in the previous game) to hand over the title. |
|Sep-29-04|| ||Kean: This two were great players, but games like this are just to forget. |
|Sep-29-04|| ||clocked: forget? Don't you appreciate the beauty of the symmetric knight trips to b6 and g6? |
|Sep-29-04|| ||Kean: Wow u r right! both knights cross the center and end in the opposite wings. You got an acute artistic sense clocked. |
|Sep-29-04|| ||Eggman: I'd be interested to know the story behind this game (and the previous one, which was also a ten-move draw). I mean, couldn't Botvinnik have said to himself "alright, let's just try to win this game as White, and then see what happens ... they'll be a lot of pressure on Petrosian not to blow things ... who knows, maybe the pressure will get to him."|
To give up with four games left to play ... pretty pitiful. And Botvinnik went out in similarly limp fashion and the end of his 1957 title loss to Smyslov as well.
|Sep-29-04|| ||Jesuitic Calvinist: Botty was 52 years old in 1963 and apparently exhausted at the end of the match. |
He once (probably more than once) described Petrosian as "a well-designed machine programmed to play accurate defensive chess".
We have seen in recent years the difficulties top players have had playing against machines, particularly the new models such as Kramnik-5150.
|Apr-22-05|| ||fgh: <Jesuitic Calvinist>: You forgot "Deep Miles a.6" and "Leko draw 1/2-1/2" :-) |
|Oct-22-06|| ||talisman: and thus ended an era.|
|Oct-21-07|| ||M.D. Wilson: ...and the birth of a new one.|
|Apr-04-08|| ||Knight13: 4...Nc6 is not as good as 4...Bd7 and follow it up with ...c5 if Black needs to. But Petrosian wasn't in the mood for complications!|
|Apr-12-08|| ||Wone Jone: Geez, Botvinnik, don't strain yourself! What, did you run out of Geritol?|
|Feb-25-09|| ||M.D. Wilson: I think Botvinnik gave himself a hernia in this game, Wone Jone. What a stunning performance.|
|Apr-27-10|| ||M.D. Wilson: True, he had run out of steam.|
|Apr-27-10|| ||Petrosianic: This is the way Botvinnik always lost his title. He'd given up quickie draws in the last couple of games of the 1957 and 1960 matches also.|
|May-12-10|| ||M.D. Wilson: His age was showing, even by then.|
|Feb-04-12|| ||Penguincw: Shame that Botvinnik didn't even give much effort to defend his title.|