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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Mikhail Botvinnik
"Botvinnik and Paid For" (game of the day Oct-27-2008)
Petrosian - Botvinnik World Championship Match (1963), Moscow URS, rd 5, Apr-01
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights. Burille Variation (D94)  ·  1-0


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Nov-16-11  birthtimes: Botvinnik was most likely expecting 8.O-O rather than 8.d5, since 8.O-O had been played in games they both would have been familiar with by Kotkov in 1961, Gligoric in 1957, and Smyslov in 1953. It appears that 8.d5 had only been played once previous to this game, way back in 1946.
Mar-24-12  Eduardo Bermudez: White King 1, Black King 0
Apr-11-13  Rick11: First succes for Whites : the "" pawn of Botvinnik is isolated; in fact I think the most important mistake was to exchange his Bishop again the Knight of Petrossian that will be the "king" of chessboard...with the help of White's King himself !
Apr-11-13  Rick11: 24.b5 !
Apr-11-13  Rick11: 33...,Rh1 ?? For me, the principal reason of Botvinnik's lost, he had the ultimate possibility to exchange his poor bishop against the knight of his opponent. So, 33...,BxN3 ! was the last chance to save this five game of the match. The rest of the game is a lesson of strategy, a very great game. In fact, one of my favorite's games ever played in the history of chess. No stonish moves, but the better lesson of strategy for any player ! N.B. : Petrossian played two games in witch he demonstrate his very great talent of tactician !! Let's never forget this two other games, one with each colour. In 1963, a belgium's player wroted, in a newspaper, that this match was without interest ! What a pity !
Apr-11-13  Rick11: In my first note,one must read : "was NOT to exchange..." Sorry !
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  maxi: Botvinnik's move 33...Rh1? bothers me. He was an excellent endgame player. I find it hard to understand how he could miss a chance of exchanging his sorry Bishop for the wonderful Knight. After 34.Ne4 Black is cooked and served.
May-25-14  Ulhumbrus: Black's c pawn becomes a target instead of a weapon. This suggests that Black has to get ready for White's thrust b4 by ...a6 and ...b5
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  offramp: Quite early in the game white plays 17.♘c3:e4

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That knight makes two quick excursions to d2 and c3, but both times quickly goes back to e4. When Petrosian eventually plays 46.Ng5...

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...the game is very nearly over.

Dec-30-14  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps after 12 Ke2 White's potential threat is not just the move (which Kasparov has indicated) Ne4 by itself but the pair of moves Ne4 and b4 against Black's c pawn
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  thegoodanarchist: <HeMateMe: Cold War Misha almost outlived Bobby Fischer. He must have ate his vegetables and laid off the vodka.>

Huh??? Botwinnik died in 1995, Fischer in 2008. Yet Botwinnik "almost outlived" Bobby?

I guess it depends on your definition of "almost"

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  kevin86: Just think: how much could you get by predicting that the new champion would win his first game of the match with his king on the adverse king's castling square?
Mar-02-15  1d410: What an irrelevant pun.
Apr-04-15  CMDMB: Amazing how Petrosian is able to capitalize on the slightest edge. Next time you don't think it's worth it to press for the win in a "drawish" position, draw inspiration from this! Grinding out such a win demonstrates awesome and masterful technique.
Apr-26-15  ToTheDeath: Petrosian takes full advantage of his slightly better pawn structure and slightly more active king to wear Botvinnik down. In the hands of a real player small edges can be nursed into big ones.
Apr-26-15  Howard: If I'm not mistaken, Petrosian called this one of the best games of his entire career.

When he died, in 1984, Chess Life showed one game of his---this one !

May-29-16  mykescofield: what's wrong with 19...Nxa2?
May-29-16  User not found: <mykescofield: what's wrong with 19...Nxa2?>

20. Ra1 ..Nb4 .Rxa7 or even BxN first leaving blacks pawns doubled up and his DSB unable to move whites b pawn anyway.

Nov-28-16  paavoh: <<Next time you don't think it's worth it to press for the win in a "drawish" position, draw inspiration from this!>> Exactly true!

What economy of forces covering so many squares with so few pieces. The White King was a power tool, compared to the diverted Black Rook, buzzing through the position.

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  GrahamClayton: The Black pieces are unable to stop the White King from strolling up the board, and being in the perfect position for a pawn endgame, once all of the pieces are exchanged.
Oct-11-17  Toribio3: King walk! Patience is one of the virtue of Petrosian.
Feb-25-18  tgyuid: well, if the rock of troy says this is his best game am i going to argue....
Feb-25-18  tgyuid: 8.d5, i like; i think e6 as response is a little too encouraging;; i might have chosen Nbe7, after which further advance can be met with e5 and a queens fiancetto....
Feb-25-18  tgyuid: Nbd7 is even more effective....
Feb-25-18  tgyuid: mobilise while the bishop is blunt, i say; as it is black enters an awkward endgame where everything is just sort of wrong
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