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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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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 !
Mar-13-14
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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
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  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
Jun-14-14
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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
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  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
Jan-12-15
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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"

Mar-02-15
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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
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  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
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  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.

Jan-20-17
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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
Apr-13-18
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  yiotta: If I were negotiating odds from Petrosian, I would start by prohibiting king walks exceeding two squares. And no exchange sacs! Make him play chess like a real person!
Apr-14-18
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  perfidious: That isn't what I should call odds; sounds more like you want to hamstring the poor bugger to me! (laughs)
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