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David Bronstein vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Tbilisi (1963)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Schallop Defense (C34)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-16-04  InspiredByMorphy: This is without a doubt, the best game Ive seen in a while! This is no ordinary draw, this is what attacking is all about! Bravo Bronstein.
Apr-16-04  arielbekarov: I did just play through it, but, you are right !
A marvellous game. So full of life !
Now, I have to take a more serious look.
Ariel
Apr-16-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: Apparently, this was a theatrical game---with live pieces, in a sport stadium, for a large audience.
Apr-16-04  aragorn69: But is it really a draw ??
Apr-18-04  InspiredByMorphy: <aragorn69> <is it really a draw ??> I refused to believe it at first too, but the pawn on f6 is history, even if temporarily defended by whites knight via 24. Nc7 Kg6 25. Nd5 Kf7 26. c3 Nf3 27. b3 Nh5 Blacks two minor pieces to whites rook are a slight advantage in the endgame, and even though white is a pawn ahead, blacks pieces are very well posted.
Apr-18-04  InspiredByMorphy: 20. Nxf6 Kf7 21. Kf2 Nf5 22. c3 Ne7 23. Bd3 would have led to an interesting game where whites pieces bear some pressure on the black king. Although white is a pawn down, the attacking initiative, and having no apparent weaknesses, looks like a much stronger and quicker game, leaving white no apparent weaknesses, and good mobility of the pieces. If black is not careful white might win, but with good play should draw. I think as Petrosian and Bronstein were just destined to draw this game.
May-12-04  Tigran Petrosian: I think this is the greatest draw of all time along with Zaitsev-Karpov 1966
Jul-03-05  fgh: Very nice draw. As Kramnik said, "Petrosian was the first player to show that it is possible to defend almost every position in chess".
Jul-03-05  fgh: Btw, why are most people praising Bronstein, instead of praising Petrosian, for having drawn a game which looked lost at many points?
Jul-03-05  hintza: Most people? Lol, only one as far as I can see!
Jul-03-05  fgh: <hintza>: Take a look at the game collections which include this game, you will see most people are praising Bronstein.
Jul-03-05  hintza: <fgh> My apologies, I didn't look at those. I only looked at the kibitzing. :-(
Jul-03-05  fgh: <hintza>: Don't worry.. Lord may forgive you :-)
May-09-06  ArturoRivera: Petrosian rules!!! he could contain almost every atack
Feb-19-09  arsen387: This is how Petrosian defended against unstoppable (from the first sight) attacks. He had the nerves of steel
Feb-22-09  WhiteRook48: 24. Rxd4 Ne2+. I nearly forgot about the knight fork
Mar-09-09  Everett: Bronstein should get credit, for he initiated the attack, and made this have the potential to be a great game. Petrosian was along for the ride.
Jun-22-09  pom nasayao: What a relief it ended so soon in a draw!
Sep-02-14  Albion 1959: This game featured in Bronstein's classic book 200 Open Games. The final position may well be a draw, but I would like to have seen what would have happened had they played on. These games should really be played out. Fischer would never have agreed to a draw here !!
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