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Robert James Fischer vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
"Tiger Trap" (game of the day Apr-17-2016)
USSR vs. Rest of the World (1970), Belgrade SRB, rd 1, Mar-29
Caro-Kann Defense: Exchange. Rubinstein Variation (B13)  ·  1-0

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Robert James Fischer vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian (1970)
Board #2 of the USSR vs Rest of the World match, Belgrade, 1970.

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  Joshka: Petrosian lifted his King as if to castle but then it dropped out of his fingers on F8, hence castling was then negated.
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  perfidious: <euripides: The pawn formation is a reversed 'Carlsbad' formation, i.e. a reversed QGD exchange. This loses most of its appeal for White (here Black) if the queen's bishop is locked in. And indeed 9...e6 has rather poor results....>

An alternative is 9....Rc8, as played in Joel Benjamin vs S Djuric, 1988.

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  HeMateMe: Bobbby, we hardly knew 'ya.
Apr-17-16  KID Slayer: Why so many Fischer games recently in the last month?
Apr-17-16  Acrylion: I have no problem with Fischer games. the more the merrier.
Apr-17-16  CapablancaFan122: Beautiful game! Fischer's relentless attack was no match to "Tiger" Petrossian. <39.. Ne4 [Kf7 40. Qe8#] 40. Qf8+ Ke6 41. Rxe4+ Qxe4 42. Qg8+ Kd6 [..Ke5 43. Qe8+ loses the rook] 43. Rd1+ Kc7 44. Rxc7+ Kxc7 45. Qxg7 Qe7 46. Qxh6> and probably moves on to win the game from then on.

Actually, upon further analysis, <39.. Qe6> seems to be the best possible move here, as I completely overlooked the possibility of <39.. Ne4 Rf4 40. Rd4 Qe5+ 41. Qe6 Qxg7+ 42 .Kd6 Qxd4+ 43. Qd5 Rfxe4 44. Qxd4 Rxd4+>.

Apr-17-16  Howard: The first time I ever saw this game was over 45 years ago in....Boys Life !

You can find the article simply by Googling "Bobby Fischer Takes Top Honor".

Read it ! Larry Evans, incidentally, comments on Petrosian's rather strange 17...Kf8 move.

Apr-17-16  catlover: <Howard> Thanks for the tip on the article. It was good to read an explanation of why Petrosian may have played 17...Kf8.

When I played this game on Stockfish with "Infinite Analysis" running, after Fischer's 17th move it had white with a slight edge (+.55). But after 17....Kf8, according to the program white's advantage increased slightly (+.93).

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  RookFile: 11. a4 was a huge moment in the game. Petrosian might have figured that he could play ...Bb5 as Capa did:

Maroczy vs Capablanca, 1926

The 11. a4 move is very committal - it moves a pawn on the side of the board where white may be weaker. Can black play ...Nb3 at some point? Well, Fischer wasn't worried about it. He had answers for those possibilities.

The end result is that white was able to keep pieces on the board while still having a space advantage. That gave him great attacking chances.

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  RookFile: Fischer said that 13....g6 would have been a good defensive try for black.
Apr-17-16  DWINS: <RookFile: Fischer said that 13....g6 would have been a good defensive try for black.>

<RookFile>, You made the same comment on April 17, 2009 which is exactly 7 years ago to the day. Coincidence or is there something about this date that makes you think of this game? :)

In any event, Stockfish 7 prefers Petrosian's 13...Nh5 (0.18). It evaluates 13...g6 as (0.53).

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  RookFile: Pretty amazing coincidence. You're tactically alert for spotting that!
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  kevin86: Caged Tiger!
Jun-01-16  Timi Timov: Why did Fischer sacrifice a pawn by playing 17. O-O?
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  Petrosianic: How is 17. O-O a pawn sacrifice?
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  tamar: Win a pawn how?
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  RookFile: If black captures on e5 on move 17, 18. dxe5 unleashes a discovered attack on the b6 queen.
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  Petrosianic: All I can think is that Timi didn't see that after 17... Nxe5 18. dxe5 Black's queen is under attack.
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  Petrosianic: <Howard: The first time I ever saw this game was over 45 years ago in....Boys Life !

You can find the article simply by Googling "Bobby Fischer Takes Top Honor".

Read it ! Larry Evans, incidentally, comments on Petrosian's rather strange 17...Kf8 move.>

Yeah, I've seen that Boy's Life issue. As I recall, Evans thought that Black was afraid of white's attack after O-O. I think he also marveled that Black trying to scramble his King over to the Queenside at the end very nearly works.

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  zanzibar: The caption in G.Clayton's link:

says that this is Fischer's 2nd victory over the Russia's.

Yet the round number in the PGN says this is R1.2 (R1, board 2).

Also, the Evans' article:

gives this game, saying:


"The first game was the most dramatic. Bobby had not played a clock game for 18 months, and everybody was wondering if this would spoil his chess. Despite being rusty, Bobby played as well as ever. Petrosian made several mistakes, all of them instructive. ..."


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  diceman: <diceman: In the photo with the handshake, the position on the demonstration board
appears to be Polugaevsky vs. Hort.
(listed as round four, I have no idea if that’s actually correct) While it looks like TP has the black pcs,
they appear to be behind the clock.
(which indicates they were RF’s captured pcs.)

This would suggest the Fischer (white suit) photo is correct as round 1.

The handshake photo would be round 4.
(the final round could also suggest why the other players are watching, RF vs. TP was a relatively long game for the last round)

<keypusher: <diceman> good eye on Polu-Hort, but according to the official collection that game is from round 2. So maybe the caption is right after all.

Polugaevsky vs Hort, 1970 -- If it's confirmed that the picture is from round 2, would be nice to post it on the game page.>>

Jun-02-16  bellythekid: Good morning all.
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  zanzibar: Thanks <diceman> for the recap.
Jun-05-16  Timi Timov: petrosianic yes xD
Jul-25-16  andrea volponi: 19...g6!-Axg6 fxg6-Cxg6+ Rg7-Cxh8 Rxh8-f5 Ch5!=
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