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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) Tiger Trap
Board #2 of the USSR vs Rest of the World match, Belgrade, 1970.


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Apr-17-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: In a losing effort, Petrosian did a good job here of trying to confuse the issue. The worst thing is to simply go down the expected road without putting up a fight.
Apr-23-13  Everett: <Petrosianic: <And of course, Fischer never again beat him.> Partially because Fischer never again played him.>

Which is the reason Tal never beat Fischer again. No fault of Tal's, of course.

Jul-22-13  leka: The basic rule move your knights before bishops.Lasker Fischer showed you can move like 4.Bd3.But one thing is for sure i bet all the others chessplayers than Petrosian had moved 9..g6 Fischer´s his bishop and Queen hitting against the pawns structure f7 h7 g6
Jul-29-13  Zugzwangovich: <GrahamClayton: Photo of the players shaking hands after the game> Evidently correct. Taimanov reported Fischer was 30 minutes late for this game; if so the photo at the top of this page has to be from Game 3 of the mini-match and this one has to be from Game 1 as you assert. The "Fischer's second victory" caption is obviously wrong.
Jul-31-13  Zugzwangovich: <GrahamClayton: Photo of the players shaking hands after the game> The caption notwithstanding, the player identified as "Hort" does not look anything like Vlastimil Hort IMHO. I believe it may be Klaus Darga.
Aug-01-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: < RandomVisitor: Perhaps 12...Nh5 was better...>

Two knights on two rims deserve two trims.

Aug-01-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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)

Obviously, if LP vs. VH wasn’t in round 4, all bets are off.

Aug-01-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

cg.com -- If it's confirmed that the picture is from round 2, would be nice to post it on the game page.

Aug-01-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <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.)>

The picture with the demonstration board
Shows the start of a game; a handshake.
Is it Polugaevsky versus Hort?
Round 4. Is all that fake?
And Tigran is playing white:
Captured pieces to his right.

Aug-01-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: <keypusher: <diceman> good eye on Polu-Hort>

Just to show you how ridiculous these things can be.

Here’s one (from this event) which they laughably call the Candidates match.

http://www.echecs-photos.be/BobbyFi...

Aug-01-13  Zugzwangovich: <diceman: This would suggest the Fischer (white suit) photo is correct as round 1.> Or round 3. If it's from round 1 then Taimanov's claim that Fischer was 30 minutes late for that game is likely not correct.
Aug-01-13  Zugzwangovich: <diceman: This would suggest the Fischer (white suit) photo is correct as round 1.> Another photo from the collection you posted yesterday confirms that it is from round 1. Taimanov's memory was faulty.
Dec-08-13  davide2013: LOL Fischer beats Petrosian like a patzer! It was clear that he was really above and beyond the Russians. Petrosian was opened like a can of sardines, and everybody praised him as the master of prophylaxis, well he couldn't prophylax Fischer!
Dec-08-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Amazing game. Imagine Fischer could crush Petrosian with something as supposedly tepid as the C-K exchange variation.
Aug-03-14
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  Reisswolf: Can someone please explain why Petrosian did not castle? Is there an immediate refutation?
Aug-03-14
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  HeMateMe: I remember playing through this game, reading a book about the '72 Fischer/Spassky match. In the first portion of the book the author looked at key games played by both men, and there was a long line mentioned here in which leaving the black king on e8 was unsafe, or would lose material.
Oct-17-14
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  PhilFeeley: <Can someone please explain why Petrosian did not castle? Is there an immediate refutation?>

It appears that castling would have been better. I only have Fritz 6, but it doesn't see an immediate refutation.

Can anyone explain 17...Kf8?

Oct-17-14  Retireborn: There's nothing wrong with 17...0-0; he may have been afraid of a K-side attack with 18.f4 followed by g4, but it's difficult to see that ...Kf8 is any better in that respect! I expect it was just a random attempt to confuse Fischer and/or provoke him into playing wildly.
May-04-15
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  thegoodanarchist: These guys were 2nd board. I know for "Rest of the World" that Larsen was first board.

I assume, but do not know for sure, that Spassky was board 1 for the USSR due to being the World Champion at the time (1970)

May-04-15
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  keypusher: <I assume, but do not know for sure, that Spassky was board 1 for the USSR due to being the World Champion at the time (1970)>

Yes, and won a famous miniature. But they tied overall +1-1=1. Stein substituted for Spassky in Round 4 and lost.

Larsen vs Stein, 1970

So the Rest of the World won both of the two top boards.

May-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Petrosianic: The Rest of the World won on the top FOUR Boards.

<Stein substituted for Spassky in Round 4 and lost.>

Spassky blundered badly, and lost a drawn game in Round 3. I assume that Stein substituted to make sure that Spassky wouldn't be beaten (although who knows?). I believe that the second alternates, Bronstein, and Herr Darga never got to play.

Jan-08-16  Joker2048: Beautiful mate...
This is Mr Robert James Fischer$$$
Jan-09-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: Petrosian lifted his King as if to castle but then it dropped out of his fingers on F8, hence castling was then negated.
Jan-09-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Apr-17-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Bobbby, we hardly knew 'ya.
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