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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Robert James Fischer
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 6, May-10
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Panno (E84)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  ray keene: i think petrosian stands much better in the final position eg

be3 qd8
bxh6 bd4+
be3 qxh4
bxd4 qxd4+
qe3 re8
qxd4 rxe1+
kf2 cxd4
kxe1 with a probably winning ending for white--any views?

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  IMlday: Maybe Petrosian expected 26.Be3 Re8 when 27.Qxa5(?) Rxe3 28.Rxe3 Bd4 with ..Qe7 coming looks scary. But 27.Bf2 Ra8 28.Re2 looks better for White, if hard to win.
Sep-29-05  Anatooly Homedepotov: White's big space advantage versus Black's weak a-pawn that needs constant guarding and his useless QB and considering Fischer was a callow youth playing a seasoned veteran, I would have kept playing if I was Petrosian.
Sep-07-07  Pragmatist: It is a nice line GM Keene, but I don't understand why black would voluntarily create the d4 weakling. Instead of Re8 in your line, just:

Qxe3 Rxe3

and black has a much better bishop, but the position should still be a dead draw since white can create a fortress with K on e3 and move his pawn to g3 and keep his bishop on b1-h7 diagonal.

Sep-07-07  Petrosianic: <any views?>

It (combined with the draw in Round 27) can only prove that Fischer was part of a plot to draw most of his games with Petrosian. (Either they agreed on a -1 differential, or Petrosian betrayed him in Round 13).

But seriously, folks, it jibes with Petrosian's tournament strategy, as discussed in Tigran Petrosian: His Life and Games; to hang in with the leaders, not to take the lead too early and draw the fire on himself, and to avoid any exhausting spurts like the one that did Korchnoi in. This early in the tournament, and with a +1 score, he wasn't willing to wear himself out in a long game against Fischer.

Sep-27-10  franciscoiturrieta: hmm petrossjan just a microscopic adventage anymore!!
Sep-27-10  fab4: Is this at Curacao ? Where Petrosian had 'free' games against Geller and Keres, but could utilize this and throw the proverbial kitchen sink at the rest ( army of soviet GM lackies) ? ..whilst 'the rest' had to fight Keres and Geller straight up ?
Sep-27-10  Lt.Surena: Bobby LOST 7 games in Curacao. He even lost to the lowely Benko. Bobby might have sat on David Bronstein's lap to cry (one more time) but David didn't make it to the islands. Go Figure !

Bobby could have barricaded himself with
bags of oranges in a cheap motel but that's for some other time ;-)

Sep-27-10  fab4: <lt. Surena>

Are you on drugs?

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  whiteshark: For a corr.player that's a fun thing to play the final position on.
Nov-08-11  AnalyzeThis: This does appear to be a vintage Petrosian position where he can play all day for a win. You certainly can't fault Fischer for taking a draw here, but why Petrosian did seems strange.
Jan-25-19  Howard: Yes, Black was certainly in a tight spot during this game--and still was at the very end.
Jan-25-19  Petrosianic: <ray keene: i think petrosian stands much better in the final position eg

be3 qd8
bxh6 bd4+
be3 qxh4
bxd4 qxd4+
qe3 re8
qxd4 rxe1+
kf2 cxd4
kxe1 with a probably winning ending for white--any views?>

I don't see why Black has to weaken the pawn structure at all.

If 26. Be3 Qd8 27. Bxh6, can't Black just play an immediate Qxh4, instead of Bd4+? That seems almost equal.

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