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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Robert James Fischer
Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966), Santa Monica, CA USA, rd 18, Aug-15
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Lesser Simagin (Spassky) (E62)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jun-23-06  babakova: I thought maybe white could try the classic trap the bishop pawn push 26.b3 which would lead to some interesting complications after 26...Qb6! I would however think this is what Fischer wanted Petrosian to play, so Tigran decided against it.
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  Ulhumbrus: Petrosian says in his notes to the game in the book of the tournament (amongst other things) that Fischer plays 10...Bc8 instead of 10...Bd7 so as to keep the square d7 clear for the Nf6, because with a White N on d3 it is very important for Black to oppose the White N with a N on d7.
Jun-07-11  joelsontang: 10... Bc8 - Lou Hays's Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion says 10...Bc8! with the idea of ...c6 and ...b5, then if 17.dxc6 then 17...bxc4 and Ba6 with an active bishop.

26...Rb8 - Petrosian says Fischer characteristically selects the best move.

27. Qxd8 - Petrosian says he was didn't have much fighting spirit left as he didn't feel too satisfied with his performance in the tournament, so 27. Qxd8 he says was as good as offering a draw. He says if white wanted to play on, he should have played 27. Qe2. (But I think Black gets too much activity with 27...Qd5, forcing white to be passive with 28.Bf1 Would black find it harder to defend with 27.Qe2?)

Jan-10-15  zydeco: Interesting to see how Spassky and Petrosian kept Fischer in check in 1966. Fischer plays very directly, and Spassky and Petrosian are both very slick -- anticipating Fischer's plans and rerouting the game into quiet channels. Spassky exchanges queens into an easily drawn endgame. Petrosian sees that Fischer is breaking across the board with ....f5, ....c6, and ....b5. Petrosian quietly strengthens his center with 15.f3 and 16.Rc1 and then starts to go after black's weakness -- the d6 pawn -- with 20.Nb4.

Petrosian felt that he would have had a good long-term advantage with 27.Qe2 but didn't want to risk his luck by playing for a win.

Aug-26-16  ewan14: What should white play ?

Thanks in advance

Sep-01-16  ewan14: Sorry

What should white's. 29th move be. ?

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