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Garry Kasparov vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Banja Luka (1979), Banja Luka BIH, rd 1, Apr-??
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jul-12-05  azaris: 14. d5!? and 15. g4 looks like a bizarre way of playing the Ruy, but the point is that almost all black pieces are terribly passive and have no good squares to exploit. Of course Garry knew he would not out-Petrosian Petrosian himself so perhaps wisely offered a draw.
Jul-12-05  Snow Man: Where does theory end in this opening?
Jul-12-05  notyetagm: <azaris: 14. d5!? and 15. g4 looks like a bizarre way of playing the Ruy, but the point is that almost all black pieces are terribly passive and have no good squares to exploit.>

No, these moves are a standard <prophylaxis> in this type of pawn structure against a Black ... f7-f5 pawn break. This idea is discussed in the notes to Tarrasch vs Showalter, 1898 in Chernev's Most Instructive Games Of Chess book. After White has played 14 d5!? and 15 g4, Black will have great difficulty getting any play in the center or on the kingside.

Aug-07-05  who: At least in the database Petrosian is always saddled with black against Kasparov. Hmm.
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  Benzol: <who> Just checked "Games Of Tigran Petrosian Vol 2" and in his five meetings with Kasparov Petrosian was Black in every game. Their scores are two wins each and one draw.
May-29-06  RookFile: Wow, 15.... h5 is really sharp. I never would have played that, but Petrosian has no problems getting a draw with it here.
Jun-01-09  ewan14: Hi Benzol

Could you provide more information on '' Games of T.P. Vol 2 '' please ?

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  NeverAgain: It's "The Games of Tigran Petrosian: Vol. 2 1966-1983" by Eduard Shekhtman.

Volume 1 (1942-1965, garnered a rare positive review from Edward Winter:

Feb-24-16  Howard: Still remember seeing both of those Petrosian volumes in an Ann Arbor bookstore, back in 1992.
Feb-24-16  Howard: Last time Kasparov and Petrosian met OTB was at a Yugoslavian tournament in late 1983. It was also Tigran's last tournament--he was gone less than a year later.
Aug-23-18  Retireborn: I found six Petrosian games with this variation (13...Nc4) and he drew all six, against Tal, Korchnoi, Ljubojevic, Karpov, Kasparov, and Velimirovic.

Evidently he found it a solid way to play against fearsome opponents!

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