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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Paul Keres
Tbilisi (1946), rd 15, Apr-01
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Aug-23-07  wolfmaster: A quiet Keres draw.
Mar-04-09  Petrosianic: <wolfmaster> <A quiet Keres draw.>

A quiet, content-free comment.

Actually, the story behind this game is fascinating... Would you believe mildly interesting? This was played when Petrosian was 16. Keres was playing <hors concours> in the Georgian Championship, where he racked up an 18-1 score against the local stiffs, drawing only this game and one against Archil Ebralidze (a now largely-forgotten, but fairly well known in his day local chess trainer).

It was Petrosian's first classical game against a world class player, and also his first success, and he was so proud of it that he carried the scoresheet around with him everywhere... until he finally lost it.

Twenty years later, Keres, who saved all his games, gave him another copy of it. And no, I don't know why Petrosian carried his only copy of the game around everywhere, without making a backup copy. Maybe paper was in short supply in post-war Russia. (Goodness knows that Xerox machines were pretty scarce.)

Aug-28-11  ughaibu: It's difficult to believe that Petrosian couldn't have rewritten the score from memory.
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  JointheArmy: <ughaibu> My same exact thoughts.
Jul-03-14  Petrosianic: The story is from Vik Vasiliev's book. It doesn't say exactly when he lost it, or how long he had it, but yeah, that is a good question to ask. How much of it could he reconstruct?

I don't remember Keres' exact score in this tournament, but it was something enormous, like +18-0=2. It's amazing that as relatively minor a tournament as the Georgian Championship would be that long. If only we played that way today.

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  JointheArmy: <Petrosianic> Was it one game a day?
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<7th Georgian Championship 1946>

In Tbilisi (10 March - 11 April)

So no, not one game a day.

<Keres> won with +17 -0 =2.

<Petrosian> finished 5th with +10 -4 =5. He finished 2d among the Georgians, just half a point back of <Ebralidze>.

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