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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Viktor Korchnoi
Petrosian - Korchnoi Candidates Semifinal (1971), Moscow URS, rd 9, Jul-22
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1-0
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Jul-10-07  sanyas: Sometimes, horrifically cramped positions like the one Petrosian assumed in this game turn out to be tenable. This was not one of those times. Instead of the tactical miscue 21...♔h8? (Do not hurry!) Korchnoi should instead have played 21...♗c3, with a total grip on the position, which leaves him free to pursue various attacking ideas which should eventually prove decisive. In fact, it is quite a challenge to defend Petrosian's position after 21...♗c3.
Jul-10-07  Petrosianic: >>Mandatory reading.KORCH didn't "throw" anything.in the last hour of play petrosian would start kicking his leg under the table.>>

That incident is actually from their 1974 Candidates Match, not the 1971 one. You can read about it here (near the bottom):

http://www.chessdryad.com/articles/...

Dec-25-07  notyetagm: Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1971

GM Keene writes in his excellent book "Petrosian vs the Elite", on page 201, concerning this position:


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<As with so many of Petrosian's winning finales, the aesthetic aggregation of force in the centre serves as fitting testimony to his serene style.">

Jun-26-08  Ulhumbrus: 28...Qf7 prevents Nxc6 by pinning the N on d4 to the Rook on a2. 29 Rd2 unpins the N on d4 whereupon 28...Bd7 defends the c6 pawn.

Nov-22-08  Sem: Talisman, great quotes from the Korchnoi book, thanx!
Nov-22-08
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  stoy: Remember that Korchnoi & Petrosian played four candidates matches: 1971, 1974, 1977, & 1980 with Korchnoi winning the last three. They were apparently on good terms before the 1971 match but not in 1974. The 1977 match was the "Match of Hate". A wooden board was put between them to prevent kicking. Petrosian tried the same opening as in game 9 here with Korchnoi against Fischer in their candidates match: game 6 and Fischer was ready and crunched Tigran. Korchnoi's lifetime score against Petrosian is positive according to this database.
Nov-24-08  Sem: I love these stories. Years ago I read an anecdote about Petrosian. The Soviet team played the Danish team at a chess olympiad, and Petrosian's opponent was very much afraid of the Armenian grandmaster. He therefore tried to fix Petrosian with a hypnotic stare as soon as he had played his move. Petrosian's solution was to play a move instantaneously and then fix the Dane on his turn. The Danish position went from bad to worse and the Danish master now looked down at the board, while Petrosian kept staring at him. Guess who won.
Nov-24-08  slomarko: the Danish master?
Nov-24-08
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  Jim Bartle: If I were afraid of an opponent, I'd get him his tea, arrange his chair, ask him if he slept well...
Dec-01-08  Sem: Nice try, slomarko. Keep it up!
Dec-01-08
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  Zenchess: <Petrosianic> Link doesn't work.
Jan-09-09  hoppelstoppler: I agree to Sanyas who wrote:
"Korchnoi should instead have played 21...Bc3."
Possibly 21. b4!? was more accurate than 21. Re1...(?!)
Jan-11-09  talfan: Jim Bartle: If I were afraid of an opponent, I'd get him his tea, arrange his chair, ask him if he slept well...

That was funny.

Aug-09-09  totololo: Is it not this match that was arranged by the Russian government to let Petrosian to face Fischer? Do I miss something? Kortchnoi could play better then that.....
Aug-09-09  Lt.Surena: Pre-arranged? Do we sense Fischer's paranoid schizo syndrome in here? Bobby thought that Gary's games were also pre-arranged. Does Viktor still play with Marcozy thru a medium?

The fact is Tigran won more World Championships than Bobby and Vikor COMBINED. Get over it dude.

Nov-13-09  M.D. Wilson: Petrosian, Korchnoi and Fischer were all champions. Petrosian was the first player to defend the title by winning a match since Alekhine. Korchnoi is probably the strongest player, second perhaps only to Keres, never to become World Champion. Fischer, the greatest Challenger the game has seen, was head and shoulders above the rest of the world, but, for what ever reason, stopped playing. Could he have kept on playing great games and beating almost everyone? Probably. Would he have retained his aura of invincibility against the new super stars on the block, Karpov and Kasparov? Probably not; but hell, we missed some pretty interesting games, that's for sure.
Aug-13-11  Ulhumbrus: The move 22 b4! is the first of a group of moves, the third being the exchange 23 Bxc6!!
Nov-12-11  Ulhumbrus: The move 22 b4! is the first of a group of moves, the third being the exchange 24 Bxc6!!
Mar-01-12  ewan14: I believe it was Karpov who suggested the 1971 Korchnoi - Petrosian was pre - arranged ( per Kasparov )
Mar-01-12  ewan14: I have read one of Korchnoi's books and he does seem to be fair about most of his opponents

He admits it was a mistake to play the King's Indian Defence against Spassky in 1968 after he ( Korchnoi ) had brought the match back to 2 - 1

Mar-01-12  King Death: <ewan14> The KID was definitely not in Korchnoi's style and he made what I think of as a psychological miscalculation. He was very lucky (as he knew) to win the game against Spassky that brought him back to 1-2 in decisive games in the 1968 match.
Mar-01-12
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  Penguincw: Knight is going to be trapped.

42.♕e6 and it's cooked or else white checks on h6 followed by mate.

Apr-25-12  LoveThatJoker: What a great game!

LTJ

Aug-08-15
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  DrNyet: Some games from this match, including this one were annotated by Spassky in Chess Life & Review, Nov 1971, p 625. His notes for this game are not extensive, but seem to indicate lackluster play by Korchnoi.

After 8... Nec6 he writes (using the descriptive notation of the day instead of the algebraic text shown here): "Is Korchnoi thinking of developing the Queen Knight to f6? In that case the Knights reach the squares c6 and f6 in four moves instead of the possible two." After 15.Bc1: "While Korchnoi has no plan, Petrosian steadfastly improves the position of his pieces." 19...Rad8: "One gets the impression that Black is not coordinating his moves as a single entity."

It would be amusing if Spassky knew that the situation alleged by Karpov was true and was being a little sarcastic on the sly.

Apr-04-16
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  keypusher: <DrNyet: Some games from this match, including this one were annotated by Spassky in Chess Life & Review, Nov 1971, p 625. His notes for this game are not extensive, but seem to indicate lackluster play by Korchnoi. After 8... Nec6 he writes (using the descriptive notation of the day instead of the algebraic text shown here): "Is Korchnoi thinking of developing the Queen Knight to f6? In that case the Knights reach the squares c6 and f6 in four moves instead of the possible two." >

Fischer played ....Nec6 in a similar position later that year against Petrosian. Do you think he was trying to throw the game?


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Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971

Petrosian here took two moves to play e4, developed his QB to b2 then played it back to c1, and played Bf1-g2-f3-g4 and then moved it back to g2. That was all in the first 20 moves. Do you think <he> was trying to throw the game?

I'm with <Petrosianic> -- I think Korchnoi was trying to win, overextended himself and lost. Petrosian tried to get Fischer to do the same, but it didn't work.

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