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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
"Petrificus Totalus" (game of the day Nov-15-2016)
Niksic (1983), Niksic YUG, rd 8, Sep-03
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bishop Attack Classical Defense (E48)  ·  1-0


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Jan-26-05  GreenDayGuy: After 28... QXQ,
29. Rff7 Rc8
30. Bb2, and the attack on the kingside will be too much to handle. Notice all of Black's pieces are on the queenside, unable to help to defend the king.
Apr-05-05  senbay: On move 26, Petrosian could have finished the game by playing Qf7+ then Qf8+ and mate next move. However, he played Rxe4. Did he miss it or am i missing something?
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  offramp: <> Perhaps black played 25...Qe6. Es and cs can look alike on a scoresheet.
Apr-05-05  senbay: ya, playing 25...Qe6 makes a lot more sense and definitely black played it. Good notice offramp.
Jan-09-08  Major Dude: I agree with Senbay. Petrosian could have finished the game with Qf7+ on 26.
May-25-12  LoveThatJoker: GOTD: The Tiger's Swan Song

This was Petrosian's last tournament win of his life, and IMHO, it is a powerful and brilliant game worthy of a True World Champion like Petrosian.

According to "Petrosian vs The Elite", 25...Qe6 was indeed the move played by Ljubojevic - I have submitted a correction slip on the matter.


Apr-25-15  A.T PhoneHome: You have to respect how strong Petrosian was even at this point of his career.

Then again, I think that after losing the World Championship he regained his old spirit. Maybe that's just me though.

That attack is so destructive!

Apr-26-15  Howard: Petrosian, unfortunately, didn't do very well in this tournament, though. He was dead less than a year later---his illness no doubt had an effect on his play here.
Apr-26-15  Howard: By the way, ATPhoneHome, Petrosian tied with Polugaevsky for first place in the 1969 Soviet championship (and won the playoff), which was held right after he lost his world championship title.

Petrosian remarked afterward that his victory here was partially due to the "burden" of being world champion now being lifted off his shoulders.

Funny thing...the same thing happened with Spassky after he was shellacked by Fischer in 1972. The following year, Spassky took clear first in the 1973 Soviet championship.

Sometimes being W.C. can be a liability.

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  offramp: <Petrificus Totalus> is a disease of the spheryagnum where the convexnor is abluted to the ariadnum, causing complete corporeal stasis.
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  al wazir: 27...Bc6 would have been an alternative defense, but it still loses: 28. Qa2+ Kh8 29. Rff7 Rg8 30. Be3 Nc4 31. Bd4, etc.
Nov-15-16  AlicesKnight: <offramp: <Petrificus Totalus> is a disease of the spheryagnum where the convexnor is abluted to the ariadnum, causing complete corporeal stasis> Multitudinous gratifactory antiphonal asseverations for your eludicatory extrapolation.
Nov-15-16  Raul Montanari: It was well said about Petrosjan that, when he was in his peak form, you couldn't predict at what point of the game he could switch from his usual Capablanca style to Tal style... I've noticed that great positional players' tactical skills are often underrated.
Nov-15-16  clement41: Entertaining Nimzo!
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  HeMateMe: latin for "petrified," describing the Petrosian boa constrictor style?
Nov-15-16  sid299792: <Petrificus Totalus> is also the name of a spell in Harry Potter
Nov-15-16  YetAnotherAmateur: <offramp> <AlicesKnight> <blunderclap> Y'all use your tongues prettier than a twenty-dollar ... opera singer.
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  kevin86: Two rooks on the seventh decide this one.
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  lost in space:
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  morfishine: "Lube job"

El Tigre really greased him



Nov-16-16  RandomVisitor: The whole 12...Qa5 and 13...Qa4 misadventure was likely not best. Perhaps instead

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+0.10/39 12...h5 13.Rb1 Na5 14.Qe1 cxd4 15.cxd4 Rc8 16.Ne2 b6 17.Nf4 Rc7 18.Qh4 Ba4 19.Bd2 Nc4 20.Qf2 Rc8 21.Rfc1 b5 22.Ra1 a5 23.Re1 g6 24.Bc1 Bb3 25.Qg3 Qd6 26.Rb1 a4 27.Qg5 Rc7 28.g3 Qc6 29.Qh6 Qd6 30.h3 b4 31.axb4 Qxb4 32.Re2 a3

+0.17/39 12...b6 13.Rb1 Qe7 14.Qd2 h5 15.Qf2 Na5 16.Nf5 Bxf5 17.Bxf5 Rad8 18.Bd3 Qc7 19.Re1 Re6 20.Qh4 Nc4 21.a4 Nd6 22.Rd1 cxd4 23.cxd4 Nc4 24.Qf2 g6 25.Re1 Kg7 26.Bb2 Rc6 27.Rbc1 Nxb2 28.Qxb2 Rc8 29.Rxc6 Qxc6 30.Bb5 Qc2 31.Qxc2 Rxc2 32.Re2 Rc3 33.Kf2 h4 34.Rb2 Rc1 35.g3 hxg3+

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