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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Ludek Pachman
"Petrofied" (game of the day Jan-03-09)
Bled (1961)  ·  Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  1-0
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Given 95 times; par: 32 [what's this?]

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Apr-30-11  kia0708: lovely comment from Fischr: <Now Petrosian is preparing for a very beautiful finish.>
May-02-11
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  alligator: I just revisited this game as I plan to show it in my chess classes. Looking through the comments made me realize how Petrosian is still a mystery.

Petrosian was excellent at calculating tactics, often winning world-class blitz tournaments. There is a whole book showcasing his tactical brilliance. If anyone is interested I will try to find the book info.

When playing other world class GM's Petrosian preferred safety first, since he hated losing and rarely did. One of his 'mentors' was Nimzovich, but Petrosian took "prophylaxis" to a new level. In many of his games it appears (to the uninitiated) that nothing is happening, because his plans are so subtle. Petrosian would often eliminate all counterplay before initiating an attack.

Fischer had great respect for Petrosian. Remember that Petrosian was the only player able to stop Fischer's amazing winning streak in the candidates cycle leading up to the 1972 world chamionship. Study Petrosian's games (ex in Clarke's book) and your chess understanding will reach a whole new level.

May-02-11  say it with a smile: Sadly none of the players (Petrosian, Fischer, Pachman, ..) are no longer with us. 60's was the golden age of chess.
May-02-11  Everett: Every decade is the golden age of chess. It's all good!
Jul-30-11  Mkhitar: Its interesting, as far as I know, Tal never had a chance to perform his stunning attacks on Petrosians King. The reason is not just because Petrosian was his friend:) And for Fisher also, ofcourse, Petrosian was more difficult opponent... Great respect to all these,indeed, GROSSMasyers!
Jul-31-11  bronkenstein: <AFAIK Tal never had a chance to perform his stunning attacks on Petrosians King> check Tal vs Petrosian, 1974 .
Jul-31-11  Mkhitar: O it was perfect, I haven't seen that game:)thanks bronkenstein.
Jan-07-12  Penguincw: I would say 19.? would be a good maybe Thursday/Friday puzzle.


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Apr-25-12  Llawdogg: A very beautiful finish.
Apr-25-12  LoveThatJoker: <Llawdogg> Most definitely agreed!

LTJ

Aug-06-12  backrank: I find it even more surprising than the spectacular finish how a player like Pachman could get into a positionally hopeless game only after a couple of moves, in a 'quiet' opening line! And it's not easy to spot Pachman's key error after which his game went downhill. 11 ... Nd4, however, looks kinda suspicious to me. 11 ... b6 seems more natural, although I would still prefer playing this position with the white pieces.
Aug-20-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF PETROSIAN.
Your score: 41 (par = 32)

LTJ

May-06-13  pradeep1143: such games to me are more like symphonies which you enjoy listening or playing again and again
Jun-29-13  Whitehat1963: Pachman forgot to swallow a few power pills.
Jul-12-13  GrandMaesterPycelle: Although Black's position is probably already somewhat problematic, 16...Bf6 looks really bad. Re8 seems far more reasonable, unless I'm missing something.
Jul-12-13  ughaibu: After Re8 white can play Bc7, threatening to take the a-pawn or play Nd6.
Aug-24-13  mulik: 18.Qxf6+!! immediately,<instead 18.Re4> is even better, since after 18.Re4 Nd5 19.Bxf8+, white is for sure winning but without the beautiful queen-sacrifice.
Aug-24-13
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  parisattack: I agree with <backrank> - As lovely as is the combination, of more interest is how black got into such a position so soon out of an *apparently* innocuous opening.

It seems hypermodern openings do often have a 'drop of poison' and one cannot make overly passive or careless moves. See also, Larsen-Spassky 1970 for the flip-side.

Aug-24-13  JoergWalter: up to move 10 this position can arise from sicilian b40 by transposition of moves. 1. Nezhmetdinov vs B Rabar 1-0 35 1964 Baku Intl Tt B40 Sicilian
Jul-31-14
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  Mating Net: "It is to Petrosian's advantage that his opponents never know when he is suddenly going to play like Mikhail Tal." Boris Spassky

Poor Pachman, he picked the wrong day to play Petrosian.

Oct-23-14  N.O.F. NAJDORF: To:Mkhitar:

Tal did win a spectacular miniature vs. Petrosian in a game played in the USSR in 1979, beginning with Bxf7+.

Haven't been able to find it online.

Oct-23-14  N.O.F. NAJDORF: How about this?

Tal vs Petrosian, 1975

Oct-23-14  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I have found the game.

It was played in 1974, not 1979 and Bxf7+ was the final move.

Tal vs Petrosian, 1974

Oct-23-14  jvv: 18. Qxf6 wins too.
Oct-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: I don't often say it.... but this is one great great game.
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