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Mikhail Tal vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Moscow (1961), t, rd 3
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation (B18)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Aug-10-06  whatthefat: A real fighting game between these two, which is unusual. Tal's bold 9.Ng5 and Petrosian's still bolder reply 9...h6, tells an interesting story about the two players. Surely Tal was considering 10.Nxe6 - how could he not have been? At the very least, he wanted Petrosian to think about it, before playing Nh3-f4. He wanted to intimidate. Evidently Petrosian felt it to be unsound, likely after careful calculation, and Tal backed off.

With black castling queenside the game remained sharp, but in the end it was yet another draw between them.

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  plang: When I first started getting interested in chess one of the first games to make an impression was the game between Tal and Petrosian from the 1973 soviet championship. I real uncompromising, no-holds barred dogfight.
Aug-14-06  whatthefat: <plang>
The 1973 game (Tal vs Petrosian, 1973) is indeed a very strong display from Petrosian. Looking through their other games, I stumbled upon a most intriguing one:

Petrosian vs Tal, 1976
I've posted some analysis on the page.

Mar-18-09  khursh: This is a such crazy game that I wonder about existing analysis on it?

My title to this game:

Chess is solved:
solution # 1112226389759867723986235

PS Wish to be able to read Tal's and Petrosian's mind during the game :)

Jan-10-16  QueensConquerer: This was a good battle between the two. However, I still haven't seen Tal's daring style in any of the Tal Vs Petrosian games.
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  Benzol: <QueensConquerer> Have you seen this one?

Tal vs Petrosian, 1974

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