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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Boris Spassky
Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1966), Moscow URS, rd 6, Apr-22
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense (D40)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Apr-04-08  Knight13: Pre-arranged draw, possibly. if Boris wanted to fight he didn't need to take that Knight on c3.
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  sillybilly47: Yes. After the previous game a quiet draw is welcome for the champ.
Oct-24-11  AnalyzeThis: Well, when you're black and you have a chance to get a draw, you take it. Naturally, it was Petrosian was wanted to take it easy in this game. Ironically, Petrosian went on to win the next game with the <black> pieces in a stellar effort.
Sep-27-16  Aunt Jemima: No fighting spirit in this game at all. This is a world championship and these are supposed to be top competitors. Top competitors should have enormous amounts of competitive energy. It's not like this was game 33 and they needed a rest.

Nowadays someone like Carlsen plays out even looking endgames and oftentimes grinds out a win.

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  beatgiant: <Aunt Jemima>
Title matches in those days were twice as long as today, and how to pace oneself is an important part of the sport. But here's one by Carlsen from the last title match: Carlsen vs Anand, 2014
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  offramp: This was game 6. The first 5 games were also draws. The previous game was drawn in 79 moves and was very tough.

The game follows Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 until move 7.

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Euwe played 7...Nxd4. Spassky played 7...Nxc3.
When Petrosin castles he is offering a pawn.

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Black could have played 11...Nxd4.
But after
12.Qa4+ Nc6
13.Ne5 White would regain the pawn.

When he plays 12.Rb1 Petrosian decides to get rid of the pawn asymmetry, swapping his d-pawn for Black's b-pawn. The game is then as dead as Dick Laurent.

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