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Boris Spassky vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1966), Moscow URS, rd 5, Apr-20
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack. Fianchetto Defense (B14)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-28-09  sillybilly47: Hard to see how Spassky dropped this. Even in the endgame there were missed opportunities. Petrosian's rook puts up a great defense. Like a whirling dervish Petrosian moves it from post to post. Petrosian had skill, alittle luck and a little help from Spassky to split the point. Still tied. Best game of the match so far.
Mar-01-09  Maynard5: In response to Knight_13. 35. Nd3 is virtually forced in this position. Black is menacing 35. ... Bh3+ 36. Kg1 Bg4, with the dual threat of 37. ... Bf3 and 37. ... Rfh6, setting up a mating net in either instance. 35. Nd3 makes it possible to answer ... Bg4 with Ne5, controlling the critical f3 and g4 squares.
Mar-13-09  sillybilly47: In the long endgame Petrosian's Bishop is stronger than Spassky's Knight. At this level of play that is enough to save the game.
Mar-14-09  larsenfan: Anyone interested on this game can take a look at Crouch's book "How to defence in chess" where it is deeply analized. A great book indeed.
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Mar-14-09  Nietzowitsch: Great defensive skills by Petrosian
Dec-08-09  sillybilly47: Just went over the game with the Golombek-Clarke commentary. This game is even more amazing with their notes.
Dec-08-09  sillybilly47: The Bishops are a great defensive resource,Petrosian uses them to hold the position.
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  AnalyzeThis: Only a great defensive player like Petrosian holds this, everybody else loses.
Nov-26-11  ughaibu: How about a great defensive player like Maroczy? Was he one of those you had in mind?
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  AnalyzeThis: Actually, I was thinking of Petrosian.
Nov-26-11  ughaibu: What do you mean by "like" then? Like himself??

Anyway, do you think that Alekhine and Bogolubow used to chant "Maroczy, Maroczy, your Sicilian bind is poxy"?

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  AnalyzeThis: Well, Capa was another great defensive player, he's the other one who comes to mind who could held a passive position like this.

I have no idea what Alekhine was saying when he was slapping Maroczy around.

Nov-26-11  ughaibu: Wasn't Maroczy a respected amateur boxer? Slapping around was probably well beyond Alekhine's ambitions.
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  AnalyzeThis: That must be why Alekhine put 6 wins up the board against him. And Maroczy.... well, at least he showed up to play.

Geza Maroczy - the man with losing records against Steinitz, Laskser, Capablanca, and Alekhine. Chessmetrics studies this carefully and concludes was world #1.

Nov-26-11  ughaibu: As for what Alekhine said, and what Maroczy replied, see this game: Alekhine vs Maroczy, 1924
Nov-26-11  King Death: <AnalyzeThis: That must be why Alekhine put 6 wins up the board against him.>

Nobody else could have beaten Capablanca 6 times and there was one pundit who predicted that Alekhine wouldn't even win a game. He hadn't before Buenos Aires, just like Fischer never beat Spassky before 1972.

< And Maroczy.... well, at least he showed up to play. Geza Maroczy - the man with losing records against Steinitz, Laskser, Capablanca, and Alekhine. Chessmetrics studies this carefully and concludes was world #1.>

Yes, he was ranked number one by that system at that time (1906).

In 1906, Steinitz was dead, Lasker hadn't played in 2 years (which hurts him in the Sonas system), Capablanca was unknown outside of Cuba and Alekhine had played a few postal games at the tender age of 14.

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  Penguincw: Endgame Statistics

♔♖♗♙ vs. ♔♖♘

The superior side (white) wins 25.8% of the time.

A draw (as in this game) occurs 72.9% of the time.

The inferior side (black) wins 1.3% of the time.

In fact, here are the only two games where the inferior side gave their opponent the zero.

Averbakh vs Ragozin, 1948

J Dominguez vs M A Munoz, 2001

Nov-26-11  ughaibu: According to Suenteus Po 147's collection, the Ragozin game was drawn. But!!! it was a species of Maroczy bind.
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  AnalyzeThis: <Yes, he was ranked number one by that system at that time (1906).>

Of course! His was the triumph of activity over actual playing strength. The chessmetrics system rewards activity, even though in 1906 Lasker was head and shoulders above Maroczy.

Dec-05-11  King Death: < AnalyzeThis: 1906 Lasker was head and shoulders above Maroczy.>

Not to mention everybody else. Maroczy was a tough player then, but (just like Bogoljubov and Nimzovich) nobody ever confused him with being a serious threat to Lasker's throne.

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  Petrosianic: I doubt many people know much about Maroczy, except that he had a bind. He is, however, the top-rated player in every chessmetrics rating list from October 1904 through March 1907, so the onus of proof is on those who claim he wasn't a serious contender. "Bogo wasn't a serious contender, therefore Maroczy wasn't either" isn't really a serious contender in the Best Argument Championship.
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  AnalyzeThis: It must have been Maroczy's minus score against Pillsbury that made chessmetrics conclude Maroczy was stronger.
Apr-09-15  A.T PhoneHome: I like how these 1966 draws between Spassky and Petrosian were played out until there was nothing creative to do.
Sep-26-16  Aunt Jemima: After 25 Nd5, Black's position looks horrible. It looks like the kind of game I find myself in before I eventually lose to my much better opponent.
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