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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Boris Spassky
Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1966)  ·  Zukertort Opening: Kingside Fianchetto (A04)  ·  1/2-1/2
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May-27-04  drukenknight: Because it's still a draw only much longer and Boris was already late for dinner w/ Larisa. Now you see the difference between the master and amateur: The master knows when to eat!
May-27-04  zb2cr: D-Knight,

Okay, I'll go along with that. :-)

May-27-04  drukenknight: zb it looks like it still comes out draw; this line is slightly different w/ white grabbing anohter pawn or two, But, at the end white still has to go for perpetual else black will put the R on g8 w/ bad stuff to come.

36. Rxd7+ Kg8
37. Rg7+ Kh8
38. Rxc7+ Kg8
39. Rg7+ Kh8
40. Rxa7+ Kg8
41. Rg7+ Kh8
42. Rg1+ Kh7
43. Rg7+ Kh8
44. f3 Rfe8
45. Bd4 Re2
46. Rg1+ Kh7
47. Rg7+ Kh8
48. Rg1+ Kh7

May-28-04  zb2cr: D-Knight,
As I said, I'll accept your judgment about having to go for the perpetual sooner or later.

In the line you give, though, I think that Black should play 44 ... Rae8. It's more forcing, as the move you give allows White to play 45 Bxf4 instead of 45 Bd4.

Aug-22-05  ARTIN: This game is pretty good attacking game from Petrosian. My favorite though remains Petrosian Guimard.
Aug-22-05  Dres1: Petrosian vs Guimard, 1955 you were right, this game is definately good
Oct-23-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp:


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Great play by Petrosian; a wild position!


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Now white could win by 32.Qxd3 Bf5 33.Nxe5 Bxd3 34.Bd4 dxe5 35.Bxe5+ Kh7 36.Rg7+ Kh8 etc

Oct-23-05  ughaibu: How does that win?
Oct-23-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <ughaibu: How does that win?<according to Andrei Sokolov "32.Qxd3 Bf5 33.Nxe5 Bxd3 34.Bd4 dxe4 (34. ... Be4+ 35.Nf3+) 35.Bxe5+ Kh7 36.Rg7+ Kh8 when the bishop and extra pawns overcome the rook after 37.Rxc7+ Kg8 38.Rg7+ Kh8 39.Rxa7+ Kg8 40.Rg7+ Kh8 41.Rg3+ Kh7 42.Rxd3".>>
Oct-23-05  ughaibu: Yes, that's a lot of pawns for the exchange, though white's king looks a little uncomfortable after 42....Ra2
Oct-23-05  notsodeepthought: <offramp> On balance, I still think <ughaibu> has a point - I looked at your line but (assuming I kept track of the pieces on the board) black has 42 ... R:a2 which recovers a pawn and creates counterplay (threatening e.g. ... Rg8 and Ra1+). Not clear if there is a win for white.
Oct-23-05  notsodeepthought: Oh well, once again, I was too slow in posting...
Oct-26-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Well, after the rather long but more or less forced series of moves 32.Qxd3 Bf5 33.Nxe5 Bxd3 34.Bd4 dxe5 35.Bxe5+ Kh7 36.Rg7+ Kh8 37.Rxc7+ Kg8 38.Rg7+ Kh8 39.Rxa7+ Kg8 40.Rg7+ Kh8 41.Rg3+ Kh7 42.Rxd3, black does have 42...Rxa2, but after the simple 43.Kg2 I don't think there are any mating threats. This is the position:


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...I would call it, at the very least, very promising for white.

May-16-07  ivanov90: Why did Petrosian agreed the draw?
38.Rxd7+ Kg8 39.Rg7+ Kh8 40.Rxc7+ Kg8 41.Rg7+ Kh8 42.Rxa7+ Kg8 43.Rg7+ Kh8 44.Rg1+ Kh7 45.Rc1 Rxa2 46.Rxc2 f3 47.h4 Re8 48.Bg3 and good chances to win, IMHO
Sep-20-07  herrahuu: Nikolav: Maybe because after 38.Rxd7+ Kg8 39.Rg7+ Kh8 40.Rxc7+ Kg8 41.Rg7+ Kh8 42.Rxa7+ Kg8 43.Rg7+ Kh8 44.f3 Rfe8 45. Bd4 Re2 46. Rg1+ Kh7 47. Bxb7 Rxa2 48.Bd4 Rd2 49.Rg7+ Kh8 50.Rg2+ Rxd4 black has clear edge.


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If white plays 44.Rg1+ Kh7 45.Rc1 Rxa2 46.Rxc2 as you suggest, black can come up with: 46..Rf5 47.Bc7 f3 48.h4 b5 49.cxb5 Rxd5 50.b6 Rxh5 51.Kh2 Rxh3 52.Kg3 Rb4 53.Kxf3 Rxb2 54.Rxb2 Rxb2 which wins 5 pawns and a rook for black and 3 pawns and a rook for white.


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Oct-23-07  Petrosianic: He didn't agree to a draw. He was trying to get to Move 40, and in time pressure he overlooked the repetition. They didn't use the 3-move repetition in Soviet torunaments and as a result, Soviet players sometimes forgot about it in international events. Tal, in his book of the match, agrees it should have been a win for White.

Mar-01-08  timhortons: spassky in these game use the hippo set up right? it is what nakamura using against computer at icc
Apr-05-08  Knight13: <timhortons: spassky in these game use the hippo set up right?> What's "hippo set up"? This Spassky's set-up can go up against anything.
Apr-24-08  timhortons: <knight 13> i just read it from here, maybe we can call it spassky since it is only him as a world champion use these

http://www.chessville.com/reviews/H...

"A 1964 game between Spassky and Ujtekly, muses Martin, may well have been the spark that led Spassky to play the Hippo twice in his World Championship match against Petrosian in 1966."

Apr-24-08  timhortons: *spassky set up
May-24-09  WhiteRook48: a brilliant game!!
May-24-09  khursh: Close fight !!!
Oct-05-09  WhiteRook48: 29 Rxg7! 31 Nf3!! 33 Bd4!!!
Dec-28-09  sillybilly47: In their book on the match, Golombek and Clarke state that Petrosian missed the win due to acute time pressure.
Mar-27-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Petrosianic: He didn't agree to a draw. He was trying to get to Move 40, and in time pressure he overlooked the repetition. They didn't use the 3-move repetition in Soviet torunaments and as a result, Soviet players sometimes forgot about it in international events. Tal, in his book of the match, agrees it should have been a win for White.> That oddity may explain why
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 was drawn by the 3-move rule when Tigran had a very good position.
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