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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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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...
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  offramp: Well, after the rather long but more or less forced series of moves 32.♕xd3 ♗f5 33.♘xe5 ♗xd3 34.♗d4 dxe5 35.♗xe5+ ♔h7 36.♖g7+ ♔h8 37.♖xc7+ ♔g8 38.♖g7+ ♔h8 39.♖xa7+ ♔g8 40.♖g7+ ♔h8 41.♖g3+ ♔h7 42.♖xd3, black does have 42...♖xa2, but after the simple 43.♔g2 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.♖xd7+ ♔g8 39.♖g7+ ♔h8 40.♖xc7+ ♔g8 41.♖g7+ ♔h8 42.♖xa7+ ♔g8 43.♖g7+ ♔h8 44.f3 ♖fe8 45. ♗d4 ♖e2 46. ♖g1+ ♔h7 47. ♗xb7 ♖xa2 48.♗d4 ♖d2 49.♖g7+ ♔h8 50.♖g2+ ♖xd4 black has clear edge.

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If white plays 44.♖g1+ ♔h7 45.♖c1 ♖xa2 46.♖xc2 as you suggest, black can come up with: 46..♖f5 47.♗c7 f3 48.h4 b5 49.cxb5 ♖xd5 50.b6 ♖xh5 51.♔h2 ♖xh3 52.♔g3 ♖b4 53.♔xf3 ♖xb2 54.♖xb2 ♖xb2 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
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  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

"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.
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  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.
Dec-13-14  domradave: As Raymond Keene points out in his book on The Modern Defense, this is almost one of the greatest games ever played! Petrosian sacs the exchange on move 29 but can't find the correct follow-up. A shame!
Dec-15-15  MarkBuckley: In his notes to one of the WCC Hippo games, Tal comically cited a chess book which claimed that the opening is not used in serious games.
Sep-24-16  Howard: Kasparov confirms in MGP that Petrosian did miss a win here. Too bad, because he then would have had a three-point lead (and, remember, a 12-12 final score would have allowed him to retain his title) at that point.
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  RookFile: Don't cry too much for Petrosian, he won this match outright.
Sep-25-16  Howard: True! It was the first time since....1934 when a defending WC actually WON a match.
Sep-26-16  Aunt Jemima: 18.g4 forks the two knights but looks a little dangerous, yet I can't find a concrete refutation. If I were playing Spassky I would not play 18.g4 even if I couldn't see a clear refutation, but then again, if I were a world champion I may. With moves like 18.g4 we know from experience that it invites trouble but still, if there's no clear refutation it may be worth a bit of trouble.
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  RookFile: 18. g4 Ne3+ 19. fxe3 Bxg4 20. Be2 Qd7
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  RookFile: 18. Bd2 Bd7 19. g4 Nh4+ 20. Nxh4 Qxh4 21. gxh5 Qh3+ 22. Kg1 Qxd3
Oct-29-16  seeminor: 32.Qxd3 Bf5 33.Qe2 fxe3 34.Nxe5 exf2 35.Rg2
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