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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Boris Spassky
Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1966), Moscow URS, rd 14, May-13
King's Indian Attack: Spassky Variation (A05)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  kevin86: Spassky unable to win despite two pawn advantage. For shame,Boris!
Jun-17-05  refutor: <IMLDay> you mentioned this game on chesstalk a while ago...any opinions on the soundness, or comments on the positional ideas behind 2. ...b5. it seems a little dramatic to me
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  IMlday: Towards the end of the match Spassky tried 1.d4 b5 which I was referring to as a nominee for most bizarre opening in a World match. After 1..Nf6 stopping e4 it is much more respectable. As I recall Karpov and Tal have both used it successfully. The idea is to stop c4.
Apr-05-08  Knight13: Spassky has proved that 2...b5 works, but the chess world is disinclined to adopt it and dismissed it as a "Nice Try" of Spassky trying to unbalance the game and go for a win.
Feb-20-09  sillybilly47: 2...b5? Interesting way to shake things up. I don't know if this was the best time and place for it. Spassky has picked up his game a notch. Playing over the games I now think that this match could have ended much differently. Spassky has had chances up to this point and has not taken advantage of them.
Nov-26-11  AnalyzeThis: This must have been frustrating for Spassky. It's about as as close as you can get to winning without succeeding.
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  wwall: Instead of 44.Bxd4, if 44.Bxe4+, then 44...Rxe4 45.Rxd3 Rxe3 46.Rxe3 (46.Qxe3?? Bxe3 47.Rxd6 Bxf4+ 48.Kg2 Bxd6 wins for Black) 46...Bxe3 47.Qxe3 Qxf4+ 48.Qxf4 gxf4 49.Kg2 Kg7 50.Kf3 Kf7 (not 50...Kf6?? 51.Kxf4 Ke6 52.Ke4 Kd6 53.Kf5 and White wins) 51.Kxf4 Kf6 and this should draw.
Sep-30-16  Aunt Jemima: 2...b5 and 3a4 are the kinds of off the wall crazy moves I play in blitz chess. One day I got sick of (losing! lol) all my openings and decided to play crazy chess. I was more or less just expressing my frustration by choosing crazy lines when I should have probably just stopped playing for the knight. But full of frustration and irritation I decided to "punch the wall" and play weird, crazy openings and I actually started winning games. I play a lot of three minute chess and I was gaining time on the clock in the early going. Plus, I realized that the openings didn't really matter that much because sooner or later both players have to just play chess. Getting out of book right away forces both sides to play chess and not just repeat well worn opening lines. So I find myself playing 1...b5 in response to 1c4. Or, if someone opens with 1f4 I respond with 1...g5 and make something of an unsound gambit out of it. I do better than I should. It's refreshing to see these kinds of moves played in this old match. It's a world championship and these guys are legendary. Nice to see some crazy chess at this level.
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