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Boris Spassky vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Rematch (1969), rd 5, Apr-23
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Exchange Variation (D41)  ·  1-0
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Jul-29-04  Spassky69: The defensive genius fails to find 27. g6! 28.Rxd8 Qxd8 29.Qxb5 Qc7 30.Re8 a6 31.Qb4 Qc1+ 32.Qe1 Qxe1+ 33.Rxe1 which holds out longer than 27. Nb7?? which has a tactical refution of 28. Nc6!
Aug-05-04
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  kevin86: White's position is so strong,that to give up the queen would be a "bag of shells".
May-15-05
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  Gypsy: < Spassky69: The defensive genius fails to find 27. g6! 28.Rxd8 Qxd8 29.Qxb5 Qc7 30.Re8 a6 31.Qb4 Qc1+ 32.Qe1 Qxe1+ 33.Rxe1 which holds out longer ....> The final position is a clear win for White, isn't it? Black has no decent play after 34.Re8. (The more cautious 30.g3 should also win.)
May-15-05
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  Gypsy: M. Filip gives this thematic variation: <If 27...b4, then 28.Re8! Qxd4 29.Rxf8+ Rxf8 30.Rxf8+ Kxf8 31.Qc5+!! Qxc5 32. d8Q#. The pawn promotion would have been a fitting conclusion of White strategic conception.>
Sep-08-06  whatthefat: This is a really impressive, deep game from Spassky.
Apr-06-08
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  Knight13: Anyone wanna conclude 18...Bxd5 as a mistake? But 19...Qc2 20...Qxa2 sure is too greedy, and Petro paid the price for it with his resignation.
Apr-07-08  mistreaver: <Anyone wanna conclude 18...Bxd5 as a mistake?> Yes i agree that is totaly unnecesary giving his opponent fierce passed pawn
Sep-03-08
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  notyetagm: Game Collection: Garry Kasparov's On My Great Predecessors Vol. 3: Game 76

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969

Petrosian-Spassky World Championship Rematch 1969 Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Exchange Variation (D41) 1-0

May-29-09  totololo: I think that this is THE GAME that FIscher had in mind in all the games in his match with Petrosian in 1971 . Most of his wins occured from a passed pawn d or h. I think that he understood that Petrosian can defend very well his King ( see Kasparov learning the story) but had difficulty with tactical play related to passed pawns...
May-30-09  AnalyzeThis: Well, Fischer certainly had this game in mind in his preparations for his match against Spassky, also. He took the black pieces there and improved upon Petrosian's play:

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972

May-30-09  WhiteRook48: 29 Nxd8!!!
Jun-01-09  totololo: < AnalyzeThis> Yes you a right TY I forgot that game....
Jul-25-09  WhiteRook48: not like a champion
Apr-13-12
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  whiteshark: <30.Nc6> and Spassky took the lead.
Apr-23-12
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  Robyn Hode: Too much central dominance.
May-14-12  LoveThatJoker: Cool game by the soon-to-become WC Spassky here!

LTJ

May-28-12  sevenseaman: Petrosian in the coils of a python!
Jan-15-13  leka: I believe the mistake was 15. exd5?? better might be 15..knight a5 16.dxe6 queend2 17.exf7 or after 26..b4 27.g3! or 27.rook e8 knight c6 28.knight b3 queen c4!!!! Korchnoi tought that the mistake was 16...knight a5? Korchnoi 16..queen e7 then 17. h4! or 17.Queen f4!?
Feb-21-13  aficionadoX: @Spassky69: What about 27. .. g6 28. Nd6 ??
Feb-21-13  Garech: Spassky Superb!

-Garech

Feb-26-14
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  Eisenheim: This should be a GOTD - Taming the Tigran?
Apr-16-15  m.okun: Atypically for Petrosian.
Mar-07-16  capafischer1: spassky's best games are a thing of beauty. He just pushes his passed pawn down the board while petrosian gobbles the useless b pawn. Then, he coordinates his pieceses beautifully and wins in style by sacrificing his queen.
Mar-07-16
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  morfishine: Positively Exquisite
Apr-27-16  Howard: Kasparov does point out in MGP that Spassky almost botched the win at one point, but Petrosian failed to see his chance to draw the game. Once those two moments passed, Spassky didn't make any more mistakes after that.
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