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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Boris Spassky
Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Rematch (1969)  ·  Queen's Gambit Declined: Traditional Variation (D30)  ·  1/2-1/2
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  kevin86: What kind of bad luck it is for white to wind up with THREE rook pawns? That kind of luck (and Spassky's skill) led to Boris's win in the match.
Oct-27-06  ARubinstein: <kevin86> And it can even get worse... imagine getting saddled with FIVE rook pawns:

A Blees vs I Rogers, 1991

(check out Black's position around move 40)

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  Knight13: 45...Rb3+!! is really nice. And I like the way Spassky put his d and c pawns to maximum use!!
Oct-09-09  WhiteRook48: 45...Rb3+ just when you thought Petrosian won
Dec-31-09  Petrosianic: I seem to remember that White blew the win with 52. Kxb3, though I don't remember the analysis now.

Of course where Spassky got in trouble in the first place was with 43... Ke4 (Kc4 and he's just fine). I remember hearing that Max Euwe was so incredulous that he had them double check to make sure that the correct move had been transmitted. After 44. f3+, Black is in a mating net that he has to give up the exchange to escape.

Aug-20-14  Howard: So was there a forced win for Petrosian ?
Aug-20-14  Petrosianic: Yes, see previous comment. According to the match book, the unnecessary capture 52. Kxb3 lets the win slip by one tempo.
Aug-20-14  Petrosianic: I'm looking at it now. I believe the winning line is 52. Ra7 f4 53. Re7+, forcing the King in front of the pawn. Kf3 and now maybe 54. Kxb3. I think White is still on top here, though it's more difficult than I remembered, and Black may still have some resources. That was the general idea, though. Forcing the Black King in front of the f pawn.
Aug-20-14  Olavi: 19...g5!?
Aug-20-14  Olavi: With a nice possibility: 20.g4 h5 21.gxf5 g4 22.Nd4 gxh3 23.Qxh5 Qg7+ 24.Kf1 Qg2+ 25.Ke2 Rxe3+ 26.Kxe3 Qe4+ 27.Kd2 Qd3#.
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