Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Vasily Smyslov vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Moscow (1971), Moscow URS, rd 5, Nov-29
Queen's Gambit Declined: Hastings Variation (D30)  ·  1-0


explore this opening
find similar games 34 more Smyslov/Petrosian games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You should register a free account to activate some of's coolest and most powerful features.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
May-20-04  Owl: Why does Pet resign. Wheres the win for Smylov???
Premium Chessgames Member
  crafty: 42. ♗e4 ♔h8 43. ♕h1 ♘d7 44. ♗xc6 fxg3 45. fxg3   (eval 2.13; depth 16 ply; 1000M nodes)
May-20-04  chessdr: The best I can come up with is that after 42. Be4 white will trade B and N for R and c6 pawn. The point is that it is a critical pawn (unlike white's g6 pawn), and a GM should be able to win the game with the c5 pawn.

In fact, it looks like black also loses the b5 pawn, e.g. 42. Be4 Nd7, 43. Nxc6 Rxc6, 44. Bxc6 Rxc6, 45.Qe2. If 42. ... Qd7 (to try to get the Q to b7 to save the b5 pawn), then 43. Nxc6 Rxc6, 44. Bxc6 Rxc6, 45. d5. Maybe best is 42. ... Qe8, 43. Nxc6 Rxc6, 44. Bxc6 Rxc6, so that after 45. Qe2 Qb8; but after 45. d5 exd5, 46. Qf3 white looks comfortable.

Anyway, I'm with you, I would have played on.

May-23-04  Ivax: Maybe petrosian lost because of time??
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: A thoroughly depressing position especially after <42.Be4>, but surely not yet hopelessly lost?

Earlier, <36... Rd7> 37. Nf3 Bf6 38. Bb1 Ree7; seems a more flexible arrangement for the defence.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Eisenheim: the finesse with the delayed capture on g6 blossoms into a tactical nightmare for pet.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Petrosian's only loss of the tournament. He went 10/17 (+4,-1,=12), tied Tukmakov for 4th. Also the highest score for a non-undefeated player.
Sep-30-16  ewan14: in my very humble opinion
Petrosian does not play the opening that well

Strange , did he want to take risks to beat Smyslov ?

who had a plus score against him

Dec-07-18  Nerwal: 15... b5 is very strange (15... b6 or 15... ♗d7 look normal). Now it's easy to say it, because engines show that ♘e5-c4-d6 doesn't really improve White's position.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Petrosian vs the World Champions Decisive Games
by visayanbraindoctor
Smyslov vs World Champions Decisive Games Petrosian
from Smyslov vs World Champions Decisive Games by visayanbraindoctor
Great Achievements
by Imohthep
Moscow 1971
by JoseTigranTalFischer
Moscow 1971
by suenteus po 147
Great Achievements
by Jaredfchess
Game 92
from Veliki majstori saha 22 SMISLOV (Marovic) by Chessdreamer

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC