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

Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Vladimir Savon
12th Soviet Team-ch final A (1972), Moscow URS, rd 2, Mar-09
English Opening: Anglo-Slav Variation. General (A11)  ·  1-0
ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 12 times; par: 63 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 3 more Petrosian/Savon games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" button below the game.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-04-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: Purely accidental.

Actually I have a question about Savon. He apparently was quite a strong player, but rarely played in the West. Was he out of favor by the Soviets, or considered a security risk, or risk to defect?

Feb-04-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: It seems that Savon was treated the same as many other strong soviet grandmasters in not getting the opportunity to travel including Yuri Balashov, Semyon Furman, Aivar Gipslis, Ratmir Kholmov, Nicolai Krogius, Gennady Kuzmin, Anatoly Lutikov,Alexei Suetin, Vladimir Tukmakov, Evgeny Vasiukov etc
Feb-04-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: When Vladimir A Savon won the USSR Championship in 1971 he was only an IM. He was from Chernigov a small country settlement in the Ukraine and only learnt to play chess when he was thirteen years old. These factors probably told in the selection as to who was getting the nod from the Soviet Chess Federation for foreign tournament invitations. When he won the USSR Championship in 1971 he was included in the squad for the Skopje Olympiad in 1972. His score in eight games there was (+3, =3, -2). He did eventually become a GM (in 1973) but was over thirty years old by that time. I think profile had a lot to do with it.
Feb-04-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: Thanks, both. A lot of the names Plang mentions I'd never heard until I read Tal's autobiography, where he shows a lot of respect to some of these players.

Of course with the collapse of the USSR and the waves of ex-Soviet players invading the western tournaments, we saw how many outstanding players had been trapped inside the USSR.

Feb-04-06  euripides: The limited international opportunities also reflect the fact that invitations issued to Soviet players never matched the strength of chess there. This was true not only of privately organised tournaments but of the Interzonal and Candidates' tournaments. The Soviets got about four out of 24 places in the interzonals, when they had more than half the players in the world of the requisite strength, and their numbers in the Candidates were restricted after 1962. Tournament organisers also seem mostly to have gone along with the allocation of places by the Soviet federation.
Feb-04-06  ughaibu: I think the numbers in the candidates were restricted 1956-1965 inclusive.
Feb-04-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: So a Russian championship might have been a tougher event than an Internzonal in that period?
Feb-04-06  euripides: <Jim> In principle, the Soviet championships could be stronger than the Interzonal, but it depends who was playing. The interzonals didn't include the world champion, the previous challenger, or the previous candidates' runner-up; so e.g. in 1970 it didn't include Petrosian, Spassky or Korchnoi - nor Keres, who had retired from the world championship cycle: nor Tal, who got eliminated at the zonal stage. Also, the interzonals often included players from weaker zones who might well not have got into the Soviet Championships. But I think the Soviet Championships were rarely full-strength either. Of course the best players in the Interzonals were usually very strong - to win the interzonal in 1970 one would have had to come in ahead of Fischer at his peak.

I think there was a separate, and weaker, Russian championship.

Feb-04-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: Thanks. I'd just add that the point of an Interzonal was not to win but to qualify for the candidates.

I remember one year Paul van der Sterren played beautifully in the Interzonal, came in first, and was rewarded with a first-round match with Kamsky, where he was quickly dispatched.

Here in Peru--admittedly a steps down the ladder--the players all say that the Lima qualifier is always much tougher than the natl. championship itself, since almost all the best players live in Lima.

Feb-04-06  ughaibu: To get an idea of how difficult it was for Soviet players to reach the interzonal. The top three qualified. (Geller later replaced Botvinnik in the candidates.)

Zonal tournament Moscow 1964
1 Spassky 7
2 Stein 6
3 Bronstein 6
4 Kholmov 6
5 Suetin 5
6 Korchnoi 5
7 Geller 5
Surely one of the strongest tournaments of the 60s.

Feb-04-06  ughaibu: Tal and Smyslov also played in the interzonal, Amsterdam 1964, I dont know how they qualified. The top six places at the interzonal were taken by the five Soviets, plus Larsen. Bronstein and Stein were then eliminated by FIDE's restriction on the number of Soviets in the candidates. Now you know how silly it is when people talk about "Soviet control" of chess or similar.
Apr-09-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  sackman: Archetypal Petrosian - no-fuss strangulation with no counter-play for his opponent.
May-28-12  birthtimes: Notice how beautifully Petrosian's pawns at e5 and f4 make Black's dark-squared bishop a bad bishop!!! Petrosian then takes advantage of Black's queenside dark-squared weaknesses induced by 11.a5 a6. The Master at work!!!
Jun-17-12  King Death: <Jim Bartle> When Anatoly Lein and Leonid Alexandrovich Shamkovich came to the United States in the 1970s they were very strong players here that had just gotten lost in the shuffle when they played behind the Iron Curtain. These were players that did well to make plus scores in the Soviet championships and I doubt that they were ever in the top 10 in their country. Life here was a lot better for them though.
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 Chessgames.com, 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 page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Volume 13 - 9th Place - 26 pts. (1)
from Chess Informant: 640 Best Games - Part 2 by TheAlchemist
Power Chess - Petrosian
by Anatoly21
Later Study
by fispok
Game 129
from # Chess Informant Best Games 101-200 by Qindarka
Chess Informant Best Games 1
by koinonia
Chess Informant Best Games 1
by Nimzophile
Chess Informant Best Games 1
by Olanovich
Outstanding strangulation
from Petrosian's unbelievable mastery by arsen387


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