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Svetozar Gligoric vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
URS-YUG (1973), Tbilisi GEO, rd 1, Nov-??
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Spassky Variation (D87)  ·  1-0


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  JoeHolmok: Petrosian's pawns at move 28 are really out of character for him. It's no wonder this was the second and last time he tried to play the Gruenfeld himself. Regarding the Gruenfeld while he had the white pieces, well, that's another story.
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  JoeHolmok: And of course this pays homage to the great Svetozar Gligoric, who sadly passed away this past Tuesday. May he rest in peace.
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  brankat: Yet another fine Gligoric's game. Although the overall score (classical games) between the two was in Petrosian's favour: +11 -8 =19. there were very few players who managed to beat Tigran 8 times. Some of Gligo's most memorable games were against Petrosian, particularly a couple of KID games.

In this one Petrosian didn't treat the opening well, and was practically lost after move 17.

Aug-16-12  RookFile: Needed a lot of skill here. Petrosian's c pawn could have become very dangerous, but Gligoric did not give him a chance.
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  brankat: Actually one of the two game I had in mind was a Benoni. And Gligoric was always notoriously deadly against the Benoni. This one Gligo did win in a spectacular fashion.

After a poor showing in the 1953 Candidates Gligoric was thinking of quitting Chess. This particular game made him change his mind!

Upon Petrosian's resignation there was a wild standing ovation in the playing hall, so the arbiters had to empty, literally so, the hall, so the other games could resume.

Gligoric vs Petrosian, 1954

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  brankat: This is the KID game I was thinking of. In this one Tigran got clobbered like it was a "Demolition Derby" :-)

Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1970

And a piece of trivia. After T.Petrosian had won the title of the World Champion in 1963, the first game he lost was vs Gligoric! 1st Piatigorsky Cup, 1963.

Jun-29-13  csmath: These two were playing a lot of decisive games which is somewhat of a rarety for Petrosian.

Petrosian, man that could always find a draw could not find

18. ...Qb4!
19. Nf4 Qxc4
20. Nxg6 hxg6
21. Qxg6

and now 21. ... e5 closing the rank and forcing white to take perpetual.

I guess

19. Qf3!

might have been something Petrosian overlooked, nice quiet move and

19....e5? does not work because of nice checkmate in two moves.

Of course 19. ...c2! is really hard to find but 19. ...Rf8 was surely better than 19. ...h6?

Nice tactics with attack and pretty game overall.

Jul-20-15  Albion 1959: Gligoric's last win against Petrosian. At this point he actually held a plus score of 8/7 !! However, during their final nine games Petrosian won four and went onto hold an 11/8 score:
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