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Lajos Portisch vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Petrosian - Portisch Candidates Quarterfinal (1974)  ·  Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Henneberger Variation (D63)  ·  1-0
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Feb-12-04  Everett: Somebody looking for a well-played game by Portisch? From move 23 on, you can't ask for much more
Feb-12-04  Everett: Can someone tell me what happens after 27...Rg8 28.Qe5+ f6 29.Qxf6+ Reg7?
Feb-12-04  zorro: maybe 30. Rxf5 intending 31. Rg5. If black plays ...Qc7 to defend the 7h rank even Re5 followed by e6 ecc. is possible
Feb-13-04  sacanimal: <Can someone tell me what happens after 27...Rg8 28.Qe5+ f6 29.Qxf6+ Reg7?> 30. Rd1 is crushing.
Feb-13-04  drukenknight: Indeed this is a great Portisch game! I thought I would never see one in my lifetime. Moves 17/18 could be improved on but other than that it's hard to find anything.

Everett: try 28 exf7 but 28...Rxf7 and Im not sure...

Feb-13-04  Resignation Trap: Portisch had an excellent record against Petrosian. In fact, Petrosian was unable to defeat Portisch in any of their games prior to this match.
Feb-20-04  Everett: Thanks sacanimal. 30. Rd1 is it.
Apr-23-04  Tigran Petrosian: Ouch!
May-22-04  Tigran Petrosian: Here's another one for Benjamin Lau's 1.d4! collection.
May-22-04  Benjamin Lau: Thanks yet again Petrosian.
May-22-04  Tigran Petrosian: No problem.
May-30-04  Tigran Petrosian: Do you guys llike this win or portisch's win over petrosian from 1967?
Jun-06-04  iron maiden: <TP>, I favor this game. The final combination just blew me away.
Dec-27-04  Whitehat1963: Beautiful finish indeed! This would make for a pretty difficult puzzle.
May-16-08  ToTheDeath: Petrosian liked to defend inferior positions but here it just didn't work.

29...Qa5 loses, 29...Qc5! would keep Black alive.

Instead of 29.Bh6? the move order 29.Qe5+! Kg8 30 Bh6 is immediately crushing.

May-27-08  Fast Gun: Not often you see Petrosian routed like this !!
May-27-08  euripides: 7...a6 was used a lot by Alekhine in his match against Capablanca, but he later said 8.cxd5 was good against it.

Portisch was something of a specialist in this line as Black including this mishap against Spassky:

Spassky vs Portisch, 1967

I guess the point of 8.c5 is that after a6 Black doesn't have the option of playing b6 cxb6 axb6 with a more solid pawn formation.

Nov-06-08  Ulhumbrus: <ToTheDeath: Petrosian liked to defend inferior positions but here it just didn't work. 29...Qa5 loses, 29...Qc5! would keep Black alive.

Instead of 29.Bh6? the move order 29.Qe5+! Kg8 30 Bh6 is immediately crushing.>

This suggests the question: What can White do after 29...Qc5 that he can't do after 29...Qa5? One possible thing is 30 Bf4 Rd5 31 Qg5. With the Black Q on d8, the White Q could be taken now. On 31...Qf8 32 Rc1 attacks the c4 pawn. On 32...Rc5 33 Rxc4! Rxc4 34 Be5+ Qf6 35 Bxf6 is mate.

Aug-15-14
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  SteinitzLives: 9. . . . . b6 creates the impression of Q side counterplay for black, but after a few moves it's clear that it has not happened. After white's 14 f4 and 15. f5, black's three pieces sitting on the b file seem dead-in-the-water-useless. Portisch with some good timing, space gains and calculation on the K-side, brings home the point very efficiently.

I think Portisch was in his prime at this point in his career, but Petrosian was still just way too strong in a match environment in too many ways, and with better team and second support for sure.

In reading the book of the San Antonio 1972 tourney (Church's Fried Chicken sponsored it) one of its authors wrote that Portisch did not travel with or use a second generally speaking.

What a glorious window of chess sponsorship opportunity was open but for such a brief moment thanks to the Fischer boom. A shame organizers and Fischer himself could not or would not jump in to get more sponsors to participate, and bring big money to chess.

Petrosian, Karpov and Keres all came to the U.S. to play in the San Antonio tourney, (which was rare, but there was a slight hope that Fischer might play in it). Kavalek would have played, but chose preparation for, and the Olympiad instead, maybe not a great choice, but understandable since there was hope Fischer would play on the Olympiad team too! Kavalek had committed to it, thinking that with Fischer possibly on the team, the U.S. had a real shot at a medal. This info. is per one of Kavalek's lectures in the D.C. metro area just a few years ago.

Portisch tied for 1st place in San Antonio 1972 with Petrosian and Karpov and it speaks so well of him. I will re-poste this last bit on the San Antonio 1972 page.


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