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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs John A Peters
"Recastling" (game of the day Jun-27-13)
Lone Pine (1976)  ·  English Opening: Symmetrical. Fianchetto Variation (A34)  ·  1-0
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Dec-23-03  humblespirit: exodus of the king. truly inspired.
Dec-23-03  AdrianP: Not a million miles from Kasparov vs X3D Fritz, 2003
Dec-23-03  Resignation Trap: Successful King walks are nothing new to Petrosian. Look how he handled Bobby in 1959:

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959

Dec-23-03  excmo: It seems like Petrosian was an expert on long king walks: Petrosian vs Unzicker, 1960
Jan-18-04  Orcinus: One of the beauties of chess is that unlike hockey the goal of chess (the king) is mobile. It's mobility can change the nature of the positon and it's strategy and make it fluid. I don't pretend to know all the subtleties involved in the kings roaming, I find using the backward e2 pawn to help the king interesting.
Jun-22-09  pom nasayao: Post Game Analysis: Black played dangerouslu after the move 49. .. Re5. However, after 49. ..Ba2 (or Bb3), White's move might be 50. Qf5+ g6 51. Qf6 with imminent mate.
Nov-30-10  Tigranny: Wow! 10 straight knight moves!
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  Gilmoy: <Tigranny: 10 straight knight moves!> Which suggests that the rest of Black's pieces are tied down. Black isn't in zugzwang, since he can do small K walks of his own, but he can't improve anything.

Hence White had the time for his own K walk. Note how White's K-side pawn creep gradually take squares away, and allow the Bf4 to retreat. That's an insidious deviation of the usual pawn storm as demolition: here it's a glacier to constrict.

White's N was even better: <5.Nf3 12.Ne1 13.Nd3> and then 37 straight <non-knight moves>.

Premium Chessgames Member Petrosian can teach us something about patience and maneuver. Nice blockade on d3 in addition to the king walk.
Jun-27-13  LoveThatJoker: Here is a a variation I came up with while moving the pieces about:


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<49.Rxf7 Qc8>

(49...Qd8 50. Ne5!)

<50. Ne5!>

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Jun-27-13  KlingonBorgTatar: Dueckstein vs Petrosian Olympiade 1962 is another king walk and this time the king assists in the counterattack. On a board with queens and knights, Petrosian marches his king to his fifth rank to attack, and gobble a rook on the sixth and backtracks to gobble a pawn on the 5th rank. Yup , with the opposing queen and knight still present.
Jun-27-13  KlingonBorgTatar: Alekhine -Yates London 1922 is another example of a fighting king. AAA marches his monarch from g1 to e5 to attack a rook on f6. The game ends there as if that rook retreats or is defended by the other, mate follows!
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  playground player: When are the official rule-makers of chess going to make re-castling easier?

Also, a Bishop should be allowed to move one square in order to change the color squares he travels on. That would eliminate a lot of draws.

Borrow a leaf from Stratego and plant hidden mines around the King.

Jun-27-13  Slink: Can somebody explain why Peters resigned? Thanks.
Jun-27-13  Nerwal: <Can somebody explain why Peters resigned? Thanks.>

50. ♖xf7 ♖xd5 ▢ 51. ♖xc7 b6 52. f5 Δ f6, ♘f4

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  kevin86: Black's knight is hopping everywhere,and white's king appears to have castled queen/but had castled king.

Funny manoevers.

Jun-27-13  master of defence: can someone explain the pun?
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  yiotta: There has never been anyone quite like Petrosian !
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  PawnSac: ok guys..
before we try to immortalize the king walk, lets take a look at the game and what's going on.

after 9. ..exd5 white plays dxc5 to give black an isolated D pawn. Simple enough.

White remaneuvers the knight and blockades the isolani with Nd3. This keeps the dark B diagonal closed. From here white will either have to 1) suround and capture the D pawn, or 2) find an avenue to attack the black king, or 3) create another weakness in blacks position so he can simultaneously attack two weaknesses, the new one and the D pawn.

[But notice that the white knight is posted on d3 from move 13, and stays there for the rest of the game!]

<17. ..Bf5

developing the Q and guarding the knight. After 19.Bxe4 white has eliminated any threat against the Nd3, and so has established a permanent anchor on d3.

<19.Bxe4 thru 24.Qf5> white is trying to create a back rank weakness for black but as can be seen, black defends and reinforces the back rank up to move 26. ..Nc6

Black has not weakened, so white has to try to gain an advantage another way.

Pawns are 2 to 2 on the Qside, and white is looking for a way to expand on the K side, possibly gain space and create an attack by advancing, but pawn advances will exposes the king, who must be relocated to a safer haven. It seems the only way white can get a space advantage is to relocate the K to the Q side.

but most probably...
49. Qd5 attacking the bishop, and
49. ..Re5 is the losing move.
If ..Bb6 50.Ne5 and black is finished.

so yes, white won with patience, but white played a game of wait and let black hang himself.

Jun-28-13  DcGentle: Hello <PawnSac>, Well, White was not ruthless enough and could have earlier won by <48. g5 g6 49. hxg6+ Kxg6 50. gxh6 Kxh6 51. Qd1>, exploiting the force of his pawn roller. And now we see this position:

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Black to move, White threatens a mate in 6 by 52. Qh1

No matter where the black king moves, Black will lose material, for example:

<51... Kg7 52. Qh1 Re3 53. Qh8+ Kg6 54. Rg8+ Kf5 55. Qh6 Qe7 56. Qxb6 Rxd3 57. Qxa5+ Kf6 58. Qg5+ Ke6 59. Qxe7+ Kxe7 60. exd3>

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Black can resign.

Mar-20-17  Howard: Didn't the British magazine CHESS analyze a position from this game recently?
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  ChessHigherCat: <DcGentle: Well, White was not ruthless enough and could have earlier won by <48. g5 g6 49. hxg6+ Kxg6 50. gxh6 Kxh6 51. Qd1>, exploiting the force of his pawn roller.> It is hard to believe that the king really had to strut his stuff in that "long march". It seemed more like a way of showing off, like a boxer slicking his hair back in the ring: "Ho-hum, look at me, I can waste 17 tempi in this position and still win"
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