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Lajos Portisch vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Interpolis 6th (1982), Tilburg NED, rd 5, Oct-06
English Opening: King's English. Taimanov Variation (A25)  ·  0-1


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Aug-07-06  Resignation Trap: The score is incomplete!

Both <<The Games of Tigran Petrosian>> by Shekhtman and give the following concluding moves:

42.Qxb7 d5 43.Qc7 Qb4 44.Qe5+ Kg6 45.Qe8 Nf6 46.Qc6 Qe4+ 47.Qc2 Kg5 48.Nd3 Qe3 49.b4 Ne4 50.b5 Nd2+ 51.Ka2 Qa7+ 52.Kb2 Nc4+ 53.Kc3 Qa1+ 54.Nb2 Qe1+ 55.Kb3 Qxg3+ 0-1 .

Petrosian missed an easier win at the time control. Instead of 40...Rh5, he had 40...Nd2+ 41.Rxd2 Rc5!

Premium Chessgames Member Thanks, we added the moves.
Aug-07-06  oao2102: Holy Cow!!! This game is amazing. Why on earth is there no talky talk?
Aug-07-06  Boomie: <oao102> Because sometimes in the presence of the gods, we are struck dumb.
Aug-08-06  Kreifi: <oao2102:> There is time and place for everything.

Game is quite interesting. White had long time an edge of the game but could not use it. So black does it. It's mezmerazing to see how much black uses energy to destroy the pawns in front of white king and white does nothing. b6 knight only job is to provoke b3. And black's attack begins truely.

Nice game.

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  Fusilli: 6...h5!? Would you ever guess Black played that move if you knew Black was Petrosian? Actually, Petrosian was a subtle and deep positional player, but he was by no means a restrained positional player (hey, he got to be world champion!) He was always in search of the initiative, and he would certainly crush his opponents tactically if they let him... Very nice game.
Dec-23-09  Atking: <Fusilli> Especially amazing is the effect of the moves 6...h5 and 14...a5 during the game. It's like white used a board of only six columns, b to g.
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  Fusilli: <Atking> Indeed.

With the benefit of hindsight, White's first (maybe only?) mistake appears to be 21.c5. Why push the pawn in front of your king and why open that file later?

May-23-12  LoveThatJoker: <Resignation Trap> Indeed, 40...Nd2+! 41. Rxd2 Rc5! was best; this said, Petrosian was more likely than not in time trouble and simply HAD to make a move so as to make the time control.

Thankfully he chose the not-as-good, but still ok 40...Rh5 to preserve the win for himself.

<Fusilli> In terms of a human appreciation, 21. c5 does not seem best as it looks like White is opening lines for his opponent!

This said, Stockfish says that 21. c5 leads to an equal position in the following line:

21. c5 dxc5 22. Qxc5 Qd6 23. Qb5 Na6 24. Nf2 Qc5 25. Qxc5 Nxc5 26. Ng4 f6 27. Kc2 Rad8 28. b3 a4 29. Ne3 axb3+ 30. axb3 Na6 31. Kb2 Nc5 32. Kc2 <+0.00 at a depth of 26>

Even in the actual game continuation, White would have been fine if he would have gone in for 24. f4! after 21. c5 Nd7 22. cxd6 cxd6 23. Kb1 Rc8.

24. Nf2? was, according to Stockfish, the real stinker.

21. c5 Nd7 22. cxd6 cxd6 23. Kb1 Rc8. 24. f4! Nb6 25. g4 Nc4 26. Qf2 Qd7 27. Rhg1 Qc7 28. fxe5 Nxb2 29. Qxb2 Qxc3 <+0.16 at a depth of 23> is the line and eval that Stockfish gives as good for White.


May-23-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<LTJ> et al

Petrosian did indeed indicate 40...Rh5 was a time trouble error.

In his notes to the game (Informator 34/33) he wrote:

<21. c5? (21. b3 a4 22. Kb2 ; 21. Qe2! with the idea Nf2, f4 >

also Petrosian thought 23. Ng5 with the idea f4 was an improvement, whilst 25. Qe2 or 25. Nd3 are equal.

May-23-12  LoveThatJoker: <SimonWebbsTiger> Thank you very much for providing this historically important analysis by my major Chess Hero, WC Petrosian!


May-24-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<LTJ>

you are very welcome.

I am lucky enough to have acquired all the (book) editions of Sahovski Informator in the past 2-3 years and love to share the information accumulated in that first class publication.

I have grown to admire Petrosian because of some old books I also have bought recently: <Petrosian's Legacy> (a collection of lectures and articles by the Iron Tiger) and the classic 1974 Batsford book by Vik Vasiliev of TP's life and games. Petrosian has been sadly ignored(!) because of his short draws, etc -- I was one of the "haters" for a long time but "wised up".

Lajos Portisch is a favourite of mine too these days. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a tournament a couple of years ago. I spent a few evenings after rounds drinking wine with him. He was very open when I asked him about his chess life (ie. playing Tigran, Botvinnik, Fischer et al). I also had the surreal experience of Lajos showing me his game that day and asking to look at my game! Fancy that -- a famous GM, many time candidate, asking you to show him your game!

May-24-12  LoveThatJoker: <SimonWebbsTiger> What a phenomenal experience you had with Portisch!! I can only congratulate you for that with admiration and sincerity.

As for 'Petrosian's Legacy', well...Just as 'My System' was Tigran's bible, 'Petrosian's Legacy' and 'Chess Fundamentals' by Capablanca are mine.

I was actually telling <morfishine> that I'm almost done 'Petrosian vs the Elite' by Keene and Simpole (2 games left to study)!

After this I will be moving to Alekhine - I have a fair amount of literature on his Chess oeuvre, so I'm looking forward to delving deeply into that!


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