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Evgeny Terpugov vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
"This is Spartak!" (game of the day Jul-29-2012)
Zenit vs. Spartak (1957), Moscow
Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Defense (A46)  ·  0-1


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  gawain: I did not fully appreciate this finish until I played it out on computer and looked at how Petrosian would have won after different tries by White, such as 26 Qf4
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  gars: I did not solve it, of course, but moves 23 and 24 are quite obvious. The "Petrosian Twist" begins at 25) c3 and goes on until move 27) Qc4. I could not see why "white's position is fubar" as <gofer> says but I am a very weak player. What amuses me is that Petrosian plays this game seeking the initiative as soon as possible, which does not seem typical of him, as far as I can say. A beautiful game!
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  gars: Raymond Keene comments on this game on page 15 of his book "Petrosian versus the Elite". He states that on move 12 White's position is already becoming critical.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Funny how Black's development is superior after 12 moves with only one piece in play. I don't like 5.h3 because the Queen feels out of play on f3; Karpov would have played 5.Be2 and 6.0-0 first because he liked that versus the Pirc, and would have provided a smoother development here. I also believe that 10.0-0-0 is a "??" move. Despite the bad 8.g4 advance, White is still safer on the King side.
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  andrewjsacks: Wonderful little-known game!
Jul-29-12  Snehalshekatkar: Brilliant!!
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  Travis Bickle: Even though I though 0-0-0 was a bad idea for white, what a devastating attack by Petrosian that ends with a Queen sac offer!
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  gars: I quote <Phony Benoni>'s question on June 10th: "Why do I have the feeling Petrosian would have been good at Fischer Random?" The answer is simple: Fischer Random is pure Chess without any of the opening theory mumbo jumbo and Petrosian was a superb player. That's all, folks!
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  SuperPatzer77: I love Tigran Petrosian because he was deaf himself. So am I. :-)

Cheers to the roarin' Tigran Petrosian!!!

He sure could give any grandmasters a big headache if he were alive today.


Jul-29-12  lemaire90: Spectacular !
Jul-29-12  Riverbeast: 27...Qc4 is the type of move that should be played with pinky finger raised...
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  WannaBe: Tigran was deaf?! I never knew that!
Jul-29-12  jackpawn: Petrosian wore hearing aids so he wasn't totally deaf.
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  PhilFeeley: <WannaBe> You've been around here for how long and you didn't know that? Strange the details we miss.

I don't get the "Spartak" reference. Anyone?

Jul-29-12  jackpawn: Petrosian, especially during this timeframe, was just a ton! D@mn, this game is impressive!
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  SuperPatzer77: <WannaBe: Tigran was deaf?! I never knew that! > <WannaBe> Take a look at the website link -

Read the story under the subtopic "Deafness"


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  kevin86: White either allows the queen to mate or takes the queen and is mated by the knight (kind of an opened-face smothered mate).
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  WannaBe: <PhilFeeley> I know, I feel silly (stupid)...

<SuperPatzer77> Thanks for the link, great read.

I like this quote: "He [Petrosian] has an incredible tactical view, and a wonderful sense of the danger... No matter how much you think deep... He will 'smell' any kind of danger 20 moves before!" Robert Fischer

Nov-13-12  Cemoblanca: Petrosian was a real "Ladykiller"! ;) What a beauty! RIP!

By the way: I only know :D

Feb-20-14  Strelets: <PhilFeeley> Spartak refers to Voluntary Sports Society (VSS) Spartak, in which Tigran Vartanovich was a member. Many prominent Soviet grandmasters had such an affiliation: Botvinnik played for Trudovye Rezervy (Labor Reserves), Smyslov was a long-time member of Burevestnik (Stormy Petrel), Tal (Latvian by birth) belonged to Daugava, Spassky was in Lokomotiv, and Karpov was a member of TsSKA (Tsentral'nyi sportivnyi klub armii-Central Army Sports Club).
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  Mating Net: The piece sac is tremendous, but the quiet, but deadly 25...c3! is top class. It cuts off the White Queen and freezes the c pawn ensuring that the lines of communication are permanently impaired.
May-06-15  ToTheDeath: What a fantastic game by Petrosian, in his younger years he played some sparkling chess. Great sac and the finish is elegant.

18.Be4!? looks dangerous for Black but I have not analyzed it, at any rate it offers more of a fight than opening the b file did.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: In his book The Art of Defense in Chess, Andrew Soltis opens with the game J Klavins vs I Zdanovs, 1961. Compare this game after move 11 with that game after move 13:

1. Black has exactly one piece developed;
2. It's a Knight on b6;
3. White had played 0-0-0? in both games;
4. Black's development stinks in numbers yet is superior in quality; 5. Both players with Black sacrificed that Nb6 on c4 and won in less than 30 moves.

Rather a tad eerie.

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  Jambow: Epitomizes the RJF adage <tactics flow from superior position>.
Feb-26-18  Granny O Doul: <PhilFeeley> Perhaps it is meant to evoke "I am Spartacus", though the change from "I" to "this" rather diminishes the line's force.
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