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Tigran V Petrosian vs Mikhail Botvinnik
"Botvinnik and Paid For" (game of the day Oct-27-2008)
Botvinnik - Petrosian World Championship Match (1963), Moscow URS, rd 5, Apr-01
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights. Burille Variation (D94)  ·  1-0

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Mar-13-14  maxi: Botvinnik's move 33...Rh1? bothers me. He was an excellent endgame player. I find it hard to understand how he could miss a chance of exchanging his sorry Bishop for the wonderful Knight. After 34.Ne4 Black is cooked and served.
May-25-14
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  Ulhumbrus: Black's c pawn becomes a target instead of a weapon. This suggests that Black has to get ready for White's thrust b4 by ...a6 and ...b5
Jun-14-14
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  offramp: Quite early in the game white plays 17.♘c3:e4


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That knight makes two quick excursions to d2 and c3, but both times quickly goes back to e4. When Petrosian eventually plays 46.Ng5...


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...the game is very nearly over.

Dec-30-14
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  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps after 12 Ke2 White's potential threat is not just the move (which Kasparov has indicated) Ne4 by itself but the pair of moves Ne4 and b4 against Black's c pawn
Jan-12-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <HeMateMe: Cold War Misha almost outlived Bobby Fischer. He must have ate his vegetables and laid off the vodka.>

Huh??? Botwinnik died in 1995, Fischer in 2008. Yet Botwinnik "almost outlived" Bobby?

I guess it depends on your definition of "almost"

Mar-02-15
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  kevin86: Just think: how much could you get by predicting that the new champion would win his first game of the match with his king on the adverse king's castling square?
Mar-02-15  1d410: What an irrelevant pun.
Apr-04-15  CMDMB: Amazing how Petrosian is able to capitalize on the slightest edge. Next time you don't think it's worth it to press for the win in a "drawish" position, draw inspiration from this! Grinding out such a win demonstrates awesome and masterful technique.
Apr-26-15
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  ToTheDeath: Petrosian takes full advantage of his slightly better pawn structure and slightly more active king to wear Botvinnik down. In the hands of a real player small edges can be nursed into big ones.
Apr-26-15  Howard: If I'm not mistaken, Petrosian called this one of the best games of his entire career.

When he died, in 1984, Chess Life showed one game of his---this one !

May-29-16  mykescofield: what's wrong with 19...Nxa2?
May-29-16  User not found: <mykescofield: what's wrong with 19...Nxa2?>

20. Ra1 ..Nb4 .Rxa7 or even BxN first leaving blacks pawns doubled up and his DSB unable to move whites b pawn anyway.

Nov-28-16  paavoh: <<Next time you don't think it's worth it to press for the win in a "drawish" position, draw inspiration from this!>> Exactly true!

What economy of forces covering so many squares with so few pieces. The White King was a power tool, compared to the diverted Black Rook, buzzing through the position.

Jan-20-17
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  GrahamClayton: The Black pieces are unable to stop the White King from strolling up the board, and being in the perfect position for a pawn endgame, once all of the pieces are exchanged.
Oct-11-17  Toribio3: King walk! Patience is one of the virtue of Petrosian.
Feb-25-18  tgyuid: well, if the rock of troy says this is his best game am i going to argue....
Feb-25-18  tgyuid: 8.d5, i like; i think e6 as response is a little too encouraging;; i might have chosen Nbe7, after which further advance can be met with e5 and a queens fiancetto....
Feb-25-18  tgyuid: Nbd7 is even more effective....
Feb-25-18  tgyuid: mobilise while the bishop is blunt, i say; as it is black enters an awkward endgame where everything is just sort of wrong
Apr-13-18
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  yiotta: If I were negotiating odds from Petrosian, I would start by prohibiting king walks exceeding two squares. And no exchange sacs! Make him play chess like a real person!
Apr-14-18
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  perfidious: That isn't what I should call odds; sounds more like you want to hamstring the poor bugger to me! (laughs)
Oct-11-21
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  kingscrusher: This game is in 184 collections as of the time of this post - Chessgames.com has a lot of positional connoisseurs to have this game in their collections. Great site :) The Knight on e4 was fantastic throughout much of the game.
Oct-11-21
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  kingscrusher: The 41 Kf8 stuff seems quite brutal. If Botvinnik had really pulled off this claim, then this positional masterpiece would not have the result it deserved.

And surely Botvinnik's reputation for making such a claim on an illegal move, would not have helped his reputation for chess fans.

Oct-11-21
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  Petrosianic: <maxi>: <Botvinnik's move 33...Rh1? bothers me. He was an excellent endgame player. I find it hard to understand how he could miss a chance of exchanging his sorry Bishop for the wonderful Knight.>

He probably wasn't happy about it, but the pawn up R+P ending with pawns on both sides should be a clear win for White, so he kept the minors on hoping for something.

Oct-11-21
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  Petrosianic: The Kf8 stuff was just a mistake. Kf7 was the sealed move, but Petrosian wrote his 7's with a little tail on the end, that might make it look like an 8 if scribbled. His scoresheets would have shown all the other 7's written the same way.
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