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Tigran V Petrosian vs Efim Geller
USSR Championship (1949), Moscow URS, rd 4, Oct-20
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Positional Defense Closed Line (E94)  ·  0-1



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Dec-01-06  ToTheDeath: Did Petrosian smoke a bowl full of crack before this game?
Dec-01-06  Cyphelium: Truth to be told, it actually was pot and not crack. As you undoubtedly know, Petrosian was something of a beatnik really. Used to hang out with artists and poets in smoky bars, wore a beret etc. Famous for his many draws, most of them he played in a semi-conscious state while mumbling introvertly. The game usually ended when his opponent couldn't bear listening to another Allen Ginsberg poem being muttered and in desperation offered a draw. In response, Tigran used to regard his opponent under half-closed eye-lids, slowly sluring something about peace among all living things. By general consensus, this was taken as an acceptance of the draw offer. In this game though, Geller was probably to drunk to notice Petrosians behaviour.
Dec-01-06  Ziggurat: <Cyphelium> LOL!!
Dec-01-06  ToTheDeath: Now it all makes sense. Thanks Cyphelium!
Oct-16-07  notyetagm: <ToTheDeath: Did Petrosian smoke a bowl full of crack before this game?>


Oct-16-07  notyetagm: From

<Tigran Petrosian vs Efim Geller, USSR Championship, Moscow 1949, King's Indian Defence, Petrosian Variation (E93), 0-1 Petrosian's new system gets a rough ride in one of its first games.>

A very rough ride, indeed.

Feb-25-08  notyetagm: Amazing that this crushing loss to Geller is the first game in the database in which Petrosian plays his Petrosian System against the KID.
Mar-08-08  mistreaver: Isn't it more important to get rid of BSB with 12 Rxc1 instead of Nxc5?
Apr-18-08  Jim Bartle: What's the end here?
Apr-18-08  littlefermat: 29. h3xNg4 Bf4

And no way to prevent mate at h2.

Dec-04-15  SimplicityRichard: <Cyphellium> For an artist cum beatnik, Petrosian's style of play is somewhat "run of the mill" no disrespect intended. In my view, I associate eccentric artists with fantasy, unconventional even anti-orthodox imagination which is most certainly not an aspect one finds in his games. #
Feb-01-22  Z truth 000000001: This game gets mis-credited as <Flohr--Petrosian> in Pachman's book on Strategy.

More discussion here:

Flohr vs Petrosian, 1950 (kibitz #4)

It played an important role in theory for the innovation of 10...Bh6, according to Pachman.

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