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Garry Kasparov vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
"Tiger Tiger Burning Bright" (game of the day Dec-05-2017)
Interpolis 5th (1981), Tilburg NED, rd 7, Oct-10
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Janowski-Larsen Variation (D25)  ·  0-1



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Dec-22-14  coolconundrum: What a great resignation.
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  Zhbugnoimt: I do not understand the surprise at Petrosian's ...0-0-0. If he had castled kingside then h4-h5 cracking open the h file would have smoke him up, and only ashes would remain.
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  thegoodanarchist: <King Death: < kamalakanta: <Travis Bickle: Fischer beat the hell out of Petrosian and Petro squashed Kaspy like a bug. Hmm = Fischer is The greatest Player of all time!!!> ...and Geller had a plus score against Fischer. That makes Geller the best player of all time!> But Spassky had a plus score against Geller. I guess Spassky was the greatest. Then there's the fact that Spassky was minus against Botvinnik, so Mikhail Moiseevich must be even greater.>

Or you could say that Fischer defeated Spassky in the WC match, and therefore turn this analysis into a never-ending Mobius strip of chess players being the greatest ever.

Jul-11-15  SpiritedReposte: 35. ...Kc6! Imagine the poker face you would need to play that against THE Garry Kasparov.
Jun-17-16  RookFile: <I do not understand the surprise at Petrosian's ...0-0-0. If he had castled kingside then h4-h5 cracking open the h file would have smoke him up, and only ashes would remain.>

Perhaps so, perhaps not. However, another option was not to castle at all, and try to keep white guessing. Someimes Karpov would put his king on e7, for example. Petrosian looked at the position and judged that 0-0-0 was best. Kasparov's attack with b4 and b5 and bishop on g2 sure looked dangerous.

Jun-18-16  say it with a smile: "Slippery EEL" is a much better pun for this games.

The reaction on Gary's face after 35... Kc6!! must have been priceless.

Jul-30-16  Eusebius: I guess Kasparov was surprised that he couldn't crack Petrosian's queenside.
Jul-29-17  Toribio3: Petrosian is truly the master of defense!
Jul-29-17  Howard: Kasparov's book The Test of Time, had at least one analytical error, but I don't recall exactly where. The late Colin Crouch's book about defending in chess--which focuses on Lasker and Petrosian--points out the error.
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  paavoh: Great game! Incidentally, I had proposed the very same pun for another game: Anand vs Caruana, 2017, referring to Anand, Tiger of Madras.
Dec-05-17  schnarre: ...Petrosian....gotta love the classics!
Dec-05-17  AlicesKnight: Exemplary defence. White was short of Ps (from the QGA) to storm the Q-side and the roles of the Black QN and KB were significant.
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  kevin86: Past champ beats future champ.
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  kevin86: Kaspy was all of 18 in this game.
Dec-05-17  goodevans: <rannewman: I realy like 19...f5! took me some time to understand it (well, I hope I did). If 20.g:f g:f 21.Q:e6 f5! 22.Bd5 Nf8! 23.Qf7 Rh7! (the immidiate C:d5 doesn't work due to 24 Qg7)and now if 24. Qg8 then C:d5 traps the queen...>

Actually there's nothing particularly wrong with <20.gxf6> and after <20...gxf6 21.Qxe6 f5 22.Bxd5 Nf8> white avoids getting his Q trapped by <23.Qe5>, forcing the exchange of Qs and leaving a level position (maybe even a slight plus to white).

20.gxf6 was my first instinct but I guess Garry eschewed it as having less attacking potential.

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  HeMateMe: Robert Frost?
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  Retireborn: William Blake
Dec-05-17  waustad: Wasn't the cat spelled "tyger" there, or am I thinking of something else. I probably saw it first on Ben Casey, thich dates me.
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  Retireborn: I have never heard of Ben Casey. It is not English, is it.
Dec-05-17  nevski: Great's a quotation of famous AND MARVELLOUS POEM "THE TIGER( William Blake):

Tiger!Tiger! burning bright in the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye COULD FRAME THY FEARFUL SYMMETRY?

Dec-05-17  waustad: <retire>
Dec-05-17  waustad: It was another network's answer to Dr. Kildare. I seem to remember a pretty young woman and rabies, but details from around 55 years ago are not sharp. For that matter it might have been Kildare.
May-24-18  Justin796: Why didn't Garry instantly move his knight to a3 on move 32?
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  Clement Fraud: I am very interested in this line of the Queen's Gambit Accepted (where black develops his light squared Bishop outside of the pawn chain). Black's play in this game is so effective that I can't understand why 4... e6 (locking in said Bishop) is regarded as the main line?

Also, would I be correct in thinking that Kasparov missed a win at some point in this game? Many thanks to anyone who knows.

Jan-08-20  AliSawalha: What a brilliant attack
and a wonderful resign
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