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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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Jun-28-02  borgianus: 35... Kc6!! What a move! It remebers me Mohammed Ali best times!
Jul-16-03  jaime gallegos: the winning plan according to GK was 33. Na3! Bb6 34. Nc2 Ra8 35. Nb4 Qd6 36. e4! fe 37. Qxe4 Ra7 38. Qxg6 Bxd4+ 39. Kh1 N7b6 40. f5 ! ...as he wrote this plan needed time to be concreted and after 32. ... Kb7 ! and 35. ... Kc6 ! he wasnt able to find the right answers !!!
Jul-17-03  drunknight II: why does the plan include giving up the b pawn? What was the pt of 19 Na4?
Jul-17-03
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  Calli: After 36.e4, Black has the tactical shot 36...Nc5!. 37.dxc5 is a draw by perpetual check, but what else is there?
Dec-24-03  henrilin: I can´t see the win in Garrys line starting with 33.Na3! The final position is messy but not totally lost for black. Besides black can play 39... Bc5! and probably hold on. A pawn is a pawn and remember who is in command of the black pieces!
Jan-18-04  Orcinus: It's as if Petrosian is using his king as a decoy. This sounds ironic since the object is to mate the king. Yet to be such a master at attacking unsound attacks I'd imagine one has to be creative and skillful to use the king as a bait.
Jan-18-04  Almanzor2: to:<drunknight II> Hi! You ask what was the point of 19.Na4. The point was to avoid piece exchanges while opening up lines of attack against Black's King at the cost of a pawn. Of course, Kasparov could not anticipate Petrosian's inspired defence.
Mar-05-04  Tigran Petrosian: 35...Kc6!!! is a brilliant coup.
Nov-23-04  Snow Man: White's Bishop (KN2) seems very dangerous but proves harmless....
Dec-31-04  tex: Overly optimistical play by Kasparov here.
Jan-19-05  BadTemper: how is 35. Kc6 so brilliant? Looks fairly obvious to me, getting the king out of the pin, attacking the bishop and knight. Im not shocked, like I was when I saw Fischer's game of the century.
Feb-26-05  azi: Black's king actually leads his army forward in triumphant counter attack. I think its unusual that a king so dangerously close to the enemy heavy pieces and with little pawn cover survives!
Feb-26-05  BadTemper: I'm not impressed.
Jul-13-05  azi: Playing over this game again makes me think that this is one of the best defensive games of modern times. Beginning with black's 20. Nxb4 Petrosian's play is inspired. Accepting the pawn sac which opens the kings knight file in front of Petrosian's castled position takes nerves of a steel. I guess Petrosian just saw more deeply into the attack, "filled with sound and fury and signifying nothing" as Nimzovitch has said. Its amazing that Kasparov's attack fails. Up to move 20 I thought black was busted!
Jul-14-05  Boomie: Kasparov may have had a winning position at move 26. The idea is to post the knight on c4 where it threatens the king and hits e5. Notice the nice resource, 28. ♗a5 which leads to a trade for black's best piece.

Here's the Fritz on these lines.

26. ♘b2 ♗d6 27. ♘c4 b6 28. ♗a5 ♗c7 29. ♗b4 ♘xb4 30. ♖xb4 e5

(30... ♖c8 31. ♖b3 b5

(31... e5 32. dxe5 ♘c5 33. ♕b4 1.83/13)

32. ♗xc6 ♘b8 33. ♗g2 1.69/13)

(30... ♘b8 31. ♖b1 ♖d7 32. a4 2.02/13)

(30... b5 31. ♗xc6 e5 32. a4 exd4 33. axb5 dxe3 34. ♕a1 7.61/11)

31. ♘xe5 ♗xe5 32. fxe5 ♖c8 33. ♖bc4 ♘b8 34. ♕g3 ♕e6 35. ♕f4 1.60/13

Nov-17-05  mormonchess: A classic from Petrosian in his declining years. Kasparov has stated that the move 35...Kc6 literally dropped his jaw and stunned him. He was amazed that Petrosian would seemingly put his king MORE into danger by a forward king move. I admire both of these chess legends immensely!
Feb-09-06  lopium: Well Kasparov was like 18 or 19 years old there. I read that he really learnt from playing Petrossian, I don't remember in which website.
Feb-09-06  Jarlaxle: <badtemper> ... no ones impressed with you acting like you really understand games like this and fischers game of the century.
Feb-09-06  Deefstes: OK, I'm sure 35...Kc6 is an amazing move but I just can't figure it out. Sure, it is unusual to advance your king but what exactly was the actual tactic behind it? I'll be the first to admit that I don't understand games like this and Fischer's GotC so please, anyone, help me out?
Feb-09-06  babakova: What is more impressive about Petrosians play in this game (later stages at least) in comparison to Fischers game in 1956 with D.Byrne is that it requires more feel for the position. The variations in the Fischer game can be calculated and evaluated rather easily since they are more or less forced. The defence Petrosian sets up in this game on the other hand is not based on concrete variations (of course some counting is necessary) but on positional feel, dont stare yourselves blind on one move (35...Kc6!!) because its Petrosians non-textbook defence in whole that is impressive.
Feb-09-06  Skylark: 35. ... Kc6!! certainly is a brave move, especially since white will win the a-pawn after this bold move, and taking the knight will also rip the b-file wide open. To take a risk like this would be unheard of. Petrosian would have almost had to calculate every line stemming from that move.

<Badtemper> maybe if you actually studied the position instead of merely glancing at the move, you might realise what a phenominal move it is. It's far from obvious - I doubt anyone with less patience than the iron Tigran would have found this move over the board; it requires a lot of imagination. You shouldn't shrug moves like this off, or criticize them; rather, absorb them for future use. I'm sure this type of defensive strategy will open my mind in at least one difficult position.

In any case, in many wild attacks, the defender often slips due to the pressure in the position, or becomes low on time. It is a testament to Petrosian's play that he did niether; a fantastic example of how to "weather the storm".

Feb-09-06  jamesmaskell: Kc6 was a great move. It was basically saying "bring it on". Gutsy and it paid off.
Feb-09-06
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  Richard Taylor: No wonder Tigran was a tiger or more like a python!! Great game.
Feb-09-06  sfm: A true defensive masterpiece. Petrosian at his best. To play moves like 30.-,b5 and then walk the king to c6 you must be either a beginner without a clue or a genious with the deepest understanding in the world.
Feb-09-06
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  keypusher: <deefstes> 35...Kc6 moves the king off the b-file, thus removing the pin on the b-pawn and threatening to take white's knight at c4. If the knight retreats, black can take the bishop at d6. If 36 Bxc7 bc and both white's bishop and his rook are under attack. According to Kasparov in OMGP III 36 Bxc7 bc 37 Rb7 Rxc7 38 Rxa6+ Rxa6 39 Qb5+ Kd6 40 Qxa6+ would still have drawn.
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