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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Paul Keres
Zuerich (1961), Zuerich SUI, rd 2, May-28
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Marco Defense (E12)  ·  0-1



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Sep-24-04  Hidden Skillz: hmm..doesnt 22.Bxf8 Rxf8 23.Qg3 Bxc4 24.Bxc4+ Qxc4 25.Qg2 Qb3 26.Rae1..shouldnt this be winning for white??
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  Honza Cervenka: If 22.Bxf8, then 22...Qxd3 23.Bxd6 Ne2+ 24.Kf2 Qxd6 25.Rfd1 (25.Kxe2 Bxc4+) 25...Nd4 with advantage of black or 23.Ng5 Qe3+ 24.Kh1 h6 25.Rae1 Qxg5 26.Qxg5 hxg5 27.Bxd6 Ne8 28.Bxe5 Nf6 with advantage of black whose minor pieces are superior to white Rook.
Jun-12-06  notyetagm: White scores around 75%(!) in this variation (Opening Explorer) of the Petrosian system against the Queen's Indian, 5 ... ♗e7?! 6 d5!. Yet Keres manages to win from it! Shows you that the opening is only part of the game.
Feb-11-09  drnooo: This was Keres a little , not much, but some past his prime and ditto in reverse for Petrosian, when he was just almost there. Anyone who puts Petrosian as one of the ten best ever must consider these games with Keres and place him there too. In fact, for my money, Keres at his best was just a little better than Petrosian. Forget all the nonsense about world champsionships during the russian hegemony: Again, for me, Keres at his best during his prime was better than amazing. In fact maybe he was a mofe solid attacker than anyone, period. This game, however looks like Petrosian playing black and somebody like Fischer playing white: This was Keres defending, Yikes.
Apr-06-09  ewan14: A very interesting game

Anyone know why Petrosian was so aggressive ?

Did he need a win for first place in the tournament or was he seeing if he could beat Paul Keres with the World Championship qualifiers coming up ?

Maybe this result caused Petrosian and Geller to ask Keres to join their '' combine '' ( copyright Timman )

Jul-09-09  drnooo: Just wondering, but the record of this pair ranks as extremely interesting. Nearly all games drawn, right from start to finish of their careers. It does credit to both. Their styles were so black and white...yet. Once again proving that Keres was one of the greatest players ever.
Jul-25-09  Lt.Surena: Kere was good BUT not good enough to win the Crown. Only the Best get to win the World Championship and then THE BEST OF THE BEST win Back-to-Back World Championship.

Capablanca couldn't do it. Neither could Euwe, Spassky, Fischer, Smyslov, Tal ...

A little envious, aren't you? grasshopper?

He was YOUR World Champion from 1963 to 1969 (World's Number ONE that is) so get over it.

Sep-09-09  ewan14: Rubbish !

A small matter of the Second World War and Estonia being invaded by first the Soviet Union and then Germany ( and then the Soviet Union again ) stopped him becoming world champion

Sep-20-10  fab4: keres played in Nazi organised tournaments whilst Leningrad was being starved to death and Russia was being pushed into the Urals during WWII . The Soviets never forgot (forgave?) this.

Keres was certainly one of the equals in primus inter pares Botvinnik referred to being. Certainly should've been world champion at some stage between 1935 and 1965.

There are 36 games in this site's database between these two.Thirty of which are draws lol. Upto 1956 the 13 games contested averaged 43 moves a game, whilst the 23 games played from '56 upto Keres death only averaged 23 moves. ( 18 at Curaco ) ... almost twice the ammount of games and around half the previous move average. Call me a geek for checking this out,but something was going on between the Soviet chess commissars and Keres during this period I think!

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