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Boris Spassky vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
USSR Championship (1955), Moscow URS, rd 5, Feb-18
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B95)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-18-05  aw1988: WILD game.
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  offramp: Petrosian scored +4 =15 -0 in this USSR Championship and even some of his fans started to criticize him. Most of his draws were very short, but not this one.
Oct-31-05  paragon: Um, could someone explain to me why it was a draw?
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  offramp: Spassky is still better off in the final positon but may have been a bit demoralized. A few moves earlier, in the following position, he played

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39.Bf3. This looks like a good move - protecting the pawn on c6, but it allows the ...Rh7 move. Spassky may well have been in time trouble because he could have played 39.Red1 Qxc6 <(black can't now play 39...Rh7 owing to 40.Qxh7 Nxh7 41.Rd7+ Kf6 42.Rxc7 )> 40.Rd6 and it looks like curtains for black.

May-12-08  positionalgenius: Draw? Great wild game but it seems to me that white is at a near win in the final position.
May-12-08  RookFile: It does look a little strange. It seems like, if nothing else, white could win the queenside pawns.
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  Calli: Lines like 42.cxd7 Bg7 43.Rd1 Kd8 44.Bb7 Ng5 45.Bxa6 f3 46.Bxb5 e4 look more dangerous to White than Black to me.

May-13-08  RookFile: Thanks. It was probabably an adjourned game that both players looked at deeply. 43. Rd1 Kd8 44. Rd6 Nf6 44. Rxa6 e4 45. Be2 Nxd7 46. Bxb5 f3 47. Rd6 fxg2 48. Rxd7+ Kc8 49. Rd1 Bd4 is another interesting possibility.
May-14-17  edubueno: Palo y palo.
Oct-19-18  edubueno: 43.Rd1 Kd8 44.Rd6 Nf6 45.Bc6 e4 46.Rd1 f3 47.gxf3 e3 48.f4 Bh6 49.Kb2 Bxf4 50.Kc3 Ng4 51.Rf1 Bc7 52.Rg1 f5 53.Bb7 Kxd7 54.Bxa6 f4 55.Bxb5+ Ke6 56.Bc6
Oct-19-18  edubueno: En la 39.Red1 Qxc6 40.Rd6 Qc8 41.Rd8 Rg8 42.Qxg8 Nxg8 43.Rxc8 Nf6 44.Rc7+ Ke6 45.Bxf7+ Kf5 46.Bb3 Bh6 47.Rc6 a5 48.bxa5 Bg5 49.Rb6 Ne4 50.Be6+ Kg6 51.Bd5+ Kf5 52.Bxe4+ Kxe4 53.Rxb5 Bf6 54.Rd7 y gana BS

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