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Tigran V Petrosian vs Boris Spassky
USSR Championship (1960), Leningrad URS, rd 17, Feb-21
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Positional Defense Closed Line (E95)  ·  1-0



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Jan-16-06  mrjoshherman: is white's next move 36.Nexd6?
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  WannaBe: <mrjoshherman> Here is what Shredder says on infinite analysis:

36. Bxe4 Rf8
37. Qd1 d5
38. Bxd5 Bd7
39. Qxb3 Qb6+ 2.68

Dec-02-09  M.D. Wilson: Spassky, the Cary Grant of the 64 squares. Six years later, Petrosian had the reserves to fend off Spassky, but only just.
Dec-02-09  Lt.Surena: Spassky was only a 'one-time wonder'
just like smyslov, Tal, Fischer, Capablanca, Euwe, ...

The Best of the Best prove their prowess by winning back-to-back world championship (in any game or sport) leaving no doubt about their supremacy and prowess. They come out swinging day after day. They don't put their tail between their legs and run after winning, wink wink !!

Dec-02-09  Petrosianic: Actually, Smyslov was a one-and-a-half time wonder, if you want to get technical. Not sure what you mean by Spassky running away.
Dec-02-09  AnalyzeThis: I wish I was 'only' world champion once.
Dec-06-09  M.D. Wilson: <AnalyzeThis: I wish I was 'only' world champion once.> The voice of reason, as always. I'm sure the likes of Rubinstein, Keres, Stein and Korchnoi also thought this.
Jul-15-10  LIFE Master AJ: <<<Dec-02-09> <<Lt.Surena:> Spassky was only a 'one-time wonder'>>

You have no clue about anything ... and you are dead wrong to boot.

Spassky was one of the greatest Champions to ever play the game. For close to 30 years, he was constantly playing in qualifying events. In 1966, he was repulsed by Petrosian. He had to climb Mount Olympus ... all over again. (In 1969.)

Aug-31-12  nolanryan: black should focus on her openings and come back and try again!
Mar-07-15  Howard: Typical Petrosian game, not to mention the first decisive encounter between these two future rivals. Their first several encounters had all been draws.
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  zydeco: Spassky goes wild trying to attack. Why not 29....Rf5 to prepare ....h3?
Apr-30-17  Nerwal: <Why not 29....Rf5 to prepare ....h3?>

29... ♖f5 30. ♘xc5 dxc5 31. ♗b7!

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  offramp: The pawn on c7 had a charmed life. It arrived on c7 at move 17 and I thought, It looks a bit too far-flung, it won't last long. But Black never got around to encircling it and it was there at the end.
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  zydeco: <Nerwal> Thanks. Nice line.
Nov-06-17  edubueno: Petrosian superó ampliamente a su rival.

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