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Boris Spassky vs Tigran V Petrosian
Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1966), Moscow URS, rd 1, Apr-11
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-07-07  pacelli: 1st games of world title matches are mostly boring. The players merely test each other out.
Nov-07-07  goldenbear: 32.c5 is more interesting to me, possibly b/c I find king and pawn endgames somewhat confusing.
Apr-05-08  Knight13: 29. Qxh5 Qd3+ and Black can pull crabs out of the hat.
Jan-25-09  sillybilly47: Petrosian had to have been happy with this start. Spassky does not mount any attack with White. I know its only Game 1 but Petrosian has suceeded in already setting the tone.
Jan-25-09  sillybilly47: 32.c5 is an interesting idea, if only to give Petrosian something to think about in a game that has been quiet and a little to easy for the World Champion.
May-17-09  sillybilly47: A foretaste of what is to come. Spassky makes little headway against Petrosian's Caro-Kann. It is interesting to track this match based on Spassky's attacking the defense.
Jul-13-12  wordfunph: "After making my move I took my pulse discreetly under the table - it was up to 140 beats a minute."

- GM Tigran Petrosian (recalling the first game of his match against Boris Spassky in 1966, in which he saw too late that he could have won a pawn)

Dec-15-15  cg999: Boris on move 12. c4 he's like:
I'm the boss here this move should give you the creep!
Dec-15-15  cg999: And on move 13. ..c5.
Botvinnik "I'm the boss"
Oct-21-16  NBZ: <wordfunph> Where did Petrosian miss the win of a pawn? Is it after 30. Qe3, where Black can try 30. ... Qd1+? (Now if 31. Ka2 Qg4, and if 31. Qc1 Qd4.)
Dec-29-16  RAlehin: @cg999 Boris Spassky had already encountered the same variation two years earlier, up to move 18 included. He was the one to deviate first.
May-08-17  edubueno: Spassky vs Matulovic, 1964 Spassky 1 vs Matulovic 0 1964
Seguramente Petrosian jugaría mejor después de 23 Te1!
May-29-18  edubueno: ¿Podía ganar Spassky el final de reyes? 28.Qxd7+ Kxd7 29.Kc2 f6 30.Kd3 Kd6 31.b4 e5 32.Ke4 g6 33.Ke3 Kc6 34.Kd3 b6 35.Ke3 Kc7 36.Kd2 Kd6 37.Kc3 Kc6 38.Kd3 a5 39.g3 Kc7 con igualdad
Nov-29-18  Straclonoor: If <28.Qxd7+ Kxd7> appeared pawn ending - dead draw in all variations.

Analysis by Stockfish 201118 64 POPCNT:

1. = (0.00): 29.b4 e5 30.Kc2 b6 31.Kd3 f6 32.Ke4 Ke6 33.Ke3 a5 34.Ke4 f5+ 35.Ke3 a4 36.g3 Kd6 37.Kd3 Ke6

2. = (0.00): 29.b3 Kd6 30.Kc2 e5 31.b4 Ke6 32.Kc3 f6 33.f3 f5 34.Kd3 b6 35.g3 Kd6 36.Ke3 a5 37.Kd2 a4 38.Kd3 Kd7 39.Ke3 Kd6

3. = (0.00): 29.Kc1 e5 30.Kd2 b6 31.b4 f6 32.Kc3 Kd6 33.f3 f5 34.Kd3 Ke6 35.g3 Kd6 36.Ke3 Ke6 37.Kf2 Kd6 38.Kf1 Kc6 39.Ke2 Kd7 40.Kd2 Ke6 41.Ke3 Kd6 42.Kd3 Ke6 43.Ke3

4. = (0.00): 29.Kc2 e5 30.Kd3 Ke6 31.b3 f6 32.Ke3 b6 33.b4 a5 34.c5 axb4 35.cxb6 bxa3 36.b7 a2 37.b8Q a1Q 38.Qg8+ Kd6 39.Qf8+ Ke6

5. = (0.00): 29.Ka2 Kd6 30.Kb3 e5 31.Kc3 b6 32.Kd3 f6 33.b4 Kd7 34.Ke4 Ke6 35.Ke3 a5 36.c5 axb4 37.cxb6 bxa3 38.b7 a2 39.b8Q a1Q 40.Qg8+ Kd6 41.Qf8+ Ke6

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  Honza Cervenka: <goldenbear: 32.c5 is more interesting to me, possibly b/c I find king and pawn endgames somewhat confusing>

<sillybilly47: 32.c5 is an interesting idea, if only to give Petrosian something to think about in a game that has been quiet and a little to easy for the World Champion>

Well, I see nothing wrong for black with 32...Qxc5 33.Qb8+ Ke7 34.Qxb7+ Kf6 35.Qxa6 Qxf2 but after 32.c5 he can play also 32...Qe4+ 33.Kc1 e5 etc. The position is still equal but it is rather white who must be careful there.

30...Qd1+ 31.Ka3 Qg4 would have given black an extra Pawn, for example 32.Qc5 Qxg2 33.Qxh5 Qxf2 etc.

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