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Boris Spassky vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
"We Are the Champions" (game of the day May-03-2007)
Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1966), Moscow URS, rd 7, Apr-25
Torre Attack: Classical Defense (A46)  ·  0-1

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Nov-13-12  Cemoblanca: The winner of this game: The white-squared bishop (34...Bc8!)

The loser of this game: The white-squared pawn..ähh..bishop! ;)

Nov-13-12  Cemoblanca: @sorokahdeen: Nice article! :)
Nov-14-12  EdZelli: What a game ! An artistic expression.
Dec-12-12  Llawdogg: Wow! A very interesting, baffling, and ultimately instructive game.
Mar-28-13  PurdyGUDsoFAR: Superb
Apr-09-13
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  keypusher: Somebody should have shown Spassky this game.

Janowski vs Leonhardt, 1907

Aug-13-13  jerseybob: What Spassky hoped to accomplish with 9.Ne5!? God knows. Just another example of how off his game he was in this match. Petrosian's reaction is perfect. Better was 9.Qc2 as Spassky played against Reshevsky in a similar position at Amsterdam '64.
Nov-07-13  Ulhumbrus: 17...c4 closes the queen side to White while White's king side remains open to Black. This suggests that if White is going to have to open the king side by 15 h4 he needs to open the queen side as well.
Nov-20-13  jerseybob: Ulhumbrus: The only point at which white could have opened the queenside is on move 17, so I take it you're suggesting 17.bc5. After 17..Nc5, which seems most natural, 18.Be2,Kb8 19.Nd4,a6!? and it's a game. I still think black has the edge, provided he doesn't take the weak c-pawn prematurely.
Jun-14-14
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  andrewjsacks: This game is a too-little-known masterpiece.
Jun-15-14
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  HeMateMe: Boris and Vartasha. Terrific struggle.
Jun-15-14
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  offramp: <andrewjsacks: This game is a too-little-known masterpiece.>

It does have six pages of densely-packed, single-spaced kibitzing.

Jun-15-14  ughaibu: It also won an Informator best game prize.
Sep-24-15  waustad: This reminds me of the delightful afternoon I spent going through Petrosian's exchange sacs on this database.
Mar-04-16  Joker2048: What a great attack with pawns...
Beautiful
Sep-27-16  Aunt Jemima: What an amazing sequence of moves as this game wraps up. It's like watching Paul Morphy with the attack. 41 Ng4 must have been so exhilarating and satisfying to play.

After 35...g3 you can tell it's all over. I find myself in white's shoes here all the time when playing blitz against stronger opponents. I know a losing position when I see one as I have all too much experience with them!

Mar-17-17  clement41: Another insane Petrosian pawn steamroll and typical exchange sac!
Dec-05-17  Jambow: <Petrosian, stereotyped as positional player extraordinaire, comes up with some brilliant tactics, interwoven on this canvas of what was one of his finest games.>

Indeed his positional skills are likely estimated correctly but his tactical prowess is probably not.

Jun-25-18
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc9....
Aug-08-18  tigreton: The correct move order is 13. Bg3 g5 14. b4, as exposed in Python Strategy, game 75.
Nov-18-18  sakredkow: I've never come across this wonderful game before! Nevertheless I probably wouldn't have kibbitzed it except I think <sorokahdeen's> tribute above is so warm and so deep - it shows how some people can express their love for chess on a level that most of the rest of us can't. I hope some players will enjoy discovering it. It reminds me of Spassky's own tribute to Paul Keres, which I always found to be very beautiful.
Dec-03-18
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  offramp: There is a small piece of rapid karma in this game, with Black g+h pawns.

They become doubled early on:


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Then the manage to undouble themselves:


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But right at the end they are doubled up again:


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Dec-03-18
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  keypusher: <In Petrosian's hands, the Torre attack became a platform for demonstrating the strengths of Nizowitzchean principles including overprotection of the advanced pawn on e5 and the use of knight outposts usually after creating a "hole" on d4. Petrosian's play against it here involved his first negating the positional advantages of the formation as an attacking platform by driving back white's dark-squared bishop; forcing open the g-file by threatening to trap it; castling long to rob white of any chance for the Torre attack's well-known attacking themes, and then using prophylaxis against Spassky's opening lines against his king by playing his pawns to b6 and a6.

All of these things are straightforward applications of things that can be seen in Nimzowitsch's theories and once the preventive measures are in place and black has no cause to fear for his king, black goes over to the attack in a way that Nimzowitch would have understood perfectly; sacrificing the exchange to create a pawn-roller which, supported by black's queen, centralized knight, and the latent threats generated by his light-squared bishop, became a juggarnaut that smashed Spassky's king position with the calm inevitability of a steam-roller in a way that is reminiscent of Petrosian's game against Glirorich where he won with the black pieces in a Maroczy bind sicillian.>

Well, the queens had been exchanged, but otherwise we see pretty much all of this in a game from 1907, played by a second-tier master, long before any of Nimzowitsch's books had been written.

Janowski vs Leonhardt, 1907

Dec-03-18  RookFile: Play over enough Petrosian games and you'll start thinking a knight is stronger than a rook. More than anybody, this guy was making exchange sacrifices.
Dec-20-19  Jambow: <Play over enough Petrosian games and you'll start thinking a knight is stronger than a rook. More than anybody, this guy was making exchange sacrifices.>

Indeed if one looks over Petrosian games that is what stands out as his signature move... Rooks were merely a piece no more or less than a knight or bishop in the hands of the Tiger, well perhaps less.

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