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Milko G Bobotsov vs Tigran V Petrosian
"Queenmate" (game of the day Sep-22-2004)
Lugano Olympiad Final-A (1968), Lugano SUI, rd 2, Oct-26
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange Variation (D35)  ·  0-1



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Dec-09-02  Vilkacis: Great final position.
Dec-09-02  glaswegian4: Bobotsov tryed to play like petro against petro and got beat! i must look thru my books to see if i can find out why he played that opening? was it defeatism??
Dec-09-02  pawntificator: He didn't really do that badly in the opening as far as maintaining equality, and he certainly wasn't displaying defeatist tendencies until around move 23 or 24 when I think he lost his sense of the position. He seemed to want to draw and after that he buckled under the constant pressure from 'Trosi'
Dec-09-02  ughaibu: It looks a bit of a slaughter to me. That trying to draw by exchanging as much as possible amounts to playing without a plan, very risky.
Dec-09-02  mdorothy: Definatly an incredible combination by Petrosian to make the unneeded kingside exchange rediculous. Sometimes, I think it would be interesting if we could know what the time situation was like at any given time. It may explain many moves.
Dec-10-02  pawntificator: MDorothy, I have often wondered myself what the time limits were on many games. But in most books and magazines they don't seem to give that information, unless it's to say blitz, which is rather vague. For some reason, people don't think it matters as long as both players have the same amount of time, whatever that may be.
Jan-27-04  Catfriend: I don't see any plan or active move played by white! No surprise the Iron Tiger got the queen in a cage! A game for my collection!
Sep-22-04  iron maiden: This game is one of the rare instances where the enemy queen is actually "hunted" for a few moves before finally becoming trapped.
Sep-22-04  notsodeepthought: Nice ending, but doesn't this actually fit better in this week's puzzle theme (trapped queens)? Also (and more importantly), for a game of the day, it's a weak pun...
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  Benzol: Bobotsov is a good grandmaster but trying to out-manoeuvre Petrosian is a tall order.
Sep-22-04  Snow Man: How can one play through this game and still think Petrosian a patzer? The "Iron Tigran" is the greatest chess master that ever lived!
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  ray keene: the time limit was 40 moves in two and a half hours plus 16 moves per hour after. bobotsov was very highly regarded at that time and had -if memory serves correctly-just tied for second prize in the mammoth 50th anniversary of the revolution tournament moscow 1967. bobotsov also went on to great things in the 1972 olympiad.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: One neat aspect of the opening is how Petrosian "gently" discouraged Bobotsov from playing the Minority Attack with b2-b4, placing his Knights so that they could pounce on the hole at c4. I think Bobotsov played much too passively, allowing Petrosian to draw all of the attention to the King side, where Black normally has the upper hand.
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  Honza Cervenka: It's only a detail but isn't this game from the Olympiad in Lugano? It was in 1968, not 1969.
Sep-22-04  panigma: What is wrong with 18.Nxe4?
Sep-22-04  ConLaMismaMano: If 18.Nxe4 dxe4 19.Qxe4 f6 loses the Knight.
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  kevin86: Milko got his cow trapped (lol)
Sep-22-04  noone2: How about 35 Nf1?
Sep-22-04  ragnar0C: how does the game end...cant queen run away???
Sep-22-04  patzer2: With 37...gxf3! Petrosian has a winning combination to exploit his clearly superior position. If 38. Qxf3, then 38...Re8! 39. Qe2 Rf2 wins. And of course after 38. Nxf3, Black loses as in the game to Petrosian's subtle Queen trap (perhaps 39...Qc8! surprised Bobotsov).
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  Benzol: <Honza> You're right. I just looked it up in Volume 2 of " The Games of Tigran Petrosian " . I presume you've notified the administrators via the "Spot an error" utility.
Sep-22-04  Shadout Mapes: <how does the game end...cant queen run away???>


Sep-22-04  ajile: Pathetic play by white. White should play to advance the qside pawns to break it open on that side so his rooks can invade via the c file. Instead he plays waiting moves and allows black to get a kside attack. Plus he takes the h pawn which gives black another avenue of attack on white's king. Pitiful.
Sep-22-04  Can: Petrosian is a great tactical player even if many people consider his games to be boring or lacking excitment
Sep-23-04  ajile: Petrosian was Black here. His style was to slowly crush his opponents positionally like in this game. White was punished appropriately for his passive play.
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