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Tigran V Petrosian vs Boris Spassky
Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1969), Moscow URS, rd 2, Apr-16
Tarrasch Defense: Classical. Carlsbad Variation (D34)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-06-08  Knight13: White could try 31. Ne1, trying to kick the knight away with f3 and putting more pressure on c5 with Nd3 anytime.
Mar-30-15  thejack: After 29. - Qa8 Petrosian offered a draw.
Sep-04-17  Roark: Why did Spassky choose the Tarrasch Defense against Petrosian in the WCh rematch? Anyone have historical commentary from other GMs or trainers?
Sep-04-17  SChesshevsky: Seems like much of it was a surprise factor versus Spassky's more favorite Tartakower QGD at that time.

From "Tigran Petrosian: his life and games" by Vasiliev:

"Spassky likewise jettisoned his fianchetto extravaganzas, and relied on the QGD. His 'secret weapon' proved to be the Tarrasch defense, and at first sight this appears an almost suicidal decision. Surely Petrosian must be a master at the art of exploiting weak central pawns? The reader need only turn to game 10 of this book (v. Geller in the Amsterdam Candidates) to be convinced of this. Spassky later explained in an interview that he chose the Tarrasch because it gave lively piece play; true, White had a probable advantage, but (according to Spassky) it was the type of positional advantage which needs to be exploited by precise, concrete moves every time. And this did not suit Petrosian's cat-and-mouse style. At any rate, these tactics met with reasonable success; Petrosian time and again got advantages, fell asleep on them, and allowed his effervescent opponent to crawl out.

Later on in the match, Spassky reverted to the Makogonov-Bondarevsky defence when he was ahead and needing safe draws."

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