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Boris Spassky vs Tigran V Petrosian
"Taming the Tiger" (game of the day Oct-29-2008)
Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1969), Moscow URS, rd 19, Jun-04
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  1-0



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Nov-02-08  maxi: The spirit of this game reminds me of the one of another famous Spassky victory, Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960
Aug-11-09  WhiteRook48: this one's better
Aug-12-09  arsen387: <Great finish by Boris. If 24...hxg5 25.Qh5+ Kg8 26.Qf7+ Kh8 27.Rg3 threatening mate by Rh3. If 27...e5 28. Qh5#. White's bishop on b3 is critical to the kill.> there's another defense too on move 27, instead of e5 27..g4 also postpones mate, 27..g4

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and from here I can't find any other quick mate but with spectacular 28.Rff3 (unless I miss smth of course), coz otherwise 28.Rxg4 Qe7 and whites can win the Q but no quick mate.

Position after 28.Rff3

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Aug-17-09  notyetagm: 21 ?

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21 e4-e5! <clearance: e4> Δ ♘c3-e4

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Dec-21-09  pts92: I didn't understand anything from this game :))
Dec-21-09  TheChessGuy: <pts92> Trust me, it's a good one. Tigran Petrosian did NOT lose in 24 moves. It took extremely strong play to make him capitulate so early.
Dec-21-09  talisman: somebody check me on this , but i think tigran beat boris early on with a Sic.Nadj. and Boris was just waiting the whole match for another chance.
Dec-21-09  Petrosianic: No, the game you're thinking of is this one, and it wasn't a Najdorf:

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969

Dec-21-09  talisman: <Petrosianic> thanks!
Dec-28-09  Jim Bartle: What's the need for that manuevering, by both players, on moves 13 and 14?
Apr-12-11  Ulhumbrus: <Jim Bartle: What's the need for that manuevering, by both players, on moves 13 and 14?> They could have been making provision for moves which the opponent did not play but which the opponent might have played.

One justification for 15 g4 is that the move 14..Bf8 has prevented Black from reacting to it by one pawn advance in the centre. For if Black reacts in the centre by the advance 15...d5, on 16 exd5 the e6 pawn is pinned.

However what about the other central pawn advance? Suppose that on 15 g4 Black tries 15...e5 instead. Now what does White do?

Jun-22-11  Garech: Fantastic game - very surprising that Petrosian played 15...Nxg4 given his style of play. Great attack by Spassky.


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  perfidious: In reference to game 17, followed by this effort, the following was once written: 'It is the author's thesis that if Petrosian had retained the nerve to bore his audiences (by playing the Petrov <perfidy>), he might have retained his world championship'.

The surprise is on seeing Petrosian playing 6....Nbd7 in this crucial game.

While 6....Nbd7 had appeared in his praxis in the 1950s, 7.Bc4 was known to be a strong retort by the time of this game.

Jun-23-11  DrMAL: 14...Nd7 was more accurate but no big deal. 15.g4 to open the file was a dubious plan, simply 15.e5 was stronger.

Black defends very well to prove this. 17...Kh8 right away would have been better where, after 18.f5 Qc5 19.fxe6 Bxe6 20.Bxe6 fxe6 the position is basically equal.

But even after what was played, if 19...Qe5 20.fxe6 Bxe6 21.Bex6 fxe6 white's attack is unclear and black is up a pawn.

However, Petrosian played 19...Qd8 a tactical blunder. After 20.fxe6 black has no way to take back the pawn without losing.

Jul-28-11  Tigranny: What's the finish?
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  Benzol: <What's the finish?>

<Superbull> <Great finish by Boris. If 24...hxg5 25.Qh5+ Kg8 26.Qf7+ Kh8 27.Rg3 threatening mate by Rh3. If 27...e5 28. Qh5#. White's bishop on b3 is critical to the kill.>

Dec-27-11  Tigranny: Thanks Benzol.
Dec-27-11  King Death: That quote from <perfidious> is one I remember too. Maybe the author got it right and sticking with the Petroff would have been better. It's easy to say in hindsight though.
Apr-24-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: DEFENDERS! DEFENDERS! DEFENDERS! THAT IS A DEFEN
Apr-27-12  Everett: This wasn't so much of "taming the tiger" as killing it and dragging the carcass through the village.
May-04-12  Tiggler: Benzol's 27.Rg3 is not best. Correct is 27.Rf3 . Then if 27... g4, 28.Rxg4 and mate next move
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  An Englishman: Good evening: My strangest week; +0 -0 =7. In other words, I knew all 7 games and can't claim credit for solving any one of them.
May-13-12  xthred: I correctly guessed the first two moves and also the pieces to make the mate. Pretty good for me.
May-13-12  Shams: White tried the ultra-aggressive x-wing setup with <6.Bg5> and <7.Bc4> but according to theory, he's not supposed to get away with planting both bishops on these squares. Does anybody know the refutation?
May-13-12  M.Hassan: "Insane" White to play 21.?
White is a pawn down.

I could not find any wild move! but Ne2 may have a future:

21.Nce2 e5
22.Nf5 Bxf5
23.Rxf5 d5
24.Nc3 Rc8
Too tired and not sure how the continuation will be.

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