Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
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



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 89 times; par: 32 [what's this?]

Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 74 more Spassky/Petrosian games
sac: 23.Qg6 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Premium members can suggest a game for Guess-the-Move with the Guess-the-Move Suggestion Queue.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 4 OF 7 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

click for larger view

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

click for larger view

Aug-17-09  notyetagm: 21 ?

click for larger view

21 e4-e5! <clearance: e4> Δ ♘c3-e4

click for larger view

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.


Premium Chessgames Member
  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?
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 7)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 4 OF 7 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
World champions lose miniatures 2.
by ughaibu
by yahooman
trovillion's favorite games
by trovillion
21 e4-e5! vacates e4-square for 22 Nc3-e4, with attack
from Clearance by notyetagm
21. ?
from Sunday Puzzles by
blackkangaroo's favorite games
by blackkangaroo
21. e5! initiates a winning kinside attack
from Clearance by patzer2
Great Finishes
by williscreek
kibitz games
by eigis
Sg5! Löparen på b3
from xfer's favorite games 2006 by xfer
rodrigochaves' favorite games
by rodrigochaves
game nineteen,1969-Spassky wins big!
from Spassky vs Petrosian WCH 1966,1969 by kevin86
from favorite games according to opening b00-b99 by mirage
Spassky quickly dismantles Petrosian's castled position
from Beautiful combinations by Gregor Samsa Mendel
by zentovic
Boris Spassky (1937-)
from PLayer of the day:notable game II by nikolaas
15 ... Nf6xg4?! opens g-file, White launches blinstering attack
from Take enemy pawn, open lines for *HIS* line piece by notyetagm
Attack on f6, famous world championship game.
from Beautiful Endings by Kingsandsquares
Spassky quickly dismantles Petrosian's castled position
from Kwik Kollections Fredthebear Likes by fredthebear
bobbyboomer's favorite games
by bobbyboomer
plus 218 more collections (not shown)

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC