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Tigran V Petrosian vs Robert James Fischer
"Tiger Bomb" (game of the day Apr-13-2008)
Fischer - Petrosian Candidates Final (1971), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 6, Oct-17
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  0-1



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Tigran V Petrosian vs Robert James Fischer (1971) Tiger Bomb

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Apr-12-08  popski: OK, "Zukertort Opening" isn't bad name, but actually it should be called "Umbrella Attack"! I mean, white position looks awful on move 4. and Kasparov found drawing line in the move 42.?! C'mon, this opening sucks..
Apr-12-08  Samagonka: Really took Tigran long to take that h7 pawn!
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  kevin86: A bad week for tigers-Memphis blew the NCAA title to Kansas in the final two minutes;Detroit was the last MLB team to win a game;Tiger Woods didn't get a birdie until he had trailed at the Masters by eight strokes. As I say,I poor weak for tigers.

Even a game play by a chesser nicknamed "tiger", almost forty years old pops up on the GOTD-ouch!

No,Tygers aren't burning bright-at least not for now

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  keypusher: <mistreaver><smarter than bobby><It would be more useful if you told him how Petrosian would get checkmated in the event of 54. Rxd7. If you know.>

I meant 54. Rxh7, of course. OMGP IV doesn't discuss the possibility, but Wade & O'Connell say that 53. Rxh7 (when it was also possible) would have amounted to a transposition (Petrosian did eventually take the pawn on move 59).

Apr-12-08  A.G. Argent: <kevin86> Never, repeat, never, count out Eldrick. (But he does need at least a 67 today and a bit of a stumble by the leaders).
Apr-12-08  slomarko: this is my favorite Fischer game, true Petrossian played the opening too passive but Fischer's technique was excellent.
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  keypusher: <mistreaver> I also took a look at this game with Shredder. 54. Rxh7 would have lost pretty much as in the game: 54....Ra8 55. Ne2 Ra3+ and ...Rxf3. The theme of the ending is Black trying to get his rook to an open file and then invade on it, meanwhile penetrating with his king, using the bishop as a shield against the White rook. It's not easy! Shredder suggests that White could have complicated Black's task with 57. Ra7+, forcing ...Ba5. Black's rook would then invade on the b-file, and Black would keep a big advantage, but since it's hard for his king and bishop to keep advancing, it wouldn't be as clear-cut in the game.

After 59. Rxa7 Ra1 Black is threatening the murderous Rd1+, so Petrosian has nothing better than to give up his knight.

Apr-12-08  D4n: In the Larson opening b3, Bb2 why did white open with the knight instead of opening attacks from the queen side?
Apr-12-08  Chessmensch: The superiority of the bishop to the knight in this kind of endgame is evident and instructive. Nothing profound, of course, in saying this but it's an excellent example.
Apr-12-08  Magic Castle: Theoretically Fishcer had a bad bishop because it has the same color with his pawns. But Fischer's Rook and King vastly out played that of Petrosian causing his downfall. A case of ingenous tactics.
Apr-12-08  Atking: <RookFile: Instead of the move 3.Bb2, the move 3.e4 is extremely interesting. Bisguier has played this. The idea is, after 3...dxe4 4.Ne5 to have the Budapest Gambit with the colors reversed and an extra move.> Yeah funny enought (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe Ne4 4.a3 b6!? 5.Qd5? Bb7 6.QxBb7 Nc6 7.Qa6 Nc5 / with color reversed a6 (a3) is not played then White has intermezzo Bb5+ before Nc4) I think Fischer knew that Petrossian ('s main weakness) will never played agressively from the very first move. The move 4.e4!? looks to me playable too 4...dxe 5.Nh4 or 4...d4 5.e5!?. Therefore this game is fascinating by its ending.
Apr-12-08  Atking: I didn't notice your post <An english man> I agree 4.e4 is intersting
Apr-15-08  wanabe2000: <rook file> In "Russiaans vs Fischer" I found the continuation to 42.f4!! gxf4 43.g5! fxg5 44.Nf3 g4 45.Nxe5 h5 46.Ng6= (Matanovic);44...Ra6 45.Ra6 Ka6 46.Ng5 Ba5 47.Nxh7 Bd8 48.Nf8 Bf6 49. Nd7= (Kasparov). Petrosian claims "the possibility of 42.f4 did not occur to me."
Apr-16-08  littlefermat: 28...NxBb2 has echoes of Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 (22. Nxd7). Although it doesn't seem like the right move here. In this case, I really can't see the logic of giving up the good knight for the bad bishop, biting on granite. I ran over the past couple of pgs of kibitzing but saw no mention of it. Anyways, I think 28...Na5 followed by 29...Nb3 and pressure on the c and b-files, via Rfc8, is more sensible.

Any thoughts? Or Fritz-assisted thoughts?

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  keypusher: <little fermat>

In OMGP IV, Kasparov agrees with you that the "subtle" 28....Na5 is stronger than 28....Nxb2, giving 28....Na5 29. Ba3 Bxa3 30. Rxa3 Rfc8 31. Rb1 Qc4! or 31. Rxc8+ Rxc8 32. Ra1 Nb3 33. Rb1 Qc4!. He also thinks the "direct" 28....Rfc8 is better than Fischer's move, giving 29. Rc2 (29. a5?! Bb4 30. a6? d3! and wins) 29....Bb4 30. Rac1 Nd6 etc.

Apr-17-08  RookFile: Yes, Kasparov gave this as an example of how Fischer thought the bishop was better than the knight, period, but in this particular case, maybe it was the wrong decision.
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  keypusher: <rookfile><Little fermat> Interestingly, in the "dossier" he compiled in preparation for their planned match, Botvinnik wrote that <[Fischer] readily parts with both bishops> and that in the endgame, <he likes a knight against a bishop>.
Apr-19-08  jmrulez2004: The main idea of the game from the endgame onwards was to control the ital c file, which will allow subsequent penetration of the rook, and also,move 51 was to induce white's rook to enter balck's terriory, which resulted in the subsequent use of the black bishop to cover white'r movement, limiting it and not allowing it to come back to defend his territory. and such, a won endgame
Apr-19-08  compuserve: This game was already posted as GAME OF THE DAY. It was named "Tigr Bomb"

Correct me if am wrong...

Apr-19-08  Aspirador: <Tigr bomb> Yeah, wasn't this just 3-4 days ago? "Desparate measures"? Didn't you mean to pick something else?
Apr-19-08  Manic: Perhaps the meant to pick this one:
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971
Apr-19-08  Karnatakiaditya: I don't think they meant another game ...... This game was GOTD on 12th April, 2008. They have removed it from the GOTD archive. They must have meant to put the same game.... why they did it is a mystery to me :D
Apr-19-08  Samagonka: In the end game, black's bishop caused more havoc than white's knight.
Apr-20-08  wanabe2000: Petrosian called Fischer's position a "fortress" in the book "Russians vs Fischer".
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  keypusher: <wanabe2000: Petrosian called Fischer's position a "fortress" in the book "Russians vs Fischer".>

No, I think he is referring to the question whether his own position at adjournment was a fortress that could not be broken into.

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