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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Lajos Portisch
Petrosian - Portisch Candidates Quarterfinal (1974), Palma ESP, rd 13, Feb-17
Queen's Gambit Declined: Traditional Variation (D30)  ·  1-0

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Aug-10-07  patzerboy: Interesting way to win a pawn by Portisch.
Unfortunately, extricating the Knight afterward cost a lot of time, and White's active Rook attacking the queenside and generally more active game made the difference.

27...a5 has a bad feel to it, as well.

Feb-28-08
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  Gypsy: <patzerboy: Interesting way to win a pawn by Portisch. ...> Petrosian did not have to sac that pawn; I think Portisch expected something like <21...Qf4!?> 22.Rc2 Qe4...
May-13-08  Knight13: Strategicly beautiful.

Golden Rule in this game: don't rush!

Jul-16-09
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  Eggman: The decisive game of the 1974 Petrosian-Portisch quarterfinal candidates match. The score was tied at two wins a piece (draws not counting), and Petrosian came through with the clincher here.
Jul-16-09  parisattack: Petrosian made every move and piece count.

Wasn't it Fine who said Petrosian was the weakest of the World Champions? What rubbish. I think it is silly to speak of any WC as weak, absolutely or relatively.

Jul-16-09  Lt.Surena: Only the Best of the Best (in any sport or game) are able and worthy to defend their World Championship title successfully leaving no doubt about their prowess. That's what Petrosian did in 1966. Proving he was the BEST in his era.

Capablanca couldn't do it, neither could Smyslov, Tal, Spassky, Fischer ...

Western media spin tried to underscore his achievement but facts speak louder words. Envy, racism (demonized as Russian/evil), etc blinded their judgement.

The facts are:
Petrosian WON the World Championship in 1963. He WON it AGAIN in 1966 and stood up like a true chamipon and fought for it in 1969.

He was YOUR sole WORLD CHAMPION from 1963 to 1969 so get over it.

Jul-16-09  KamikazeAttack: <Lt.Surena: Only the Best of the Best (in any sport or game) are able and worthy to defend their World Championship title successfully leaving no doubt about their prowess. That's what Petrosian did in 1966. Proving he was the BEST in his era. Capablanca couldn't do it, neither could Smyslov, Tal, Spassky, Fischer ...

Western media spin tried to underscore his achievement but facts speak louder words. Envy, racism (demonized as Russian/evil), etc blinded their judgement.

The facts are:
Petrosian WON the World Championship in 1963. He WON it AGAIN in 1966 and stood up like a true chamipon and fought for it in 1969.

He was YOUR sole WORLD CHAMPION from 1963 to 1969 so get over it. >

So true.

Apr-22-11
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  NM JRousselle: I guess there has to be a weakest world champion. I won't venture a guess as to who that might be because the exercise is silly. What if the question were rephrased to: "Of the 20 best players of all time, who was the worst of them?" Viewing the question like this might expose the nonsense of this "weakest world champion" talk.
Apr-22-11
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  perfidious: A far more interesting line to pursue in lieu of this is a thread I started some time ago, on the question of the greatest never to win the WC: http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/1...
Apr-22-11  parisattack: <perfidious:> Interesting thread; I will need to dig deeper, thanks for sharing.

It is a bit like making a Top 10 list. I have the first four places (Fischer, Capablanca, Karpov, Kasparov) but there are 15 players wanting those last six positions!

Apr-22-11  DWINS: <perfidious>, These threads are always interesting, because there is never a right or wrong. We all have our own opinions. I would add Reshevsky to the list. Fischer claimed that Sammy was the strongest player in the world during the 1950s, and Bronstein confirms the rumors of Soviet collusion against him at Zurich. Rubinstein also has to be given strong consideration.

By the way, I'll add my own voice to those who think you underestimate Tal.

Apr-23-11
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  perfidious: <DWINS: <perfidious>, These threads are always interesting, because there is never a right or wrong. We all have our own opinions. I would add Reshevsky to the list. Fischer claimed that Sammy was the strongest player in the world during the 1950s, and Bronstein confirms the rumors of Soviet collusion against him at Zurich. Rubinstein also has to be given strong consideration. By the way, I'll add my own voice to those who think you underestimate Tal.>

Fair enough.

With Tal, it's a pity his illness created so many peaks and valleys in an extraordinary career. His love of the game was obvious.

Aug-31-12  birthtimes: Great positional sac by Petrosian as he calculated anywhere from 5 to 12 moves ahead, seeing that Black's Knight and Rook would be placed in extremely defensive and passive positions!
Aug-31-12
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  perfidious: < parisattack: ....I have the first four places (Fischer, Capablanca, Karpov, Kasparov) but there are 15 players wanting those last six positions!>

This is grasping the proverbial nettle; really, despite one's preference for the top few players, this gets muddled well before one reaches the tenth spot, and I've never tried to come up with a top ten list of all time in my mind-I regard that as irresoluble! Even arriving on the short list I published on twoplustwo.com was easier by far.

Aug-15-14
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  SteinitzLives: I think 6. Rc1 is an underrated move and I am surprised it is not played more often. Korchnoi and Karpov had some great battles with it. When Portisch on move 19 breaks the black c pawn-white d pawn tension which can be so key, it seems hurried. Black seems to take some initiative with 21 Qf4, boy is he in for a surprise when Petrosian lets him win a pawn, and accepts weaker looking pawn structure, but at a high positional cost for black.

By move 30 with white's active K, N and R, it's as if black is playing one or even two pieces down!

Love the final position with white's passer, and also his knight on the 8th rank while black can only watch and wait for white's R to either safely occupy b5 or grab a hanging pawn creating a 3rd black passed pawn!

Petrosian was so strong a player well after losing the title to Spassky in 69. Being a candidate for the world championship 4 times afterwards. He was still rated in the top 20 when he died in 1984 at the age of 55, which would be pretty much unheard of today.

Aug-15-14  Olavi: In the theoretical sense 6.Rc1(or 7., if h6 Bh4 had been played earlier) is not considered dangerous because of 7...dxc4, which is thought to be easy for black, and also 11...Re8.
Nov-18-16  N.O.F. NAJDORF: Well, Lt. Surena, Petrosian was Armenian - not Russian.
Jun-20-17  RookFile: Wonderful endgame by Petrosian.
Aug-18-19
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  stoy: Mikhail Botvinnik once stated that Petrosian "had a different understanding of chess".
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