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Tigran V Petrosian vs Boris Spassky
Moscow (1971), Moscow URS, rd 6, Nov-30
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Rubinstein Variation (D27)  ·  1-0



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Dec-06-02  ughaibu: If my memory is correct this is the game that the Informator panel of GMs considered the best played in 1971.
Jul-18-03  drukenknight: how is this game supposed to end?
Jul-18-03  kutuzov: I guess it ends after something like

39..Kg8 40.Re7 Ng6 41.Rc7

If black plays 39.Rf8 then I think White can play Bd5.

Jul-18-03  ughaibu: If Kg8 doesn't white play Bd5 then take the knight? White's a passed pawn on the 7th ahead and black's king cant get in, must be an easy win. If Rf8 why not Rf7 in reply?
Jul-18-03  drukenknight: what is wrong w/ 39...Nd8?
Jul-18-03  mrvertigo: 39 ...Nd8 40 Rc7 white threatens Rc8
Jul-22-03  drukenknight: then 40....Kg7 the idea being that if Rc8 Nxc6 will defend the R.
Jul-22-03  Calli: ughaibu is right, just play 40.Bd5 Kg7 first, then Rc7-Rc8. Actually it looks like zugzwang after 41.Rc7. Black can't move either piece and will soon run out of pawn moves. If the king moves from g7, then Rc8 is even better with a pin.
Feb-08-08  xombie: Petrosian winning with Bishops over Knights for a change.
Aug-27-08  arsen387: <drukenknight: what is wrong w/ 39...Nd8?> then 40.Bf3 only then followed by Rc7 and Rc8. Immediately 40.Rc7 followed with 41.Rc8 is wrong as Nxc6 defends the b8 R. After 40.Bf3 I can't see any defense for blacks against above mentioned threat.

If 19..gxh6 then 20.dxe6 Qa8 (20..Qb8 loses the Q after Nxf7+) 21.Nxf7+ Rxf7 22.exf7 Nf6 (the only move to defend against g8 mate, e.g. Nd6? 23.Qg8+ Qxg8 24.fxg8=Q#) then 23.Rd7 followed by Rcd1 must win. Interesting game by Petrosian

May-19-09  notyetagm: <ughaibu: If my memory is correct this is the game that the Informator panel of GMs considered the best played in 1971.>


May-19-09  AnalyzeThis: If you didn't know better, you'd almost say that for this game, the players reversed roles - Petrosian the universal attacker, Spassky playing the defender here.
Aug-23-10  xombie: The game takes on a rather forceful course reminescent of Alekhine after the move 15. Qh4.

15. Qh4 seems like a typical move in these kinds of openings with the B on e7 and Nf6. Compare, for example, Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1961 where Qg4 was played with the intent being to weaken squares, and moving over after that (here it moves to g3), with Bh6 to kick the knight out.

Also notable are d5! and the simplification to a dynamic endgame.

Jul-03-11  positionalgenius: awesome game.
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  dernier loup de T: After a too much risky attack in a position just good for drawing, Spassky had to defend in a desperate way, by some tactical tricks which were not enough to save himself, unlike one year later in the 15th game against Ficher Not a long time before this game, petrossian was defeated in a crushing way by Fischer; so, possible Spassky thought here that his position of world champion gave him obligation to win too; but the situation of this game after the opening was not favorable for this trying... Anyway, globally, 1971 was no more a good year for Spassky. Some observers then were already very dubious about his chances against Fischer the following one... The impolite attitude of the however great american champion achieved the rest: what a pity for chess...
Jul-08-16  ZonszeinP: Spassky was hoping to play a match on the Royal game And was given an intrigue and dirty crap
Typical of a 007 series and foreigner to a noble game
Jul-08-16  ZonszeinP: This game is nice.
And Petrosian played it brilliantly
Jul-08-16  cunctatorg: Brilliantly conducted game by Petrosian; Spassky perhaps did his best but Petrosian, ingeniously changing many times the direction and the object of his attack, outplayed him in a striking way!!


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  keypusher: 33....Nde3 34.Bxb7 Nxd1 35.Ba7.

...Ra7, ...Bb7, ...Ra8 makes a pretty bad impression. There are some errors only strong players seem to make.

Jul-09-16  Olavi: Why not 14...b6 and Rc7 next? It's a standard way to activate the rook. Often Bb7-a8 is played, and the rook controls the seventh rank, among others lessening the danger of knight sacrifices on f7. Perhaps 18...Kh8 is the real mistake (Nd5).

The manoeuvre is particularly popular in Hedgehog positions, eg J Garcia Padron vs Suba, 1979
Nunn vs M Cebalo, 1986

Jul-09-16  capafischer1: petrosian resembled tal
Apr-09-17  todicav23: Fischer talks about this game in the new interview:
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  woldsmandriffield: A brilliant game.

Spassky played 13..Ra7 because 13..b6 runs into the tactic 14 Nc6!.

Black could not play 14..b6 for positional reasons: 15 Nxd5 exd5 16 Qf3 with a favourable pawn structure.

Petrosian's 19 d5! was a beautiful move. Among the hidden tactics is the spectacular 19..exd5 20 Nxd5 exd5 21 Rc7!

Mar-07-22  jerseybob: Sorry to be a contrarian, but this game doesn't bowl me over. On the basis of this, why would anyone play the QGA? I don't like the move 11..Nd5, which allows 12.Qe4. If black wants to control d5 with the 2 knights, it seems to me Nb4 at some point is the way to go. This is not the early-to-mid 60's Spassky I liked so much when I first discovered chess. After winning the title, and all those games against the deadly-boring Petrosian, it seems something went out of his play, the 1970 brilliancies against Larsen and Fischer being notable exceptions.

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