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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov
Hastings (1977/78), Hastings ENG, rd 2, Dec-29
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. King's Knight (A13)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  wordfunph: game sidelight..

<Evgeny Sveshnikov recalls that once when he was playing Petrosian at Hastings he got a decent position, and, summoning up his courage, offered a draw. Petrosian silently made a move. Sveshnikov thought that he just hadn't heard the offer. After the game it turned out that Petrosian had heard everything, but decided to keep his
opponent in the dark.>

*NIC Magazine 2012 01

Jul-13-12  Petrosianic: With Petrosian, you could never tell, because he wore a hearing aid so early in life.
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  perfidious: This reminds me of a game between Yehuda Gruenfeld and Viktor Korchnoi. In one of their games, Viktor the Terrible proposed a draw which Gruenfeld turned down, being hard of hearing, and Korchnoi went on to win.
Jul-13-12  Shams: <perfidious> Welcome back, it's great to see you! Did you play in the wsop?

<Viktor the Terrible proposed a draw which Gruenfeld turned down, being hard of hearing>

I'm confused; did he hear the draw offer or not? =)

Jul-13-12  JoergWalter: <wordfunph> many stories like that are told about Petrosian. however, a draw offer is most likely follow up by a sign of your hands etc. especially when your opponent is known to be almost deaf. was Petrosian also blind?
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  perfidious: <Shams> Gruenfeld never heard Korchnoi's offer.

Back in the 1980s I played a few events with Gruenfeld and knew he was deaf, but don't remember anything special.

As to the WSOP, I've never played in it, though I hope to change that one day. Some old chess adversaries played in it as so often, I see (Michael Casella and Jennifer Shahade) are two from my past.

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