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Tigran V Petrosian vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Botvinnik - Petrosian World Championship Match (1963), Moscow URS, rd 3, Mar-27
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation (E17)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Apr-04-08  Knight13: 83. Kd7 Rxg2 is a Lucena position! :-) Black loses.
Nov-07-08
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  Honza Cervenka: This was not an easy task to hold such an ending against Petrosian. No big fireworks but still great struggle.
May-12-09  Petrosianic: 83. Kd7 is refuted by KxK.
May-12-09  shalgo: Shereshevsky analyzes this game in volume two of Mastering the Endgame. He describes it as a sort of preview of the famous game five--Petrosian starts with virtually nothing and yet almost grinds out a win in the ending.

This opening variation is also featured in Mednis's From the Opening into the Endgame.

Jul-16-09  nymsso: Wow nice and instructional endgame...
Jan-11-11  Blunderdome: In the New In Chess book on this match, this game is presented with notes by A. Kotov, who gives 21. Rab8 (which transposes to the moves given here after the rooks are doubled on the b file). Any way of finding out which is right?
Oct-09-12  Derived: Nice one, very instructive in all all stages of the game.
Mar-10-14  zydeco: Kotov, in his notes, seems to think the game was played close to perfectly.

He likes 11.Qa4! and thinks 12.....Qd7 is a bit inaccurate. After 12....cxd4 13.Bxd4 dxc4 14.Qxc4 Qc8 black is equal.

29....f6 is a strange decision. Kotov likes 29....Bf6. 29.....Kh7 would also sidestep white's trick with 34.Rc8+.

Botvinnik thinks 69....Re2 70.Rb7+ could have gone badly for him and prefers 69.....Kc7. Kotov thinks black holds a draw after 70.Rb7+.

Feb-25-18  tgyuid: how's he getting a draw out of this one, we think....
Mar-04-20
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  woldsmandriffield: >zydeco< "Botvinnik thinks 69....Re2 70.Rb7+ could have gone badly for him and prefers 69.....Kc7. Kotov thinks black holds a draw after 70.Rb7+"

70 Rb7+ was worth a shot but Black survives: 70..Kc8 71 Ra7 and now 71..Kb8? loses to 72 Rg7. Probably best is 71..Ra2 72 Ke5 Kb8 73 Ra4 Kb7 since 74 Kf5 Rf2 75 Kg4 Kb8 holds.

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