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Tigran V Petrosian vs Robert James Fischer
Rovinj / Zagreb (1970), Rovinj / Zagreb YUG, rd 17, May-06
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-19-06  Whitehat1963: An interesting draw worthy of much analysis and commentary. I'm surprised no one has taken a stab at it.
Mar-19-06  ughaibu: It shouldn't be a surprise. Only 8.9% of games in the database have kibitzing.
Mar-19-06  Calli: And only 3.28% of those have any kibitzing worth reading ;->
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  keypusher: Kasparov takes a stab at it in OMGP IV, but I am not sure his analysis is worth reading. It's definitely not worth my typing. :-)
Jun-09-09  Eyal: Kasparov provides some interesting comments on this game, though not completely consistent; they're supposed to serve his general claim that Petrosian tended to play too timidly against Fischer in their late encounters (starting from Fischer vs Petrosian, 1970).

He starts by praising Petrosian's play in the opening – 5.dxc5! and 6.Nfd2! followed by 7.Nb3 leading to a favorable version of a Maroczy Bind, where Black has lost time on his queen sortie and White has made the useful move Nb3. Then he criticizes 13.Nd4 as unnecessarily allowing Black to relieve himself, suggesting instead 13.f3 which keeps up more pressure (after the exchange on d4, the game reaches a more "normal" Maroczy setup, which can be arrived at via 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Be2 Bg7 8.Be3 0–0 9.0–0 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Be6 11.Rc1). At this point he says: "Apparently, Petrosian was thinking only of a draw..."

However, Petrosian's aggressive play on move 15-18 hardly indicates a play for a draw. He may have missed a better chance on move 19, though, with <19.Bc4>, e.g. 19...Nxe4 20.fxg6 hxg6 21.Bxg7 Kxg7 22.Nxe4 Bxe4 23.Qxd6 Bf5 24.Bd5 with a dangerous initiative; it's probably better for Black to play 19...Kh8, removing the king from the bishop's diagonal and allowing to meet fxg6 with fxg6, or even 19…g5. (Kasparov: "For Petrosian, especially against Fischer, [19.Bc4] was an excessively complicated, unclear continuation")

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  tamar: <He may have missed a better chance on move 19, though, with <19.Bc4>, e.g. 19...Nxe4 20.fxg6 hxg6 21.Bxg7 Kxg7 22.Nxe4 Bxe4 23.Qxd6 Bf5 24.Bd5 with a dangerous initiative>

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Rybka sees equality after 24...Rae8 25 Bxb7 Re2 and Black has his own initiative. Tries like 26 Qxa6 Rxg2+! 27 Kxg2 Be4 and 26 Bxa6 Rd8 27 Qc7 Qxc7 28 Rxc7 Rxb2 is dead even, so I am wondering where is the danger?

Jul-23-15  RookFile: Petrosian's play certainly appeared to be logical and aggressive enough. I don't think Petrosian was afraid of Fischer in this game like Kasparov implied he was.
Jun-18-18  ZonszeinP: Fischer didn't play 37-... Rxb3

Probably didn't want a possible passed d pawn for white


Jun-18-18  ewan14: The fifth game between Petrosian and Fischer in 1970

Petrosian still to get a win

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