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Tigran V Petrosian vs Kopelevic
Tbilisi (1942), t
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1-0



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May-09-02  refutor: and who says that petrosian plays a boring style? he sure didn't in 1942 :) a very nice combination finishes this off...something had to give after he weakened his kingside with ...g6 and then moved his last defender to e8.
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  Sneaky: Classic Tigran... keeps all of his forces on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ranks; then suddenly explodes like a coiled spring, and slays the Black king where he stands.
Jul-06-02  atripodi: Wouldn't he have been about 14 here? Around what year did did he switch to his infamous conservative style?
Dec-08-03  Petrosianic: This game was actually played in 1944, when he was 15. The style isn't all that different than he played later on. When his opponent left himself open to this kind of fireworks, Tigran would play them. He just never did it speculatively.
Feb-24-04  Calculoso: after 25. ... Bxe8 and 26. Qh6, cant black save catastrophe by f6?
Feb-24-04  rafaelluiz: The correct is :25... Bxe8 26. f6!!
Feb-25-04  Calculoso: <rafaelluiz> Thanks. I guess the black K doesn't have any flight squares with e7 covered by the pawn and e8 by his own bishop.
Mar-16-04  TheAussiePatzer: 23... Bc6 was tougher but also loses badly:

23...Bc6 24.f6 Bxf6 25.Bxf6 Nxf6 26.Qg5+ Kh8 (26...Kf8 27.Qxf6 Kg8 28.Re7+-) 27.Qxf6+ Kg8 28.Re7+-

Sep-27-04  ArturoRivera: I had the idea Petrosian was boring, but now i find pretty atractive his combinative style.
Dec-14-04  chess man: I agree <ArturoRivera>
Feb-01-05  fgh: "Petrosian could combinate as well as Tal, but he could mantain this ability and play with a sinless positional technique" ---- Boris Spassky
Feb-01-05  ughaibu: So how does Spassky explain Tal's positive score against Petrosian?
Feb-01-05  fgh: <ughaibu>: Tal doesn't have a positive score against Petrosian, Petrosian has a positive score against Tal. If you look at the record carefully, you will find out that the following two games which are incuded in the statistics where not played by Petrosian, because Petrosian has died in 1983.

Tal vs T L Petrosian, 1986 and Tal vs A Petrosian, 1988. Also, there is a weird game Tal vs Petrosian, 1976.

Feb-02-05  ughaibu: Fgh: thanks for pointing that out and my apologies for the sloppiness of my research.
Apr-04-07  vonKrolock: <22...gxf5> Or 22...♗f8 23.♕d4 f6 24.♕d5+ ♔h8 26.♕f7 etc
Jul-17-09  totololo: No words! .... I had the impression of Fischer's best!
Aug-13-12  backrank: <Petrosianic: This game was actually played in 1944, when he was 15.>

Above it still says it was played in 1942, when he was 13.

<The style isn't all that different than he played later on. When his opponent left himself open to this kind of fireworks, Tigran would play them. He just never did it speculatively.>

Totally agreed on that part of the statement. When Tigran could attack from a safe position and with minimal risk, he DID attack. In such a situation, he would seize any tactical chance immediately.

Aug-13-12  backrank: Position after 21 ... Ne8:

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22 Nf5!! gxf5 (declining was unsatisfactory, too) 23 exf5

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Of course, White threatens the trivial Rxe7 now, but his main threat is f6, which would happen even after 23 ... Qd8 24 f6!!

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Now 24 ... Bxf6 25 Qh6 or 24 ... Nxf6 25 Qg5+ and 26 Rxe7 or 24 ... Bf8 25 Qg5+ Kh8 26 Qh5 lose quickly. Check it out.

In the game, Tigran's opponent allowed an even more brilliant finish after 23 ... Bd8:

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24 Rxe8+! (the immediate f6, however, was possible as well, but the text is simpler) Bxe8 25. f6!

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And nothing can be done against Qh6.

Jan-11-17  TheFocus: This game is from the 1st Category Tournament in Tbilisi, 1944.

Petrosian finished in 2nd place with 8.5/11, gaining him his first Candidate Master norm.

Apr-16-17  MrJafari: I think 23th Black move was a terrible blunder!
Aug-02-19  Hokey pokey: He shows a fine understanding of the Spanish for one so young!
Jan-19-21  Gaito: Black's first mistake was 17...a5?, a useless move wasting a valuable tempo. Instead he should have fought for the control of the e5 square with 17...Re8, to be followed by...Bf8, with equality. After 17...a5? 18.Bc3! Black was forced to abandon the fight for control of the center: 18...exd4 19.Nxd4!? (the engines like 19.Qxd4!). After 19...a4 20.a3 the computer evaluation (SF12) is +2.22.
Jan-19-21  Gaito: 20....g6?? was a blunder (20...Qc5 was in order, or also 20...Ne8 to be followed by 21....Bf6). Black was lucky that young Petrosian missed the sacrifice 21.Nf5!! However, after 21....Ne8?? (21....Bf8) Petrosian was given a second chance, and this time he did not miss his opportunity: 22.Nf5!! Computer evaluation is already +4.59. In case of 22....Bf6 23.Bxf6 Bxf5 24.Bc3, with a crushing attack.
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  kingscrusher: Nice tactics from the young Petrosian :)

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