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Tigran V Petrosian vs Lajos Portisch
Petrosian - Portisch Candidates Quarterfinal (1974), Palma ESP, rd 5, Jan-27
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1-0



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Nov-06-05  PivotalAnorak: 35. ♖d5 is simply orgasmic...
Nov-06-05  aw1988: Zugzwang!!, for <iron maiden>.
Mar-07-09  Dredge Rivers: <PivotalAnorak> <35 Rd5 is simply orgasmic...>

Remind me never to play you OTB! :)

Mar-24-13  birthtimes: If 25...Kf8 then 26.Rad1 Ke7 27.c5 Rab8 28.cxb6 axb6 29.Bxb6 Rxd2 30.Bc5+ and White is a pawn up with a winning position! Also this is another excellent example of the winning advantage of rook(s) and bishop versus rook(s) and knight endgame!!!
Mar-15-17  Toribio3: Petrosian is not a boring World Champion!
Apr-05-20  paavoh: Yes, 25.-f6 and 27.- Kh6 got Portisch into trouble. Perhaps 25.-h6, but still White is clearly ahead. One can just admire how Petrosian so easily simplified the position to a winning endgame. Seemed so simple that anyone could do the same, the process was very logical.
Aug-18-20  zenwabi: GM Michael Stean annotates this game in his excellent book, SIMPLE CHESS, on p. 158 in the chapter on SPACE.
Aug-18-20  saturn2: I wonder why black never played ...d5 for example 21...d5 or earlier 9...d5

Petrosian said about Portisch he feared him and could not defeat him for a long time.

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  beatgiant: <saturn2>
21...d5 at least loses a pawn to <22. Nc6> followed by Nxe7, then cxd5.

9...d5 The Opening Explorer shows it's still a book position, and your suggestion was tried unsuccessfully in M Tratar vs G Papp, 2001

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  kingscrusher: Another great space example in Stean's "Simple chess" showing endgame capability enhanced for King and rooks
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  MissScarlett: Why not compile a <Simple Chess> games' collection to go with the 25 already here?
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  kingscrusher: <MissScarlet> Yes I cloned someone elses and added two missing games:

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