Petrosian's King March "Staggers" Kasparov - Best Of The 1980s - Kasparov vs. Petrosian, 1981

Petrosian's King March "Staggers" Kasparov - Best Of The 1980s - Kasparov vs. Petrosian, 1981

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In Tilburg, 1981, the 18-year-old prodigy Garry Kasparov faced the great world chess champion Tigran Petrosian. Kasparov, a clear future titled contender, was actually born in the same year in which Petrosian became world champion!

Playing with the white pieces against a Petrosian who was no longer as active or competitive as he once was, Kasparov was ambitious, clearly hoping to win. Initially things went Kasparov's way as he got a great opening position and developed a nice attack with excellent maneuvers, but Petrosian's incredible defense "staggered" the might Kasparov as Petrosian marched his king straight into the teeth of Kasparov's attack.

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This game features many instructive maneuvers, including 11.Bf1!, 19...f5!!, and Petrosian's incredible marching king conception.

Also incredible was the resource Kasparov missed beginning with 36.Bxc7!

Lessons:

  • Strong defenders never give up.
  • Great attackers have an excellent sense of where to place their pieces. (Bf1!)
  • In special situations, the king can fend for himself.

My notes are below. Kasparov's annotation in "My Great Predecessors III" are incredible, and I highly recommend you read them!

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