Petrosian on talent, character and near misses

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Chris Rice
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Petrosian on talent, character and near misses

Postby Chris Rice » Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:35 am

A frankly heartbreaking interview with the Armenian Olympiad coach, Arshak Petrosian, who demonstrates why he, Peter Leko and Levon Aronian in crucial games have lacked the necessary steel to fulfil their potential. ... ear-misses

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Re: Petrosian on talent, character and near misses

Postby Matt Mackenzie » Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:10 pm

I wonder how often Leko dreams about that final WC game with Kramnik. Fairly regularly, I suspect.
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Christopher Kreuzer
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Re: Petrosian on talent, character and near misses

Postby Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:40 pm

Such stories of people missing the right moves do make me feel ever so slightly better about my own mistakes over the chessboard!

[Event "Thames Valley League"]
[Site "Richmond"]
[Date "2017.03.16"]
[White "Kreuzer, Chris"]
[Black "Haldane, Robin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C44"]
[Opening "Scotch Gambit"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.e5 d5 6.Bb5 Ne4 7.Nxd4 Bc5 8.Be3 Bd7
9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.O-O O-O 11.f3 Bxd4 12.Bxd4 Ng5 13.f4 Ne4 14.Nd2 f5 15.exf6 Nxf6
16.Qf3 Bf5 17.c3 Ne4 18.Nxe4 Bxe4 19.Qg4 Rf7 20.Rae1 Qd6 21.b4 a5 22.Be5 Qe7
23.a3 c5 24.b5 Bd3 25.Rf3 Bxb5 26.Rg3 d4 27.Qh5 d3 28.Ree3 d2 (28...Qd7
29.Bxg7 Rxg7 30.Rxg7+ Qxg7 31.Rg3 d2 32.Qd5+ Kf8 33.Rxg7 (33.Qxa8+ Be8 34.Qd8
Qd4+ 35.cxd4 d1=Q+) 33...Kxg7 34.Qxd2) 29.Bxg7 Qxe3+ (29...Rxg7 30.Rxe7 d1=Q+
31.Qxd1 Rxg3 32.Qd5+ Kh8 33.Qe5+ Kg8 34.Qe6+ Kh8 35.Qf6+ Kg8 36.Qf7+ Kh8
37.Qxh7#) 30.Rxe3 Rf5 (30...Rxg7 31.Qd5+) (30...Rd8 31.Bd4 d1=Q+ 32.Qxd1 cxd4
33.Rg3+ Kf8) (30...Ba4 31.Rd3 d1=Q+ 32.Rxd1 Bxd1 33.Qg5 Bc2 34.Bd4+ Bg6
35.Qxc5) 31.Qg4 (31.Qd1 Kxg7 (31...Rxf4 32.c4 Bxc4 33.Rg3 Rf1+ 34.Qxf1 Bxf1
35.Bc3+ Kf7 36.Rf3+ Ke7 37.Rxf1) 32.Qxd2) 31...Rxf4 32.Qe6+ Rf7 33.Qd5 c6

Somehow I analysed all my opponent's possible moves on move 30 except the one he played (actually, I also missed 30...Ba4), and then promptly blundered when a win was probably still possible. :(

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