"Is there even a Petrosianiac way to get to an endgame?"
Suck forward the enemy pawns so they become weak and leaves holes
behind them. Sac a Rook for a Knight and use your remaining Knight to
create total havoc on the weak squares. 🙂
"Capablanca's skill in endgame is overrated." 😕
I think you learn more from Capa's endings than Petrosian's
(for reasons I'll explain later).
Although there is a certain amount of myth building going on surrounding Capa.
So it is with alll great players.
Four of those 8 years Capa was undefeated were WWI.
There not much chess going on then. I have the BCM for those WWI years.
They were publishing skittles games between amatuers to fill their pages.
It is easy to build a myth around any player.
Petrosian says he was influenced by Nimzovitch.
Cue one of Nimzovitch's favourite mis-quotes:
"The threat is stronger than the execution."
So the young Petrosian read this (Petrosian claimed he slept with Nimzo's
'Chess Praxis' under his pillow) and a stye was born.
Petrosian snuffed out the opponents threat before it could get executed.
Often seeing the threat against him before his opponent even thought of it.
That's the stuff myths are made of.
Capa's endings are clear precise and perfect. Very easy to understand.
You will learn from them.
The players of Petrosian's era thanks to Capa, knew what positions to aim
for and what to avoid. If lost they would resign before being shown so you
won't see these crystal clear wins, though if asked I've no doubt at all that
Petrosian would have played them equally as well.
I often read in the ending the King is a fighting piece and did play over
examples to convince me so. However it was two Petrosian games that
drove this home.
Before we continue I have to advise you not to try this at home. 😉
Fischer - Petrosian Yugoslavia 1959
Usually the King flexes his muscles after the Queens are off.
Petrosian got his King working with a very active Fischer Queen still on the board.
Position at move 49.
Black's big bits are tied down to holding the d-pawn. White's big bits tied
down hitting it. So why not use the Black King to guide home the a+b-pawns.
And that is just what he did.
Position after 61 moves.
Next is Petrosian V - Botvinnik in the 1963 world title match.
Here is the latter half of the game. This is a Fightin King.