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Deep Exchange Sacrifices, Part One: Petrosian
Compiled by Baby Hawk

The exchange sacrifice is something that has always intrigued me, not as a sort of mating sacrifice, but as a deep, positional sacrifice, the type Petrosian was famous for, sacrifices that don't immediately gain material, and aren't obvious (for us mortals, at least).

This section is devoted purely for Petrosian, well known for his deep sacrifices of the exchange, often even when playing for the world championship. Anyways, enjoy!

Petrosian's first exchange sacrifice
Aganalian vs Petrosian, 1945 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 34 moves, 0-1

A crushing attack off of the exchange sac
Dunaev vs Petrosian, 1946 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 32 moves, 0-1

A sac of the exchange for a dangerous passed pawn
Petrosian vs Furman, 1950 
(C49) Four Knights, 68 moves, 0-1

A sac of the exchange to shatter the opponent's pawn structure
Szabo vs Petrosian, 1952 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 47 moves, 0-1

Saccing the exchange for an opponent's passed pawn
Taimanov vs Petrosian, 1953 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 38 moves, 0-1

Saccing the exchange for a pawn steam-roller
O Troianescu vs Petrosian, 1953 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 57 moves, 0-1

Saccing the exchange for central pressure
Petrosian vs C Guimard, 1955 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 62 moves, 1-0

Saccing the exchange for powerful central pawns
Y Sakharov vs Petrosian, 1956 
(C16) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 0-1

Saccing the exchange for strong minor pieces
A Chistiakov vs Petrosian, 1956 
(C16) French, Winawer, 29 moves, 0-1

Exchange sac for kingside attack
P H Clarke vs Petrosian, 1958 
(C02) French, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

Petrosian sacs the exchange and collects the hanging pawns
A Dueckstein vs Petrosian, 1962 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 40 moves, 0-1

Again Petrosian sacrifices for hanging pawns
Diez del Corral vs Petrosian, 1962 
(B56) Sicilian, 39 moves, 0-1

Petrosian sacs the exchange for a very imposing center
Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(C00) French Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

Petrosian sacs the exchange... because he can
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A10) English, 34 moves, 0-1

A sac of the exchange for a powerful attack
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Again Petrosian gives up the exchange for some 'passers'
B Gurgenidze vs Petrosian, 1967
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 48 moves, 0-1

Petrosian sacs the exchange for a fatal discovery
Petrosian vs Estrin, 1968 
(A21) English, 26 moves, 1-0

A sac of the exchange for some rampaging passed pawns.
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 0-1

The exchange sac to simplify.
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 38 moves, 1-0

The exchange for a dominating knight.
Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1972 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 35 moves, 1-0

The exchange for passed pawns.
Petrosian vs Dorfman, 1975 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

The exchange for the initiative.
Gulko vs Petrosian, 1976 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 39 moves, 0-1

Exchange sac for dominating knights
Hort vs Petrosian, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 48 moves, 0-1

One of the deepest in the collection.
Klovans vs Petrosian, 1975 
(C11) French, 60 moves, 0-1

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