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Tigran V Petrosian vs Yuri Balashov
URS (1978)
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1-0



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Aug-06-08  fictionist: A little instructive game with no post? 9.Bd3!? and 10.Be4! are very fine moves.
Aug-06-08  Boomie: Black is fine after 20...Qf7 21.f3 Rh4=. Indifferent effort by the Tiger.
Aug-07-08  arsen387: very nice trap. 22..Nf6 23.Nh3 wins the exchange. Petrosian was 59 when he played this game.
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  Benzol: I like this one too
Petrosian vs Balashov, 1974
Aug-07-08  arsen387: <Benzol> great game! thanks for pointing it
Aug-07-08  fictionist: Correction <arsen>. He was 49 when he played this game. He was born in 1929. :)
Aug-07-08  fictionist: For intermediate players who are learning the grasp of positional play, this game may well be a treat.
Aug-08-08  arsen387: <fictionist> oops, you're right :)

Petrosian is +5 -0 =7 against Balashov according to CG's database. Pretty impressive.

Aug-09-08  fictionist: Yes <arsen> 5-0 is impressive all right but take note games *may or may not be complete. :)
Jul-12-09  birthtimes: 18. Rac1 followed by 19. Qe3 would have been a less indifferent effort by the Tiger...
Oct-16-09  WhiteRook48: I was thinking maybe 10 Bxh7 g6 11 Bxg6 fxg6 12 Qxg6 stirring up a little trouble on the kingside
Jul-27-14  diagonal: @ 9. Bd3

<<17 years after Petrosian played this way against Balashov, grandmaster Bagirov repeated this move. His opponent, an amateur called Hefti, replied with the elementary 9. ..f5!

And it turns out, that white cannot exploit the 'weakness' of the diagonal a2-g8. ... How Petrosian intended to meet 9. ..f5, we will never know">> (Ilya Odessky in "Play 1.b3 The Nimzo-Attack: A friend for life", New in Chess 2008).

Here is amateur Gabriel Hefti's game from 1995 against grandmaster (and later senior world chess champion) Bagirov, black lost it finally too, due to the better endgame technique by white (Bagirov), but Hefti could claim to introduce a novelty, even may be to refutate Tigran Petrosian in this particular position after 9. Bd3:

<Bagirov vs G Hefti, 1995>

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