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Ludek Pachman vs Tigran V Petrosian
Portoroz Interzonal (1958), Portoroz SLO, rd 4, Aug-10
Old Indian Defense: Tartakower-Indian (A54)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: The threat 37...R3e5+ 38.Kd4 Re2+ winning the Queen is unavoidable.
Dec-18-04  maheshml: When ever ptrosian sacrifies ,he wins
Dec-17-05  CapablancaFan: Great game by Petrosian! He sacrafices a queen, not for mate, just to allow his remaning pieces more active play! It's amazing how Pertosian DOES NOT have a queen and just continues to play as if materials even! Wow.
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  technical draw: However Pachman got his revenge when he came back in the early 80's and started the video game revolution.
May-16-06  Mating Net: Would any other player have played 15...Qxd1+!? other than Petrosian? I mean come on! I bet he snatched that Rook after the briefest of calculations. There's no imminent mate, no further material gain, just an enemy King stuck in the center with a coordinated Black Army massing for the attack. It sure sounds good on paper, but it takes boatloads of confidence and guts to play such a move.
May-16-06  Runemaster: Yes, a masterpiece. Pachman brought out the best in Petrosian. Here are some more gems for anyone who doesn't know them:

Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961

Petrosian vs Pachman, 1952

May-16-06  RookFile: < Technical draw: However Pachman got his revenge when he came back in the early 80's and started the video game revolution.>

LOL! I used to play that game!

May-16-06  TylerD: The most original WC ever delivering true beauty!
May-16-06  mormonchess: I agree. One of Petrosian's finest. The period of the later 50s to early 60s is Petrosian's finest era. He became ultra conservative after he won the World Championship and let his creative energies temper a bit. This game clearly shows that he was a true contender for the world crown at this time.
May-17-06  Mating Net: The Iron Tiger sure had Pachman's number. Pachman was to Petrosian what Larsen was to Fischer.
Oct-25-07  HOTDOG: 23.Qxe4! Rfe8 24.Qxe8+ Rxe8+ 25.Kd2 =
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  plang: Pachman was a noted openings expert. 3..Bg4 was apparently intended to reach a non-theoretical position. Clarke felt that 7 e5? was an over-reach; he recommended 7 Be3 or 7 Qd1 instead. I wonder if 8 e6!? would have been an alternative for white. 9..e5?! led to unecessary complications after 12 Bf4; 9..Bg7 would have been better. Clarke recommended 15 Qh4 rather than accepting Petrosian's queen sacrifice. 35 Bxb7 was the final mistake. After
35 c6 white would have been clearly worse but not yet quite lost. Pachman lost on time but there was no defense to 37..R3e5+.
Feb-25-12  screwdriver: Definately one of my favorite players of all time.
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  perfidious: Petrosian's fianchettoed bishop performed in yeomanlike fashion before delivering a final, devastating blow in its return home to g7.
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  yiotta: 12...O-O; what, me worry? And after 15.Nb6, I had thought here we go, just another Petrosian exchange sac (yawn), but no, a positional queen sac !
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  yiotta: Oops,that should be <14...0-0>.
Jun-17-20  Ibisha Biscotto: a very ambitious e-pawn ,
storms off to c7 !
Jun-18-20  andrewjsacks: Very able and creative game by Petrosian.
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  Fusilli: The position after 22...Nxe4 deserves not a diagram but a portrait!

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As if this wasn't painful enough for white, remember that he has already castled, so it's not that his king can even remotely hope to scuttle away.

If 29.Kf1, the cutesy 29...Nd2+ soon mates.

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