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Tigran V Petrosian vs Petrovsky
"Love Triangle" (game of the day Mar-26-2013)
URS-ch U18 (1946), Leningrad URS
Bogo-Indian Defense: Nimzowitsch Variation (E11)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: Early Petrosian; a nicely constructed positional crush. I think this game is from the 1946 Soviet Junior Championship. Petrosian won with a score of (+13=2-0)! 13...dxc4!? 14.Ndxc4 Nxc4 15.Rxc4 Bb5 would have been easier for Black.

18.exd5!! Giving up a N for two pawns and a huge central preponderance. This may not automatically win, but it makes life too hard for Black.

20...Bg6!? would not leave Black so constricted.

26...Ra8? is hard to understand, but he is running out of moves

27...Nxd6 counter sacrificing only delays but does not alter Black's fate -

28.exd6 axb5 29.Nxe6 Nxe6 30.Qxe6+ Qf7 31.Qxf7+ Kxf7 32.Re7+ Kf8 33.Rxa8 Rxa8 34.Rxh7 and Petrosian is three pawns up.

May-22-04  Benjamin Lau: <Iron Maiden> <Power to the Pawns!>
May-22-04  iron maiden: A gem for the collection; thanks Ben.
May-28-04  BeautyInChess: Nice! A full pawn V!
Dec-30-04  aw1988: What a pawn chain!
Sep-11-07  wolfmaster: 28...Qxb7 29.Bxb7 Rb8(or a7) 30.c6 and Black is done.
Nov-01-07  Whitehat1963: How on earth do you manage to keep all your pawns for 27(!) moves?
Nov-04-08  arsen387: <Whitehat1963: How on earth do you manage to keep all your pawns for 27(!) moves?> That's Petrosian! Even in 17 his positional understanding was outstanding
Nov-14-08  Sem: Whitehat1963 sums it up nicely. A gem.
Jan-30-09  WhiteRook48: he beat the Petrov guy who didn't play the Petrov
May-21-09  WhiteRook48: why not ...axb5?
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  GrahamClayton: Shame that Black resigned before the c-pawn moved to c7
Apr-25-10  libertyjack: Wonderful positional sacrifice.
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  Phony Benoni: My guess is that the "pun" refers to the White's pawn structure after <21.b4>:

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Mar-26-13  ounos: Amazing. Without knowing this game, playing the moves casually, for some reason I stopped after 17. ...f6, wondered what would Petrosian play. Exchange? Retreat? Exchange? Retreat?

Let's see what he did.


That's why he was Petrosian and I'm a nobody

Mar-26-13  Abdel Irada: <Phony Benoni: My guess is that the "pun" refers to the White's pawn structure after <21.b4>>

Pretty good "guess," I'd say. :-D

But I see it as more of a "flying wedge" (

Mar-26-13  morfishine: The mother of all pawn rollers

<Abdel Irada> Interesting note on the 'flying wedge'; I knew its connection to American football, but not its military origin

Mar-26-13  Abdel Irada: Either way, I'm sure that after this game, Petrovsky would like to see the tactic banned.
Mar-26-13  King Sacrificer: Check Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 to see the triangle reversed.
Mar-26-13  goodevans: <Triangle> - yeah, I get that, but in the words of Tina Turner, "What's <Love> Got to Do with It"?
Mar-26-13  Ratt Boy: <WhiteRook48: why not ...axb5?> I'm figuring 28.♘xb5, cxb5 29.♕xb7, with three for the piece and a ♖ penetrating to the 7th in a hurry. That would likely have been better than the quick resignation of the game, but it really seems that Tigran knew what he was doing.
Mar-26-13  Travis Bickle: Wow, Petrosian puts black in a vacuum!
Mar-26-13  Abdel Irada: <King Sacrificer: Check Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 to see the triangle reversed.>

Worth noting in both cases was White's enormous spatial advantage.

In one game, Black's forces are split, in the other outflanked, but both times the winner is he who has more room to maneuver.

Mar-26-13  blue wave: After <18.exd5>

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Black might have done better to play <18...cxd5>.

Perhaps play may have then continued <19.Nd3 Nc6> giving this position.

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But still - Petrosian is clearly winning even with this play by black.

Beautiful game by Petrosian.

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