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Tigran V Petrosian vs Akaki Pirtskhalava
Ch URS (1/4 final) (1947), Tbilisi URS
Dutch Defense: Stonewall. Modern Variation (A90)  ·  1-0



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Feb-06-05  Milo: 11...Qf6 is a weird move. I might try 11...g5, in view of the disaster which follows in the game, although it's very committal.
Feb-28-07  drukenknight: A good positional dutch; I dunno who wrote the comments but in keeping w/ GM tradition they certainly dont explain what happened. They claim 23 Nf2 is a strong move but nothing is mentioned about the follow up. Blacks R on a8 never moved, what was the pt. of 23...Bc5 other than to give white's R something to do?...Hmm how is it white has both R on open files and black only one, is it magic?
Mar-01-07  shalgo: The notes, as indicated at move 1, are by Peter Clarke--presumably from his book "Petrosian's Best Games of Chess 1946-1963."

23.Nf2 intends to recapture at e4 with the knight instead of the queen. The knight will be much stronger on e4 than on d3. Black played 23...Bc5 to trade of the knight before it could reach e4. White then prevented this exchange with 24.Bd4.

Mar-02-07  drukenknight: I really thought he played ..Bc5 to pin the N but I digress...

ANyhow, does the book mention any idea of 23...a4 because it seems to me that is the most obvious way to get the R into play in this positional game.

Jul-31-08  fictionist: Little by little. Petrosian inching slowly until Black suffocates.
Aug-04-08  arsen387: STUPENDUOUS positional play by Petrosian. It's very instructive how Petrosian eliminates black's dark aquare B, the only piece that somehow holds the position. In the end the only defense against Qe5 and Qg7# is to give the Q for R so blacks resign.
Apr-12-09  blacksburg: clarke's comment on 7...Qe7 is interesting, as it seems to disagree with modern theory on the stonewall dutch. the modern way of playing the stonewall is in fact with ...Bd6 and ...Qe7, controlling e5 and stopping Ba3, which would exchange black's good bishop.
Dec-20-12  tonsillolith: <clarke's comment on 7...Qe7 is interesting, as it seems to disagree with modern theory on the stonewall dutch. the modern way of playing the stonewall is in fact with ...Bd6 and ...Qe7, controlling e5 and stopping Ba3, which would exchange black's good bishop.>

Yes, I was wondering about that. What is <anti-positional> about Black's moves 6 and 7? It seemed natural to me!

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  plang: Yes, I assume 7..Qe7 is fine but it would have been more logical to follow it up with 11..dxc 12 bxc..e5 as Clarke suggests.

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