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Nikolay Novotelnov vs Tigran V Petrosian
USSR Championship (1951), Moscow URS, rd 12, Dec-05
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka:, the result 1-0 is not correct. Black won the game.
Jan-24-04  Dillinger: Hey white, a nickel for your kingdom.
Sep-01-04  fred lennox: Petrosian won in impressive fashion. It shows one aspect of his artistry which i liken to a Roman builder. Besides caution, peserverence, rational and avoiding suspense, there is clear-cut strategy and purposeful deployement of the pieces in the first dozen moves or so. A work of marble this game is. The timely 15...d5 is well worth studying.
Feb-19-11  Magic Castle: I do not see why white will give away a queen for a rook.
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  Sastre: If White had played 20.Qg1 he would have lost a piece to 20...Rxd2. Exchanging his queen for Black's rook and knight was the better option in a bad position.
Aug-30-12  LoveThatJoker: PART 1

Stockfish says that although WC Petrosian's 14...Bf8 was perfectly sound, he could have opted for two other very strong and Petrosian-esque continuations,

A) 14...Rc4 15. Re1 Qa8 16. Qf1 Rec8 17. Qe2 Bd8 18. Nd2 R4c7 19. Nb3 Nb6 20. Qd3 Na4 21. Nxa4 bxa4 <-0.72/22>

B) 14...Rxc3 15. bxc3 Nxe4 16. Bxe4 Bxe4 17. a4 Bh4 18. Qd2 bxa4 19. Rxa4 Bc6 20. Ra1 Nb6 21. Na5 Bb5 22. Rd1 e4 23. Qe3 d5 24. Ba3 Qc7 25. Bc5 Nd7 26. Rxd5 Nf6 27. Re5 Rxe5 28. fxe5 Qxe5 <-0.60/22>


Aug-30-12  LoveThatJoker: PART 2

As it relates to 15. Bd2?, this allowed WC Petrosian's magnificent 15...d5!

It should be noted that 15...d5! is particularly potent here as neither of White's Rooks has the d-file immediately open for them.

Stockfish preferred these for White's 15th,

A) 15. fxe5 dxe5 16. Bd2 Qb6 17. Qe1 a5 18. Be3 Qc7 19. Rf2 b4 20. axb4 Bxb4 21. Bd2 Nc5 22. Nxc5 Bxc5 23. Rf1 Bb4 24. Qe2 Red8 25. Rfd1 Qc4 <-0.64/22>

B) 15. Re1 exf4 16. Bxf4 Ne5 17. Qd4 Be7 18. Qg1 Qd7 19. Na5 Ba8 20. Bxe5 dxe5 21. Qb6 Qd6 22. Qxd6 Bxd6 <-0.68/22>


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