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Tigran V Petrosian vs Mark Taimanov
Zuerich Candidates (1953), Zuerich SUI, rd 5, Sep-06
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  0-1

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Jun-03-06
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  nasmichael: As the game unfolds, what as the viewer do you see as the most important ideas utilized by Taimanov and Petrosian?
Jun-04-06
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  ganstaman: First, Petrosian thought "<I've almost got mate, I've almost got mate>" and Taimanov thought "<Don't get mated, don't get mated>". Then, Petrosian thought "<Don't get mated, don't get mated>" and Taimanov thought "<I've almost got mate, I've almost got mate>". Finally, Petrosian thought "<Noooooooo!!!>" and Taimanov thought "<Yesssssssss!!!!>".
Jun-04-06
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  ray keene: bh wood wrote an excellent book on the 1953 candidates tournament and on the 1956 candidates too by the way. i think his 1953 book is every bit as good as bronsteins -but it was much harder to find-now hardinge simpole have republished it as world championship candidates tournament switzerland 1953 see www.hardingesimpole.co.uk

the companion volume is world championship candidates tournament holland 1956.

wood gives petrosians 17 nxe4 a ? and he also castigates the later 21 e5 by white

my personal view is that the sharp 17f3 is worth investigating.

Mar-30-08  NM James Schuyler: The most important idea Taimanov used was catching Petrosian on an off day. He misevaluated the position resulting from 17 Nxe4.
Aug-09-12
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  Peligroso Patzer: <ray keene: *** wood gives petrosians 17 nxe4 a ? ***>

FWIW, I ran the position after <16. ... g6> in Fritz 12 for about 8 minutes, after which the evaluation was that Petrosian's <17. Nxe4> was the best move by a margin of slightly more than a full point.

Najdorf, in <Zurich 1953 - 15 Contenders for the World Chess Championship>, says, "[i]t is difficult to arrive at a clear verdict as to the correctness of this sacrifice (two knights for rook and two pawns) but at first glance it looks sound." (at p. 84)

Bronstein (in <Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953>) notes that the move chosen by Petrosian demonstrates his willingness to sacrifice a piece since Black could have played <17. ... h5> (which Taimanov apparently considered too risky, since he chose <17. ... Rxe4>). (Dover Publications edition, at p. 45)

Aug-09-12
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  Peligroso Patzer: Full bibliographic information for the two sources cited in my previous post is as follows:

<Zurich 1953: 15 Contenders for the World Chess Championship>, by NAJDORF, Miguel, tr. by KINGSTON, Taylor, Russell Enterprises, Inc. ©2012.

<Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953>, by BRONSTEIN, David, tr. from the Second Russian Edition by Jim Marfia, Dover Publications, Inc. ©1979.

Aug-09-12
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  Peligroso Patzer: BTW, re: Bronstein's comment on <17. Nxe4> (see second preceding post, supra), the assertion that <17. ... h5> would have forced White to give up a piece in the near-term material count is questionable in view of this possible continuation: <17... h5 18. Nh6+ Kh7> (18... Bxh6 19. Qxd7 Qxd7 20. Nf6+) <19. Qxd7 Qxd7 20. Nf6+ Kxh6 21. Nxd7>.
Dec-05-21  FM David H. Levin: David Bronstein in the Zurich 1953 tournament book (translated by Oscar D. Freedman) says in a note to 16. Qg4, that 16. d5 cxd5 17. Nb5 "would be worth trying, threatening Nc7... and Nd6..."

However, after 17...Nc5, none of White's assorted attacking tries seems to gain equality or better. (I analyze this position at https://www.redhotpawn.com/forum/on... .)

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