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Tigran V Petrosian vs Alexey Suetin
2nd Soviet Team Cup (1954), Riga URS, rd 1, Sep-04
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Positional Defense Closed Line (E94)  ·  1-0



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Apr-17-05  dac1990: This is the first case of Petrosian winning with his own system.
Jun-18-07  exchangesacrifice: I like very much Petrosians 31. move Qh5, which added even more power to the threat g4, instead of playing it immediately.
Jun-14-09  ughaibu: What did white achieve with 21. Bh5?
May-26-10  SetNoEscapeOn: According to MGP Volume III, very little.

However, Kasparov feels like this is an very important game- both for chess theory and for understanding Petrosian- and has this as the very first game in a section titled "Miracles of Prophylaxis."

Apr-03-17  siegbert: After 40 Rxe4 what is whites quickest and best finish?
Apr-03-17  Strelets: <siegbert> I came across your comment after playing over a bunch of Petrosian's games today. He could have taken on g7 with either the rook or the pawn; the latter would've ended the game quicker, but both were decisively winning.
Mar-02-18  tgyuid: well, kasparovs thesis can be stated in french as 'the opening is really really important....
Mar-02-18  tgyuid: the critical innovation presents as 10.Bg5 in this game; whereby ...h6 is forced (iii 23)
Mar-02-18  tgyuid: only experience can teach the genius petrosian that g6 is now weak
Sep-05-18  Adenosina: Very nice game. Not easy to understand and properly assess the static weaknesses and the concrete dynamics of the positions which rise from KID.

I specially like how Petrosian dealt with the e- and f- hanging pawns. I think it is highly instructive to say the least.

Sep-05-18  SChesshevsky: Petrosian writes about this game in his collection called "Petrosian's Legacy".

Especially noting the hanging pawns after 20. Be3. He basically says it's complicated but they are best dealt with by attacking them directly with a goal of trying to get one to advance creating holes that can be used. In this game, he even says following 20. Be3 he undertakes boring positional maneuvering to accomplish this goal.

Interestingly, he says after 30...Qc8 black is strategically lost.

Jan-09-21  brimarern: Umm, what's wrong with 36...Bxg4. Anyone?
Jan-10-21  Petrosianic: What's right with it? 36...Bxg4 37. Bxf7+ seems fine.
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  Korora: <What's right with it? 36...Bxg4 37. Bxf7+ seems fine.>

37...♖xf7 and Black is up in material and White has to tread carefully. 38.♘xd6? ♗xh5 39.♘xc8 ♖xc8 leaves Black ahead by the two ♗s, and if White has any compensation I can't see it.

38.♘f6+ gives away the ♘ gratis (38...♖xf6), and White has to give back the tempo by retreating the ♕.

38.♕g6 looks more promising, as 38...♖f6 39.♘xf6+ and Black cannot recapture as the ♗ is pinned, while 38...♔f8 leads to 39.♘xd6 with a fork. 39...♕d7 parries the threat of mate on f7 and the followup is unclear to me. 38...♔h8 39.♘xd6 ♕d7 40.♘xf7+ ♔g8 (not 40...♕xf7 41.♕xf7 and Black can resign) 41.♘h6+ and I lose the thread after 41...♔f8 and after 41...♔h8 alike.

Jan-10-21  Granny O Doul: I think there must be an error in the score, but I can't tell where. 365 gives the same score as here, but even so.

@Petrosianic: You seem to be considering the position one move earlier.

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