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Tigran V Petrosian vs Gedeon Barcza
HUN-URS (1955), Budapest HUN, rd 4
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0



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Sep-15-05  notyetagm: A better example of <the weakness of isolated pawns> surely cannot exist. After 43 ... cxb5 Black has six isolated pawns versus five connected pawns for White. Take a wild guess who wins?
Sep-15-05  Runemaster: Thanks for pointing this one out. Laszlo was in no hurry to resign, though, was he?
Sep-15-05  notyetagm: This example is annotated in Seirawan's book "Winning Chess Strategy", in the chapter called <The Creation Cf Targets>, section Weak Pawns.
Sep-15-05  who: Berliner quotes Alekhine who believed that after move 5 white is clearly better. And the truth is that there is no questioning that after move 6 white has a clear plus.
Sep-15-05  who: <notyetagm> it's not exactly fair to point to move 43 and say that white has 5 connected pawns to black's 6 isolated ones. Two of black's pawns are about to fall in as many moves. In reality it's 5 to 4 at that point.
Mar-29-06  notyetagm: Black's pawn structure disaster after 43 ... cxb5:

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Jul-03-09  BISHOP TAL: (Who) how could berliner quote alekine about this game, when he died or was killed in 46, and this game was played in 55 if C.G. is correct
Jul-03-09  nikolajewitsch: <BISHOP TAL> He did not quot him on this partticular game, but on this line of the QGD, which had already been played numerous times while Alekhine was still alive.
Jul-08-09  BISHOP TAL: ok tks Nikola, somtimes I do that on the chessboard as well, focus in a certain peice, rather than the whole big picture.
Jun-11-13  macuacua: Hello!
Can anyone explain me why not 52.Nxf6 ? I think this is a very logical move

(52...Bxf6 53.Qxf7)
(52...Qd1+ 53.Kg3)

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  PawnSac: < macuacua: Hello!
Can anyone explain me why not 52.Nxf6 ? I think this is a very logical move (52...Bxf6 53.Qxf7)
(52...Qd1+ 53.Kg3) >

I will answer this question in case anyone else is wondering the same..

The motivation behind Nxf6 is to win a pawn of course. But after 52.Nxf6 Qd1+ 53.Kg3 Qe1+ white must give up the e pawn and take the K for a stroll in order to avoid a repetition, so the win of the pawn is imaginary. It is often far easier and better to play a prophylactic move like Qb1 which is aimed at removing the opponents counterplay in addition to preventing harrassing checks from the Q. And as can be seen from the game continuation, white easily collected pawns with the knight without allowing BxN and at the same time kept his own pawn formation intact, and there was little black could do about it!

Apr-27-16  Howard: You used the word "prophylactic" regarding the move actually played--52.Qb1. Didn't I "read somewhere" once that that was Petrosian's trademark ?!

Maybe that guy who goes under the handle "Petrosianic" can shade some light on this.

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