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Jan Sefc vs Tigran V Petrosian
EUR-chT (Men) 1st (1957), Wien-Baden, rd 4, Aug-25
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  0-1



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Apr-26-05  dac1990: Another great positional crush by Petrosian.
Nov-21-05  xombie: There are so many repeats and rearrangements. Was it all necessary?
Jan-15-06  CapablancaFan: Petrosian goes to war! A positional game of the highest order. This 96 move masterpiece shows the power of patience and active defence combined can be powerful weapons!
Jan-15-06  Granite: I think it was <xombie> - take a look at how Petro is constantly changing the arrangement of his pieces to guard his own weaknesses while looking for ways to progress against his opponent. In closed positions it often takes a lot of moves to progress. Black is clearly better at the end because of his knight vs a very bad bishop.
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  ray keene: peter clarke annotates this game at length-how cd it be otherwise-in his book of petrosians best games-see

clarkes conclusion is that that white cd have drawn on move 75 with kg1!

personally on move 48 i wd have sacrificed the exchange with rxd4-clarke claims that this cannot be justified but i dont see how black breaks thru after this sac-one quite in petrosians own style btw-clarke gives no analysis at all to reinforce his assertion.

altho this game is in many ways an original and typcal petrosian game i avoided giving wins against opponents such as sefc who were evidently not in petrosians class in my new book on petrosian-petrosian v the elite. tigran cd play cat and mouse for ever with people beneath his own rank-see for example petrosian v keene bath 1973! there i also lost in 96 moves. however-my belief is that we truly see petrosian at his best when the foeman is of comparable mettle-the weakest opponents we have in petrosian v the elite are players such as bobotsov and ljubojevic.

Dec-10-08  whiteshark: Petrosian did squeeze Sefc completely out in a drawing position! A fascinating torture game!
Dec-10-08  whiteshark: Dennis Monokroussos annotated this game:

"Among Petrosian's nicknames was <the boa constrictor>, and the following game... shows us why."

Nov-12-18  graphvariety: It's like watching a cat toy with a mouse for a week before finally eating it.

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