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Pal Benko vs Tigran V Petrosian
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 13, Sep-28
Zukertort Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A04)  ·  0-1



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  suenteus po 147: I'm always hearing about queen sacs and rook sacs and double bishop sacs, but what about PAWN sacs? Benko and Petrosian both sac pawns in this game, but Petrosian does it a little better. 31.h6! is decisive as it cuts off the much needed connection of Benko's rooks on the seventh rank. And it's actually a double sac of the h and e pawns! This is the kind of game that, when I come across it, makes me sit up and take notice in a way that is far different from the way I sit up and take notice of Morphy, Tal, and Fischer games.
Feb-18-06  Resignation Trap: Benko lost this on time, but it was just a different way of resigning.
Feb-18-06  RookFile: Benko could have safely resigned this one after 26.... axb5. Petrosian has a simple plan: push the b pawn, and play just a marginal amount of defence on the kingside until he queens his pawn.
Oct-24-08  candide1500: Looking over this game i can't help but wonder if 29.Rd4!? (with the threat to double on the seventh rank) could have saved white.
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  Domdaniel: Impressive win by Petrosian. White can improve in the opening by recapturing on d3 with the e5 knight rather than the queen -- 8. (or 9.)Nxd3, followed by Be3 and Nc5. Which prevents black from opening the queenside with ...c5.
Nov-16-13  zydeco: <candide 1500> 29.Rd4 b3 30. Rdd7 and Rc2 or Ra2.

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