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Tigran V Petrosian vs Anatoly Lutikov
USSR Championship 1961a (1961), Moscow URS, rd 3, Jan-14
King's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation. Stein Defense (E92)  ·  1-0



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Jul-09-05  ThunderStorm: Petrosian classic style which is restricting his opponent's bishop in a circle of his own pawn making it useless..another classic game from Petrosian..
Jul-12-05  Snow Man: In the kings indian Tigran often pushed d5 when black came with e5; he closed the center.
Feb-27-08  xombie: Don't forget the Black Knight, which is also quite useless.

Black has a terrible White square weakness in the end. Look at the agonizing cat and mouse game moves 44~ after the rooks have been exchanged. Petrosian threatens to invade on h7, and is thwarted. The white Queen finally settles on the a4, e8 diagonal, whence penetration occurs on e7, e8 (if Qc7)or b7 (if Qd8)-all on the white squares.

Incidentally, Black seems to have no time at all-he arduously gets the knight out only to find that the white square weaknesses are too serious.

We may extend Thunderstorm's comment to all of Black's pieces, including the Queen which is too overworked to do everything at once.

One may also notice how Petrosian skilfully exchanges off all of Black's active pieces

a)21. Nb6 gets rid of the good White squared Bishop

b) The opening of the Rook file to exchange one pair of rooks

c) The same with the other pair

d) One of the knights-though I think Black exchanged this pair because he couldn't stand White's Knight on b6.

There is some masterful prophylaxis (or is it?) with g4. If fxg4, we have fxg3 and white's position is too 'distant' to be attacked-his bishops do a great job watching over them too. Black's threats are neutralized.

But I find 23. Kh1 is intriguing. Perhaps Tigran wanted to get away from the diagonal and file. Even so I can't see what he saw there.

May-10-17  zydeco: Petrosian, at this point in his career, was making a living out of beating up on the King's Indian. His formula was very simple: keep everything guarded on the kingside, expand on the queenside, and then exchange to an endgame where black was stuck with a horrifically bad dark-squared bishop.
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  Honza Cervenka: 48...Qb8 seems to be a decisive mistake. Black shhould have played 48...Qe8 not allowing intrusion of the Queen via a4.
Mar-11-19  Garech: Classic Petrosian! Beautiful game.

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