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Leonid Schulman vs Tigran V Petrosian
"Indian T.P." (game of the day Oct-08-2008)
Ch Chess Club Leningrad (1967), Leningrad URS
King's Indian Defense: Four Pawns Attack. Normal Attack (E77)  ·  0-1



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Oct-08-08  think: Great end to the game! Petrosian sacrifices both of his remaining pieces to gain a sure promotion, and then masterfully handles the dangerous-looking White d pawn. In the final position, White is virtually in zugzwang - any Rook move will lose the d pawn, and Black has mate threats after Qd2+ and Kf3.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: It's amazing to see how Black's pawn glides through the White position to promotion. I could only shake my head at poor Shulman's helplessness after 30...d2.

Speaking of his feelings, how do you think Shulman felt when he arrived at the tournament hall for a local chess club championship, looks at the pairing sheet, and sees that he's up against the World Champ?

Oct-08-08  arsen387: Who could think that after 24..cxd4! that pawn on d4 is SO strong. seems like it's all alone in enemy's camp but it can't be taken because of tactical reasons like 27.Rd2? Nxc4 (that's why the 22..Bb2 in-between move was neccessary) and others. It really glides through white's position, as <AnEnglishman> noted. Of course 28.BxN allows 28..d2 followed with Re1 queening.

Another small positional masterpiece by Petrosian during his reign as World Champion. Very impressive for my patzer eyes!

Oct-08-08  NewLine: <An Englishman> It's been a while since a World Champ was something to be scared of...
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  TheDestruktor: I support the theory hat most of the simple and even positions actually have a lot to be played on.

In this game, for instance, many players would scream "dead draw" on move 19. And a fascinating endgame would be left out.

Oct-08-08  hedgeh0g: 23...Bd4! very precise play by Petrosian. A great game.
Oct-08-08  newzild: A lovely game by Iron Tigran.

Oct-08-08  newton296: 23)...Bd4 !!

for petrosian to come up with that he must have seen the far off , but unstoppable Queening of the d pawn .

and that coronation is an amazing 19 moves ahead !! talk about confidence !

world champ stuff , unreal !

Oct-08-08  Avarus: 23...Bd4! is a fine move indeed. I have to add that 22...Bb2! was done in order to gain a tempo with 26...d3 and as <arsen387> pointed out, to achieve the fork after 27.Rd2?
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  kevin86: It's hard not to believe in predestination when talking of black's pawn;its promotion seemed in the card from about 10 moves before it came home. Black had to give up a rook and bishop to bring it home-but it was worth it.
Oct-08-08  drunkbishop II: ya'll need to get off of petrosian's nuts! Obviously 22. Re3 was a blunder. I mean gees, *I* wouldn't even make that stupid move and I'm only rated 3400! I mean YEA! Let's just let a world champ promote his pawn!! Dumb dumb dumb. And it's like he gets stupider every move with 29. BxN???? I mean HUH??? A blindfold monkey making a random move would have picked a better move than that!!

So yea, Petrosian won but it's more like that moron LOST. He should have just used the Shulman opening. (1. white resigns) Petrosian was probably the worst world champion... 10x worse than tal! 100x worse than alekhine! and prob 1000x worse than fischer, the greatest ever!! Hell! Petrosian was probably worse than smyslov, the puppet champ!!!

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  Jimfromprovidence: I didn't not appreciate 26 Ba5. In order to stop the rook from getting to e2, much better was 26 c5 or Kf1.

This was a nice, precisely-played win by black, but his play is a bit overpraised.

Oct-08-08  CapablancaFan: What amazes me about this game, is the incredible and 'ingenious' ways Petrosian comes up with to secure pawn promotion.

After 26.Ba5 d3! <The simplest and obvious reply temporarily giving the knight immunity.> 27.Rc1 <Forced. Certainly not Rd2 when Nxc4 would be the penalty!> 27...Re4 <Threatening Rxc4. Notice that the knight is still immune due to the fact the bishop cannot abandon the a5-e1 diagonal.> 28.c5 dxc5 29.Rxc5 <A bitter pill to swallow. White does not want to make this capture, but allowing black to play c4 and having 2 connected passed pawns is much worse.> 29...Rd4! <Now the knight sacrifice is REAL, but too late to make a difference for white.> 30.Bxb6 < May as well. Moving the rook back to c1 is now pointless b/c after Nc4 white would be forced to give up a piece to stop the pawn anyway.> 30...d2!<The pawn cannot be stopped.> 31.Rc8+ Kg7 32.Bxd4+ Kh6 33.Kf2 d1+Q!

The rest of the game is pretty elementary. The was a great endgame conducted with surgical precision by Petrosian!

Oct-08-08  drnooo: Too bad that Fischer did not play more games with the Petrosian of the 60s. It may well be that during all those years he would still have not been able to beat him: during then he could not beat Korchnoi, Geller, or Spassky and it would have been interesting to see how he would have done against the guy who was the toughest on the planet to beat . By the 70s, Petrosian had lost, by his own account, any real desire to stay at the top.
Oct-08-08  TheaN: <drnooo> I'm sorry but you are referring a lot with 'he', and I think it's not very clear which he is Fischer and which is Petrosian.

The game is a beauty whatsoever: who underestimates pawns heh? WHO? Not sir Tigran.

Oct-08-08  AniamL: Is there a knockout blow I'm missing after 41.Rb8 (...Qd3 42. Rb2 Qf3 43. Kg1 is all I'm seeing; all white's pieces and pawns are protected, and the king seems somewhat safe?)
Oct-10-08  arsen387: <AniamL> After 41.Rb8 I think the continuation is 41..Qc2+ followed with 42..Qxa2 after which whites position is paralyzed, he has no good R moves, advancing pawn will lose it after several checks with Q, while blacks will also have mating threats by moving his K towards black monarch.

Analyzing this game again it looks like white's mistake was 20.Bd2 (Be3 could be better though whites position is already hard) which takes the d2 square from N where it could defend c4 pawn, coz after the text everything seems quite forced, like 21.Rc1 to defend the pawn, 22.Re3 to prevent Re4! by black after which whites could as well resign, etc. Anyway, I think Shulman's first and main mistake was offering the exchange of Qs, for which he was bitterly punished.

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  ToTheDeath: Nice use of a passed pawn.
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  ToTheDeath: Not every world champion was a genius. Tigran Petrosian was a genius.

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