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Tigran V Petrosian vs Kenneth Smith
San Antonio (1972), San Antonio, TX USA, rd 5, Nov-24
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Knight Variation (D94)  ·  1-0



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Sep-14-14  RookFile: Black fights on, down only a pawn, but against a world class maneuvering and endgame specialist like Petrosian, he has no chance.
Sep-14-14  Knightenprise: Can someone with a better grasp on the position than me explain the reasons for 16. Rab1 and black subsequently refusing to take it?
Sep-14-14  Granny O Doul: Obviously a typo. Assuming the rest of the score is correct, White must have played 16. Rac1.
Sep-14-14  Gejewe: <Granny O Doul> You must be right about this although the official tournamentbook has the same obvious mistake (16.QR-N1 instead of 16.QR-B1)
Feb-14-16  Petrosianic: Fritz's database has the typo too. Probably every database has it, but no one ever noticed, as the game wasn't important enough. Although I do recall scratching my head over it when I read the tournament book years ago and wondering if the exchange sac had some kind of justification. (It doesn't, so it can't really be there.)

Not a bad game by Smith. He's slightly worse all the way through, but it looks like the point where he started to go off the rails was the reasonable looking 36...Rcd7. He got a little activity for his rooks, but lost a pawn that he never got back, and still had the inferior minor piece. Maybe he should have tried to hunker down and make White come to him. His Bishop can cover the weaknesses on both c6 and h7 (Not simultaneously, but White can't attack them simultaneously either).

By giving up the pawn, he was probably hoping to exchange off the queenside and reach a drawn ending. And the queenside pawns eventually were exchanged, but White had enough command of the board to avoid doing it until he'd first achieved an optimal setup on the kingside, and especially in exchanging his g pawn for Black's f pawn.

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