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John Grantley Cooper vs Tigran V Petrosian
Buenos Aires Olympiad (1978), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 1, Oct-25
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation (E30)  ·  0-1



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Aug-13-08  CharlesSullivan: White could have pulled off a tremendous upset with a mate-in-eight: 37.♖b7+! ♔d8 38.♖a1 ♔c8 39.♖ab1! ♔d8 40.♖a7 ♔c8 41.♖a8+! ♔c7 42.♖ab8!

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42...f2+ 43.♔f1 ♖xc4 44.♖1b7#

Aug-13-08  euripides: <Charles> I wonder if Cooper knows this. A once-in-a-career moment.
Apr-08-09  xombie: I don't understand how Petrosian creates a hole in almost every game of his where he wins. On the surface, we all play the obvious moves, answering immediate tactical threats, pawn moves, prophylaxis, etc. But as regards creating holes, and closely related to that, the manoeuvring of the knights and creation of outpost squares is a lesson that would serve us very well.

He has to have seen them several moves in advance, with the formations being constructed long before they actually happen.

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  perfidious: <Charles> This is an amazing resource.

<xombie> The play here is typical of the positional lines in the Leningrad, though Black usually plays 4....h6 5.Bh4 c5 first, and Petrosian had a way of making this kind of play look like breathing. One of the all-time greats, and without peer in a manoeuvring game. Facing Petrosian in this kind of battle had to be rather like being a wide receiver in American football and facing a 'shutdown' corner; on you like a blanket all game!

Nov-14-10  Tigranny: Nice play by Tigran, as usual!
Jul-19-11  Sem: <xombie> Maybe it has to do with his pawns which keep creeping forward to gain room on the board.

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