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Tigran V Petrosian vs Yuri Balashov
Moscow (1971), Moscow URS, rd 2, Nov-25
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner. Rubinstein Variation (E42)  ·  1-0



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Aug-03-07  patzerboy: OK. Somebody help me out here.

After Petrosian's pawn sacrifice 31.f5 and 32.Re7, why doesn't Black play Bxe7?

The whole sequence as I see it:
33.dxe7 Qxd2
34.e8+ Rxe8

Black has a pawn and two rooks for the Queen. I'd hate to play either side of this, but doesn't that leave him with better chances than the game continuation?

Aug-03-07  nescio: <patzerboy: The whole sequence as I see it: 32...Bxe7
33.dxe7 Qxd2
34.e8+ Rxe8
Black has a pawn and two rooks for the Queen.>

Your line looks right, but your count is wrong. Black has two rooks and a pawn for queen and knight.

Aug-04-07  patzerboy: Queen and bishop, but, yes, of course you are right. I was blind to the minor piece loss. Now it makes sense.

And I'm not going to tell you how long I looked at that position before my initial erroneous post. (embarassment icon here)

Aug-07-08  arsen387: what's wrong with 32.BxR? I don't think 33.dxe7 Qxd2 34.exd8=Q Qxd8 is good for white. I think I miss something.

51.h6 is a cool move which is aimed to build a mating net around black K with so little material. Beautiful game by Iron Tigran.

Seems like Petrosian was a very tough oponent for Balashov. Their overall result in this database is +5 -0 =7 in Petrosian's favour.

Aug-07-08  Boomie: <> There's something wrong with this game score. 32.Re7 just isn't possible. Also the simple 28.d5 Bg4 29.Rxe8 Qxe8 30.d6 is winning.
Aug-07-08  sneaky pete: has the correct score. After 26... Rc7 27.Bg2 Be6 28.Qe1 Rdc8 29.d5 Rd8 30.d6 Rcc8 31.f5 Bxf5 32.Re7 ..

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32... Re8 33.Rxd7 Rxe1 34.Rxb7 .. was played, when 32... Bxe7 33.dxe7 Qxd2 34.e8=Q+ Rxe8 35.Qxd2 .. isn't very attractive either.

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