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Svetozar Gligoric vs Tigran V Petrosian
Belgrade (1954), Belgrade YUG, rd 19, Nov-13
Benoni Defense: Czech Benoni Defense (A56)  ·  1-0



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Apr-04-05  DrDave: "In the last round I managed to finish my game spectacularly against Petrosian and the audience was on its feet. I had never experienced such a public ovation. I had to turn my back to the audience to hide the feelings that could be read on my face. After that I continued to play chess." Gligoric, from I play against the pieces.
Apr-04-05  aragorn69: A typical Petrosian loss. Despite his passive opening, it takes dynamite to explode his defenses !
Apr-04-05  ranchogrande: ive played this opening several times and it is clear to me that T.P. mis- handled it.Pb6 should have been played-to avoid a5.And never put the knight on b6 here.It has to have contact with the e5 square.And even h6 is ok , but should(after b6)have been followed by Qg5.
Aug-15-05  Koster: After this game the crowd was so loud they had to empty the hall so the other games could continue. One of my 10 or so favorite games.
Oct-20-07  alekhine101: Gligoric threw the proverbial kitchen sink at Petrosian.
Jun-20-10  Fanques Fair: What a fantastic game !
The Petrosian-Glgoric Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1967 game of today is an interesting strategic win, while this is a tactical beauty that belongs to the golden treasury of chess... After 24- Qg4 one would consider White's advantage appreciable, but maybe not sufficient for a win, because while White rules the light squares, Black controls the dark ones. To be able to transform it into a mating threat in 12 moves is a measure of Gligoric´s strenght at that time, when he was able to breach the solid kind of defensive set up Petrosian was already famous in handling... After 27 - b4 ! , Black´s game starts going downhill in a spectacular fashion, with 27... cxb4 28 - c5 ! Maybe 27...Ne8 ! would be more tenacious. 31- Qxd6 ! is very strong, but not yet the culmination of the tactical shots.... 32- Qxb4 ! , alolowing black to "retain" the extra piece, but the text seems forced from now on... 34 - Rxf6 !! Splendid ! The black king will take a rook, but he´s doomed...

The final position, with only Queen and Knight against Black's Queen, 2 Knights and rook , and even Petrosian can´t possibly defend the unfortunate king !

Pearl !

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  LIFE Master AJ: One of "Gligo's" best games ...

# 88 in GM A. Soltis' book, "The 100 Best."

Aug-15-17  malt: Neat ending !
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  fiercebadger: according to levys book pandimonium broke out and the hall was cleared by the police , clocks were stopped and lights turned off Rabar stayed at his board and worked out Wades piece sac didnt work!
Dec-02-17  wtpy: Agree this game deserves GOTD.
Jun-15-18  residentlegal: one to learn from
Jun-15-18  ughaibu: 26...Re7 seems to me to be unusually careless, for Petrosian.
Nov-18-19  SpiritedReposte: Low profile gem.
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  sleepyirv: <Makes the Belgrade>
Nov-19-19  sudoplatov: Stockfish suggests that 32...Rfe8 holds. Perhaps a deep search would give more accurate results. Also Stockfish perfers 29.Qh3 to Qg3.
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  WTHarvey: Ends on a mate in 2.

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