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Tigran V Petrosian vs Mamadzhan Mukhitdinov
Master Title Qualification Match (1951), Tashkent URS, rd 8
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit (D08)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Only Petrosian would consider 9.Kd1 in this variation--and then play it. For me (and I suspect most players) an interposition on d2 would be almost a reflexive reaction.
Jun-02-08  arsen387: <Only Petrosian would consider 9.Kd1 in this variation--and then play it.> well said. great played by Petrosian
Jun-02-08  Udit Narayan: The more I inspect famous grandmaster games the more apparent it becomes that I do not understand chess.
Apr-18-11  haydn20: People were drubbing me with the Albin, so I decided to study it and ended up here (among other places). And yes, I probably would never have considered Kd1 except for maybe a second or two. I must concur with <Udit>!
Apr-18-11  rangek: even in winning positions petrosian allows his opponents no saving grace. here white controls the central files while the rest are blocked- black's rook cannot even put up a struggle
Oct-07-11  Everett: Classic trickster! The gambit creates an annoying pawn on the d-file, so Petrosian just sits behind it with his king. Great stuff.
Feb-28-13  Garech: Great game from Petrosian!

<haydn> - if you want to avoid the Albin, you can open with 1.Nf3 instead of d4 - this is one of the reasons I do so myself!



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  perfidious: My first thought on seeing this unusual way of meeting the Albin was that it looked familiar in some way; then, the light bulb went off in my head.

Korchnoi vs Shapkin, 1949 was published in Tartakower and Dumont's 100 Modern Master Games.

Charming little calling card by a player who would go on to have an extraordinary career.

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