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Alexander Petrov vs Szymanski
Warsaw (1853)
French Defense: Exchange. Monte Carlo Variation (C01)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: If this is a game of Alexander Dmitrievich Petrov, then the year should be probably 1847.
Feb-04-05  sneaky pete: You're right, <Honza>. The Oxford Encyclopedia has this game as A.D.Petrov vs Szymanski, Warszawa (Warsaw), 185?3? (year uncertain), with 16... Kf8 17.Qe8# added. Their source is Schachzeitung, year 1853.
Jul-26-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: 15.Bf5! Nice, but, that's almost too obvious...
Sep-10-09  Cercatore: 15. ... Nxf5 is the worst move ever.
Feb-12-11  goodevans: <Cercatore: 15. ... Nxf5 is the worst move ever.>

Black was lost anyway so it didn't really matter. By this point he was losing at least his queen.

I reckon the game was lost as far back as <11 ... Qf6>. After <12 a3> black is losing at least a piece.

Feb-12-11  goodevans: <Autoreparaturwerkbau: 15.Bf5! Nice, but, that's almost too obvious...>

Not sure what you mean by that. <15 Bf5> isn't just a trap, it wins in all lines and as far as I can see it's objectively white's best move.

Feb-12-11  Sem: IMO it was wrong for Black to exchange his Bishop.
Jun-16-17  choklat: According to my engine, black can hold by giving back a pawn with 12 .. Qe5, leading to 13.Qxc4 Na6 14.a3 Bc5 15.Nxc5 Qxc5 16.Qd3 O-O 17.Bf4 Nd5, when white only got slight advantage for the sacrificed pawn
May-02-22  embeleco: =★=

A nice miniature by Petrov. Black is taught the hard way to think twice about grabbing pawns in the opening...


For me, the star move of the game. Petrov sets the bait: "Here... Here it is: this nice, fat, shiny, juicy centre-pawn... Here, take it... Come on, go ahead now, you know you want it..."


Sure enough, Black can't resist, and grabs the pawn, ignorant of the fact that he will lose the game at once by doing do. Greed is one of the seven deadly sins...

. Of course, Black should have castled:
. 10...O-O
. 11.Qxc4 Bd6 ⩲
. Maybe, White is slightly better, but Black has a game.


Follow some comments on an already lost game.


On f6, the black queen is running out of squares, as Petrov will prove soon enough. Nevertheless, 11...Qf6 is probably the best Black has.

. 10...Qb6!?
. 11.Ne4
. Black will have problems castling.



. 12...Qe5
. Probably better, not allowing Bf4 or Bg5.



. A bit more stubborn would have been:
. 13...f5
. 15.Nd6+ Qxd6
. 16.Rxd6 Bxd6
. Giving up the queen inmediately, for a rook and knight.


Gallery play by Petrov, pleasing the crowd.


Black just wants to get it over with as soon as possible.

. The way of the sadomadochist would be:
. 15...O-O
. 16.Bxg6 Nxg6


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  fredthebear: Welcome <embeleco>! Thank you for the notes.

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