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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Lev Alburt
USSR Championship (1977), Leningrad URS, rd 1, Nov-??
Benko Gambit: Declined. Main Line (A57)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: Lovely game that shows how to handle Benko from white side. Pretty 27.Na7! seals black's strategic defeat.
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  maxi: Petrosian advances Pawn and pieces into dangerous territory. Some gutsy moves!
Jun-21-09  pom nasayao: White's QRP is heavily guarded, as it approaches the last rank, Black seems to be losing ground. In truth, it's like an actual warfare.
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  Fusilli: What a positional master Petrosian was! You are right <Honza>, this game is a lesson on how to play against the Benko gambit. First, 13.Bxd7!... Petrosian figures that he can completely restrict the range of activity of Black's light-squares bishop. Later on, he trades his other bishop for the remaining Black's knight, and he shows how deadly the pair of knights can be in this position. 27.Na7!... a strategic blow based on a tactical theme, and Black is cooked.
Jul-25-09  Lt.Surena: 6.e3! and 8.a4! These two little moves REUPDIATE the entire Benko Gambit. Saw it in detail in Shakhmaty v SSSR published in mid 70s (~1975). Petrosian must have read it.
Jul-25-09  Everett: Black is indeed getting crushed in this line. Perhaps Polgar's 7..Bb7 is a worthy try.
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  Fusilli: <Everett>, I am copying this from Chessgames Help:

"HOT TIP: If you cut-and-paste a URL (web address) into your message, the system will automatically create a link. What's more, if you supply an URL to a page on it will sometimes change the hyperlink to a text description of the page. For example, if you provide a link to a game page, the link will appear with the names of the players."

In your case, the game you referred us to would be: Z Nemeth vs Judit Polgar, 1988.

I agree, Polgar's move seems to be an improvement. It leads to crazy complications.

Jul-27-09  Everett: Another virtue of 7..Bb7 is that white's setup leaves d5 a bit weak, thus putting pressure on the center immediately.
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  GrahamClayton: A clear case of two Knights being way better than two Bishops.
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  Fusilli: <GrahamClayton: A clear case of two Knights being way better than two Bishops>

Indeed. Here's another example:

Gligoric vs Julio Bolbochan, 1953

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