|Jun-12-07|| ||patzerboy: Interesting how, with both sides having two bishops on the board, White's are so much more effective, particularly from move 20 through 32. White's bishops are like daggers stabbing the heart of black's position, but Black's bishops' effectiveness is blunted. The Black KB is blocked by the Black d-pawn, and the Black QB is 'biting on granite.'|
Also interesting is the contrast between the respective passed pawns. The Black d-pawn is mostly an albatross around Black's neck, while the White e-pawn is a deadly menace which eventually compels Black to give up the Exchange in order to get rid of it.
I admit to puzzlement near the end, however. 39 Be6 surprises me because I can't see why Black does not simply take the Bishop instead of playing 39...Be8. Can someone enlighten me?
|Jun-12-07|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <patzerboy> I'd say it's a case of scoresheet error. Chesslab.com database shows Black actually playing 35...Rc6 and 36...Rc7, making the 39th moves much more logical.|
|Jun-12-07|| ||kozo: 39. Be6 Be8 looks like it was played under time pressure when both players were trying to reach the time control on move 40.|
|Jun-12-07|| ||patzerboy: I think you must be right, Switch. After the given move 35...Bc6, White should play Re6 here, forcing the exchange of rooks thereby heightening White's material advantage. A mistaken scoresheet seems most logical. The moves you reference make more sense. Thanks.|
Kozo, I considered time pressure, but I think Switch has it right. Thanks, though... Unless, of course, there is some historical documentation backing up your assertion...Even the best can make egregious errors from time to time under the proper circumstances. Perhaps Petrosian did, but it seems unlikely here to me.
|Jun-12-07|| ||ounos: 28. Qxf4!
If 28. ... Re1+ 29. RxR QxQ 30. Bg3 (the point) Qg5 31. Be5+ Kg8 e6+