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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Yuri Balashov
USSR Championship (1977), Leningrad URS, rd 3, Dec-??
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Nimzo-English Opening (A17)  ·  1-0


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Jan-24-05  notyetagm: There is a mistake in the score here, I believe. The forthcoming Gambit puzzle book "Beat The Grandmasters" by Christian Kongsted contains the position in this game right before 51 ♖xg6!, a <desperado> which wins a pawn and the game. Here it makes no sense since 51 ... ♖xg6 simply wins a rook for a pawn. I believe the correct sequence is 49 ♖2e6+ ♔d5 50 ♔h3 ♖c7? 51 ♖xg6!, since now both 51 ... ♖xg6 52 ♖xc7 and 51 ...♖xe7 52 ♖xg8 leave White with a two-pawn advantage. A very nice <desperado> tactical shot from Petrosian.
Jan-24-05  notyetagm: Nice <petite combination> by Petrosian to win a pawn in the opening: 14 dxe5 dxe5 15 ♘xe5! ♘xe5 (... ♗xe2 ♘xc6 zwischenzug) 16 ♗xh5 ♘xh5 17 ♕f5 and the queen forks the 2 loose Black knights on h5 and e5, regaining the piece and remaining a pawn ahead.
Mar-31-17  tigreton: The rook endgame is really instructive, it shows how important is to place the rooks in active positions. Better than 26 ... Ra8 for Rf8 was 26 ... Ra6 for Rf6, defending f7 and at the same time putting pressure on f2.
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