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Arthur Bisguier vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
USA-URS (1954), New York, NY USA, Jun-??
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Spielmann Defense (A33)  ·  0-1
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Feb-22-09  xombie: Beautiful game. White's attack was looking very scary. These sort of attacks are very hard to defend against. One has to have a proper understanding of the weak points, and long before they even come under attack. Petrosian's Bf8 is one example where he takes (probably necessary) prophylactic measures. Soon after that we see this demonstration that just consumes everything in its path.

I am sure that one's Chess would have gained an extra dimension if one understands the nuances behind all of Petrosian's moves. Qd8 is baffling, for example. I can see that e5(!) blocks the long diagonal for white but cannot understand why he played it after Bf8. And we can see why 24. fxe5 was not played by white. I think one can attribute Qd8 to fxe5 dxe5 and then the knight lands on d4 so that Bxd4 is answered by Qxd4 or some such.

This is indeed a model prophylaxis game. Petrosian follows the Nimzowitchian ideals of Restrain, Blockade (well, perhaps not, but even so) and then attack. It is particularly interesting to see how white is absolutely helpless against the assault that follows later. I think it is also noteworthy that Petrosian does not weaken his kingside pawn structure in any way. So many of us mortals would have played some move like f6 to blockade and free up the position a bit. It requires great faith, restraint and defensive skill to find the right moves.

Feb-22-09  xombie: One might say, perhaps, that white was stung by the hedgehog's spines here.
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