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David Bronstein vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Amsterdam Candidates (1956), Amsterdam NED, rd 11, Apr-16
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Positional Defense Closed Line (E95)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Oct-30-10  Everett: Petrosian outplayed Bronstein in both their KID games during the '56 Amsterdam Candidates Tourney. After ..Bxc3! Black has all the play, and all the chances.
Oct-30-10  goldenbear: Is that really so? Black is better after Bxc3? What if Bronstein had hurried to prepare g4?
Oct-31-10  Shams: <goldenbear> 19.Nf2 Qe8 20.h3 h5 looks like it blocks that plan.
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  perfidious: This game is a striking example of Petrosian's strategic insight; I suspect no other player of the time would have given up their dark-squared bishop, but Iron Tigran realised it was absolutely necessary in order to prevent g4, after which White would stand very well.

Note that Black can only afford to play this way because he has also managed to get in ....c5, denying d4 to White's minor pieces. The capture ....Bxc3 in such positions is more commonly seen in some lines of the Four Pawns or the Saemisch variation.

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  Domdaniel: With 17...Bxc3! Petrosian crosses White's attacking plans on both wings. Clearly a queenside push with b4 is no longer possible, and a kingside advance with g4 is harder to sustain.
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