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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Max Euwe
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 10, Sep-15
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0


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Jun-17-04  PizzatheHut: <> Isn't this a KIA instead of an "English Opening, Caro-Kann defensive system"? I don't know too much theory, so I could very well be wrong.
Premium Chessgames Member You're probably right. The routine which identifies ECO codes has some flaws, especially when dealing with systems like the KIA.
Jun-15-05  suenteus po 147: I take it 62.Kh4 is the clincher because now Petrosian can successfully queen a pawn?
Jun-16-05  weirdoid: <suenteus po 147> I cannot help wondering myself, under what circumstances Euwe resigned. If his position was so hopeless after the natural-looking 62. Kh4, why didn't he resign one move earlier? It is not a difficult move to see, and anyway, how could he decide that he is hopeless OTB?

I suspect that this game might have been adjourned and Euwe made teh decision to resign during adjournment. To my understanding, in the old days (and not that old - it was still like that in late 80's / eraly 90's when I was starting to learn chess), a game could be adjourned after the first time control (move 40 has passed), and the player who gets the turn to move tells the referee (umpire? What is the correct term anyway?) what move he will play next. The players could then go to bed or, more commonly, spend the night analyzing.

I guess 62. Kh4 was Petrosian's "secret move" (thus, never actually played) and Euwe decided that he was completely lost only during analysis. I wonder if there are any chess historians here who would tell us if this guess is correct.

Of course, the appearance of cheap, powerful PC's in the 90's made adjournments obsolete. What a pity.

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  WannaBe: <suenteus, weirdoid> You are both correct, white needs the king for help to get a pawn promoted, and with the extra pawn (even though the bishops are on different color) black is hopeless.

And yes, from reading the book 'Bobby Fischer Goes to War' and other articles, adjournment was allowed, you must write down your move, seal it, give it to the judge. Then you may consult with your second all you wish. Spassky did this in the last game versus B. Fischer in Iceland, ironically, according to the book, Spassky did not even show up for the remainder of the game, he simply resigned.

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  arsen387: A very interesting game by two great champions. And also it's very instructive how Petrosian converts his small advantage to a win. Move 49.h5 blocking black pawn on a dark square is great. Then, to win this position, only remains to exchange the Qs, which Petrosian accomplishes in style. After that the Kside connected pawns can't be stopped. Interesting alternative for blacks could be 47..Qxg4? Is there any way for blacks to hold a draw?
Jul-21-09  superstoned: Here's a good quote, by Bronstein, regarding White's play around moves 16 through 20. It probably also applies to Black's maneuver starting with a7-a5 but illogically followed up with...Ra8-d8.

Bronstein: "Why take over an open file, if one is not going to use it to penetrate the enemy position?"

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  plang: The two games in this tournament (the other was drawn) were the only two times these two players ever faced each other. The "classical" development of the Black bishops on f5 and c5 seems to play into White's hands as he gains time chasing them. 8..Bh7 or 9..Bxe4 one move later both look like better than what Euwe played. 9..Be7 could have been answered with 10 Nh4! and the weakness at b7 is apparent. If 10..Bg4 11 Ne5 and Black is much worse. Petrosian said after the game that either 16 c5 or 16 Ne5 would have been better. After 24..Qxd8 Euwe offered a draw but Petrosian refused. 28..Bxe5? was a positional blunder; 28..g5 was an alternative suggested by Winter. 36 Bxd5..cxb 37 Qc3 would have been stronger leading to the immediate win of a pawn. 36..Qg8 may have been a stronger defense. Euwe gave up a pawn hoping that the opposite-colored bishops would give him drawing chances but he could never overcome the weakness of his inactive bishop. The winning maneuver 54 Qf8! had presumably been worked out in Petrosian's adjournment analysis. Euwe started the tournament 5.5-3.5 but starting with this loss in round 10 seemed to run out of gas only winning one more game in the last 20 rounds.
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