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Efim Geller vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Gagra (1953)  ·  French Defense: Winawer. Kondratiyev Variation (C15)  ·  0-1
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-19-04  botvinnik1978: Can anyone explain me how come that Petrosian has won this game, while he is clearly getting checkmated in a few moves?
Sep-19-04  azaris: He is??? How (the queen is pinned)?
Feb-01-05  kostich in time: Botvinnik 1978 is clearly not as strong as his namesake..
Apr-28-08  InspiredByMorphy: Did you see 22. ...Ne2+ ? Anything but this move appears to leave black in a pinch.
Jun-19-08  Kerguelen: why didn't Geller play 14. Bxh7+ which wins the queen?
Jun-19-08  aussiedave: After 14...Nxh7; 15. Rxd5; Bxd5, Black has two pieces and a Rook for the Queen - more than enough usually.
Aug-27-08  ughaibu: Because of Nc4.
Aug-27-08  Nazdrakke: Lol just figured it out and deleted my post. Thanks, though :)
Aug-07-09
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  whiteshark: What's wrong with <20.Qh6 Nde5 21.Rg3> ?
Nov-27-09
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  sleepyirv: <whiteshark> Keene has 21...f6 22.Ba4 Kh8 23.Bb3 Qf5 with "no clear way through" in "Petrosian vs. the Elite"
Nov-27-09
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  sbevan: Lovely game IMHO
Nov-27-09
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  whiteshark: Thanks <sleepyirv>. Keene missed the strong move <22.Qf4! > in the line you've given.


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Threat is now 23.Rxf3 exchanging R+P vs NN which is favourable for white due to the BB strength.

If <22...Nxh2 23.Be2!>, and the Nh2 is trapped with N vs PP advantage.

Dec-03-09
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  stoy: This tournament in Gagra (or Kagra) USSR was a secret training event for the soviet contingent. It occurred before the Zurich candidates tournament. An excellent game by Tigran Vartanovich!
Dec-04-09  ARubinstein: As usual, Petrosian's defense was just too good.
Dec-06-09
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  kdogphs: Wow, this was a brutal ending
Apr-15-10  Lt.Surena: 13... Bxf3 Black's brave enough to open up the g-file for white considering white's bishop at c3. Wow !!

Black must have clearly been on the edge of his seat attacking and defending relentlessly at the same time.

What a game !!!

Sep-29-10  echector: whiteshark, I think that at the end of your line you missed 22...Qa2 with some interesting threats. 23.Rxf3 Qa1+ 24.Kd2 Rd8+ 25.c3 Qa5+, 23.b3 Qa3+ followed by Qc5 wins material.
Sep-30-10
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  Sastre: <echector> After <20.Qh6 Nde5 21.Rg3 f6 22.Qf4 Qa2 23.Rxf3 Qa1+ 24.Kd2 Rad8+>, White can play 25.Rd3 Nxd3 26.cxd3 and the Black queen is trapped (26...Qa2 27.Bc4+). 25...Rxd3 26.cxd3 Qa2 27.Bxe5 fxe5 28.Bc4+ also wins for White.
Oct-12-11
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  Domdaniel: One incredible variation could have occurred if White had played 22.Bxd7 instead of 22.Bc4, leading to this position:


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Black wins with the amazing 22...Rfe8!!


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A possible continuation is 23.Bxe8 Qa1+ 24.Kd2 Rd8+ 25.Bd4 Rxd4+! 26.Qxd4 Nf3+ 27.Kd3 Qa6+ 28.Qc4 Nxe1+ 29.Kc3 Qa5+ 30.Kb3 Qb6+ 31.Kc3 Qxf2+ and Black mops up.

Nov-07-13  gaviero55: maybe 18.f5 improves, with one idea being 18...Qf6 19.Qg3 and White pushes the h pawn
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