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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Aivars Gipslis
USSR Championship (1958), Riga URS, rd 14, Feb-??
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0
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Jun-04-05  ThunderStorm: Very good endgame play from Petrosian here!
Aug-14-05  Snow Man: That's SICK dude! (moves 28 thru 35)
It's all out attack just on a tiny scale.....?
Aug-14-05  Snow Man: (sick)
Sep-13-06  notyetagm: 36 ♗xg6! is a great example of <BLOCKING A LINE IS A FULL-TIME JOB>.

Here the Black f7-pawn must <BLOCK> the 7th rank, else the White rook invasion ♖d5-d7 will be lethal.

Since the Black f7-pawn is obligated to meet this threat by <BLOCKING> the 7th rank, it cannot also <DEFEND> the g6-square, hence 36 ♗xg6!.

Sep-12-16  zydeco: This is really a master class by Petrosian -- he accumulates small advantages (the isolated pawn, good bishop v. knight) and then outplays his opponent when the game becomes sharp. There's no great way to defend against 36.Bxg6. Maybe 35.....Qe6 or 35....Qe8 but then white has a pleasant choice between creating kingside threats or trying to trap the knight on a3.
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