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Paul Keres vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
USSR Championship (1949), Moscow URS, rd 5, Oct-23
King's Indian Defense: Normal. King's Knight Variation (E60)  ·  1-0


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Feb-09-06  woodenbishop: Incredible end game by Keres. Had it not been for WWII, which fostered for millions of people a series of perilous events, Keres, based on games such as this one, surely would have stood a good chance of becoming world champion.


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  Phony Benoni: This round 5 game was Petrosian's fifth straight loss to begin his first USSR Championship. Things would get better. And, when your opponents are Kotov, Smyslov, Flohr, Geller, and Keres, such a streak is not that unusual.
May-15-09  squizz: The king's position on h7 was very vulnerable with the open center. If the center was blocked, like it often is in the King's Indian defence, black would have had very good chances.
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  Garech: Great game between the two giants! An awesome attack from Keres against Petrosian and good activity on both sides of the board; I enjoyed going through it.


Mar-23-12  ChessValley: What happens after 22 ... Qxd1, 23 Rxd1 Bxf5?
Black has a rook and 2 knights for the queen. That should be sufficient compensation. Any suggestions?
Mar-23-12  stanleys: <ChessValley> The knight on e5 is hanging at the end of your line
Mar-25-12  ChessValley: <stanleys> Thanks for pointing that out.
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  Marmot PFL: Petrosian's fifth straight loss to start the USSR ch. Has any other future WC ever lost five straight games?* Many players might have lost heart after such a start and given up chess entirely, but not Petrosian.

*Kasparov said he never lost three straight games until a match with Karpov, where he thought one of his seconds was selling his analysis to the enemy.

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  Fusilli: <squizz: The king's position on h7 was very vulnerable with the open center...>

I don't understand why Petrosian played 11...Kg7. Looks premature to me. Why not mobilize his queenside or play for e5? But again, I often don't get Petrosian's positional subtleties.

Apr-26-17  Olavi: <Marmot PFL: Petrosian's fifth straight loss to start the USSR ch. Has any other future WC ever lost five straight games?*>

A reigning one has, Steinitz in the first match against Lasker.

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