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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Andre Lilienthal
USSR Championship (1949), Moscow URS, rd 6, Oct-24
Four Knights Game: Spanish Variation (C49)  ·  1-0


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Annotations by Peter Hugh Clarke.      [6 more games annotated by P Clarke]

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Oct-07-05  Kriegspiel: Seirawan, in a book of his commenting on this game (or a part of it), gives a different move order, showing:

41.axb6 axb6 42.Bd2 Ne2

Which is correct? I know the Seirawan book contains many typos, but in addition to the list of moves he gives, his text commentary indicates a belief that the pawn exchanges occurred first.


Jan-07-06  CapablancaFan: A theoretical game played at the highest level. This game is pshycological warfare on a grand scale. Book theory goes out the window here as this game isn't about sacrafices or a spectacular mate, but rather a game of tactics in which both players walk on a thread and one slip by either is fatal. Great game analysis and annotation by Peter Clarke. Notice at the end of the game how Petrosian traps his opponents knight!
Apr-12-09  blacksburg: nice annotations.

the <trapped piece> is always the section of the tactics books that have the most trouble with, for some reason.

Oct-21-09  birthtimes: Interesting that eight years earlier Lilienthal played 12...Rd8 and won against Bondarevsky. Perhaps he thought Petrosian had cooked up something in the meantime?!
Aug-06-11  madhatter5: wow, the bishop pair is very strong!
Aug-07-11  tonsillolith: <15. g3!>

This is a move I would not play.

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  perfidious: This is a classic illustration of the superiority of bishops vs knights in a position where the pair of knights lack either support points or play against pawn weaknesses, by way of compensation for conceding the two bishops.

From another line in the Four Knights, a classic game which did much to further positional understanding, where the knight had its turn in the sun: Janowski vs Lasker, 1909.

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  fiercebadger: I always thought Tigran preferred Knights !
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