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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
Manila (1974), Manila PHI, rd 7, Oct-??
Modern Defense: Averbakh Variation (A42)  ·  1-0
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May-09-08  Alphastar: Odd that this great strategical gem hasn't received any comments yet.

Just like in Petrosian vs Unzicker, 1960, Petrosian locks up his opponent, then proceeds to move his king to the queenside, and then breaks open the kingside to crack black's defense.

Jul-27-08  fictionist: Well, that makes me the second one to post here. I agree that this is a gem as it is included in my Petrosian collection.
Jul-28-08  Roark: Thank you for telling me about this one. It's been a treat for me.
Jul-28-08  RookFile: Yes, this is a nice game, and a great lesson on patience.
Jul-28-08
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Even in the final position, White still needs patience. First the a-pawn must inch forward, then the King takes the square the pawn vacated, then the b-pawn moves forward, and in this manner the King won't suffer too many checks from Black's Rook.

The fun and challenging part is guessing where Ljubojevic went wrong. Perhaps a direct transposition to the KID was better than 6...a5 (where his Queen side light squares start to weaken). I'm also suspicious of 12...Bd7 because after 13.dxc6, Black can't recapture with the b-pawn, leaving most of his Queen side light squares weak.

I wonder how long it will take before the average chess player can appreciate what an amazing player Petrosian was, and how he won his games. It sure isn't easy for me.

Jul-28-08  arsen387: This is the second game that I see, where Petrosian employs the same strategy - bringing the K to the Qside where it is safe and opening lines towards the enemy K on the Kside. The first one is <Alphstar>'s mentioned Petrosian vs Unzicker, 1960, which I found is one of Petrosian's best games.

<An Englishman: I wonder how long it will take before the average chess player can appreciate what an amazing player Petrosian was, and how he won his games. It sure isn't easy for me.> I think it ain't easy even for GMs. I don't know any other player in chess history who could produce wins like this. You gotta respect this man's genius!

Jul-28-08  euripides: 75.Rxa5 looks tempting. I guess after 75...Rc7 the knight seems to be in danger, but perhaps White gets something from the direct 76.b4 Kg7 77.b5 Kf6 78.b6 Rb7 79.Kc3 and I don't see a good move for Black - 79...Rxb6 80.Nd7+ or 79...Kg7 80.Ra7 lose. Or after 75...Rg7 followed by winning the f3 pawn one gets something like the game e.g. 76.Rc5 Rg3 77.Rc6 Bxf3 78.Rxe6+ Kg7 79.Re7+ Kh6 80.Rf7. Maybe there's a snag or maybe Petrosian just preferred to keep more control and was confident the a pawn would drop in the end.
Jul-29-08  fictionist: I can never get enough of these long journeys of Petrosian's King! <arsen>, you failed to mention one of Petrosian's victories over Fischer falling on the same subject about King walks. :)
Aug-01-08  fictionist: As a student of his games, I sometimes borrow his idea of moving the king from a castled position to opposite side before launching an attack. :)
Sep-04-18
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  OhioChessFan: A quick playthrough makes me wonder why Ljubo played 43...Be7. His Pawns were worse, but the Bishop pair had to have some value. To just give it up like that can't be best.
Sep-05-18  SChesshevsky: 43...Be7, could be he thought the B was too well posted on g5 covering d8 and e7 which might be needed to cover either d6 or e6. Maybe felt he was cramped enough without losing d8 and e7 access also.
Sep-05-18
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  yiotta: <An Englishman: I wonder how long it will take before the average chess player can appreciate what an amazing player Petrosian was, and how he won his games, It sure isn't easy for me.> <arsen387: I think it ain't easy even for GMs.> It wasn't easy for Petrosian either. He once wrote "All my moves are born in torment."
Sep-05-18  Howard: He reportedly had a very complex, prophalytic style.
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