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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Vladas Mikenas
Tbilisi (1944)
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Panov Variation (B05)  ·  0-1


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  InspiredByMorphy: A young Tigran at the age of 15 here plays against an opponent who would 6 years later be rewarded an IM title. Whites postion looks like it might be able hold at move 24 but it seems to be given away with 24.Be3? Instead perhaps 24.Bg3 can be played focusing on defending the e pawn.
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  maxi: Mikenas was a very strong player. Had he lived in Russia certainly he would have become GM. Here Petrosian was only 15 at the time of this game.

Petrosian's opening seems weak to me. Move 5.h3 forces an exchange that benefits Black: the White Knight is stronger than the Black Bishop. The plan with 8.a3 and 9.c4 weakens White's flank and forces 9...Ne7, from here the Black Knight can reach excellent developing squares.

The ancestral suggestion by <InspiredByMorphy> does not work due to the line 24.Bg3 g5 25.f4 Qh1+ and White is in a dangerous situation.

After 26...Nc4 White is two Pawns down with no compensation.

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  SpaceRunner: Tigran positionally beaten!
I bet he learned a lot from this game!

There is a saying about young players:
Beat them while you can!!!

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