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Miguel Najdorf vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966), Santa Monica, CA USA, rd 17, Aug-14
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60)  ·  0-1


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  Jack Rabbit: Interesting way of winning with the Rook Pawn. The White King will be cut off from with the Black King on escort duty and the Rook able to shield attacks.

1. <75 Kd2 Kb2>

2. <75 Kd3 Kb2 76 Rh2+ Kb1 77 Rh1+ Rc1>

3. <75 Kd4 Kb2 76 Rh2+ Rc2>

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  keypusher: Another example of Petrosian prevailing with a "bad" bishop.
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  thatsmate: Doesn't 73...Rb2 win as well? It strikes me that white either has to let the pawn promote, or play 74. Ra1 Rb1 75. Rxa2+ Kxa2 with black winning, obviously.
Oct-18-06  wharfrat: <thatsmate> After your suggestion of 73...Rb2, how does Black win after 74.Rf8?
Aug-29-08  PAWNTOEFOUR: <Jack Rabbit> when i see analysis that looks interesting i like to see if shredder or crafty comes up with the same thing..and after 1.3 million nodes crafty seems to prefer this line....pv 75.Kd3 Kb2 76.Rg1 Rc1 77.Rg2+ Kb3 78.Rxa2 Kxa2 79.<HT> -575 Crafty
Jan-10-15  zydeco: Petrosian had a weak tournament but for some reason was able to play like himself against Najdorf.

Najdorf plays prematurely for his central break with 12.e5. It looks good but black ends up with a solid position, control over e5, and a lasting kingside initiative.

At move 18, Petrosian comments: "The present game is extremely instructive in that White, while not making one visible error, and going along all through simply with good moves, soon found himself in a position without prospects. I think this is a good example to demonstrate the importance, in complex modern systems, of creating a sharp strategic picture of the struggle and taking tactical elements into consideration."

Petrosian thought he was close to a quick win when he played 29....Qf5 but missed Najdorf's cute trick with 30.Bxg5 -- based on the idea that black has just cut off the escape squares for his own bishop.

After this exchange, black's initiative is basically gone, but Petrosian keeps grinding away.

Petrosian thought white had a fairly easy draw with 42.Re4. 64.bxa3 was the losing move. White could have just held a draw with 64.b3.

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