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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush
USSR Championship (1950), Moscow URS, rd 2, Nov-13
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1-0
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Aug-15-04  morphynoman2: A defensive player, Petrosian?
Aug-15-04  tomh72000: He could attack as well as anybody when he wanted to, as this game shows.
Apr-15-05  fgh: Heh, Petrosian the boring player :)
Nov-15-05  PARACONT1: Actually Tolush was a well-known but attacking player who often overextended. Even at this age and far from showing world class play Petrosian was able to beat him.
Nov-15-05  Koster: Qa5 didn't work out too well here. If black wants to play h6 it makes more sense to do it when he can still recapture with the queen.

I think Tolush was Spassky's coach at one time until Boris replaced him with Bondarevsky.

Nov-15-05  euripides: This was really not Tolush's day - it looks like a 3-minute internet game of no great distinction,and the QGD exchange variation was not virgin territory in 1950. I wonder what Tolush had in mind. Perhaps he thought he could play 16...Bxe3+ 17 Kb1 Bxd4 and then decided it was suicide. Or perhaps he needed a win and thought he could get away with 6...Bd6 ?! against an inexperienced player ?
Nov-15-05  euripides: ... well I see 6...Bd6 has been tried since then: Ulf Andersson vs R Byrne, 1977. Still seems a bit dodgy.
Nov-15-05  LIFE Master AJ: A massive crush by Petrosian ... who said this guy only played boring chess?
Nov-15-05  hayton3: Actually, Black misplayed the opening and Petrosian just played the moves that the position warranted. 5...Be7 is much better. 8...Bg4 is simply a mistake that any GM would punish in the same style that Petrosian does, whether that GM has a 'boring' positional approach or prefers tactical complications.
Nov-15-05  Averageguy: <hayton3>Have you played any Morra Gambit Games recently?
Nov-15-05  hayton3: <Averageguy> I played one in my last tournament. It's not of interest as my opponent simply blundered a piece. I've moved away from the Morra now and currently playing main lines of the sicilian.
Nov-15-05  Koster: How you expect to win in the Morra, endgame technique? <I played one in my last tournament. It's not of interest as my opponent simply blundered a piece.>
Nov-15-05  hayton3: <Koster> I have won many endgames in the Morra via knight versus a bad bishop and a decentralised king. However you seem to be far less ignorant than you pretend - please enlighten us if your comment wasn't throw away.
Nov-15-05  Koster: I won't lie, I have lost my share of Morras, but not in the endgame. If I make it to move 25 I usually win, sometimes draw. Have also won some quickies with this trap- 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Bc4 Qc7 7. 8. 0-0 Nf6 9. Qe2 Ng4 10. h3?? (Nb5) Nd4! Always fun to win quick on defense. Seriously, I respect the tactical ability of anyone who can get good results with gambits - something I could never do, except the occasional surprise King's Gambit.
Nov-15-05  hayton3: The line you mention is the devilish 'Siberian Trap' A very nasty surprise to face as White in the Morra!
Jan-16-07  Resignation Trap: My copy of <Petrosian vs The Elite> arrived a few days ago. This game was in it.

It seems to me that 14...Be7 was a bit too tame for a player of Tolush's attacking skills. Since one of the Bishops must go, I think that Black should try 14...Na6 instead. If then 15.gxh5 Nb4 16.Bh7+ Kh8 17.Qf5 Be7. Black is a Pawn down and has a difficult position, but at least he can play on a few more moves.

Jul-12-14
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  wwall: After 11.Bd3, perhaps 11...h6 is the losing move. Black could try 11...Bg6 12.f5 Bh5.

Instead of 14.fxe5, quicker may be 14.gxh5, threatening 15.Qg2+ and 16.Rg1 for the win. If 14...Qd8, then 15.Rg1+ Kh8 16.fxe5 Be7 17.O-O-O looks strong.

After 16.gxh5, 16...Bxe3+ fails after 17.Kb1 Bxd4 18.Rhg1+ Bxg1 19.Rxg1+ Kh8 20.Qg2 or 20.Qd2, threatening mate.

Jul-12-14
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  RookFile: Petrosian new how to play good defense, and he sure knew when his opponent wasn't playing it.
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