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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Igor Bondarevsky
USSR Championship (1950), Moscow URS, rd 17, Dec-11
Zukertort Opening: Queen's Gambit Invitation (A04)  ·  1-0


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

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Apr-15-05  fgh: Good notes. Who is Peter Clarke, btw?
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  Benzol: <fgh> Peter H Clarke
Apr-16-05  Maroczy: I don't know if this can be done but is there any way Clarke's notes can be included on the printed copy of the game? I like to e-mail the games I like to work and print them out; then I go over them at home with my set.
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  refutor: <maroczy> yes, click on "view text"
Apr-16-05  Maroczy: <refutor> Thanks. I hope it fits on a standard 81/2 X 11 sheet and doesn't run off past the margin.
May-15-05  lentil: some people play 1...g6 against any first move... so 1. ...e6 in not unique
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  notyetagm: A sign of Petrosian's great positional understanding is the fact that these annotations give exclamation points to three of Tigran's non-threatening pawn moves: 13 c5!, 21 b4! and 27 h4!. <I really like 27 h4!, a beautiful, strong prophylactic move taking away Black's only active plan of playing ... g7-g5.> It is exactly similar to White playing g2-g4 in certain Ruy Lopez and King's Indian positions to impede Black from playing ... f7-f5. After 27 h4! Black has no winning chances and must try to grovel for a draw.

Petrosian and Capablanca really did make chess look like a simple game.

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  notyetagm: This game shows that Black is as dead as a doornail if he plays the Dutch and does not get a kingside attack going.
Oct-03-05  Kriegspiel: I should have thought that the purpose in playing 6...c6 was to prepare (8...)d5, so that if White should play cxd, Black could reply in a way that keeps two pawns in the center (also opening up the c-file while protecting his kingside by retaining a pawn on the e-file), not the reason given in the notes. He could then fianchetto his c8 bishop (prepared by b6) and position his a8 rook at c8. But at any rate, to exchange a less central pawn for a more central one.


Feb-27-07  mormonchess: <notyetagm>: Petrosian and Capablanca really did make chess look like a simple game.

Indeed they did! I often find Petrosian's games to be incredibly profound. I enjoy his knight maneuvers in this game. Very Nimzowitschian.

<notyetagm> This game shows that Black is as dead as a doornail if he plays the Dutch and does not get a kingside attack going.

I would resign immediately if I were foolish enough to play the Dutch against Iron Tigran!

Apr-12-09  blacksburg: i told myself i wasn't going to buy any more chess books for a while...and then i just ordered Clarke's book...and i also ordered Keene's book on Petrosian so i could qualify for free shipping...i have a problem. :(
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  acirce: Tell me about it. But those two are both good.
May-03-09  ToTheDeath: <38. Rc1 {Avoiding a subtle trap-38.Rxa7 Qxa7 39.Qg6+ Kf8 40.Ne6+ Bxe6 41.Qxe6 Qa1! 42.Qc8+ Kf7 48.Qxf5+ Kg8, and White must either give perpetual check or lose his Bishop.>

Lovely variation and a classic game. Petrosian was deadly against the Dutch.

Nov-08-09  WhiteRook48: Petrosian had his opponent in a death grip
Dec-02-10  sevenseaman: Petrosian, a 'positionologist', eh?
Apr-26-11  xombie: This is a study in non-committal chess. How often does the average patzer force matters too soon? It is testament to Petrosian's great positional and tactical insight that he does not force, and avoids traps. This is a very harmonious game.
Oct-02-11  64rutor: Winning Chess Strategies by Seirawan, Silman, gives 12...b5? "The best move was 12...b6, which restrains White's next move" [13.c5].
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