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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Samuel Reshevsky
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 17, Sep-29
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Mar-27-12  Rick360: In his 1991 book "King's Indian Attack", Ken Smith maintains that "Iron" Tigran had a "definite positional plus" after 14.f4 and that he "chickened out" when GM Reshevsky offered a draw a few moves later.
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  offramp: The moves 22.h4, 23.f5 & 24.e6 are not the moves of a man who has "chickened out". After 28...e5

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white might have accidentally transposed moves.
29.Nxh7 Kxh7 30.Bg5 looks strong.

Mar-28-12  King Death: Smith was a fine chess and poker player but his writing on chess wasn't always as good.

Like <offramp> mentions 29.Nh7 Kh7 30.Bg5 looks better for White. He can then play Rad1 and Ne4 with a nice long term positional plus.

Mar-28-12  SChesshevsky: <<Ken Smith maintains that "Iron" Tigran had a "definite positional plus" after 14.f4>>

I don't really see any White advantage.

It looks to me like White's QB still has the common KIA cramp problem, his N's still have to untangle and his e pawn and King look vulnerable.

While Black's c pawn is trouble, his King looks safe enough, his Rooks look ready to go especially on the d-file and the QB looks to have good play on the a6 or c6 diagonals.

If I had to guess, I'd think Petrosian wasn't that happy with his position after 14. f4

Mar-28-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Bronstein assessed white's position as "somewhat superior" after 14. f4 in his book of Zurich 1953.

Davik mentioned too that white's next task was to regroup his pieces and that he is helped in this because black has no active plan.

The comment after 1/2-1/2 was that white is far superior as a queen exchange exposes the black pawns to attack whilst with queens on, the black king is in danger.

Mar-29-17  cwcarlson: 27.Bf4 covering e5 was better.
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