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Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
USSR Championship (1957), Moscow URS, rd 11, Feb-06
Ponziani Opening: Jaenisch Counterattack (C44)  ·  0-1


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May-15-03  ughaibu: I've just been looking at the games of this Soviet championship. It was Tal's first victory in the event and there is a comment about his sacrificial style being shocking and impressive. Anyway, the first game listed is this one featuring that notorious bore Tigran P. I think all openings books should be immediately re-cycled.
Jul-08-04  samvega: wow. amazing tactics from both sides.
Jul-08-04  weirdoid: Seems to me that 17. e5 may be better than Rdg1. After Rdg1 it seems like some obscure little part of purgatory breaks loose upon white's position (let us avoid saying "hell" yet). Also, why not 33. Qb7+? The text move 33. Rh8 seems like one of the worst moves thinkable. Time scramble?
Apr-15-05  fgh: <weirdoid>: If 33. Qb7+, then black simply plays 33. ... Ke6! and white should lose soon.
Apr-15-05  Rama: I really had to look twice after 16. ... Qf6. Then I understood the Knight-sac, really nice. White sort of played into it -- the Knight was out there doing not much of anything, maybe preparing f5, and then, Wham!
Apr-16-05  Boomie: 17. e5 seems to fare better.
17. e5 ♕xf4 18. exd6 (18. e6 fxe6 19. h5 ♘b6 20. hxg6 h6 21. dxe6 ♕f6 22. ♘e4 ♕xf3 23. e7 ♕f4+ ) 18... ♘b6 19. ♖de1 ♘a4 20. ♘e5 ♘xb2 21. ♔xb2 ♗xe5+ 22. ♕xe5 ♕xd2+ 23. ♗c2 ♗f5 24. ♖e2 ♕b4+ 25. ♔a1 =
Aug-28-08  addiction to chess: I just have one question... On move 29, Why not 29.Nxd2? I don't see any immediate win of material or checkmate.
Aug-28-08  stanleys: <addiction to chess>

I am surely missing something,but the best continuation I could find for black is 29...Qxe2+ and 30...Bxc2.He should be capable to win with 3 pawns for the exchange.

Anyone seeing better solution?

Aug-28-08  Ziggurat: <addictiontochess> My guess is as follows: If white plays 29. Nxd2, he is more or less certain to lose because of the continuation given by <stanleys>, after which white has no real chances. 29. Qf3 may have been a desperate bluff hoping for 29...Rxc2? 30. Rxh8+ Bxh8 31. Rxh8+ Kxh8? (31...Kg7 avoids mate) 32. Qh1+ and mate in a few moves. Black's 29...f6 prevented this idea because white needs to be able to check with the queen on h7 to give mate.
Aug-29-08  stanleys: Petrosian's comment (just read it)

<Now 29.Nxd2 is bad for white,because of 29...Qxe2+ 30.Kxe2 Re8+!. 28...f6 would have been sufficient too>

Sep-25-08  lentil: Nobody has asked why 28 ..Rd2! was necessary. It's to meet W's NASTY threat of 29 Qh2.
Apr-05-09  Open Defence: "Petrosian demonstrated that he was able - and how! - to play 'open' chess." - M. Tal in <The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal>
Apr-05-09  Davolni: wow!!!

what a gem!!!

Dec-09-12  wildrookie: At certain times in the game black stood undoubtedly better but he frittered his advantage away by overdoing it a bit I suppose.
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