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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Fridrik Olafsson
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 1, Sep-07
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Hübner Deferred (E50)  ·  1-0


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Mar-21-06  suenteus po 147: 37...Qxg3? is a blunder in light of 38.Qxh6+ Kg8 39.Bxb7 with the threat of 40.Rxf8#
Mar-22-06  CapablancaFan: "Oops! Darn, left my rook hanging"-Olafsson.
Mar-22-06  Resignation Trap: Pal Benko was also in this tournament, and he also earned the reputation of dropping rooks in time pressure.
Mar-22-06  suenteus po 147: <Resignation Trap: Pal Benko was also in this tournament> That's how I found this game, because of your excellent collection of the whole candidates tournament! It makes for marvelous viewing.
Mar-22-06  mormonchess: Petrosian's play is so sneaky. He moves his Queen and Rook over to the A file while Black is threatening a huge kingside assault. But White basically shrugs it off, because he was quite confident in his defensive capabilities.
Mar-22-06  Resignation Trap: <suenteus po 147> I'm currently assembling all the games from the 1956 Candidates Tournament, and I'm about halfway done: Game Collection: Candidates Tournament, Holland 1956 . That tournament started March 27, 1956, and I'm preparing a "Fifty Years Ago" series of daily (more-or-less) articles on it.
Mar-22-06  suenteus po 147: <Resignation Trap> Sounds fascinating! Will you be posting your articles or publishing them?
Mar-22-06  Resignation Trap: <suenteus po 147> I plan to post the articles here on a round-by-round basis.
Mar-22-06  suenteus po 147: <Resignation Trap> Excellent! I will follow them as closely as I would the tournament if I had had the chance to follow it live.
Apr-16-09  ewan14: Dear Both ,

Thank you very much for posting the Candidates Tournaments etc. I find it enthralling to see all the games , and how the tournaments results developed


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  wordfunph: Olafsson endeavoured to work up a counter-attack but in so doing used up far too much time, a fact of which Petrosian was well aware. In the end, he had only a split second left and, seizing a pawn, he made as if to capture it with his queen. Then, realising that he left his rook en prise, he at once resigned.

(Source: 4th Candidates' Tournament by Harry Golombek)

Nov-13-15  RookFile: Seems that whenever I try to play on the queenside in the middlegame as Petrosian did here, black gets some crushing mating attack on the kingside. Petrosian's defensive skills keep those possibilities at bay. He makes it look easy, but it definitely is not.
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  dernier loup de T: The final blunder only hastens an unavoidable defeat; for instance if 37..Qh7 hoping to keep attacking chances, 38. Nh4 lets to White the advantage; typical Petrossian strategy in this game....
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