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Svetozar Gligoric vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 7, Sep-17
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0


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  brankat: No kibitzing here?! A very fine game by Gligoric. This was played at the 1959 Candidates tournament.
May-10-12  Peter62: From move 37 (37.--,Ne4 was the logical move) Petrosian is going astray and misses moreover drawing possibilities in a pawn and knight vs knight ending lots of times, lastly chance he had, was that he should have taken 52.--,Kxh5 directly and moved his king back to first rank. This loss meant that Tal and Keres moved up to him, with equal 4,5 points after the first round-robin. Gligoric followed with 3,5 then Smyslow, Benkö and Fischer with 3, and Olafsson ended with 2 points.
Dec-13-16  thejack: 16.- gf6: ?
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  keypusher: <thejack: 16.- gf6: ?>

Doesn't look great, but I'm reluctant to accuse Petrosian of not knowing what he was doing. White's occupation of e5 can be very bothersome after a normal recapture. Petrosian does manage to get equality after the text move.

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Black's 24th move is very clever.

Here is apparently where Petrosian started to go wrong:

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37...Ne4 looks risky, but after 38.d6+? Kf6! White is suddenly in big trouble.

Dec-13-16  ughaibu: I don't understand 33...b5. Is there something wrong with Rh1?
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  keypusher: <ughaibu> Um, good question. I thought White might be able to lock the rook out of play after something like Kf4 ...f7-f5, ....Rxh5 Re1, but it doesn't seem to work.
Dec-16-16  RookFile: Stockfish likes 33.... f5. It also thinks both ...Rh1 and ...b5 aren't bad either.
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  gambitfan: 1) mated-in-23 (38 ply) 57...♔f6 58.♔d3 ♔e6 59.♔c2 ♔d5 60.♘e3+ ♔c6 61.♔xb1 ♔b5 62.♘c2 ♔b6 63.♔b2 ♔c6 64.♔b3 ♔d5 65.♔c3 ♔e4 66.♔c4 ♔e5 67.b5 ♔d6 68.♘e3 ♔e7 69.♔c5 ♔f6 70.b6 ♔g5 71.b7 ♔f4 72.♘c4 ♔e4 73.b8=♕ ♔f3 74.♕f8+ ♔e4 75.♕f6 ♔d3 76.♕f3+ ♔c2 77.♕e3 ♔b1 78.♕b3+ ♔c1 79.♕c3+ ♔b1 80.♕b2#
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