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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Vasily Smyslov
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 17, Oct-06
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Alekhine System Smyslov Variation (D29)  ·  0-1


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Dec-07-04  drukenknight: Petrosian tries to play hypermodern (Reti) vs Smyslov?? The N sack on move 14 was bad. 22 Rf1 was not good either. Not sure what happens in the endgame is it 34 Rxc4?
Dec-07-04  AgentRgent: Aside from 1. Nf3 Petrosian's play isn't all that Hypermodern, as the game quickly transposes to a QGA.
Dec-07-04  drukenknight: Being lectured to by Aaron Nimzovitch not exactly a pleasant thing this afternoon...
Dec-07-04  AgentRgent: DK, I didn't mean it as a lecture, I was merely trying to be accurate.
Dec-07-04  drukenknight: I think it would be better if the Nimzovitch avatar had dark shades. That way I cant see his nasty eyes. Do we call crafty or sneaky for that?
Mar-29-10  Nezhmetdinov: Old School CG kibitzing action right here.
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  andrewjsacks: Petrosian's opening play WAS Hypermodern, but one adjusts to the defense Black chooses. And by the way, Smyslov is the most under-appreciated WC.
May-17-13  dmvdc: <andrewjsacks: And by the way, Smyslov is the most under-appreciated WC.>

I don't know about that. He is under-appreciated, to be sure (although he's one of my favorite players). But I think Petrosian is appreciated even less than Smyslov. I often get the feeling, when reading comments about Petrosian, that people feel like he somehow didn't deserve what he earned, just because they don't like his style of play. And yes, Petrosian is another of my favorite players. Karpov, Petrosian, and Smyslov is my Holy Chess Trinity.

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  zydeco: It's odd to see Petrosian play from behind like this. I get the sense that he psyched himself out in the opening: he would have been happier with a bishop on e2 or g2 rather than c4. He probably planned to meet 12.....b4 with 13.Nxe6 fxe6 14.Rxd6 bxc3 15.Rxe6 Kf8 17.bxc3 and missed 12.....Qb8. There's no rush to play e4 -- probably 12.h3 or 13.a3 is fine -- and if 12....e5, then 13.d5.
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  plang: In the 1950 USSR Ch Petrosian had played 9 a4 against Smyslov and the game had ended in a draw after a very sharp tactical battle. 10..Bd6 eyeing the e5 square was a new idea. Subsequently it has been determined that 12 Rxd4 is the preferable recapture avoiding the tempo gaining 12..Qb8. After 16..0-0 Black was up a pawn and White had little to show for it. 20 h3? would have lost to 20..Bh2+ 21 Kf1..Ba6. The rook sacrifice 29 Rxf7 would not have worked after 29..Kxf7 30 Qd7+..Re7 31 Ng5..Kg8 32 Qd5+..Kh8 33 Qxc5..Qf6 34 Qxc4..Rd8 35 Qh4..Rd1+ 36 Kg2..Qc6+ 37 Kh3..Qd7+ 38 Kg2..Qd5+ 39 Kh3..Kg8 and Blacks material advantage is decisive.
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