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Miroslav Filip vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 21, Jun-13
Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Quiet System (B08)  ·  0-1


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Nov-13-06  Rama: I don't like 49. Kd3 ..., but why is this a loss after 51. Kb3 ...?
Nov-13-06  Grumpi: Nf5 and Ne3 wins
Nov-14-06  Rama: It is remarkable that the B goes to f1 on move 21, and is still there on move 51, where it will die after Ne3. Thanks for pointing that out, Grumpy.
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  Mateo: 42.Nxa4? is the losing move. After 42...Bxa4 43.Nxa5, the Knight is trapped. Black threatens to bring his King to b6.

The only defence is, like Filip played, to bring the King to c3.

But then, when the Black King is on b6, the White Knight has to come back on b3. Black trades it with the Bishop.

After this exchange, Black brings his Knight to e3 and wins the 'g' pawn.

Thus, Filip had to avoid the exchange. He should have played 42.Nd1! and then Nxa5. If 42...Bg6 43.Kd2! and next Nxa5.

Feb-21-14  zydeco: White plays the opening fairly rigidly and then trades queens for no good reason with 18.Qg5. He plays most of the game as if he's hoping for a draw.

I like 38.Ke1 b4 (if 38....Bb1 39.a3) 39.Kd2 Bb1 40.a4 bxa3 41.Kxc3 axb2 42.Kxb2.

I agree with <Mateo> that 42.Nd1 seems to stall black.

Very clean win by Petrosian. From 29....c5 on, he goads white into putting all his pawns on light squares and then overstretches the bishop in the endgame.

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