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Oscar Panno vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
First Piatigorsky Cup (1963), Los Angeles, CA USA, rd 4, Jul-08
Bogo-Indian Defense: Nimzowitsch Variation (E11)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Fusilli: Another K+R+B vs K+R endgame... this time well played by the defending side.
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  zydeco: Both players are very positionally creative in this game.

18.Qa3 is a crazy move - the kind of thing that Anand might play, deciding that an aesthetic disadvantage like the ugly a-pawns actually isn't so important.

White's maneuver with 22.Bf4-d6-c5-b4-d2-f4-d6-c5 is pretty cute even if it doesn't accomplish much. After eight moves with the bishop, white just trades it off -- but on the other hand, black, during the same period has made six unavailing moves with the knight, chasing the bishop around the center.

Reshevsky, annotating this game in the tournament book, says that Panno plays the opening meekly and then "flounders around for a plan to pursue." But Reshevsky is impressed with Panno's various tricks for simplifying the endgame (especially 63.Bxf7).

Petrosian erred with the timid 36.....g6. According to Reshevsky he should have played 36.....f5 and contested white's central pawn push.

Jun-11-14  RookFile: Very surprising that Petrosian didn't win this. He must have been very disappointed.
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  tamar: Petrosian went wrong with 56...Kf6. With the advantage of hindsight, it was important to keep the connected passed pawns as a unit, and the King move impedes the f pawn, making the bishop sacrifice on f7 work to remove both pawns.

56...g3 57 Re1 f5 58 Bd5 f4 59 a5 Rc2+ 60 Kb4 Rd2 61 Ba8 Kf6 62 a4 Rd4+ 63 Kc5 Rxa4 64 Kb5 Ra2 65 Kb4 Bd2 66 Rd1 Be2 -4.60/38 Stockfish-dd-32

White can get one pawn for the bishop, but the second one will win.

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