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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Mikhail Tal
Team ch URS ( 1/2 ) (1964), Moscow, rd 1, Oct-11
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  acirce: This is a very fascinating endgame from move 22 on.
Dec-01-05  aw1988: From "Rethinking the Chess Pieces" by Soltis (Rooks versus Pieces chapter):

Giving up the pieces creates a sharp situation that offers greater winning chances to both players than other imbalances. It can be the pragmatic choice for a player who would otherwise be slightly inferior.

U.S.S.R. Team Cup 1964

Black to play

White is beginning to make little threats, such as 1. e4 or 1. Nc7.


Rather than be squeezed for another 40 moves, after 1...a6 2. Nc7 Rad8 3. Nxd5, Black creates dynamic circumstances in which anything can happen. If he gets two pawns (2. fxe3? Bxe3+ 3. Kf1 Bxc1 4. Rxc1 Rac8) he has the edge.

2. Bxb7! Nxd1 3. Rxd1 Rad8 4. Nc3!

Black also has good winning prospects after 4. Rxd8 Rxd8 5. Kf1 Rd2.

4...Rxd1+ 5. Nxd1 Rd8 6. Bf3 Rd2 7. Kf1

Best is 7...Bxf2! 8. Bc3 Rc2 9. Be4 Rc1 10. Kxf2 Rxd1 with equal chances. But even after the game's

7...a5 8. Be2 e5 9. a4 Bd4 he was better off than he had not played 1...Nxe3. The game was eventually drawn.

Dec-01-05  larsenfan: This positon is analyzed very detailed in "The art of defense in chess" by Mihail Marin
Feb-16-12  waustad: In playing through the Petrosian vs Tal games I don't see a hint of the "play on to the bare kings" approach of some, but if one felt he had an advantage, he'd go for it.
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  WCC Editing Project:

The <Event Field> is mislabeled here- This game is not from a "1/2" or semifinal round.

it is from the final round of the <USSR Clubs Team Championship Final 1964> Game Collection: Tal at the USSR Clubs Team Championship 1964 In Moscow (11-21 Oct)

Tal played 1st board for Daugava. Tal shared the gold medal with Botvinnik, with +3 -0 =3. Daugava finished 6th, behind Burevestnik, Soviet Army, Spartak and Avangard, ahead of Lokomotiv. [; Di Felice, "Chess Results 1964-1967," pp.96-98; Olimpbase;; Alexander Khalifman, ed. "Mikhail Tal Games II" (Chess Stars 1995), pp.75-81 ]

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