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Bent Larsen vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
"A Game of Shadows" (game of the day Feb-09-12)
Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind Breyer Variation (B39)  ·  1-0
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Jun-21-14  kereru: after 25...Nf4 26.Rxf4 e5 is an interesting try. If 27.Rf3 fxg6 28.Be6+ Kh8 29.Rh3+ Bh6 30.Bxh6 Black has the resource 30....Rf1+! 31.Kxf1 Qf6+ 32.Kg1 Qxe6 33.Rxd6 Qf5! and white has no effective discovered check. However 27.Rxf7 Rxf7 28.Be6 wins prosaically.
Jun-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  20MovesAhead: Rookiepawn 28... Be5 is a good idea but here is one line for white

29. Bh6 Qb6 30 c5 Qa6 if... Qb2 Rf2 wins the Queen 31 h4 with the idea 32 Re5 de5 33 Re7 Kh8 34 Bg7 Kh7 35 Bf6 Kh6 36 Bg5 Kh5 37 g4 checkmate

Jun-21-14  Anjeneyar: <Rookie pawn>
On 28.......Be5.29.Bh6.Qb6+.30.Kf/h1.Qxb2? 31.Rf2+!.Kh7.32.Rxb2.Bxb2.33.Bg5! White is a piece up and should win easily. I believe this is decisive enough. Moreover, white instead of Bh6 can play 29.c5!. If 29...Qa5.30.Bd2!.Qxa2.31.Rxf1+!.any K move 32.Rxe5!.Qxb2.33.Re2! And white should win this easily with 2R and 2B vs Q+R. Black king is still in a mating net. He cannot relapse his R easily. Eg., 31....Kg7 With a view to 33.....Rf8. 34.Rxf8!!.Kxf8.35.Bh6+.Qg7.36.Bxg7+.Kxg7 and white is a R and B up with an easy win!
Jun-21-14  dfcx: 25. Qxg6 looks really interesting. It opens up the a2-g8 diagonal for the bishop and the f file at the same time. 25...fxg6 26. Bxe6+

Two options here for black,
26...Rf7 and Kh7/h8. (ok three).
26...Rf7 27. Bxf7+ Kf8 28. Bxg6+ and white has a very good attack with bishops and rooks. I do not see how black can survive.

26...Kh7/h8 27 Rh3+ Bh6 (forced) 28. Bxh6, now black king can't escape. 28...Rf5 29. Rxf5 - no better than the first option 26...Rf7.

Jun-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: I see a nasty windmill is on the way- or am I just being Quixotic?
Jun-21-14  Conrad93: I forgot to remember that 99% of puzzle on ChessGames.com involve a queen sacrifice. Damn!
Jun-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Nice but unfortunatelly a bit too famous for puzzle.
Jun-21-14  Alanx: Stop seeing the end. 20.-Bxc5! would have finished the match earlier.
Jun-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jimfromprovidence: There is another nice way that white wins if black plays 28...Bd5 beside 29 Bh6.

Try 29 Rd4!


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That rook is untouchable.

Jun-21-14  znsprdx: @Alanx 20. BxNc5 - interesting if you are correct- what is it no one has seen all these years later?
Jun-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  chrisowen: I dip to head over a g6 bag queen's a flap good a h6,

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and I f5 preferred around flies f6 have to feed off engage victor crash a fiefdom around his head more safe I feel.

A dismissive get at f6 hand big pull back at g7 allow ground for monarch harangue slick headed over straight port of calls 25.Qxg6 Nf4 26.Rxf4 fxg6 27.Be6+ a oomph effort job at hand mind a nice circle around black monarch g8 inept black rooks and monarchs at a loose b6 call swerve at a b2 or cover c6 still has to get back in e8 or h7 dervish cleric catch better glide lane e5 could be sacced too lift off I e5 pocket g7 light could afford to punt a rook d5 reigning it now in evermore rook a do the math you over show boat back in hared around a corner g8 and alf h7 claw

back I his queen's flopped again purloin bed other bind d5 germane family f7 around black monarch g8 as hog lesson slide a g6 f7 lane gifted glisten to judge dig be at I gooses plump harvest h8 offer give to gaffers 27...Rf7 28.Rxf7 Kh8 in ar not so good shape now him fend off h8 basic lide hinge h6 boxer b6 queen's a fag pin short drift c6 in calm white has to reinterpret checks around a g8 and win e8 monarchs at betwixt an betweens 28...Be5 29.Bg5 discovered check queen wins a b2 or even e7 goes via line a c6 acutes e7 ment I quarter e8 back take e5 and rook queen's at e8 along in h8 demarcate 29.Rg5 wins a g6 like b5 pawn even am g3 rook black is loose monarch h8 cover in front h7 wins majesty g8 fears it sign of h7 or deem in a tour free to try do dig the end it signalled 29.Rd3 Qe8 30.Bc1 forced f7 chuck on a perogative saves again ahead by a clear bishop at c1

Jun-21-14  Marmot PFL: Larsen commented that the queen sac was simple, although it surprised some of the spectators who might have expected the repetition of moves. He had to see it when he played 20 e5!, which is the star move, giving up a pawn to get an attack tempo with the queen.
Jun-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: Pry open the h-file, then sac, sac, mate :)
Jun-21-14  Marmot PFL: <thegoodanarchist: Must be nice to defeat the reigning world champion, even if it is just with the White pieces.. :)>

Larsen beat Petrosian twice in this event, once with each color. Petrosian's results as WC were not very good, outside of Olympiads and his first match vs Spassky.

Jun-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: While the statement on Petrosian's performance overall as reigning champion is true, it is no different than things were with his predecessors: Alekhine was the previous champion to post consistently excellent results as titleholder, and it would only be with Karpov's ascent to the throne that the world would see another.
Jun-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  agb2002: I have nothing to add to my Sep 10th 2010 post.
Jun-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Marmot PFL> True, although he did tie for first with Keres at the First Piatigorsky Cup (1963) shortly after becoming champion.
Jun-21-14  Petrosianic: <Larsen beat Petrosian twice in this event, once with each color. Petrosian's results as WC were not very good, outside of Olympiads and his first match vs Spassky.>

Not very good by Karpov/Kasparov/Carlsen standards. We've gotten spoiled lately by having 3 of the last 5 champions be dominating ones. But throughout history, that's been the exception rather than the rule. Of the non-dominating champions, Petrosian's results were actually better than most.

Jun-21-14  Moszkowski012273: 28...Be5 was a wee bit better.
Jun-21-14  gars: Petrosian lost a third game in this tournament, this time against Portisch (White), a King's Indian Defense which lasted thirty-two moves.
Jun-21-14  Rookiepawn: Hey, thanks to all who replied to my useless idea. They all proved me wrong, but <Jimfromprovidence>'s variant is the most elegant.

"Untouchable?, we'll see that" was my first thought... And yes, it is untouchable so the rook can still move on the rank.

CG rocks!

Jun-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: Don't forget that Petrosyan was the first world champ actually to win a world championship match while champ (Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1966)) since Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Rematch (1934)
Jun-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Breunor: IS 20 B x c5 better than e5? I think it wins a queen for a rook and bishop, but that may not be better than the game.

20 B x c5 P x c5 21 Nf6ch B x f6 22 R x d8 Rf x d8.

Is there a better line for white here?

Jun-22-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  M.Hassan: "Very Difficult"
White to play 25.?
White is a pawn down and has a Bishop for a Knight.

The open h file is tempting:

25.Qxg6 fxg6
26.Bxe6+
A) 26.........Kh7
27.Rh3+ Bh6
28.Bxh6 threatening next Bf8#
28.........Rf7
29.Bxf7 Qd7
30.Bf8+ Qxh3
31.gxh3 Rxf8
32.Be6
White is stronger and should win.

B) 26..........Rf7
27.Bxf7+ Kh7
28.Rh3+ Bh6
And the above line can be repeated.
Time to check
=============
My lines are way different

Jun-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: <Alanx: Stop seeing the end. 20.-Bxc5! would have finished the match earlier.>

Well, it is not so simple. After 20.Bxc5 dxc5 21.Nf6+?! (21.Qxc5 is probably better here) 21...Bxf6 22.Rxd8 Raxd8 (diagram) black can be satisfied.


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White nominal material advantage (Queen against Rook and Bishop) is compensated by powerful Bishop pair and firm control of d-file. The game can continue with 23.Qe2 (black was threatening Bd4) 23...Be5 24.b3 (24.Rd1 drops the Pawn on b2) 24...Rd4 25.Bf3 Rfd8 and it is already black who can hope in advantage. Of course, both players were well aware of that, Petrosian intended to sac his Queen in this way and Larsen was absolutely right to decline this offer.

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