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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Vladimir Savon
USSR Championship (1969), Moscow URS, rd 5, Sep-11
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights Variation. Petrosian System (D91)  ·  1-0


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Jul-07-07  patzerboy: Beautifully calculated game by Petrosian. It feels in this game that he's always walking the razor's edge, but the strength and logic of his play here is really wonderful.

The decision to find safety for his King on f1 (where it stays the whole game) and commence an attack on the Black King is a brilliant judging of the possibilities of the position.

After move 17 Black's position looks solid and White's looks a mess, but Petrosian sees it differently.

Lovely game.

Sep-07-16  ewan14: Petrosian really went for it here!
Sep-07-16  ewan14:

Why does. Nd4. work ?

Sep-08-16  jvv: What do you mean by "work"?
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  zydeco: <ewan14> I don't know if it "works." Black has a couple of options to regain the pawn and he chooses 21....Qe5 instead of the more direct 21....Nxd4.

My guess is that both players felt white was somewhat better after 22.cxd4 Bxd4 when white has his kingside pressure and the interesting move 23.e5. If 23....Bxe5 24.Re3 looks unpleasant. If 23....Qxe5 24.Qxe5 Bxe5 25.Bxe7 Rfe8 26.Bd6 and I would rather be white in the endgame - although 23.Bh6 is certainly another option to keep more pieces on the board.

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