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Kick Langeweg vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
"Crouching Tigran" (game of the day Jul-24-2012)
Amsterdam IBM (1973), Amsterdam NED, rd 10, Jul-28
Wade Defense: General (A41)  ·  0-1


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  Ruud van Caspel: Zugzwang. After many hours of gruesome torture, Langeweg resigns in view of 52. Kg2 Ne1+ 53. Kf2? Nd3+. This is the chess as played by the timeless Gods.
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  GrahamClayton: Or 52. ♔g1 ♘e1 winning the f3-pawn, as 53. ♔f2 loses the bishop to 53...♘d3+.
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  Ghuzultyy: 27...Na8! targetting the d4 pawn, tieing down white's minor pieces to defense and then forcing a zugzwang with 49...Kh4!
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  perfidious: All the good books told us never to play a knight to the edge of the board, most especially to any of the four corner squares. The weak-looking 27....Na8 is but a moment's pause, as White will have nothing better than to exchange his light-squaed bishop for it once Petrosian plays ....Nb5, leaving the lump of lead on b2 which has nothing better than to guard the weakness at d4. This ending is hardly lost for White from the start, but is unpleasant to defend, especially against a man who knew a thing or three about this phase of the game.
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  LoveThatJoker: Great game from the 9th World Champion!


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  perfidious: < Djoker: 52. Kg1 loses...How does 52.Kg2 lose? 52. Kg2 Ne1+
53. Kf2 Nd3+
54. Kg2 .... and probably 3-fold repetition will come unless black gives up knight in favor of pawn.>

Black can do better by playing 54....Nxb2, which is easily won.

Jul-24-12  Oceanlake: White's pawns were pointed toward the Kings' side.
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  FSR: A shame that Edmar Mednis, who sadly died at the traditional chess age of 64 (like Fischer, Steinitz, and Staunton) isn't around to explain to us how White should have played this ending.
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  FSR: A shame that Edmar J Mednis, who sadly died at the traditional chess age of 64 (like Fischer, Steinitz, and Staunton) isn't around to explain to us how White should have played this ending.
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  Once: It's wonderful to watch as Petrosian slowly gathers small advantages. More space. A better bishop. A more mobile knight. Two pawn islands to white's three.

Then he gradually applies pressure until white's position falls apart. White finds himself grimly hanging on to a collection of weak pawns.

Where did white go wrong? I think his biggest problem was that he didn't seem to have a plan. He allowed most of the pieces to be swapped off which accentuated the badness of his dsb.

Jul-24-12  5hrsolver: These kinds of position are a feast for the late Tigran Petrosian.
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  KingV93: I will put this one in my 'How to help your opponent win by playing passively' game collection.
Jul-24-12  aniceto: After fourteen moves Petrosian has a french-like pawn structure, with two improvements: there are no light squared bishops and white must take care of his backward c pawn.
Jul-24-12  kiwidivin: why langeweg doesn't attack the king side ?
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  numbersguy70: White should have played the ending by not letting it become an ending. Petrosian wasn't losing once the queens left. Getting the white knight to c5 by move 30 would have held the draw easier.
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  kevin86: White's bishop is in really hot water.
Jul-24-12  waustad: What strikes me the most is that I expected the same moves in a different order.
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  eternaloptimist: Langeweg played right into Petrosian's hands when he aimed for a position w/ a closed center. Petrosian was 1 of the best players of all time in this type of position. He loved closed centers & closed positions in general so he wouldn't have to commit himself to 1 specific plan so often. He preferred having a few different plans to choose from hence his flexible ♙c6, ♙d6 & ♙e6 ♙ structure in this game. Petrosian was a crouching tiger in the opening but in the endgame he leaped on his opponent & finished him off in fine fashion in the endgame. Petrosian has been 1 of my favorite players for a long time.
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  WorstPlayerEver: Don't know why Langeweg didn't play consequently 16. Raf1
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