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Walter Shawn Browne vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Rovinj/Zagreb (1970), Rovinj/Zagreb YUG, rd 16, May-04
French Defense: Tarrasch. Botvinnik Variation (C05)  ·  0-1



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  Mateo: A very lucky win for Petrosian. I guess Browne had a nervous breakdown to lose this game after getting the advantage all of the time. Maybe in zeitnot, he blundered.

37.Qe2? <37.Kh2.> Qb7+ 38.f3 <Only move. 38.Qf3? Rg1!.> Rab6! 39.Rc2 <39.Ra5 R6b2 wins. 39.Kh3 Rh1 40.Kg2 Rbb1! invading everywhere (the Black Queen goes to b3).> R6b2 40.Rxc4? <This loses quickly. Slow death with 40.Ra2 Ra2 41.Ra2 Qb3 and then a5-a4 with a winning advantage.> Rxc2 0-1

Jul-06-06  HannibalSchlecter: you can't play willy nilly with Petrosian or he'll come get you. Browne seemed to play planlessly as Petrosian assembled his forces.
Jul-06-06  CapablancaFan: <Mateo><HannibalSchlecter> Browne actually played solid chess up until about move 27.h4?! After that, the following moves he played were the mark of a man who wasn't sure what to do...Petrosian was.
Apr-01-07  lanawar elf: How can you say that Petrosian got lucky? Browne was almost completely positionally lost by move 15.
Apr-01-07  Dick Brain: Mateo seems partially right about 37. Qe2, but I don't see how Brown can make any real progress after 37. Kh2
Dec-11-07  Brown: <Everyone>

By move 26, though Browne is playing "solid chess" (totally agree), he will have a tough time winning the black's a-pawn without dropping c3. Seems about even at this point. Petrosian seemed never in danger.

Dec-12-07  mirzafuadi: Anything wrong with 26.Rxa7?
Dec-12-07  Brown: <mirzafuadi: Anything wrong with 26.Rxa7?>

Nothing, if you don't mind dropping a rook to 26...Rxa7. a7 is protected twice by black.

Dec-12-07  mirzafuadi: But the position after 25...Kg7 is that Black Queen still on c6, so a7 only protected by Ra8...I still don't get the answer why didn't White take the a7 pawn on his 26th move.
Dec-12-07  nolanryan: I think there are some strong counterplay opportunities for Petrosian if Browne takes 26. Rxa7 A possible scary line for white is 26. .. Rxa7 27. Rxa7 Ra8 28. Rxa8 Qxa8 (a pretty forcing line so far). and now it seems clear that the black queen can invade (with at least the c3 pawn for spoils).

I would not have sensed this danger in a game, but that's why I'm not a gm

Dec-12-07  goldenbear: It takes a great master to play into the position after move 26, knowing that it's better for Black. Petrosian was never in danger here. A deserved win.
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  wordfunph: by GM Browne..

<The story with that is I played Petrosian the day before and I refused a draw in three languages. He said, "Niche," and I didn't say anything. Then he said, "Remi," and I said nothing. Then he said, "DRAW!" and I said, "NO!" I had five minutes and the better position. Then I proceeded to blunder a Rook and lose the game.>

Apr-15-13  RookFile: So if Browne plays 40. Ra2, does Petrosian get his draw after all?
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  perfidious: <RookFile> The suggestion given by <Mateo> looks good for Black, and he might even be able to play 40....Rxa2 41.Rxa2 a4 as an alternative, to exploit White's weak second rank.
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