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Boris Gulko vs Tigran V Petrosian
USSR Championship (1976), Moscow URS, rd 4, Dec-01
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  0-1



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Aug-22-06  Resignation Trap: This could have become one of Petrosian's finest games- but errors on both sides took place and Black won only because White made the last blunder.

16. Ba2. If Gulko wanted to create an unbalanced redistribution of forces, he could have tried 16.Bxe6!? fxe6 17.Nxe6, which threatens 18.Nxd8, 18.Nxg7 and 18.b4.

24...Rhd8! and 25...Qa5! constitute an exchange sacrifice which so characterized Petrosian's play throughout his career.

Petrosian played 30...Bb4?, but he could have tried 30...Nc3+! 31.bxc3 dxc3 32.Qf2 Ka8! 33.Nc5 Rb8 34.Ka1 Bc4 35.Nb3 Qa3 36.Rb1 Rb5, winning (37.Rd7 Qxa2+!).

Gulko's 31.c3? falls right into Black's intentions, and he should try instead 31.Nxb4 Qxb4 32.c4! dxc3 33.Rxd8+ Kc7 34.Qd2!

Petrosian's 36...Qd4? is vastly inferior to 36...Rd2!

Gulko's final blunder was 38.Bxe6??, probably overlooking that 38...Ra4+ 39.Ba2 Bc4 40.Rc2 Bxa2 41.Rxa2 c2! and Black gets a new Queen.

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  Everett: Perhaps Blacks 36th had to do with time trouble and fear of perpetual. After <36..Rd2 37.Qb6+ Ka8> though, it seems White is done.
Apr-11-12  screwdriver: Petrosian threw me for a loop with queenside castling. I like the exchange sack too. Isn't that his trademark?
Aug-25-14  Garech: Classic Petrosian, great stuff!


Dec-06-14  DiscoJew: Nice rook or exchange sac from the iron Tigran.

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