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Vlastimil Hort vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
"Broken Hort" (game of the day Aug-30-2011)
EUR-chT (Men) 4th (1970), Kapfenberg AUT, rd 1, May-10
French Defense: Winawer. Classical Variation (C18)  ·  0-1



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Aug-30-11  thendcomes: Thanks <gofer>, I was thinking the exact same thing!
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  kevin86: Since it is now football season-note that after white's 42nd move-black pieces are in an "I' formation.
Aug-30-11  LIFE Master AJ: I really don't understand the pun. (I think it stinks, Vlastmil Hort was one of the great players of his day.)

This is a typical Exchange Sack ... especially for this line/system. (Winawer.)

It does not matter if Black saw it, (I think he did.); or not, the sack was 100% forced. But Black shatters White's position. The only key is that Black cannot be hasty in grabbing the material, but Petrosian understood closed positions better than anyone.

One of my favorite Petrosian games ... and I am (a bit) broken-hearted over the pun.

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  ajk68: The rook wasn't worth a knight and three pawns.
Aug-30-11  lemaire90: Very interesting game and nice exchange sac !
Aug-30-11  waustad: Petrosian exchange sacs are often great. He had many where he parked a knight in a dominating location.
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  Check It Out: Petrosian's king's knight maneuvers in this game are incredible.
Aug-30-11  SimonWebbsTiger: this is g.46 in <Tigran Petrosian. His Life and Games> by Vik Vasiliev (Batsford 1974).

Suetin, in the note to move 23

<Petrosian relates that he was intending to play ...NxQP, but was surprised to see a look of confidence on Hort's face. The move played, however, is quite good enough.>

btw - Rona Petrosian, sadly, passed on in 2006.

Aug-30-11  SimonWebbsTiger: incidentally, the game score differs in that book:

<17. R-R3 R-QB1 18. R-N3 N-Q1 19. P-R5 R-B5 20. P-R6 N2-B3 21. N-R5 P-N3 22. N-B6 RxN 23. PxR N-B2> etc

i.e. differs on the order of rook pawn and KR moves and which of the black knights went where.

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  Breunor: Omg, what vision Petrosian had! As Life Master AJ said, Hort was a very strong player, and Petrosian just seems to make his position stronger and stronger. Such an amazing player!
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  Domdaniel: This is exquisite. I'd never really examined it before, despite being a French fanatic: I don't often play Winawer lines with an early ...f5.

But Petrosian's play is magnificent. The sheer helplessness of White's Queen and Rooks is a joy to watch. Hort had a chance to snap off one of the knights with Bxd6 - then he might have drawn. But when you're an Exchange up it's very difficult to see that the game might *never* open up in a way that favours your pieces.

I think I have a new favourite game here. And I'll have to look again at playing ...f5.

Mar-22-12  King Death: <Domdaniel> Yes this is a fine game by Petrosian against a strong GM. I can't help wondering if 8.Qh5+ Qf7 9. Qd1 is a better way to play it though and here's another great French player at work: C Horvath vs Uhlmann, 1988.
Mar-22-12  SimonWebbsTiger: 8. Qh5 g6 goes for a safe equaliser.
Mar-24-12  King Death: <Simon> Your idea 8...g6 isn't bad even though I'd probably still try 8...Qf7 9.Qd1 b6 (played in Horvath-Uhlmann among other games) and avoid, a move that was played in Ashley vs A Shaw, 2000. When Black cleared up the central tension so early he made it way too easy for his GM opponent.
Apr-19-12  LoveThatJoker: <SimonWebbsTiger> In "Petrosian vs the Elite", the authors state that if 8. Qh5 Qf7.


Apr-19-12  LoveThatJoker: As per the book I mentioned in my note to SimonWebbsTiger, the authors make reference to the following game in their analysis of the present one: Reshevsky vs Botvinnik, 1948.

As a companion to this Botvinnik game (and how Short erroneously deviated from it) the authors give Kasparov vs Short, 1997


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  Garech: One of my all-time favourite Petrosian exchange sacs; great to go through it again. Cheers,


Aug-10-14  Ulhumbrus: Petrosian played this like Botvinnik
Dec-16-15  SpiritedReposte: After <39. ...e4> it is a trip to the butcher shop.
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  Diocletian: <LIFE Master AJ>These tiresome puns are pretty dumb and for me add nothing to this excellent site. The puns are mostly simple minded perversions of one player's name and nearly as declasse as ridiculing a player for physical appearance or a handicap, to which I would not object. Now a pun based on the character of the game would be more sophisticated and interesting - and a lot more work to contrive. As they are, these puns are the sort of simple schtick that a seal might perform for a sardine, but they have nothing for me.
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  offramp: Your, mission, <Diocletian>, should you choose to accept it, is to base a pun on the character of <this> game.

Good luck. And may the force be with you.

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  thegoodanarchist: Here I sit,

Broken Horted...

I tried to ___

But only Forted...

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  thegoodanarchist: If you are in middle school, that's comedy gold!!!
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  andrewjsacks: Classic, archetypal Petrosian here.
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  ChessHigherCat: A World of Hort (although I believe it's actually pronounced "gort")

If we have to be game-specific, how about Hort gets the ultimate wedgy!

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