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Tigran V Petrosian vs Alexander Kotov
USSR Championship (1951), Moscow URS, rd 5, Nov-19
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Long Variation (E68)  ·  1-0



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Oct-01-05  ThunderStorm: Good game from Petrosian!!
Mar-10-08  Takya Kotov: It certainly was a good game by Petrosian. Not sure what Kotov was doing with 37...h5 though?
Mar-24-10  ChocolateCakeLover: Monstrous game from Tigran. Making use of the pins efficiently.
Mar-24-10  SRILANKANMASTER: lol..Tatya Kotov - now, you will complain that it is unfair for me to try to rate you on the same level of mastery to which I have some modest claim, but nevertheless, your naive question as to why he played ..h5, brings a smile of gentle amusement to my need, if I may make the suggestion, a little bit of coaching, perhaps? Nothing personal, of course! :)
Mar-25-10  arsen387: <SRILANKANMASTER> lol! I think that's the most delicate post I've ever seen on CG. But actually I think it's not that obvious why black should play h5 as it simply drops a pawn. anyway, blacks were lost at that point already and to win the game was a matter of technique for whites, in which few could be compared to Petrosian
Aug-01-10  aj415: So whats the obvious threat that 37.. h5 prevents sri lankan?
Jun-01-14  Roark: Move 37...h5 must have been in time pressure.
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  Mateo: I must confess I don't have the feeling that in this game Petrosian made anything great. He was heavily helped by Kotov. 31...dxe4?! (?) was not forced and questionable and 37...h5?? was an awful blunder.
Jul-10-22  cehertan: Strongly disagree, Mateo. White has a large advantage after 31.Ne4 and my impression was that Petrosian rolled him off the board, a positional crush. The only big question was why Kotov waited so long to resign.
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  doug27: was chosen due to octopus sighting

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