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Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Milan (1975), Milan ITA, rd 4, Sep-12
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0

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Mar-07-04  shr0pshire: I respect for Ljubojevic for playing this offbeat opening against a former world champion.

My question is, do we think that this attack (it is kind of passive and keeps the lines closed, so I don't even know if it is an attack) is that that good?

White gains a huge amount of space, and I am a huge supporter of offbeat and unorthodox chess, but I am not even sure of how sound this is at this level. What do you think?

Mar-07-04  DWINS: shr0pshire, This is nothing new. It's called the King's Indian Attack. It's not everyone's cup of tea but it certainly is sound and is not even offbeat. Use the opening explorer to check it out.
Mar-07-04  waddayaplay: Actually, it looks a lot like the closed sicilian.
Mar-07-04  shr0pshire: DWINS actually it is offeat, look at the eco code. The eco code says C00, which means that this is an unorthodox french.

This does look like a transposed king's indian, but that goes against theory, because black grabs a whole lot of space on the queenside, and white doesn't really challange at all except for his lone e pawn.

This isn't one of the main lines against the french hence it's unorthodox nature. Since this isn't standard theory against the french, I was just looking back and saying wow, that is a off beat way to play against the french who happens to be a former champion of the world, and I believe at the time Petrosian is still ranked in the top 10 in the world.

Mar-07-04  Benjamin Lau: shropshire, it's unorthodox in that this white setup (the KIA) against the French is rarely used at the top levels, but the actual white system is nothing new, and has been used repeatedly long before this date. That's what DWINS wanted to point out.

<This does look like a transposed king's indian, but that goes against theory, because black grabs a whole lot of space on the queenside, and white doesn't really challange at all except for his lone e pawn. >

Actually in the King's Indian Defense, black can challenge either the kingside or the queenside depending on which is best for the given position. So it's not against theory.

<This isn't one of the main lines against the french hence it's unorthodox nature>

Actually, it's one of the mainlines, 2. d3 with a KIA setup is relatively common. Fischer used this setup several times when he was a beginner.

Mar-31-06  zev22407: Ljubojevic played this kind of set up also aganst the karo kan and the sicilian with very good score
Mar-31-06  zev22407: Ljub demonstrate his style of play-fighting for the initiative and dynamism.

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