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Miguel Najdorf vs Tigran V Petrosian
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 6, Sep-08
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Simagin Variation (E62)  ·  1-0



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Feb-05-05  Shadow 812: This first encounter was Najdorf's only win against Petrosian, it is curious that he never managed to defeat Petrosian again during their next 13 games, that left Pet with a score of 6-1 in his favour!!
Mar-27-07  stanleys: 12...c5 was considered by Bronstein (I believe) as "a serious positional mistake" ;in fact it takes the c5 square from the knight and black could not obtain any counterplay on the queenside

Black played better in the following game:Najdorf vs Geller, 1953

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  Fusilli: Thanks for sharing, stanleys. Not easy to see that 12...c5 is bad, but after seeing the rest of the game, it becomes clear.
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  plang: 6..Nc6 was relatively new at the time this game was played. It seems to me that using a tempo with 8 h3 to win the two bishops seems a bit slow. 8 d5 and 8 Be3 are alternatives. After 12 Bg2 Najdorf had moved his king bishop five times and exchanged a center pawn for the black b pawn. Najdorf felt that he had an advantage with the two bishops but that seems debatable. 12..c5? worked poorly as that square should have been reserved for a knight. This game was played in the sixth round; in the twenty-eighth round Geller played 12..Rb4 against Najdorf and won. Petrosian sacrificed a pawn with 22..Qf5?! to attempt to get some counterplay but this just led to a quick defeat.

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