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Alexander Kalantar vs Tigran V Petrosian
Erevan (1946), It
Old Indian Defense: Ukrainian Variation (A54)  ·  0-1

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Feb-06-03  drukenknight: Petrosian shows us a clever N fork in the first 10 moves. Again white fails to make the exf exchange and blow up blacks fianchetto.
Feb-07-03  ughaibu: Great knight play all through the game. I like the manouvre of the queen to b7, very effective. I wonder if it was inspired by Rubinstein's queen play in the game with Janowski?
Feb-07-03  pawntificator: White looks rather foolish on move 20 with all his pieces having a tea-party on the queenside.
Feb-07-03  drukenknight: I was thinking: 24 fxg6 Nxd5 25 gxh7+
Feb-07-03  pawntificator: White doesn't have enough backup, so even with the black king so exposed it doesn't come to much. Also black could play 24 fxg6 Nxg6
Feb-07-03  drukenknight: Simply because you are suggesting two alternate moves for the 24th, makes me think I am onto something.
Feb-07-03  ughaibu: Well after gh7 Kh8 white has nothing and he's a rook down with his king even more exposed.
Feb-07-03  drukenknight: HOw is white down a Rook after he recaptures w/ cxd5? how does white have nothing? Arent the respective Kings in entirely different positions vis a vis one another? One of them has no pawn protection. But this is nothing.
Feb-07-03  ughaibu: He's down the exchange one doubled and two isolated pawns equals a rook by Druken-count, no?
Feb-07-03  drukenknight: theres just something that doesnt look right about retreating the R, what about 24 Nxd6?
Feb-07-03  ughaibu: And what happens after pawn takes?
Feb-07-03  Bears092: The computer likes Nac3, and doesn't recommend that white move the rook nor, black capture it, for quite a while.

DrunkenKnight - Nxd5 looks better than grabbing the Knight, but black is going down anyway.

Feb-07-03  ughaibu: Bears092: If your computer is suggesting that white's winning it confirms the view that computers haven't a clue.
Feb-07-03  Bears092: It says the Nac3 is still losing, but the best of the lot.
Feb-07-03  drukenknight: Bears you mean that white is "going down." Right?

Where does the computer think Kalanter went astray? Hmm what about 21 Bxd6? is that an improvement.

Feb-07-03  Bears092: yeah... iron Tigran is winning all the way....

after some deep thought, it thinks the Bxd6 is slightly worse than Nac3, but both are around the same (-.2).

21. exf5 gets a (-1)

Feb-07-03  drukenknight: what if starts 21 Nxd6 in order to recapture on e4 w/ the N?
Sep-24-05  aw1988: This is not the correct way of the Old Indian. I much prefer Polugaevsky's fianchetto of the queenside bishop.
Sep-24-05  IT4LICO: Why the variant is called Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3 (A54)? Where is 4.Nf3?...
Jul-01-07  get Reti: Petrosian has such weird, deep plans. At first, I didn't understand 17...Qc8 at all. Then after b6, Qb7, and f5, it becomes apparent that black is planning to attack white's king. I wonder how Petrosian would have done against a computer...
Feb-02-08  lentil: I love the final mate: 28 Nxf3? Nf2+ 29 Kh4 Nxf5# 2 knights kill the king!
Feb-08-08  Nezhmetdinov: 29. ...Bf6 is the mate.
Feb-08-08
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  Oginschile: Looks like 29... Bf6 30. Ng5 Nxf5# is the mate? Am i missing something?
Aug-29-08  arsen387: Another tactical brilliancy by 17 year old Tigran. After 21..Nxf3 if white takes the N then the line goes 22.Rxf3 Ne5 and any move to defend the R (Rf1 or Qf4) loses to 23..Nxf3 24.RxR (or QxR) Re2+!

In the end if 28.Nxf3? then the mate is 28..Nf2+ 29.Kh4 Bf6! 30.Ng5 Nxf5# as <Oginschile> already mentioned

Aug-29-08  CapablancaFan: Notice how Petrosian never even considered 26...Nxd1 winning the exchange, as that move wasn't even in the playbook of Petrosian's grandiose scheme. This is the kind of chess that separates masters from grandmasters!
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