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Tigran V Petrosian vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Championship (1949), Moscow URS, rd 2, Oct-18
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  0-1

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Sep-14-04  CavaleiroNegro: good game to learn how to promove the pawn
Sep-14-04  suenteus po 147: To me it looks like the start of Petrosian's woes began with declining the queen exchange. Had he taken it, and swapped rooks to follow, this could very well have gone his way. Instead, he lets Smyslov determine what is exchanged and where, giving him the rook on the second rank at move 29. The game collections seldom lie, Petrosian was beaten by his own tactics in this game.
Mar-29-10  waustad: Black's king can go wherever he wants, including c1.
Apr-17-10  King.Arthur.Brazil: White was paralised by black strong center fight. The d5! opened the position and white figures were out of play, while black get a winning passed P. The Smyslov ending technique is amazing.
Aug-19-19
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  gezafan: 22.Be2 taking the bishop off the h1-a8 diagonal looks like a mistake.
May-31-20  tigreton: But if White doesn't play 22. Be2, then Black can exchange queens and follow with Rc5 and a pawn advance on the queenside. Be2 is aimed at preventing it. 23 ...d5! is a nice breakthrough, Smyslov knew active play was required. If 24. ed5 e4 25. Nxe4 Bxb2, Black bishops would be very strong.
May-31-20  tigreton: The way Smyslov slowly restricts White pieces in the endgame is really impressive. No doubt Petrosian, who was 20 years old at that time, learnt a lot from it.

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