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Ratmir Kholmov vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
USSR Championship (1949), Moscow URS, rd 8, Oct-27
French Defense: Advance Variation. Paulsen Attack (C02)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-31-04  rochade18: Why did Petrosian sackrifife his d-pawn (move 20)? I think his position was good enough to go on without this risk.
Dec-31-04  samvega: on a different 20th move by black, white's next move will be 21.Bd4, when I would think white is superior.
Jan-21-16  Resignation Trap: Petrosian's 20...d4! opened up the a8-h1 diagonal for his Bishop as well as setting up problematic pins along the d-file. Here is the penultimate position:


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White played 25. Qe3(best!) and they agreed to a draw. Winning a second Pawn with 25. Bxe6+ looks tempting but will result in a disaster: 25.Bxe6+ Kb8 26. Rc1 Rf4 27. Rc4 Rfxd4! 28. Rxd4 Rxd4 29. Qxd4 Nxe5. Now 30...Nf3+ is a deadly threat and White is powerless. For example, 30. Bd5 Qd6 31. Qd1 Bxd5 32. Rh1 Nf3+ 33. Kf1 Qc5! etc.

Mar-14-16  Alexandro: Why didn't Kholmov take in 25th move with Bishop e6+? I considered as a better move...
Mar-14-16
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  keypusher: <Alexandro: Why didn't Kholmov take in 25th move with Bishop e6+? I considered as a better move...>

Resignation Trap already answered that.

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