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Evgeny Terpugov vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
USSR Championship (1951), Moscow URS, rd 17, Dec-13
Indian Game: Pseudo-Benko (A46)  ·  0-1



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Dec-24-03  Benjamin Lau: I think the result is incorrect. I think Petrosian wins this game.
Dec-24-03  Marnoff Mirlony: Black wins here. 40. Nb6 Rb2+! 41. Kh3 Bxb6 0-1.
Dec-07-05  larsenfan: Yes Petrosian wins, this game is commented in Petrosian the powerful by Andrew Soltis.
Dec-08-05  CapablancaFan: It's amusing how Terpugov builds up a powerful attack on the black king only to have to spend time unwinding it as Petrosian (Master of Defence) shows him that it would be nothing short of suicide to try anything. The final move by the bishop is amusing as the knight cant escape. For example if 40. Nb6?? ...Rb2+! and black snaps off the knight with his bishop next move. Classic Petrosian.
Apr-18-07  fred lennox: This game is a classic of petrosians quiet play. a blockish center which aims to attack pawns so to make the position crumble. Aside from move 6.BxN, thier are no unbalancing exchanges. Yet the exchanges themselves, including pawns are dramatic, the most is the queen exchange, giving white a lost position, making 31...g5 the most dramatic move, the point of no return. this unobtrusive move has the stature of a brilliant sacrifice. Of course, leading up to it is the what makes it a jewel. Queen exchanges in quiet games can be as dramatic as queen sacrifices in more dynamic ones. Note other features; blacks defending kingside attack, warding the attack off, punishing unsound pawn move, 19.b3. Note too how white has no bishops, the best defenders of weak pawns while blacks bishop well defends the weak d6 and h6. The queen, in very quiet games is an excellent defender of weak pawns. Without both for white, black elegantly finishes the game.
Dec-29-10  Ulhumbrus: 20 Qe2 instead of 20 Qd1 gets the e4 pawn pinned. The result is that Black is able to advance his f pawn to f5 without suffering the breakup of his King side by exf5. This defeats White's opening strategy.
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