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Tigran V Petrosian vs Nikolai Kopilov
USSR Championship (1951), Moscow URS, rd 1, Nov-11
Nimzo-Indian Defense: St. Petersburg Variation (E43)  ·  0-1



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May-22-05  Whitehat1963: Kopilov upsets the future world champion using the Opening of the Day. But what's the finish? Petrosian finishes a move away from checkmate.
Oct-26-07  Guguni: 35 Kd1 Qd3# The alternative for the white is only to lose the queen by taking the troublesome black knight and then of course not R:Q but the B:Q.
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  GrahamClayton: 30. ♔f1 is forced, as any knight move loses the exchange after 30...♘f3+.
Jun-26-14  jerseybob: On May 1,2009, the Yankees rallied from waaaay back to beat the Angels 10-9. I didn't see the game live but watched the rerun later, and kept thinking,"they WON this?". I got the same feeling with this game, knowing black eventually wins, but wondering just how it would happen. The finish is amazing, but was it forced? After 18..Rf8 white is a rook up, so giving back a minor would still keep him ahead, but try to trade queens while you're doing it. 19.Be4 doesn't do the job, so how about, intending Be4 to neutralize the black bishop. If 19..Nh2!? 20.Be4 seems to hold, and if white could get in Nc3, he might pull through.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 12 years later, Petrosian would win the World Championship. Can imagine Kopilov in the local chess club telling his buddies, "I beat the new World Champion in 1951!" Can also imagine his buddies saying, "Do you really think you can fool us?"

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