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Isaac Lipnitsky vs Tigran V Petrosian
USSR Championship (1951), Moscow URS, rd 10, Nov-29
Italian Game: Hungarian Defense (C50)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: Is the result correct? Black is winning in the final position.
Sep-10-03  fred lennox: Brilliant defense by Petrosian. What's more the white queen has no place to go.
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  Benzol: Something seems a bit fishy with the result or score of this game.I just looked this game up in The Games of Tigran Petrosian Volume 1 compiled by E Shekhtman.The score is correct but WHITE RESIGNED at this point not black giving Petrosian the victory.
Sep-14-03  ughaibu: This opening is a Hungarian defense not Giuoco Piano.
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  Benzol: <ughaibu> your quite right. Have you ever heard of lebron james?
Sep-14-03  ughaibu: Only on the Tal page, from the remark of Refutor's about Jordan and someone else I've never heard of I guess he's some kind of sportsman playing one of those games beginning with "B", which one is anybody's guess.
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  Benzol: I guess we'll have to wait for our american friends to give us the low down.
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  Honza Cervenka:, the result of the game is definitely incorrect.
Premium Chessgames Member OK, 0-1 it is.
Feb-08-08  SetNoEscapeOn: It's funny on this site how you can find old conversations that are extremely interesting. For instance- in the conversation above, the questions about basketball are just classic., you should have annual kbitzing awards

Feb-08-08  EdwardChisam: I thought Lipnisky had a scary safe advantage coming out of the opening, but Petrosian outplayed him anyway.
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  Pawn and Two: In the first 9 rounds Petrosian scored only +2 -2 =5. Petrosian's win here in the 10th round started a fine finish of +6-0=2. That was good enough for a tie with Geller for 2/3rd, just 1/2 point behind the tournament winner Keres.

The tournament book recommended 30.Ra2. Fritz agrees this was the best move with an advantage for White: (.61) (19 ply) 30.Ra2 Ne6 31.f5 Nf4 32.d5 Qd6 33.Qxc4 Nxd5. The move played, 30.d5, would have been good enough for equality, after 30...Rxa2 31.Ra4.

White's last chance was 37.Ba4, instead of 37.Kh1?, which left his Bishop on f2 unguarded. After 37.Ba4, if 37...c2 38.Bxc2 Qxc2 39.d8(Q) Bxd8 40.Rxd8 Rxd8 41.Qxd8 Qf5, and it would be very difficult for Black to make any progress in this ending.

A better chance for Black after 37.Ba4, would be 37...Kg7 38.Qe4 a5 39.f5 Rd8. Black has the advantage in this ending, but it would still be a hard fight.

Oct-03-10  jur: Does anyone understand move 28. ... g6? In general, the moves 26 to 30 are very mysterious to me. I don't see why Rb8 is better at move 30 than at move 26.
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  Sastre: I think the purpose of 28..g6 is just to defend against the threat of mate on h7. Black's knight is then not tied down to defending h7.
Oct-03-10  jur: Thanks for your reply. I also geuss that's the motivation, but I don't see a variation in which the knight has to leave f8. The situation is very tense, so there must be a more concrete reason.(I presume)
Jun-20-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Lipnitsky vs Petrosian, 1951.
Your score: 68 (par = 61)


Aug-03-17  Petrosianic: <Sastre> <I think the purpose of 28..g6 is just to defend against the threat of mate on h7. Black's knight is then not tied down to defending h7.>

Yes, but why at this moment, with the fight in the center raging, instead of an immediate Rb8? It's not clear. It's not a <bad> move, just not clear.

It seems like Black equalized fairly early here. White is maybe even just a little bit worse most of the way, but doesn't really fall apart until the end.

I think I'd prefer 32. Bb6 to 32. d6. White's passed QP should give him enough compensation to hold, but no need to give up the a pawn too easily. Especially since the d pawn starts to become a target once it hits d7. In fact, I'm not sure it can be sustained there at all.

But White may have gone off the rails even earlier. He seems to give up the b and a pawns too easily, and be putting a lot of stock in that passed d pawn that's not as dangerous as it looks. Maybe 30. Rb1 or Ra2 would be better, although both are ugly.

Black obviously thinks he's better, hence 36...Rb8, avoiding the repetition.

37. Kh1 is where White starts to come unglued. It does nothing good, just hides the King from imaginary dangers, while unprotecting the Bishop and helping set up the fork a few moves later.

38. But Ba4?? is where it all unravels. With the QP now blockaded by the d8 Rook, Black's queen is no longer tied to it. White seems to forget that.

Of course, what's the alternative by that point? 38. Bb3 Rxd7 39. Rxd7 Qxd7 40. Qxd7 Nxd7 and White is two pawns down, but with some compensation from the two Bishops. White might possibly hold this, but he's in big trouble and obviously went wrong earlier.

It LOOKS like 37. Kh1 is the real stinker. If not for that, White's 38. Ba4 would have been playable. As long as he can hang on to the d7 pawn, White's not going to lose. The problem is I'm not sure he can, and Black's c pawn looks more dangerous than White's d. It's quite possible that White was lost much earlier than he appears to be, as soon as he started shedding pawns and putting all his money on the d pawn. Even an engine probably wouldn't help you much with this, and might show Black only marginally better even if he's dead won.

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