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Tigran V Petrosian vs Octavio Troianescu
Budapest (1952), Budapest HUN, rd 14, Mar-26
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Botvinnik System (E49)  ·  1-0

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Nov-26-10  Sem: There goes the third pawn. BTW, Trojanescu played with enough aggression, I can't find fault with that. Oh, and I love 11. f3.
Aug-17-15
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  zydeco: Probably 11....c4 is the culprit. It has to be bad for black to release his pressure on d4.
Aug-17-15
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  perfidious: <zydeco> Black's results in these types of 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 d5 6.cxd5 exd5 Nimzo positions have never inspired confidence; to wit, Gheorghiu-Fischer, Havana 1966 and the all-time classic of the genre, Botvinnik-Capablanca, AVRO 1938 are merely two better-known examples.
Aug-17-15  RookFile: What perfidious said. I was surprised by this game, I thought Black was going to get owned on the dark squares, but Petrosian had a completely different approach. Will have to study this further.
Aug-17-15  zanzibar: Playing it over with an engine, it looks like 14...Na5 is weak.

And then having committed the knight off to the side, 16...Nb3 finishes the plan. But who would want to play Petrosian a pawn down, with what compensation?


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Then after 21.Reb1 I would instinctively play 21...a6. But Troinescu goes for 21...Bc8 thinking pin. But Petrosian goes "Pin? What pin?".

And Black goes 2 pawns down, with a tiny modicum of compensation.

And this opening could be called <knight around the rosie>:

<9.Ne2, 13.Ng3, 14.Nh1, 15.Nf2, 20.Nd3>

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