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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Paul Vaitonis
Stockholm Interzonal (1952), Stockholm SWE, rd 1, Sep-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: If 30...Bg8, then 31.f6 Qc7 32.Qg7+ Qxg7 33.fxg7#.:-)
Aug-10-03  pawn2king4: I liked the connection between 19...fxg4, 20 hxg4 and the nifty Knight sacrifice a few moves later 27 Nf5 gxf5 28 gxf5, leading to Black's undoing!
Nov-28-06  xombie: Yes, its fascinating how the sequence unfolds.

The Bishop vacates the d4 square for the night, which then sits on f5. He must have seen the whole train from the beginning, right till the rook exchange and beyond.

Apr-21-09  DWINS: Petrosian was really feeling his oats this day. It looked like he was going to play a minority attack and grind down his opponent, but instead he switched to a king side attack and won a brilliant game.
Aug-06-12  backrank: After 14 f3 and 15 Rbe1 (giving up the idea of a minority attack) it seemed to me as if he was going to prepare e3-e4, but actually he was doing nothing of this kind. The plan 16 h3, 17 g4 and 18 Qh2!, threatening Nxg6, is very impressive. Learning attacking techniques from the greatest defensive player!

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After 26 ... Ne6

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the sac 27 Nf5 looks certainly spectacular at 1st sight, but it's completely logical with no speculative component at all; after 27 ... gxf5 (if Qmoves, then Nd6) 28 gxf5 the N cannot move to c5 (or d8, c7) since then 29 f6! would be killing:

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Therefore 28 ... Nf8. But after 29 Rg1+ (f6 wins, too) Kh8 30 Qh6 it would have been nicest, as <Honza Cervenka> has already observed, to play 30 ... Bg8:

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Because then, 31 f6 Qc7(d7,f7) 32 Qg7+!! Qxg7 33 fxg7#!

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May-11-15  A.T PhoneHome: Petrosian was such a terror with White pieces. Either he took a draw after 15-20 moves or destroyed you.

I bet there were those who were thinking "I wish this Soviet lad would just draw with me today!"

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