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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Mark Taimanov
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 5, Sep-06
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  0-1



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  nasmichael: As the game unfolds, what as the viewer do you see as the most important ideas utilized by Taimanov and Petrosian?
Jun-04-06  ganstaman: First, Petrosian thought "<I've almost got mate, I've almost got mate>" and Taimanov thought "<Don't get mated, don't get mated>". Then, Petrosian thought "<Don't get mated, don't get mated>" and Taimanov thought "<I've almost got mate, I've almost got mate>". Finally, Petrosian thought "<Noooooooo!!!>" and Taimanov thought "<Yesssssssss!!!!>".
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  ray keene: bh wood wrote an excellent book on the 1953 candidates tournament and on the 1956 candidates too by the way. i think his 1953 book is every bit as good as bronsteins -but it was much harder to find-now hardinge simpole have republished it as world championship candidates tournament switzerland 1953 see

the companion volume is world championship candidates tournament holland 1956.

wood gives petrosians 17 nxe4 a ? and he also castigates the later 21 e5 by white

my personal view is that the sharp 17f3 is worth investigating.

Mar-30-08  NM James Schuyler: The most important idea Taimanov used was catching Petrosian on an off day. He misevaluated the position resulting from 17 Nxe4.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <ray keene: *** wood gives petrosians 17 nxe4 a ? ***>

FWIW, I ran the position after <16. ... g6> in Fritz 12 for about 8 minutes, after which the evaluation was that Petrosian's <17. Nxe4> was the best move by a margin of slightly more than a full point.

Najdorf, in <Zurich 1953 - 15 Contenders for the World Chess Championship>, says, "[i]t is difficult to arrive at a clear verdict as to the correctness of this sacrifice (two knights for rook and two pawns) but at first glance it looks sound." (at p. 84)

Bronstein (in <Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953>) notes that the move chosen by Petrosian demonstrates his willingness to sacrifice a piece since Black could have played <17. ... h5> (which Taimanov apparently considered too risky, since he chose <17. ... Rxe4>). (Dover Publications edition, at p. 45)

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  Peligroso Patzer: Full bibliographic information for the two sources cited in my previous post is as follows:

<Zurich 1953: 15 Contenders for the World Chess Championship>, by NAJDORF, Miguel, tr. by KINGSTON, Taylor, Russell Enterprises, Inc. 2012.

<Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953>, by BRONSTEIN, David, tr. from the Second Russian Edition by Jim Marfia, Dover Publications, Inc. 1979.

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  Peligroso Patzer: BTW, re: Bronstein's comment on <17. Nxe4> (see second preceding post, supra), the assertion that <17. ... h5> would have forced White to give up a piece in the near-term material count is questionable in view of this possible continuation: <17... h5 18. Nh6+ Kh7> (18... Bxh6 19. Qxd7 Qxd7 20. Nf6+) <19. Qxd7 Qxd7 20. Nf6+ Kxh6 21. Nxd7>.
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