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Tigran V Petrosian vs Mark Taimanov
USSR Championship (1955), Moscow URS, rd 12, Mar-01
Semi-Slav Defense: Romih Variation (D46)  ·  1-0



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Sep-03-03  Tigran Petrosian: I like the way petrosian takes advantage of those light squares.
Dec-12-03  jaime gallegos: See the text of jeremysilman about this great game in: T Petrosian -- M Taimanov
Moscow 1955
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 Bb4 7.0-0 0-0 8.Qc2 Bd6?! [This is hard to understand. Better moves were 8...dxc4 9.Bxc4 Bd6 with the idea of ...e6-e5, or 8...Qe7.] 9.b3! dxc4 [White also gets an edge after 9...e5 10.cxd5 cxd5 11.Nb5.] 10.bxc4 e5 11.Bb2 Re8 12.Ne4! [A strong move that forces Black to create a kingside weakness.] 12...Nxe4 13.Bxe4 h6? [A very poor move. Black had to try 13...g6.] 14.Rad1 exd4 15.Bh7+!

[A wonderful move that forces the Black King onto the a1-h8 diagonal, eventually setting up some important tactical themes. The immediate 15.Rxd4 would have been met by 15...Nf6.] 15...Kh8 16.Rxd4 Bc5 [Now 16...Nf6 would have been refuted by 17.c5 Nxh7 18.Rxd6 with the double threat of Rxd8 and Rxh6. This shows why White chased the King to h8.] 17.Rf4 Qe7 18.Re4! [A rare tripling on the b1-h7 diagonal!] 18...Qf8 19.Rh4! [Crushing. Black must weaken all his light squares by ...f7-f6 (Rxh6 can't be allowed) since 19...Nf6 fails to 20.Rxh6! gxh6 21.Bxf6+.] 19...f6 20.Bg6 Re7 21.Rh5! [Making room for the Knight on h4.] 21...Bd6 22.Rd1 Be5 23.Ba3 c5 24.Nh4!, 1-0. The domination of the light-squares is very pleasing to the eye. The threat of 25.Be4 (in some lines 25.Bh7 also does the job) followed by 26.Ng6+ is more than enough to make Black turn over his King.

Petrosian's games taught me to patiently maneuver, and to anticipate my opponent's plans. His games also featured many cases of positional Exchange sacrifices, and I emulated him on many occasions thanks to the lessons received.

Jul-28-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: Petrosian at his lucid best. He didn't play like this all that often, but whem he did, it is worth seeing.
Nov-19-04  kostich in time: This game is an work of art. Without a single sacrifice, Petrosian routs his formidable opponent in 24 moves. The rook manuever is highly original.
Nov-19-04  drukenknight: Outrageous commentary of the day. And a Nimzo Indian no less!

Please spare me this. Am I to take Jeremy's Silman's word that this game is lost? It is hard to see how it is lost.

Nov-19-04  unsound: I'd take Mark Taimanov's word for it. He's going to drop the exchange and continue to get squeezed. (I admit I wouldn't resign here though.)
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  Willem Wallekers: <It is hard to see how it is lost. > How is it saved?
Nov-19-04  drukenknight: Taimanov's word? Have you seen his games? We had a game from the 70s wher he dropped a R for N/p nothing else and he gave up? WE played it for hours from the final w/ no result..

Taim.a quitter from what Ive seen.

>>>HOw is it saved?

How is it saved? Why dont you show me how it is lost? After all you have all the benefit of commentary from IM Jeremy Silman. Isnt he a genius? Isnt his word gold? Cant you just read his commentary and figure it out?

after all if this game is beautiful as all the other say it is. Isnt it so clear? Isnt that what beautiful chess is all about?

Nov-19-04  clocked: <drukenknight> White is going to fork at g6. Do you think black should play on down material?
Nov-19-04  drukenknight: yes. Do you want me to say it?

Go ahead: MAKE MY DAY.

Nov-19-04  clocked: It's your move...punk
Nov-19-04  drukenknight: I know what you're thinking. Did I put 5 moves or 6 into the computer?

Well to tell you the truth, in all the confusion I kinda lost count myself...

...Nb6 if memory serves.

Nov-19-04  clocked: Bxc5, black is only down one pawn :-)
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  beatgiant: The threat is 25. ♗e4 ♕ moves 26. ♘g6+ ♔g8 27. ♗d5+ . If Black tries 24...♘b6 to cover d5, then 25. ♗d3 ♕f7 26. ♘g6+ ♔g8 27. ♘xe5! leads to an immediate win.

I'd say the burden of proof here is on anyone who claims Black can save this.

Nov-19-04  clocked: 27.Nxe5 is too complex to be expected, and I don't think it immediately wins
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  beatgiant: <27.Nxe5 is too complex to be expected, and I don't think it immediately wins>

OK, I'll bite. Please show me Black's reply that makes it complex and prevents the immediate win (the threat is 28. ♗h7+ ).

Nov-19-04  clocked: I didn't say it is not winning. Anyway: 27.Nxe5 Qxh5 28.Bh7+ Kh8
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  beatgiant: <I didn't say it is not winning. Anyway: 27.Nxe5 Qxh5 28.Bh7+ Kh8>

And after then 29. ♗g6 threatening the queen and the back rank with ♖d8 ?

Nov-19-04  clocked: 29.Bg6? Bf5!
Nov-19-04  drukenknight: Hey do I get a turn? [inserts new clip into .357 magnum]
Nov-19-04  clocked: Is that a starter pistol?
Nov-19-04  drukenknight: clocked 25...Bd7
Nov-19-04  clocked: 26.Rxe5 fxe5 27.Bh5
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  beatgiant: Sorry guys, 24...♘b6 25. ♗d3 ♕f7 26. ♘g6+ ♔g8 27. ♘xe5 ♕xh5 28. ♗h7+ ♔h8 29. ♖d8+ ♖e8 30. ♗g6 does win the queen.

My main point (which may have been lost in the tactics) is that White is not only winning the exchange, there is a mating net too. So it really is a quesiton of how Black can save and not how White can win.

Nov-20-04  clocked: <beatgiant> "Sorry guys"?? who are you talking to? I never said your move is not winning. But I will return the comment: sorry, there is NO mating net.

30...Bf5 I will force you into a tedious endgame.

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