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Alexander Chistiakov vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Moscow-ch (1956), Moscow URS
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation General (C16)  ·  0-1



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Jun-17-04  PizzatheHut: I don't know why people say Petrosian is a boring player, his games are fascinating. This one is very tactical, and Petrosian employs one of his patented exchange sacrifices. Also, I admire his creativity in the openings. This treatment of the Winawer is very unique. The more I play over his games, the more I think he's my favorite player. Regarding the game, why didn't white play 21. dxe5? Did he not want to waste time capturing the pawn, and instead move off of the g-file?
Apr-09-05  fgh: Another great game by Petrosian.
Jul-31-05  aw1988: Exchange sacrifice in a specialty Petrosian French. White plays normally, even well, but Petrosian demolishes as usual.
Jun-02-09  totololo: ... adn mate in two.
I wonder what was the decissive mistake for white?
Already after move 17 white seems lost. Is the white plan dogmatic? so Petrosian played against the nonunderstanding of the position?

I need to put work to analyse this game....

Jun-03-09  arsen387: the exchange sac is great but even greater is the attack that followed. the pawns and the minor pieces just swept everything on their way, very beautiful
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  Garech: Excellent game from Petrosian, a true Maestro of the Winawer. Definite GOTD material, IMHO.
Mar-01-11  Wyatt Gwyon: <garech> Agreed. Great game. Definitely GOTD material.
Aug-12-12  backrank: Position after 28 ... g3:

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Aug-12-12  Babes: @totololo White just played without a plan. White's 6th-9th moves are all unnecessary and basically waste four tempi, to say nothing of move 11. Development is normally a very good thing, but it needs a goal, especially when the center is closed. White did not play with any such goals in mind, and Petrosian did; that was the difference.

What White is supposed to do against this setup with ...b6 and ...Bf8 is 6. Bb5+. The point is that blocking with the knight or with the bishop won't trade off the light-squared bishop; if 6...Bd7 just 7. Bd3. If 6...c6, then 7. Ba4 gets off the a6-f1 diagonal and White's further play will involve Nce2 and c3 so that the bishop has c2. After 7...Ba6 8. Nce2 Bb5 9. Bxb5 cxb5 10. c3 Black has managed to trade off the bishops, but the queenside pawn structure is somewhat compromised.

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  Domdaniel: A wonderful game, featuring one of Petrosian's finest exchange sacs. Chistiakov knew his way around the French - one of the most popular lines in the Tarrasch is named for him - but here he seems bamboozled.
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