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Mikhail Tal vs Tigran V Petrosian
Tbilisi (1956), t
French Defense: Advance Variation. Main Line (C02)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-01-11  Wyatt Gwyon: Can anyone explain Petrosian's plan in castling queenside?
Mar-01-11  mrsaturdaypants: Why not 24 Bf4 (or 26 Bf4)? Sacs the a-pawn, but in exchange for an attack, it seems to me.

(Of course, who am I to question Petrosian?)

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  perfidious: <Wyatt> In the 6.a3 line of the Advance French, Black's king is safer on the queenside than after castling short, as White has a natural spatial advantage on the kingside and would find it easier to get an attack on that side of the board. Black's advantage in space on the queenside and freer piece play enable him to defend against White's attacking potential.
Feb-11-13  Wyatt Gwyon: <perfidious> I think in most cases that's true. I think in this case, it's not, for a couple of reasons: First, white's pieces are concentrated on the queenside with a half-open b-file and the c4 break coming up shortly, which will only open the position up for a white attack. Second, Mikhail Tal has the white pieces.
Feb-11-13  RookFile: Well, Petrosian had the black pieces, and I don't see that he even broke a sweat in this game. I think Tal was more than happy to get a draw in this after Petrosian equalized without difficulty.

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