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Yuri Nikolaevich Sakharov vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Ch URS (1/2 final) (1956), Tbilisi (Georgia), rd 16
French Defense: Winawer. Petrosian Variation (C16)  ·  0-1



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Oct-09-07  technical draw: Why did white quit? Are black's pawns unstoppable?
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  whiteshark: In the days of yore they adjourned games.
If black could analyse this position

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over night (42...Nf4 and 43...e3), well, I think even white didn't find 'a cunning plan' to rescue.

Jun-02-09  totololo: What surprised me was the "nice" sac 13.Bxh7+ that wins the h7 pawn and is loosing the game! The black position at move 15 is sound and the white queen pawns are shattered . This will be the strategic motif - the white pawns will be collected after the sac - that enables the positional combination. What a positional understanding the Tiger had!
When I think that I consider his games boring at the time I was learning chess...Stupidity is our worst enemy!
Aug-14-09  xombie: Very aesthetic game. I particularly liked Ra8!!. This mysterious rook move should be (I think) to remove the rook from the line of fire should the white knight move. By the same token, we have Qc8(!), a vacating move to allow Nc6. Outstanding vision again by Petrosian, though the exchange sac in itself should be expected. When Petrosian takes his rook out so early on in the game, it is clearly with an intention to sacrifice it.
Aug-14-09  xombie: Also thematic is that the rook should be offered on c4, the quintessential spot in the French.
Aug-14-09  tedceldor: Tigran PETROSIAN is the best when it comes to handling phalanx of pawns and this game just shows it.
Sep-15-15  Coldenia: Time for a new comment and a quietly other view :)

The "nice" sac 13.Bh7+ was totally correct btw and it wasnt loosing the game.

What really surprised me, is how white keeps really in a long way through the middlegame not even the balance even more the advantage by really not easy to find moves.

The game was lost at a later stage after 2 single inaccuracies by white. Honestly iam a bit more impressed by white here.

All in all a really thrilling game by both players.

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