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Peter Hugh Clarke vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
"With a Little Help from My French" (game of the day Aug-24-2014)
13th olm final A (1958), Munich FRG, rd 8, Oct-19
French Defense: Advance Variation. Main Line (C02)  ·  0-1



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  Garech: Like all brilliant players, Petrosian makes it look very easy in this game. Awesome!
Mar-25-10  arsen387: first of all the game was won strategically, and only then to take the full point Petrosian makes a beautiful exchange sac. I adore such games, beautiful!
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  Benzol: "When we met the U.S.S.R. in the Final Tournament I had the pleasure - if that is the right word for it - of playing Petrosian. It is a consolation to me that the game aroused the best in him..." - Peter Hugh Clarke in Petrosian's Best Games of Chess 1946 - 63.
Jul-12-10  cuppajoe: Interesting that Petrosian doesn't bother with Black's usual plan of undermining White's central pawns, but instead grabs space on the flanks.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: If 19.Qxc2,Bxc2; 20.Rc1 (or Rd2),Bd3! threatens 21...Nb3. Later, Clarke might have done better not to allow that Exchange sacrifice; 29.Qf1 instead of Nf1 probably makes the sac unworkable. Not that it gets White out of trouble; amazing how Clarke gets so cramped yet Petrosian has all the room in the world.
Aug-24-14  Delboy: Another masterful positional exchange sacrifice by Petrosian. Does he have equals in that department?
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  HeMateMe: bill--eeeee----shears!
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  morfishine: White shrugged off the loss stating "Oh, its just a day in the life"
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  yiotta: I never really cared for Qb6 (and this line)against the Advanced French, but now that I've seen this game, I can't wait to try it.
Aug-24-14  JohnBoy: I like 14.fe3 in order to push to e4. This also opens the f file for white. As it was, white's pieces were tripping all over themselves.
Aug-24-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: What was White thinking with Rf1? In the event, he just wound up playing Re1 to free the f1 square, so it sure looks like two wasted moves.
Aug-24-14  bystander: <Apr-27-05 Milo what's wrong with 36.Kf2...?> It does not improve white's situation: 36) Kf2 Bh4+ 37 K... Be1x 38) Ke1x Rh1 +
Aug-24-14  bystander: <aug-24-14 Johnboy I like 14.fe3 in order to push to e4.> I am not too sure about this one. For example 14 fe3x Nb3 15 Rb1 f5 and if 16 ef6x gf6x 17 e4 de4x 18 re4x e5, it is not white but black who benefits more from the e-file.
Aug-24-14  bystander: <Jul-12-10 Cuppajoe Interesting that Petrosian doesn't bother with Black's usual plan of undermining White's central pawns, but instead grabs space on the flanks.> Agree, this makes it an very interesting game. And also the way black shifts his attack from queenside to kingside makes the game interesting.
Aug-24-14  bystander: <aug-24-14 Johnboy I like 14.fe3 in order to push to e4.> I have been looking to 14 Be3x Nb3 15 Rb1 Be7 16 Nd2 and I think, for the time being, white can defend himself against attacks on the queen- or kingside.
Aug-24-14  bystander: <aug 24-14 Cheapo by dozen. What was White thinking with 20 Rf1?> This one puzzles me too. 20 h3 g5 21 Nh2 h5 22 Nf1 gives white some extra time.
Aug-24-14  bystander: I do not understand 7) g3 and 8) Lg2. Maybe 7)Nbd2 to make b3 possible? And if the black pawn on c4 is gone, there are more opportunities for the white bishop. E.g. 7 Nbd2 f6 8 Nh4 (threatens Qh5) or
7 Nbd2 Bd7 8 b3 cb4x 9. Nb3x.
Aug-24-14  bystander: 19 Rd2? Better to me seems 19 Rc1 Qf5 20 Nd2.
Aug-24-14  bystander: 23 g4? Whith 23 f4 g4 (after any other move white can open the f-file) 24 h4 white can close his kingside.
Aug-24-14  catlover: "I can get by with a little help from my friends (French)"...seems like Petrosian did a little better than just getting by.
Aug-24-14  catlover: I wonder if 6.Be2 would have been a better line than fianchettoing the King's Bishop. The way the game developed, Clarke was really weak on the light squares on the queenside.
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  kevin86: Black won the queen- and white decided not to play on- wise.
Oct-25-14  remay85: It is nice to study the Games of Petrosian, it could teach you how to make sacrifices for a better position. Normally his rook is exchanged with one minor piece but it ends up better for the Great Chess Champion
Apr-29-17  hudapri: A completely textbook example of the French. Usually in this line you do not play g3 in order to fianchetto. The modern plan is h4, bh3 e.g. Nakamura vs T Hillarp Persson, 2005
Jan-03-19  Nairaboi: Outstanding positional play by petrosian.He initially closes the queen side and forecloses white counterplay there by ruling out the possibility of the b3 break completely with the intention to castle long.With this accomplished,he goes on to launch a kingside attack which he caps off with a brilliant exchange sac.Games like this are what make petrosian one of my favourite players.I like the way he brings to live the maxims of nimzo's my system.
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