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Yuri Averbakh vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
USSR Championship (1959), Tbilisi URS, rd 11, Jan-27
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  0-1



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  patzer2: petrosian finds the perfect finish to capitalize on a superior position with 38...Qa5!, initiating a combination to trap the White Queen.
Jun-04-05  ThunderStorm: The best endgame for Petrosian initiating a good trap to trap the white queen into her doom.
Sep-28-05  OK Sooner: Can White draw after 38 Ra4, which appears to force an exchange of Rooks with 38...Rxa4 39 bxa4?
Sep-28-05  Kangaroo: If <38. Ra4>, then <38 ... Qxf2+> - I doubt if White can draw here.
Sep-28-05  OK Sooner: You are right, thank you! After 38...Qxf2+ 39 Kh1 (or 39 Kh2) 39...Rxa4 40 bxa4 Qxh4+ and Black has won a second Pawn.
Aug-12-08  arsen387: other Queen traps by Petrosian

Filip vs Petrosian, 1956

and an outstanding
Bobotsov vs Petrosian, 1968

Aug-12-08  arsen387: doesn't 40.Ra4 save the Queen? any help. Seems like after that blacks can only win a pawn
Aug-12-08  SniperOnG7: After 40. Ra4 Black can then play Qxa4 and win a Rook.
Aug-12-08  arsen387: thanks <SniperOnG7> completely missed that 1 move tactical shot. that means that starting from 37..Ra2 everything is pretty forced.
Apr-18-12  screwdriver: The queens and rooks attacking and counter attacking each other wasn't going to last forever without someone losing badly.
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  mycroft2120: The move 38. .. Qa5 has subtle tactical threat of 39. .. Bd2! winning a rook since after 40. Nxd2 Qxb4 white cannot move the pinned knight.
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