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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Alexey Suetin
USSR Championship (1960), Leningrad URS, rd 2, Jan-27
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1-0



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Feb-06-08  Nezhmetdinov: The immunity of white's d pawn is amusing
Dec-07-10  BobCrisp: Due to a prior theological dispute, Black's dark-squared bishop issued the edict: <Hier stehe ich!>
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  zydeco: Petrosian in Romantic mode.

17.Bg4! is nice. If 17...Bg6 18.Nxe4 Bxe4 19.Re1 f5 20.Bxf5.

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  ChessHigherCat: <BobCrisp> That's the most arcane reference I've ever seen on this website. Are you referring to this bestseller?:

Otto. Ein Trauerspiel (in 5 Aufz. von Klinger)
Hier steh ich, Bischof Adelbert, vor Gott und Heiligen zu berheuern, daß ich halten will meinen Schwur und Eid, mit meinen Fingern gelegt auf dies heilige Buch,

Sep-01-17  A.T PhoneHome: If I'm not mistaken, if 15... Qd6, White will win a pawn after 16. Qa4+ Nd7 17. Qxc4 and he's back defending the d-pawn. The move played in the game, 15... Qc7, prevents the tactic, but allows 16. Bxf6 gxf6, weakening Black's kingside.

And I suppose with 14. Bg5 Petrosian had in mind 15. Bxf6 Qxf6 16. Nxe4, winning a pawn and gaining tempo once the Queen moves, which is why Suetin played 14... Bf5.

19... Qxd5 would've been a terrible blunder, allowing 20. Nxf6+, winning the Queen. 20. Qh5 exploits another pin (one sequence leading to a pin was already pointed out by <zydeco>). Another Queen winning fork would've been 22... Qxd5 23. Nb6+

The final move exploits yet another pin, winning a piece. As separately played moves, I can make sense of some things in this game, but the way strong players combine them with strategical approach deserves much applause. Of course Suetin's play was definitely not helped by his undeveloped kingside. He had to castle queenside in an open, bad position and his kingside Bishop and Rook played absolutely no part in the events of the game. He had to constantly fend off Petrosian's threats. Any comments?

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