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Milan Germek vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Bled (1961), Bled YUG, rd 5, Sep-09
Old Indian Defense: Ukrainian Variation (A54)  ·  0-1



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Jul-23-05  ThunderStorm: Another great game by the talented Petrosian
Jul-23-05  Happypuppet: Indeed. A very good example of how to limit the activity of your opponent's pieces and exploit that.
Jun-28-08  apexin: outstanding game.
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  perfidious: Petrosian's dancing rook stepped lightly in this queenless middlegame: Re8-e5-c5-e5-c5-a5.
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  sachistu: The score given here matches the Bled 1961 tournament book (p.51-52). However, other sources give Black's 26th as 26...Bd7. After 27.Kb1 Be8 28.Rh1 Bf7 29.Rc1 Nd7 30.Ka1 Rc5 31.Nb1 Bg7 32.Rdc2 Rca5 33.Rd1 Th8, the same position is reached as in the tournament book (and here).

The point is in the version given here, White missed the chance for 28.Ndb5+! cxb5 29.Nxb5+ Kc8 30.Na7+ Kc7 31.Nb5+. That opportunity still exists on move 29 (e.g. 29.Nxb5+!).

Moreover, why does White not take the a-pawn on move 30 or 31? As played, Black get the advantage.

I should mention another version of the game akin to the one given here gives Black's 27th as 27...Bf7 followed by 28.Rh1 b6, which seems better than 27...Rd8. Since the game score could not be reached by that version, I suspect this was analysis.

In the alternate version mentioned above (26...Bd7), none of the White improvements exist. This version existed on the old Yubase site years ago (and at least one other site). It is also given in Shekhtman's book of Petrosian's games.

I hate to go against the tournament book, but it's hard to believe Germek missed all these chances. Moreover, 26...Bd7 seems much more in keeping with Petrosian's careful style.

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  Sargon: Duplicates were merged into a single game. See alternate score. I'm not sure which score is correct.
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