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Pal Benko vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 19, Jun-08
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1



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Jan-20-04  Snow Man: (golf clap) Good show!
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  Honza Cervenka: It was probably a little bit frustrating for Benko to lose such a game. I think that he had clearly better play all the time till the move 35, but after that he lost the game very quickly. After 44.Rc5 Bd3 there is no satisfactory defence against threatening Rf7 with next Rfb7.
Aug-04-04  tayer: After 43. ... ♗d3 44.♖c3 (♖c5 ♖f7 45. ♖b3 ♗c4 and 46. ... ♖fb7) ♖f1+ 45. ♔g2 ♖d1 46.♖b3 (♖b5 ♖f8 47. ♔h3 ♖g1 with mate) ♗f1+ 47. ♔f2 ♗c4 48. ♖b4 ♖f8+ 49. ♔e3 ♖e1+ 50. ♔d2 ♖e2+ 51. ♔c3 ♖f3# (There are ways to avoid the mate by giving up material)
Aug-04-04  tayer: After all that analysis I did not find Petrosian's move :(
Jun-05-05  PARACONT1: LOL only a Petrosian could attempt a weird idea like re-organizing his K's N and B (Nf6-g8 and Be7-f8) in the first 12 moves! Gotta admit the man knows when to do a re-evaluation of his positions and take remedial steps! And only a Petrosian would focus all the play on the K side and then suddenly switch attention to the Q side (16...a5!). It was so sudden I was shocked!
Jan-25-06  Snow Man: Black was a ball of green slime. Every time white tried to grab hold black would ooze between his fingers and reform. Can one invite a submarine to dinner? Can one put the entire ocean in a thermos?? NO!! Such is the style of Petrosian!!
Feb-12-06  Father Karras: I was amazed at the retreating the pieces (moves 9-11) back to the original squares!
Feb-12-06  RookFile: I think Petrosian was playing for a win by being provocative, hoping that Benko would rashly overextend. To Benko's credit, he did not.
Feb-12-06  ughaibu: Father Karras: Have a look at Kotov vs Bronstein, 1972
Nov-13-06  Rama: 19. ... a4, is a stroke. The N cannot go to c5 and so is forced the bad square d2. Black gains time to redeploy and gets in 23. ... Qa5, which freezes the Q-side.

Meanwhile he opens a couple of files on the K-side and when the time comes to lose the a-pawn, he does so in a manner that causes the maximum grief to white.

After 39. ... Kh7, it is hard to see how white can avoid the loss of the d-pawn. 40. Nb5 leads to the catastrophic 41. Rb2 ..., and now there is a pinned Knight on the chopping block.

Benko had a good position after 18. ... 0-0. By move 23 he was in a bind and on move 34 Petrosian starts his counter-attack. Perhaps 19. a4 ..., would be prudent, and on 19. ... Qb6, 20. Rc3 ..., doubling and waiting.

Jan-07-07  refutor: After move 11, Timman commented

"Amazing. After withdrawing his knight to its starting square, Black does the same with his king's bishop. This fragment is a clear foreshadowing of the later Petrosian : the Armenian usually had no objection to playing awkward positions, as long as he liked the pawn structure. Besides, Black's time-consuming manoeuvrings also have a psychological advantage, as they may provoke his opponent into trying to demonstrate a large advantage. With all the pieces on the board, this is anything but easy", which I found interesting.

this is the type of game Korchnoi was referring to, when asked by the USSR Sports Committee to be Petrosian's second for his match with Fischer, he replied "How can I be Petrosian's second, if it makes me sick to watch how he plays..." ;)

<father karras> another flagrant example or "restarting" the pieces can be found in Miles vs Vaisser, 1998

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  andrewjsacks: Steinitzian play by Petrosian. The old Master would have been proud.
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  zydeco: If 20.Nc5 Bxc5 21.dxc5 Nxe5 22.Qxb7 Rb8 23.Qa6 (or c6) d4 24.Bd2 Rxb2 (or 24....Nd3) and black should have an advantage.

32.Ra2 fails to 32.....Rxa4 33.Nxa4 Bc2.

I think 35.Ra2 is the decisive mistake. After 35.Nc5 Rf3 (threatening ....b6) black can probably win his pawn back, but that's about it.

Black can win a pawn with 41....Rxd4 but is obviously after more.

42.Rcb1 would lose to 42.....Raf8

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