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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Pal Benko
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 12, May-20
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights Variation. Hungarian Attack (D92)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Oct-13-04  PivotalAnorak: A tactical masterpiece by Petrosian... which, unfortunately for him, ended in a draw. This is a refined version of the "Bxf7+ followed by Ng5+ and Qxg4" theme. 13. Bxf7+ !! is followed by 14. Rxc8 ! Alas, true to his instincts, the Tiger played 18. Qxd7, when subsequent analysis showed that 18. Qh4 ! would have won.
Oct-13-04
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  ray keene: no its still a draw-its a great line but black can always defend
Oct-13-04  suenteus po 147: Here's a question that proves I have a looooooooooong way to go until I'm at Korchnoi's level: Why doesn't Korchnoi take the free pawn with 22...Bxf4? I know there must be a reason, but I've looked and I've looked and I can't see how it's refuted by white.
Oct-13-04  reekingskunk: 23. Kd3 , suenteus po 147
Oct-13-04  clendenon: <suenteus> I'm not an expert but it might be possible that Korchnoi did not take the pawn 22..Bxf4 because he's not playing this game. Of course I might be wrong.
Oct-14-04  suenteus po 147: <clendenon> I've heard of chess blindness before, but this is ridiculous! I am obviously way too tired to be up and looking at chess games. I could have sworn that Korchnoi was playing black. I must have confused this with another Petrosian game I was looking at.

<reekingskunk> I've heard of chess blindness before, but this is ridiculous! I could have sworn that after 22...Bxf4 23.Kd3 Bxd2, and then white is down a bishop...except of course for 24.Kxc2. I am obviously way too tired to be up and looking at chess games. I must have confused this with another dimension where bishops can horizontally protect adjacent rooks.

Jan-23-20
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  Sally Simpson: ***

A melody, a pop song if you will, composed in Petrosian's mind that we never heard play. Pity.

Wonder what odds you would have got from the chessbookie for Petrosian to sac a Bishop on f7 on move 13 and three moves later set up a Philidor's Legacy.


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Sadly it's Black to play and they won't play 17...exd6.

See A Gershon vs Shabalov, 2003 for a cover version of this jingle with a two Knight mate the root cause of resignation.

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