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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Bent Larsen
Zagreb (1965), Zagreb YUG, rd 7, Apr-??
English Opening: Anglo-Slav Variation. General (A11)  ·  1-0



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Mar-12-09  dwavechess: 28/40 Concur with Rybka 3 W32 Q6600 at 3 minutes per move for Petrosian
Dec-18-10  kia0708: what is 28/40 ?
W 32 ?
Q6969 ?
Dec-18-10  sevenseaman: One of the most beautiful and technical of hammerblows. I wonder what Bent had on his mind when he plumped for 39... Rxe5.
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  perfidious: <sevenseaman> It was already difficult to find a continuation for Black here; Larsen may well have seen that the attempt to flee from danger with 38....Kf8 loses to the crushing 39.Rh8+.
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  GrahamClayton: 39...♕xe5 40. ♕xe5 ♖xe5 41. ♖xe5 f2 42. ♖f1 ♖f4 43. ♖e6 ♗d4 doesn't appear to be enough for Larsen. Petrosian just needs to stop the threat of ...♖g4 and ...♖g1+, and the passed pawns should decide the game.
Nov-19-11  birthtimes: Larsen weakens the d5 square with his 9th move, and Petrosian quickly gains control of it and the game...9...Nbd7 would have prevented c5 and protected the d5 square...
Dec-05-11  Nemesistic: When petrosian plays 26.Nd1 (Paving the way for the Knight to reach c4) by White's 29th move the writings on the wall for Larsen,all his pieces are uncoordinated and things appear difficult.. And 36..kh7 seem's strange,i wander why not kf8 aiming for safety on d7 while he has the chance?
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  keypusher: How bad is 31....Nxc4? Can it possibly be worse than 31....f5?
Dec-05-11  Nemesistic: <Keypusher> Definately not Larsen's best game i'd say
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  zydeco: I'm pretty sure Petrosian missed/passed up a quick knockout with 35.Rxf4!

Then if 35....exf4 36.Bxf6 is easily winning, so black plays 35....Rxf4. Then 36.Rxf4 gxf4 37.Bxg7. If 37....Kf7 (I don't see anything else) white plays simply 38.Bf6, trades everything on e7, and has an easily won king-and-pawn endgame.

Am I missing something?

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  Retireborn: <zydeco> Afraid so. In your line Black does not play 37...Kf7 (which would indeed win for White) but 37...Rxg7. Your eyes light up and you reach to take the queen on d8, oh hang on the king is on g1, that's why 35.Kh1 was in fact the best move!
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  zydeco: <Retireborn> You're right. Shucks.
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