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Tigran V Petrosian vs Mario Bertok
Zagreb (1965), Zagreb YUG, rd 5, Apr-??
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Fianchetto Line (A22)  ·  1-0



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Mar-08-14  Edeltalent: One of the all-time great maneuvering games. Whoever can explain the subtleties of White's rook moves will get a beer from me ;-)

After Black's queenside majority is fixed early (10...c5 and 14...a5 fail to impress in that regard), it's a play for two results (for a player with the nickname "boa constrictor", it might well have been a play for one result...).

After taking 20 moves to find the ideal setup, Petrosian is ready for the first major transformation, sacrificing a pawn with 33.e5! to get an iron grip on the white squares, one of his trademark blockading knights on e4, and to forever reduce Black's darksquared bishop to the proverbial "big pawn".

Then another 20 moves of shuffling pieces back and forth later, he suddenly crashes through tactically on the queenside, and the game is over in a hurry.

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