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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Bent Larsen
Palma de Mallorca (1968), Palma ESP, rd 11, Dec-06
Queen's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation (E12)  ·  1-0



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Feb-21-06  sagahelten: Why did Bent play 23.Rad8?
Feb-21-06  Resignation Trap: <sagahelten> Larsen reluctantly played 23...Rad8 only after he realized just how bad his position was.

White was threatening 24.Nd6, forking the queen, rook, bishop and the empty c8 square. If instead of 23...Rad8, Black tries 23...Bf8, then 24.d6 and White wins decisive material by simply advancing the d-pawn. If 23...Reb8 24.Nd6 Qxf4 (or 24...Qd7) 25.Nxb7 Rxb7 26. d6 wins. Finally, if 23...Qd7 24.Nc5 Qc8 25.Nxb7 Qxb7 26.d6 also does the trick.

Feb-22-06  sagahelten: Thanx <Resignation Trap>! Convincing explanation!
Aug-13-06  notyetagm: What a massacre!
Jul-04-07  refutor: It amazes me that the line after 4. ...c5 5.d5 exd5 6.cxd5 g6 has such great numbers for White. It looks like White is a tempo down on the Modern I mistaken? What advantages does 4.a3 provide in the position after 6. ...g6?
Sep-09-07  Abaduba: <refutor> The key is that, while a3 isn't useful to White in this position, b6 is also useless Black would like to either push to b5 or leave the pawn back to keep light squares more solid. Putting the Bishop on b7 isn't much of an achievement, since it bites on granite thanks to the solid pawn on d5, and it can get involved in tactical tricks like Petrosian's 25. ♕b6 or his threatened ♘d6 .
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  zydeco: Petrosian seems to have been particularly deadly against Larsen: +5 over their careers. According to the CG database, they had decisive results in their first nine games, which must be something of a record for peaceable-minded Petrosian.

Larsen got a bit cutesy in his maneuvering. His light-squared bishop ends up a terrible piece on b7.

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  perfidious: The line after 4.a3 c5 is actually not bad at all for Black, despite the score--it will be noted that after Kasparov vs Fedorowicz, 1981 and Kasparov vs Van der Wiel, 1981 from Graz, Kasparov tended to go in for 4.Nc3 Bb7 and only then 5.a3 to get into this, though of course Black has the option of 4....Bb4, which became all the rage through the eighties.
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  Garech: Great play from Petrosian. 21.e5! followed up with 22.Ne4! is straight out of "The Elements" from "My System".


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