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Igor Arkadievich Zaitsev vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
USSR Championship (1969), Moscow URS, rd 23, Oct-11
French Defense: Advance Variation. Main Line (C02)  ·  0-1



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Jan-11-06  THE pawn: The sort of miscalculation that occurs too many times in my games...
Sep-03-07  agany: Superb treatment of the postion by Petrosian. His skillful manouvering is, as usual, remarkable. 8...,Na5 is a common move in this postion by Petrosian, taking control of the b3 square.
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  Garech: I have looked through many of Petrosian's French Defences with similar positions; black castling queenside and a fight for control of b3. The remarkable thing is that his opponents never play it, even when they can - and not even as a pawn sac if they can't, which would surely render enough compensation given the inroads to the black king.
Jan-01-12  xombie: Well (responding to Garech), that compensation is often not enough, it at all, since white has to have all his pieces developed for the rooks to do their work, c3 becomes a target (as does c4). But on another note, black should never trade knights on b3 (it's something that I learnt from painful experience), since it blocks everything up on the queenside where black 'can' (note the emphasis) get some action going. It could also become a target. Black only acts upon that when white has moved his pieces (oftentimes, a knight sits on e3 which denies access to c2) - I am looking for games such as that; this knight has to be eaten if possible IMHO.

White plays restricting moves on the kingside, such as h4-h5, the fianchetto either to g2 or h3 and the said knight manoeuvre to e3. I don't really see what black can do against good play in such situations. This is a hard opening. In many of these Frenches, the usual rules (development, moving the same pieces, and particularly, play with the king - you could see a lot of funny king moves such as Kf8) don't apply.

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  tpstar: 6. a3 c4 = Opening Explorer

11 ... 0-0-0 is an interesting option in the Main Line French Exchange. Black's dsb didn't have much to do, but neither did White's Bishops.

Oct-23-18  zydeco: Petrosian tied for first place with this last-round win. In this tournament he put on a master class in playing closed positions.
Oct-23-18  Howard: True, but then closed positions were Petrosian's forte---no question!!
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