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Lev Polugaevsky vs Tigran V Petrosian
USSR Championship (1970), Moscow URS
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Catalan Defense (A14)  ·  0-1



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  Chessical: A superb Q sacrifice <24...Qxg3> by...Petrosian! The skillful interplay of the advancing d pawn and his N's is extremely impressive.
Jan-22-06  aw1988: It isn't exactly a sacrifice.
Aug-25-06  aw1988: Well, it is in some sense a sacrifice, albeit not a true one. He gains the material back immediately.
Aug-25-06  Petrocephalon: "The skillful interplay of the advancing d pawn and his N's is extremely impressive."

Yeah, ..Ng4 etc was entertaining.

Some people use the term "sham sacrifice" for sacs that are followed by an immediate win or an immediate recovery of material. I wish there was a more attractive term than that.

Aug-25-06  aw1988: How about 'combination'?
Aug-26-06  Petrocephalon: "Pseudo-sacrifice" was the word I was looking for. ("Sham sacrifice" sounds silly).
Oct-15-06  ahmadov: I think White's 12.e4 is the decisive mistake that led to a loss.
Oct-15-06  ahmadov: I was replaying this game at home and I very much liked the ending. I think the position after 31...d3 can be a good Saturday puzzle.
Sep-04-19  syracrophy: The d2-square proved to be Lev's undoing. Not only he missed a ♘ fork combination (must have been a bad day for him) but also was the land of the passed ♙.
Sep-04-19  wtpy: This is a great game. Not quite the equal of his famous Qh8 sac versus Spassky in their first world championship match but still very nice.
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  perfidious: An outstanding display by le grand maître, the irony of which would be that, the following year, he would employ a similar opening formation in the Candidates final against Fischer as White, allowing his opponent to play ...d5-d4 and render the bishop at b2 impotent.
Mar-06-20  ewan14: White gets destroyed
Mar-06-20  andrewjsacks: This masterpiece should be better known.
Mar-07-20  sudoplatov: Seems like Petrosian wound up on the wrong side of this Pawn structure in Fischer-Petrosian (1970) Game 6.
Mar-07-20  Olavi: Petrosian had beaten Korchnoi with the same set up, a reversed Sämisch King's Indian in the semifinal Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1971

It was not one of his better ideas, not even in that game. But when Korchnoi faltered in a good position, P. produced a fine performance.

Mar-07-20  lentil: chessgames: the link (to USSR Championship 1970) actually connects to USSR Championship 1969.
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  MissScarlett: This was a play-off game associated with the 1969 event.

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