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Gennadi P Kuzmin vs Tigran V Petrosian
USSR Championship (1977), Leningrad URS, rd 8, Dec-??
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: pwnd0z3r
Aug-18-13  nescio: Position after 40.Be2

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Up to this moment Black defended excellently. White wasn't able to exploit his pawn majority on the queenside (25...Be4!) and had to switch his activities to the other side with 36.Rh4?! But Perosiamn dealt with that as well (38...g5!). He could now have set up a rock-solid position with ...Kh8!, ...Rg8-g7, and ...Ng8.

No doubt plagued by time-trouble he chose the plausible 40...Rd8 (the rook is activated and Bd3 prevented) after which the black queen gets into difficulties and the fate of the game looks inevitable. Ironically it is an attack on the queenside that decides the game after all.

Jul-07-15  Albion 1959: After 40.Rd8 ? Kuzmin was able to steer the game into a winning endgame. A more determined resistance was offered by Rg8 ! with a view to Rg6 & Rg7 to defend against the mate threat. Petrosian may have been in time trouble here, which may explain why his usual defensive ability did not find the correct line. The actual pawn ending is by no means clear-cut and some of the variations are problem-like and tricky. A rare loss for TP in the USSR Championship !
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  RookFile: What a really good game. All three results were possible for Kumin - win, lose, or draw. Brave play.
Dec-15-16  Albion 1959: Move 52.c5! Petrosian captured on c5 with the rook and went onto a pawn ending. Had he captured with his pawn instead of the rook, play could have continued: 52.c5 bxc
53.Rxa5 c4
54.b3 c3
55.Kd1 Heads off the c-pawn and the two connected passed pawns should win for white:
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  Grandma Sturleigh: Pawn endings can be really difficult.

In this one, 56...h5 was the losing move. Instead 56...e4 draws, for example 57. b4 f4

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58. gxf4 axb4 59. Kxb4 h5 and both sides will promote with a drawn queen ending.

54...e5 is also a mistake (54... f5 first is correct) because it allows 55. Ke4 f6 56. Kd5 h5 57. Kxc5 f5 58. b4 and White wins as in the game.

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