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Tigran V Petrosian vs Ratmir Kholmov
"Kholmover" (game of the day Dec-21-2019)
12th Soviet Team Cup (1982), Kislovodsk URS, rd 7, Jun-??
Queen's Indian Defense: Yates Variation (E16)  ·  1-0



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Feb-07-07  xombie: Trapped knight on move 21! I am sure both players saw it, but the Petrosian saw ahead. The good black knight is eliminated; with no open files for the rooks, and a great black bishop; a hillarious refusal to exchange the bishop on move 25. Its fantastic seeing the two Bishops on d4 and e4. Also, some nice defense in the end.
Jan-25-09  Maynard5: It is interesting to compare this game with a much earlier one, Petrosian-Kholmov, 1947, also a Queen's Indian Defense, won by Black. In this game, unlike the earlier one, White adopts the maneuver 15. b3, 16. a3 and 18. b4, forcing Black's knight on c5 to retreat. Then, Petrosian engineers one of his trademark sacrifices of the exchange starting with 21. Rxa6, establishing a protected passed pawn on c6. After this, it is only a matter of time until White wins the pawn on b6, forcing victory. Kholmov is unable to generate enough counterplay on the kingside to prevent the inevitable.
Dec-12-11  ewan14: According to '' Chessgames '' database
Petrosian's first win over Kholmov ! !

Respect to both players !

Dec-21-19  andrewjsacks: Yet another Petrosian positional exchange sacrifice. Very nice.
Dec-21-19  cunctatorg: A pretty didactic and really tasty game, it glorifies chess!

<ewan 14: ... Respect to both players!>

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  OhioChessFan: Does the pun mean Coal Mover?
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  MissScarlett: It means <Comb Over> -
Dec-21-19  spingo: <OhioChessFan: Does the pun mean Coal Mover?>

Kholmov was very unfortunate in that, unlike other chess players, he was <losing his hair>.

Spectators would single out his hairless head at chess tournaments and target him for abuse, calling him <Old baldy-head> and <Had-Hair Ratmir> and <Hideous Old Git>.

He solved all these problems by adopting what in the UK is called a "Bobby Charlton". That is, a combing of a few strands of hair from just above one earlobe to just above the <other> earlobe. In the USA this is known as a <Nancy Pelosi>.

Thus combed-over, the few strands of hair convey the effect of a full head of masculine hair.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <spingo> you apparently have Kholmov confused with this person:


Dec-21-19  RandomVisitor: After 10.Na4 <Na6> black is still in the game...

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<46/68 1:45:13 +0.30 10...Na6 11.a3 d6 12.Qc2 f5 13.Rfd1 Qc8> 14.Be3 Rb8 15.Rab1 Qe8 16.Ne1 e5 17.Nc3 exd4 18.Bxd4 Nxc3 19.Qxc3 Bxg2 20.Nxg2 Nc5 21.b4 axb4 22.axb4 Ne6 23.Qf3 Qf7 24.Qd5 Ra8 25.Nf4 Nxf4 26.gxf4 Ra2 27.Rb2 Qxd5 28.cxd5 Rxb2 29.Bxb2 Ra8 30.Rc1 Ra2 31.Rxc7 Rxb2 32.Rxe7 Rxb4 33.e3 Rb1+ 34.Kg2 b5

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  Honza Cervenka: Lovely game, and very typical for Iron Tigran. I would say that 21.Rxa6 was an obvious choice and that black was already outplayed there, but still it is a nice shot.
Dec-22-19  morfishine: Kholmov was sometimes spelled Holmov, which caused confusion when researching his games
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  perfidious: <morf>, in British transliteration, Khodos, Khalifman et al had the 'K', which is silent in pronunciation, as is Kholmov, dropped, and Yerevan and Yekaterinburg the Y. Cafferty's works on Tal and Spassky are written in that way.
Dec-22-19  cunctatorg: Nevertheless <GM Ratmir Kholmov's> record against such a chess player as <Iron Tigran> Vartanovich Petrosian is quite impressive, even worth some envy!!...
Dec-22-19  morfishine: Thank you <perfidious>! I had read something about Eastern European bloc countries and their surnames
Dec-22-19  Olavi: The German transliteration is Holmov, Hodos, Halifman etc, and Jerevan and Jekaterinburg. At least it used to be.
Dec-22-19  Olavi: Correction: I'm not sure about the cities' names. The Russian 'e' is, I believe, difficult to transliterate correctly.
Dec-22-19  Olavi: Holmon basically gave up with 27...Qc7, not that it wasn't lost already. Lovely how the Iron one does nothing after that, knowing that the point is in the bag. A Fischer ar a Karpov would have gone for the quick kill.

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