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Svetozar Gligoric vs Tigran V Petrosian
Belgrade (1954), Belgrade YUG, rd 19, Nov-13
Benoni Defense: Czech Benoni Defense (A56)  ·  1-0



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Jun-15-18  residentlegal: one to learn from
Jun-15-18  ughaibu: 26...Re7 seems to me to be unusually careless, for Petrosian.
Nov-18-19  SpiritedReposte: Low profile gem.
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  sleepyirv: <Makes the Belgrade>
Nov-19-19  sudoplatov: Stockfish suggests that 32...Rfe8 holds. Perhaps a deep search would give more accurate results. Also Stockfish perfers 29.Qh3 to Qg3.
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  WTHarvey: Ends on a mate in 2.

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36. ?

May-25-23  Brenin: 33 Rxg5+ Kf7 (Kh8 34 Qxf8+ Qg8 35 Qxg8 mate, or Qg7 34 Rxg7+ with material advantage, or fxg5 34 Qxf8 mate) 34 Rxf6+ Kxf6 (Ke8 35 Rxf8 mate) 35 Qxf8+ Kxg5 (Qf7 36 Rf5+ wins the Q) 36 h4+ Kg6 37 Nf4 mate, or 36 ... Kxh4 37 Qf4 mate.
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  perfidious: Vaguely recall this from Levy's work on le grand maitre:

Looks as though 33.Rxg5+ Kf7 34.Rxf6+ Kxf6 35.Qxf8+ Kxg5 36.h4+ brings it home.

May-25-23  Allderdice83: Got 33 Rxg5+, of course, but I had 34. Ne5+. The problem is 34 ... Rxe5 35. Rxe5 Re8. I think White's still winning with 36. Rxf6+ Kxf6 37. Qf4+ Kg7 38. Rxe8, eg., 38 ... Qb1+ 39. Kf2 Qc2+ 40. Kg3 h4+ 41. Kxh4 Qh7+ 42. Kg3 Qd3+ 43. Qf3 Qg6+ 44. Qg4 forcing the queen trade, and the b8 knight is lost.

I also considered 34 ... Ke8 35. d6 Qa7+ 36. Kh1 Rf2 (fxe5 or fxg5 also lose) 37. d7+ Nxd7 38. cxd7+ Kd8 39. Qxf8+ Kc7 40. Qc8+ Kb6 41. d8=Q+ Nc7 42. Rb1+ Kc5 43. Qcxc7+ Qxc7 44. Qxc7+ Kd5 45. Nd3+ Kd4 46. Nxf2 and White's just having fun taking all of Black's pieces before delivering checkmate.

May-25-23  Granny O Doul: That's the big thing missing from my chess career. An ovation from the audience.
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  fredthebear: You're not alone G.O.D. I applaud you!
May-25-23  jrredfield: I went with 33 Qxf8+ right away. Obviously I didn't give this enough time, since that leads nowhere, leaving Black with a decided advantage.

After 33 Rxg5+, 33 ... fxg5 would lead to an immediate mate with 34 Qxf8#. So Black is forced to defend with 33 ... Qg7. Then 34 Rxg7+ Kxg7 35 Nf4 Re5 36 Qb1 and mate is forced soon after.

May-25-23  mel gibson: I missed this one -
I should have looked for longer.

Stockfish 15 says mate in 24:

33. Rxg5+

(33. Rxg5+ (Rf5xg5+ Kg8-f7 Rf1xf6+ Kf7xf6 Qb4xf8+ Qh7-f7 Rg5-f5+ Kf6xf5 Qf8xf7+ Kf5-e4 Qf7-f3+ Ke4-d4 Qf3xe2 Kd4xd5 Qe2xh5+ Kd5xc6 Qh5-c5+ Kc6-d7 h2-h4 Nb5-d6 h4-h5 Nb8-c6 h5-h6 Nc6-d8 Qc5-a7+ Kd7-e6 Nd3-f4+ Ke6-f6 Qa7-g7+ Kf6-f5 Qg7-d7+ Kf5-e5 Qd7xd8 Nd6-f7 Qd8-d5+ Ke5xf4 Qd5xf7+ Kf4-e3 h6-h7 Ke3-d2 h7-h8Q Kd2-c2 Qf7-c4+ Kc2-d1 Qh8-a1+ Kd1-d2 Qa1-c1+) +M24/53 681)

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  agb2002: White is one knight down.

White can attack the black starting with 33.Rxg5+ Kf7 (33... fxg5 34.Qxf8#) 34.Rxf6+ Kxf6 (34... Ke8 35.Q(R)xf8#) 35.Qxf8+:

A) 35... Kxg5 36.h4+ Kg6 (else 37.Qf4#) 37.Nf4#.

B) 35... Qf7 36.Rf5+ Kxf5 37.Qxf7+ wins (37... Kg4 38.Qf4#; 37... Ke4 38.Qf3+; 37... Kg5 38.h4+ Kh6 39.Nf4).

May-25-23  Socrates2: It's a pity that today there is not that kind of public interest in chess.
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  Honza Cervenka: Pretty game by Gligo but 32...Nb8? was a blunder. 32...Qe7 or 32...Rfe8 could hold the game.
May-25-23  Mayankk: I saw 33 Rxg5+ and how 33 ... fxg5 34 Qxf8+ as well as 33 ... Kh8 34 Qxf8+ lose immediately for Black. However my expected continuation was 33 Rxg5+ Kf7 34 Ne5+ Ke8 35 d6 fxe5 36 d7+ etc.

How I wish I had noticed the beauty of 34 Rxf6+ ...

May-25-23  TheaN: Saw this start to finish, though h4 took me a while: it seems as though White has too few pieces to finish off but it's actually #1.

The only alternative that makes sense is 35....Qf7, but 36.Rf5+ +- wins in swift fashion

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  chrisowen: Z jeffrey its meld u its who q tap Rxg5+ arrive its grog doh its axiom jug c back u its again quaint Rxg5+ go;
May-25-23  vajeer: Nice puzzle. Always good to see uncommon mating pattern.
May-25-23  vajeer: This king kills two rooks and possibly a pawn before his demise. That's the fate of greedy kings (beyond the context of chess) ;-)
May-25-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: I figured that the first move must be: 33. Rxg5+ Kf7 (Kh8 34. Qxf8#) but 34. Rxf6+?1 Kxf6 35. Qf4+ Ke7 and Black ♔ seems to escape.

Then, I tried 34. Ne5+ Rxe5 35. Rxe5 which threats the unpleasant 36. Re7+ winning the ♕ (you know the King loves it) 35... Qh6 36. c7 Nxc7 37. Rxc7 and Black is bad.

Otherwise, 34. Ne5+ Ke8 35. Ng6 (fxg5 36. Qxf8#) Rf7 36. Qf4 (fxg5 37. Qxb8#) Nc7 37. Qf5 (fxg5 38. Qc8#) Kd8 38. Rxh5 Qg7 39. Rh8+ Ne8 40. Rb1... (Kc7 41. Rb7+ Kd6 42. Rxb8) and Black cannot resist so many threats, will lose material. Maybe, there is a way fast which I didn't find.

May-25-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: Me and Petrosian sure didn't see the beautiful 37. Qf8+ Kxg5 38. h4+! (Kxh4 39. Qf4#) Kg6 39. Nf4#. A vary rare kind of mate, where the ♕ in h7 remove the lonely escape for the ♔. Petrosian surely felt surprised.
May-25-23  takebackok: Thought had something, but missed the killer ending, Nice!!
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  jffun1958: Beautiful Combo.
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