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Jonathan D Sarfati vs Russell John Dive
Tawa Labour Weekend Tt (1982), Wellington NZL, rd 1, Oct-??
Nimzowitsch Defense: Williams Variation (B00)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Jonathan Sarfati: A very clever drawing combination, and worth playing for even if 16... Nxh3+ wasn't objectively best. White could have played 18.Ng3 and Black doesn't have enough for a piece. Earlier, 16.Nxc6 exchanges off the dangerous B, and Black's K has much more to worry about than Black's.
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  fredthebear: <Jonathan Sarfati> You had to like your chances, and then Black springs the clever drawing combination. Bummer!

This see-saw/windmill perpetual check (rook supported by the bishop) is sometimes referred to as the Petrosian Draw. Petrosian employed it as White against Spassky in the 1966 World's Championship, round 12: Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966

Note that sliding the Black rook up and down the g-file would NOT work in Jonathan's game because White would interpose the pawn to f3. Black played Rxf2+ to prevent such.

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