Kasparov vs Petrosian
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[Event "Tilburg"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Kasparov"] [Black "Petrosian"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D25"] [Opening "QGA: Janowski-Larsen Variation"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Bxc4 e6 6. h3 Bh5 7. Nc3 a6 8. g4 Bg6 9. Ne5 Nbd7 10. Nxg6 hxg6 11. Bf1 c6 12. Bg2 Qc7 13. O-O Be7 14. f4 Nb6 15. g5 Nfd7 16. Qg4 O-O-O {I have emerged from the opening with a clear advantage and can attack the queenside at will and with abandon -- or so I thought!} 17. Rb1 Kb8 18. b4 Nd5 19. Na4 f5 20. Qg3 Nxb4 {How dare he! Well, Petrosian was a great player and achieved the highest award holding the World Championship title. Still, it is hard to believe that one can open up a file that leads directly to the king.} 21. Bd2 Nd5 22. Rfc1 Ka7 23. Qe1 Ba3 24. Rc2 {Black has plenty of pieces to help defend the king. Still, I had plenty of confidence in my attacking position.} 24... Qd6 25. Rb3 Qe7 26. Qe2 Rb8 27. Qd3 { Finally my queen has taken up an active post.} 27... Bd6 28. Nb2 Rhc8 29. Nc4 Bc7 30. a4 {I am ready to advance the pawn to a5.} 30... b5 { A desperate move, but a very strong one.} 31. axb5 cxb5 32. Ra2 {Black cannot afford to capture the knight, becuase it would leave the king trapped on the edge of the board. If you don't believe me, capture the knight and play against Gambit at tournament strength. You won't last long!} 32... Kb7 { An incredible move which had a tremendous psychological effect on me. I just couldn't find a way to get at the enemy king and chose a bad plan. But the position continued to haunt me, and back in Moscow I finally worked it out.} 33. Bb4 {This is so natural, but what I really needed to do was swing my knight to this square and break in the center. 33.Na3 Bb6 34.Nc2 Ra8 35.Nb4 Qd6 36.e4 fxe4 37.Qxe4 Ra7 38.Qxg6 Bxd4+ 39.Kh1 N7b6 40.f5 Well, I didn't see this far in the game.} 33... Qe8 34. Bd6 Ra8 35. Qb1 {Now I was beginning to get worried. I figured that I could just swim for a bit, placing my pieces on better squares and eventually coming up with some brilliant combination. But Petrosian came up with a shocker...} 35... Kc6 {What a great move! The king boldly leaves the safety of the fortress and goes out into the exposed area controlled by White's army, But suddenly that army seems to be in disarray. My pieces are not coordinated and I have no plan.} 36. Rba3 { A bad move. Now instead of winning the game, I lose quickly.} 36... bxc4 37. Rxa6+ Rxa6 38. Rxa6+ Bb6 39. Bc5 Qd8 { Black has defended well and has an extra piece.} 40. Qa1 Nxc5 41. dxc5 Kxc5 { It is only fitting that the Black monarch have the final word, so I resigned. The moral of the story is that you need nerves of steel to defend. If you can keep your head, then you might just find an effective counterattack.} 42. Ra4 0-1
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WhiteKasparov
BlackPetrosian
Game
Moves42
OpeningD25 — QGA: Janowski-Larsen Variation
Result0-1
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TournamentTilburg
Location?
Round0