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Daily Chess Puzzle: Tigran Petrosian

February 28, 2018

Chessbase recently had a news item that Tigran Petrosian has appeared on one of the Armenian bank notes.

Note

I decided to try to find the games pictured on the note. Using Megabase 2018, I think I have done.

game2

Not many clues here!- just the white pawn on h3, and black pawn on h4. However, from using Chessbase’s search by position tool, by far the most likely is game 18.

Petrosian v Botvinnik, game 18, World championship match, 8/5/1963 Moscow

pet4

For today’s puzzle, I will again choose a position from this game from the stamp.

Black to play

g18

Petrosian v Botvinnik, game 18, World championship match, 8/5/1963 Moscow

Solution

1…c3+! the point being 2 Kc1 either 2…ab or 2…Ng4 3 hg[] h3 traps the Ng2.

So 2 Kc3 was played, when 2…Rc8+ 3 Kd2 Nec4+ and 4…Na3, and White had a knight-mare, as both of Black’s Knights invaded.

g182

 

I will give the final game segment tomorrow.

 

FEN

4r3/5rk1/3n1p2/pp1PnPp1/PPp3Pp/7P/2BK1RN1/1R6 b – – 0 51

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