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Thanks again Grandmaster Khachiyan.
yes i liked it, and thank u... remember dont be materialistic, think about who dominates the squares!
That was a very interesting maneuver, a positional sacrifice with both defensive and offensive qualities. It was defensive to stop the pawns and offensive by repositioning his knight to a very powerful square. This goes to show how imaginative Petrosian was in using the positional sacrifice.
Reshevsky's position seemed strong enough, but clock and psychological issues proved too much for him.
Good Video, thanks, I think I learned something from it!!
"It's not about the material. It's a game of squares." Valuable lesson!
nice little insight into the mind of a great player, must remember your advice about the squares!
It would also seem, given Reshevsky's potential clock issues and the preceeding Re1, e6 plan, that the shock value of the exchange sac along with the plan derailment had real psychological value as well. The smile couldn't have hurt either, lol. It shows that chess can be more than just the moves.
Great game, great story.
Wonderful GM Khachiyan. Very interesting because it clearly demonstrates how a great positional master viewed the game of chess. Your comments about squares vs. material is fascinating. Please show us more of GM Petrosian's masterpieces!
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
When the "Iron Tiger" cracked a smile, Reshevsky knew he was in for it! Actually, Petrosian's brilliant exchange sacrifice took the American champion by complete surprise. See another "personal review" of a classic Petrosian game already analyzed by GM Dzindzichashvili. Today, like Dzindzi, Melik highlights the Knight's domination from d5, as well as black's light-squared bishop's power. He also offers insight into what Kasparov's opinion of this game was...
Players: Tigran Petrosian
vs. Samuel Reshevsky
Related: « Part 1
Part 3 »
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GM Melikset Khachiyan
Melik began playing chess at the age of 8, won the Baku Junior Championship two years later and became a Soviet Candidate Master two years after that. He began coaching early in his career and has brought up three Junior World Champions (among them Levon Aronian). In 2001, he immigrated to the US, where he qualified to play in the U.S. Championship several times. He earned his Grandmaster title in 2006.
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