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D2-e3 Black's position is extremely unpleasant. White has no difficulty in finding ways to improve the position of his pieces, whilst Black can hardly do anything use­ ful. It is therefore hardly surprising that he quickly falls into a lost position. S. ttJe7xc6 In the static position that now results, White's chances are superior, mainly be­ cause of his control of the strategically important square dS . Consequently, the alternative capture 8 . . bxc6 would have been a more dy­ namic choice.

22. 'ifg 2 , then 2 3 . . c4! (en­ suring the knight an excellent post on d3) with the threat of . . g6-g5 -g4. After the immediate 2 3 . . f4 White obtains good play, since he has driven away the enemy knight. 22. 23. 1. • ,. ,� -� 23 . 24. 'ifxa7 was danger­ ous, because after 2 5 . . g5 Black imme­ diately creates a dangerous attack, and he would always be guaranteed a draw. Therefore, Petrosian tries to close the long diagonal. 24. bS-b51 But Black seizes the diagonal a8-h l all the same, although the resulting ex­ change of b- and e-pawns reduces the 60 sharpness of the battle in the endgame that arises.

6. 0-0 87-86 7. 82-84 tUb8-c6 8. 'ifd1 -e2 cSxd4 After the opening difficulties he faced in the 8th game, Petrosian does not repeat the move 8 . . �e7 and instead returns to the continuation we have seen in Game 2. 9. f8-e7 1 0. e3xd4 0-0 11. tUb1 -c3 ... tUc6-b4 The move 1 1 . . tLldS deserves preference, as my opponent played in the 1 6th game of the match. 1 2. �c1 -gS A small surprise, which the future World Champion did not immediate as­ sess correctly. tLleS (see, for example, the game Botvinnik-Alatortsev, Leningrad 1 9 3 2) , after which Black can equalize 48 ...

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