Weak points as basis for plan creation · Petrosian vs Smorodsky 1944

Petrosian wasn’t always a super precise player. This game shows his weakness when it comes to recognizing and exploiting weaknesses.

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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian – Andrey Smorodsky, 1944 Georgian Championship, King’s English

Creating plans in chess is what makes strong players strong. Instead of just playing moves, they focus on a certain goal, which, if accomplished, would make their position better. Plans may differ, and there are numerous types. One are plans based on weak points in your opponent’s position.

In this game, Petrosian failed to spot one, and didn’t try to exploit it. That could have won him the game. I hope you find his mistake instructive!



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