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Petrosian-Botvinnik, game 5, 1963: More Instructive Moments

As soon as I saw the move on the board, it made perfect sense. But my friend (who is also a master) and I hadn't predicted it while quickly playing through the game solitaire chess. I think this is a perfect example of a strong positional forcing move.

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Play like Petrosian, and a Book Note

I wanted to share news of a very interesting new book: "Modern Chess: From Steinitz to the 21st Century" by International Master Craig Pritchett. This Thinkers Publishing title is exactly what it sounds like, and has something for chess enthusiasts of all levels: Some history, some culture, some famous games we ought to have seen but maybe haven't, some instruction. 

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Solution to Process of Elimination Exercise

Before every move, you must consider all of your opponent's possible forcing replies to your move! When I was 16, I thought I had 'discovered' this key to avoiding silly tactical mistakes in OTB games. Later, when I became a chess teacher and coach, I discovered that many instructional books wisely direct readers to critically examine all the possible checks, captures and threats for both sides.

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