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Mikhail Tal vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Botvinnik - Tal World Championship Match (1960), Moscow URS, rd 15, Apr-21
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation (B18)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Mar-16-06  talisman: 26....rook c8-c7?
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  plang: Tal had played 6 N1e2 in games 5,7 and 9. The disadvantage of 7..Bd6 was that after 9 Nf4 Black has to exchange his dark-squared bishop as after 9..Bh7 10 Ngh5 is awkward to meet. Geller had played the pawn sacrifice 11 h5..Bh7 12 Qe2 in his draw against Bagirov at the 1960 Soviet Championship. Tal's 11 Qd2 was less risky which fit his match strategy given his 2 point lead. 17..a5 18 a4..b5 would not have been dangerous for White. Black has no time for 18..b5 19 h5..Bh7 20 Rh3 with dangerous threats. The complications after 22..Rxd4 23 Nxf7! are in White's favor. Tal felt that 26..c5 would have equalized as after 27 dxc..bxc (not 27..Rxc5? 28 Rxc5..bxc 29 Re5..Rc8 30 Rxe6! and wins) White cannot take advantage of the weak c-pawn. Tal could have maintained his positional advantage with 36 dxc..bxc 37 b5; 36 Bb3? allowed Botvinnik to activate his rooks and achieve sufficient counterplay.
Nov-11-10  talisman: <plang> thanks!
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