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Mikhail Tal vs Paul Keres
Moscow (1967), Moscow URS, rd 6, May-29
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Howell Attack (C81)  ·  0-1


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Jul-14-03  actual: I'm not sure why Tal sacrificed knight for 2 pawns 16. ♘xf5 ♕xf5. What did he hope for after 17. ♖xd5? 17...Bg6 stopped 18. ♗xe4
Nov-19-04  azaris: I suppose Tal got disgusted with his passive position and decided to complicate things rather than accept being smothered to death.
Nov-19-04  fred lennox: The long winded maneuver of the knight before move 16 bothers me. Such moves can be effective in close but in open positions the extra tempi can tell. Tal seemed anxious to open up the game. The queens rook and bishop never move. Does seem like a long winded rash attack.
Nov-19-04  jcmoral: Why not the more straightforward 14.Nxe4 ?
Nov-19-04  aw1988: <jcmoral> After 14. Nxe4 there follows fxe4 15. Bxe4 dxe4! 16. Rxd7 exf3 17. Qe4 Bxd7 with about an even position (maybe even a bit worse for white). 14. Nb3 seems to maintain a fairly solid position without too many troubles.
Nov-20-04  jcmoral: Oh, thanks!
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  profK: I think 30.Be3 lasts a bit longer !!!
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  zydeco: Even at his peak, Tal had a tough time with Keres. This game is reminiscent of these other two games: Tal vs Keres, 1959
Tal vs Keres, 1962
in which Tal is overly intent on a sacrificial attack and Keres coolly defends.
Jan-01-16  jerseybob: <profK: I think 30.Be3 lasts a bit longer !!!> After 30..c4 I'd rather have black.
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  maxi: 30...Qd4 spells the end of White: 31.Bb2 Qg1+ 32.Kd2 Rd8+ 33.Kc3 Qd4 mate.
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