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Mikhail Tal vs Bent Larsen
Reykjavik (1957)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  1-0
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Jul-15-04  themindset: no comments on this game? it's a nice queen trap that nets tal a whole rook.
Sep-26-07  srinivas6195: yes really great one !!!
Sep-26-07  sfm: Larsen must completely have overlooked the threat of b2-b4. Understandable, "everyone knows" you don't throw your pawns around in front of your king in such positions. After 20.-,Tc8? it is over, better was of course e.g. 20.-,Lxd5
Sep-26-07  euripides: 7...Bd7 is an interesting move order. Perhaps White should avoid 8.Qf3 which is more normal in the Najdorf main line where Black plays Nbd7 and White often pushes with g5 and f5.

White could assume Black is heading for a Richter-Rauzer and play 8.Qd2, but 8...h6 might be annoying. Or 8.e5 might be met by the Browne-like 8...h6 or the Polugaevsky-like 8...Qc7.

Another way to treat 7....Bd7 is shown in

Topalov vs Salov, 1998

Sep-26-07  euripides: A Lastin vs O Cvitan, 2001 shows another nice approach with 8.Qe2 and queen-side castling.
Mar-16-08  Whitehat1963: Of course it wouldn't have worked against Tal, but isn't 23...Bxd5 worth a try at least? What's best play after that?
Mar-16-08  penarol: <Whitehat1963> 23...Bxd5 24.Rxa4, Bxf3 25. Bxf3 and White is a Rook up
Jul-05-14  Markvliegt: Scored 34 pointes as a woodpusher
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  Zhbugnoimt: This very game inspired a very similar b4 move in one of my games. There, b4 also won me a queen (albeit for two pieces, and my king was open, but my material was stronger than the black attack).
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