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Mikhail Tal vs Geza Fuster
Portoroz Interzonal (1958), Portoroz SLO, rd 9, Aug-19
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation (B17)  ·  1-0


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Feb-16-04  Tigran Petrosian: Very energetic play by Tal
Feb-16-04  drukenknight: 15...Bg5+ would have helped a lot. As would 00 on that move. What's interesting about the game is that it may be impossible to save him after move 21 or so.
Apr-19-06  johnnyfroaction: anther example why castling is important, but then again, it's tal. it would be great to be able to see into tal's head. when he dropped two bishops and a rook, did he have any idea that the bishop on h7 would be trapped at the end?
Apr-19-06  zev22407: I think that Tal knew that against an open king and pieces scattered there will be a more gain of materiel.
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  plang: Evans felt that after 11..Nd5 black would have been only slightly worse. Who else besides Tal would come up with 12 g4? Evans doesn't mention 15..0-0 but it looks like 16 Nxf7..Rxf7 17 Qxe6 wins material for white. Evans mentions 16..0-0 17 g5 with attack but, again, I wonder if white can play 17 Nxf7? After the knight sacrifice the attack looks too strong.
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  Eyal: Tal could have won with Bd7+ a move earlier: 22.Bd7+ Qxd7 23.Rxd7 Kxd7 24.Qf7+ Be7 25.Qxg7 followed by Qxh6. But 22.Qb3 is a clever move that keeps that possibility open, while also creating the threat of Bd7+ followed by Qxb7+ after the excanges on d7 - and gives Black the chance to go wrong with 22...Rb8 (22...b5 was better). Now White wins the bishop as well: 23.Bd7+ Qxd7 24.Rxd7 Kxd7 25.Qf7+ Be7 26.e6+ (pushing the black king to the back rank, since 26...Kd6 27.Qf4+ loses the rook) 26...Kd8 27.Qxg7 and the bishop on h7 has no escape square (27...Be4 28.Qe5, forking rook and bishop).

Mar-05-11  grin44: why is it called "Karpov's Variation"? Nobody heard about Karpov then. He was 7 years old.
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  tpstar: 4 ... Nd7 in the Caro-Kann (B17) is the Steinitz Variation, but also named after Smyslov and Karpov since they all contributed greatly to the theory. The main idea is avoiding doubled Pawns with 5 ... Ngf6 to meet 6. Nxf6+ with 6 ... Nxf6.

Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation (B17)

Tal plays very energetically against the old Geza.

Sep-16-15  Zugzwangovich: One of Mischa's many many malificently magnificent masterpieces.
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  thegoodanarchist: Black allowed his positional problems to Fuster.
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