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Mikhail Tal vs Isaac Boleslavsky
USSR Championship (1958)  ·  King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Closed Variation (E87)  ·  0-1
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Apr-24-05  morphynoman2: A very hard job, and a very instructive game.
Oct-05-06  talisman: 2-0 against tal in his prime, wow.
May-25-09  avidfan: 4 knights line-up for inspection to make a picturesque scene on the board after 29 Kd2-e1.

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Was 28 Nd6-f5 a miscalculation when 28 Nd6-e4 would have avoided the following sequence?

30...Ne5-d3+ attacks White's N/f5 by cutting off protection from the B/c2, winning the resulting exchange.

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Oct-25-09  vonKrolock: <21.♘f3> Here an attacking concept, instead of trying to defend in some way the position to reach possibly a draw... Interesting how this almost works in the sequence...

<28.♘f5> Suetin pointed out the 'obstinated' alternative 28.♘de4 ♖a6 29.a3 etc, but is notewhorthy that Tal's move gives white a good game in most of the sequences... Then, next move is the key of black's defense and counter strike

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Dec-26-09  jerseybob: There is a reason why Qd2 is usually played by white in the Samisch, and Boleslavsky makes Tal pay dearly for not playing that move.
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  perfidious: < jerseybob: There is a reason why Qd2 is usually played by white in the Samisch, and Boleslavsky makes Tal pay dearly for not playing that move.>

This is an oversimplification; the variation with 7....c5 isn't seen much, because it gives White a free hand to play on the kingside in standard Saemisch fashion-he no longer has to concern himself with ....c7-c6 and the opening of the c-file. It's not altogether clear that White needed to play Qd2 (which, as you correctly note, is typical).

Jan-01-13  JamesT Kirk: Is Mischa Tal in zugzwang?
Jan-04-13  jerseybob: Perfidous: Then where in your opinion did white go wrong? If you're looking for clues, check the game Spassky-Tal 1956 USSR Chp, where black(Tal) also played both e5 and c5,but white played Dd2. Now, the e5/c5 combo for black may not be inherently bad - if an opening guru like Boleslavsky plays it it could be playable - but in the Spassky-Tal game, black had no center counterplay and just got crushed on the k-side.
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  parisattack: A lovely game by Boleslavsky. Definitely an under-studied, under-appreciated player. The true founder of the Dynamic School of play, IMHO.

Jimmy Adams' book is an excellent work on Boleslavsky, his style of play.

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  Benzol: According to the database Boleslavsky had a good record against Tal.

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  parisattack: "The Magician from Zolotonosha."
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