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Jan Hein Donner vs Mikhail Tal
Zurich (1959), Zurich SUI, rd 14, Jun-06
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. General (A70)  ·  0-1


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Oct-03-06  Gowe: I think the threat Rxe4 is too strong. I mean: 29.Rd1 Rxe4 and the c3 pawn is winning the whole thing. <29.Rd1 Rxe4 30.Rxd3 Rxe2 31. Qxe2 Nxd3 32.Qxd3 c2>

But I think that there are a lot of "winning moves"; only that Rxe4 looks pretty.

Sep-07-08  ToTheDeath: Donner wrote that he spent over 2 hours on his clock in this game. Tal: fifteen minutes.
Sep-19-08  pom nasayao: If 29. Re3 Rxe4 30. Rxd3 Rxe1+ 31. Rxe1 32. Nxd3 and it is all over.
Jan-14-13  Cemoblanca: "I have played one game against Tal myself - in the Zurich tournament that he won last year. It lasted two-and-a-half hours. When I resigned after using up most of my time, it turned out that he had needed only fifteen minutes. Something like that is food for thought. We have always regarded chess as a serious game, and now this. There is no telling what the consequences will be."

DE TIJD (English: The Times) 9 MAY 1960 by Jan Hein Donner

Jan-15-13  RookFile: Well, white's play wasn't perfect before, but surely you play 19. Rae1, not 19. Rfe1, right? It seems like white should go "all in" for a kingside attack, and leave the queenside to its fate.
Jan-15-13  RookFile: I mean 21. Qf1. Really? White set up his troops before to play e5, then decides he was only kidding. He should have followed through on this even if he lost a pawn or two.
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  plang: 9 h3 is considered better (Seirawean's Benoni principle:"If Black achieves one swap of minor pieces, he equalizes, two swaps and Black stands better"). 15 a5 was suggested as an improvement. The blockade of the c-pawn with 16 Bc4 failed so perhaps White should have considered 16 Bc2.
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  Fusilli: Tal makes it look easy (and considering the time he invested, it must have been so for him!)

I think there are good reasons why 8.Bd3 is not too popular. That square does not seem good for the bishop. It exposes it to future harassment from a Ne5. And that diagonal is not an attacking diagonal in the Benoni, generally. Here Donner ended up giving the bishop the sad role of containing the advance c4.

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