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Mikhail Tal vs Edwin Bhend
Zurich (1959), Zurich SUI, rd 1, May-19
Benoni Defense: Old Benoni (A43)  ·  0-1


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Feb-21-04  notsodeepthought: Under pressure, Black (it would be too easy to pun on his last name) does not break. Tal's calculations may have missed 23 ... Qd8, after which white does not recover the piece, and black defends well to reach a won endgame.
Dec-11-05  aginis: i think 24.Bxh7 might do the trick
Dec-11-05  Petrocephalon: If 24.Bxh7 then 24..Bf6. The idea of 24.Rfe1 is that 24..Bf6? 25.Rxh7+, or 24..hxg6 25.cxd5 and white excapes the bishop fork by checking.
Dec-12-05  aginis: 24.Bxh7 Bf6?? 25.Qh6 Qxe7 (25...Bxe7 26.Bf5+ Kg8 27.Qh7#)26.Be4+ Kg8 27.Bxd5+ Rf7 looks at least drawish to me (i.e. 28 Rd1 and the d pawn should fall)
Dec-12-05  Petrocephalon: Good point, but how does that make ..Bf6 a blunder?
Dec-12-05  Saruman: 24.-Bf6?? <25.Rxh7+> Kg8 26.Bf7++ Kxh7 27.Qg6+ Kh8 28.Qh6#.
Dec-13-05  aginis: not a blunder, i thought at first it leads to mate but while i was writing the post i found a better line for black and forgot to change the notation.
Dec-13-05  aginis: i also thought that 24.Bxh7 Rf7 might be stronger but the realized that

25.Qh5 Qxe7 (25...Rxe7?? 26.Be4+ Kg8 27.Bxd5+ Kf8 28.Qf5+ Ke8 29.Bc6+ Rd7 30.Qe6+ Qe7 31.Bxd7+ ) 26.Be4+ Kg8 27.Bxd5 Kf8 28.Bxf7 is only a little better for black (having forced the exchange of the powerful bishop for the pinned rook.) perhaps 24...Bf6 deserves only a single question mark.

Apr-24-17  Marmot PFL: It was always best to play Tal in round 1.
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  tamar: "Bhend it like Edwin" rang in Tals ears
Apr-24-17  Strelets: <tamar> I for one fully endorse this pun.
Jul-19-17  gauravbanodha: 24Qh4??
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  ChessHigherCat: "Watch Edwin bhend Tal"

What do you do with a guy who obstinately refuses to blunder? Lose

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