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Mikhail Tal vs David Bronstein
Moscow (1966)
Caro-Kann Defense: Breyer Variation (B10)  ·  0-1


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Nov-16-04  suenteus po 147: Nice game! Bronstein shows Tal he can play at his game too :) Anyway, this is a strange Caro-Kann, no other like it in the database. Aside from Bronstein's quirky start, I'm not sure I understand Tal's 7.d4 as the knight can be kicked out rather easily. Why the double reinforcement? Wouldn't 7.dxe4 be better? It opens the diagonal for the king's bishop and makes way towards a kingside castle.
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  FICSwoodpusher: I think with 7. pxp the knight will definitely be forced to move soon. Since it is only defended by one pawn, Black could chase the knight while developing e.g. Nd7. This might not be playable immediately but the knight won't be staying on e5 for very long.

Also if 7. ... f6 is played then the queen check on h5 does not work: 7. pxp f6 8. Qh5+ g6 9. Nxp Qxp+ to be followed by 10. ... QxN

with 7. d4 the knight cannot be chased away by another piece and if 7. ... f6 is played then the queen check on h5 is possible: 7. d4 f6 8. Qh5+ g6 9. Nxp Qf7 10. f5 would be interesting.

Or the knight could just retreat after 7. ... f6 which does not do much for black's development.

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  dabearsrock1010: Is 2. d3 a book move?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: dabearsrock1010, 2.d3 will normally lead into the King's Indian Attack, defined by 3.Nd2, 4.Ngf3, 5.g3, 6.Bg2, 7.0-0, and 8.Re1 (not necessarily in this order). This same formation can be adopted vs. almost any Black first move except the Scandinavian Defense and 1...f5?!. But 3.f4 takes this game onto bizarre paths unlike anything I've seen: 3...d5 looks like a very strange Falkbeer Countergambit.
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  dabearsrock1010: good explanation thank you
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