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Yasser Seirawan vs Mikhail Tal
Niksic (1983), Niksic YUG, rd 12, Sep-08
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E34)  ·  1-0


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Aug-08-04  Everett: Seirawan here tames Tal with a quiet opening where there are no fireworks or combinations at all.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: It's an interesting variant of the Minority Attack, in that White doesn't wait for ...c6 before playing b4. However, after the 20th move, we have a typical pawn structure. I'm surprised Tal played so passively throughout the game; even his fifth move was too quiet (in my playing days, I always played 5...Qd5). Good work by Seirawan.
Aug-09-04  vajrabhrt: 33...Nxc5 of course loses to 34. Qxd7 Nxd7 35. Rxc8+. But is 33...Rxc5 bad? I can see 34. Rxc5 Nxc5 35. Ng6+ fxg6 36. Qf8+ Kh7 37. Qxc5. Is that too bad for Black? Can anyone comment!
Aug-13-04  Everett: Saw the same variation you site vaj... but doesn't seem any worse than the game. Perhaps Tal perceived that position as a losing endgame and decided to vary.
Aug-13-04  e4Newman: B for N (8...Bxc3) in an open game? I suppose it relieves the tension there anyway.
Mar-21-05  Hinchliffe: <An Englishman> I was interested to read that you always played 5 ... Qxd5. I was wondering to what degree of success? And if you could kindly point me in the direction of the game(s) that encouraged you to play that move. FRom my scant research I have only seen exd5 but I am sure that in the fullness of time I will discover other replies. If you have the time perhaps you could aid my search. Seems to be a lot so talking to you tonight.
Mar-21-05  Hinchliffe: <An Englishman> Seek and ye shall find or in this case Fine. Well I did a little research and Fine appeared to play Qxd5 back in 38. But the move never really gained enormous favour until quite a lot later. When a certain Nigel Davis (could be you I guess) played it. Gradually it has become more popular with such players as Kramnic and Anand amongst those playing the move. I also noticed that after black plays queen f5 the queen exchange has become only one option and that white sometimes selects d1 instead. Well Englishman you certainly have given my food for thought. Any of your experiences that you would care to share with me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for what I assume was almost a throw away remark. It has lead me on a really interesting trail. Cheers.
May-13-06  MagnaPsygnosis: Tal needs to realize that although tactical vision is very handy in chess, the world has changed and became more "immune" to tactics.

Even combinations carried out successfully becomes less these days.

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  Appaz: <<MagnumPsychosis> Tal needs to realize> You need to realize that Tal is dead.
May-19-06  RookFile: I think vintage Tal would have played 3... c5, not 3... Bb4.
May-19-06  Ziggurat: <I think vintage Tal would have played 3... c5, not 3... Bb4.> Depends on how you define "vintage". In the 1960 world championship which he won from Botvinnik, he played five Nimzo-Indians in ten Black games.
May-19-06  Chess Classics: Those are a bunch of second rate GMs, a second rate engine, a retired player, and a few fading stars. I mean, where's Topalov? Anand? Svidler? Polgar? Khalifman? Maybe second rate is too harsh on Morozevich, but he's just not as good as the above mentioned. Perhaps, if you HAVE to invite an engine, you should invite Rybka.


May-19-06  capatal: capatal: FIDE lift us up where we belong With Bessel Kok you'll make us strong Seems we've been waiting for so long For Chess to catch up with the throng Right Moves' the hero in this song Let's make it real and move along.- J.J. ...

For Yasser's good project.

Jun-09-06  MagnaPsygnosis: <chess classics>
So true.... RYBKA... would slaughter em all.
Aug-28-13  shakespeare: Yasser explains this game and the concept of minority attack on youtube
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