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John Cornford Meyer vs Mikhail Tal
National Open (1988), Chicago, IL USA, rd 4, Mar-??
Rat Defense: English Rat (A41)  ·  0-1


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  Mating Net: For some reason White is always anxious to exchange Queens in this line. I don't see where the perceived advantage is.

Nice win by Tal, but there were no sacrifices. How many times did that happen, or more to the point, not happen?

Jun-02-05  Catfriend: Interesting idea, this 1..d6. Perhaps I"ll choose it as one of my weapons!
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  Mendrys: Yes, very interesting idea. I shall like to start playing around with d6 and e5. I rather like black's position after 10...Kc7. The black king looks safe here and is ready to participate in the engame quicker than white. It also appears that black can conceive more concrete plans than white because his pieces are more active.

I guess that black played 22. Bd1 to prevent blacks rook from attacking the pawn on b4. 23. Nd2 was a real lemon losing the poor g2 pawn. 24 g3? allows 24... Bg4! 25. f3 Nxf3 26. Nxf3 Bxf3 27. Rd3 Rb1 and more pawns will fall after the exchange on d1

Jun-06-06  borisbadenoff: <Mating Net: For some reason White is always anxious to exchange Queens in this line. I don't see where the perceived advantage is.> Well maybe its because of this that this line is named Queen Swap.

I guess there is no real advantage other then that black can't castle the normal way after this move.

Dec-17-15  Catfriend: The funny thing is that I completely forgot about it for 10 years... but now 1. d4 d6 is my main line with Black.
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  perfidious: <Mating Net: For some reason White is always anxious to exchange Queens in this line. I don't see where the perceived advantage is....>

Same as the related 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 dxe5, this line is deceptive; does not appear as though White should have any problems, but he often winds up in difficulties.

Wonder what <uluseless> would say about the variation: after all, Black plays ....c6 and ....f6, loses the right to castle and voluntarily renounces the bishop pair into the bargain.

My guess is that he would declare this lost for Black.

Dec-18-15  RookFile: Tal gives a reminder that GMs are excellent in all phases of the game with this smooth win.
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