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Mikhail Tal vs Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov
Tallinn (1988)
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1-0


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  Skoosh: Am I missing something here? Why did Sveshnikov weaken his pawn protection around his King with 15...h6 and 16...g5? Surely chasing the Bishop away wasn't that important. Against someone like Tal, it looks like suicide!
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  tpstar: <Skoosh> I'll bet Black was asking himself those exact questions after 18. Bxe6! He probably just missed 19. Qg6+, but the middlegame strategy was a bit unconventional with the ... Ra7 & ... Rd7 business. For these IQP positions, Black does well to firmly establish a Nd5 blockader while watching out for any Qd3/Bc2 battery against h7. That plan was difficult here, given the central cluster of pieces.

What happens after 18 ... fxe6 instead?

Dec-26-04  Whitehat1963: Typical play from Tal. Try as I might to look for moves like 18. Be6 and 19. Qg6+, I just can't find them over the board.
Oct-11-09  Hesam7: Right now has a photo of Tal which I think was taken when he was playing this game (I could not find a direct link to the photo itself).
Oct-12-09  Edeltalent: <Hesam7> The link is
Oct-12-09  outsider: definite. tal already has decisive advantage (the photo is after move 15 or later) but does not seem to be in good mood somehow. good finding, hesam&edeltalent!!!
Oct-18-09  Hesam7: <outsider: definite. tal already has decisive advantage (the photo is after move 15 or later) but does not seem to be in good mood somehow.>

The bishop is on g3 so this is after 17. Bg3 and the knight is still on f3 so its before 18. ... Bxf3.

Apr-20-11  Ozo Shatranj: i thought sveshnikov were a GM not an amateur...
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