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Mikhail Tal vs Julio Bolbochan
Havana Olympiad Final-A (1966), Havana CUB, rd 12, Nov-17
Sicilian Defense: Velimirovic Attack (B89)  ·  1-0



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Jan-10-03  bishop: Was the game lost because Black made the defensive move 16...g6 too early? This move which usually waits until White has put a Rook on the h-file, blocking the h-Pawn, allowed Tal to quickly open this file, and triple his heavy pieces on it, forcing the game.
Jan-10-03  PVS: I think this game was lost because black was playing Tal. White's opening looks good, but Tal made some good moves in the middle game. After 24. Qh4 I see nothing for black and 25. Nd1 seals his fate. I see no obvious mistake by black.
Jan-30-07  mcgee: Tal said he thought 11..Re8 was a poor move as it didn't achieve anything and left Black's f-pawn weak. The position after 10 Kb1 not bad for training analysis IMO - especially if you're not au fait with Black in the Sicilian :) the most obvious alternative for Black is 11..Nxd4 and then 12...b5 IMO but I think this needs perusing :)
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  thegoodanarchist: On move 27 White's rook is en prise, yet he makes 5 powerful zwischenzugs consecutively, forcing Black to delay capture of the rook, which on the 6th move comes to the h file with decisive effect.

The game is concluded on move 34 with a beautiful (and temporary) queen sacrifice

Sep-20-20  Chesgambit: Re8?! Nxd4 Bd7?! Nxd4 16...Bd8!? Idea is Bb6
Sep-20-20  Chesgambit: 12.g4 better

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