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David Bronstein vs Mikhail Tal
Match (1982), Tbilisi (Georgia)
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-17-05  horror: Someone must have done something wrong in this game, how could it possilby end in a draw? I don't like whites position at all after 10.Nd1.
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  crafty: 23. ... ♔h8 24. ♕f5 ♖f6 25. ♕g5 ♖g6 =   (eval -0.01; depth 16 ply; 500M nodes)
Oct-17-05  svbabu: Due to this bishop move white avoids balck to bring his 'a' rook to 'f' file (atleast it takes a while). After K moves to h8 black simply moves its queen to f5 square and simply not worried about the double pawn on 'g' file. (King can release the pin later - Kh2, followed by Nh2 looks solid for white). Remember, black queen cannot go for pawn capturing, if it leaves then f2 Knight moves away and threatening mate at f8!
Oct-17-05  svbabu: crafty: 23. ... Kh8 24. Qf5 Rf6 ???

white replies with 25.Qxf6 !! not 25.Qg5

Oct-17-05  svbabu: (King can release the pin later - Kh2, followed by Nh3 looks solid for white) - corrected, its Nh3 not Nh2
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  WannaBe: <svbabu> If Qxf6 doesn't gxf6?
Oct-17-05  horror: Ok, it's probably drawn at move 23, but I wonder if black has any improvements along the way?
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  GrahamClayton: <horror>I don't like whites position at all after 10.Nd1

The only other option for White is the sacrifice 10. ♘cb5, which leads to great complications after 10...axb5 11. ♗xb5+ ♗d7 12. fxe6.

Mar-28-17  zanzibar: SF8 claims Black missed a big advantage by not playing 21...Nxc4.

For us simple-minded folks, White's 21.Bd3-c4 does look a little suspect, as a bishop seems more useful than a knight, nicely centralized he may be.

(Black to move after 21.Bd3-c4)

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r4rk1 /1b4pp/pq1pp3/4n1Q1/2B1P3/2R5/1PP2NPP/5RK1 b - - 0 21

<( [Stockfish 8 64] 24:-2.18 21...Nxc4 22.Rxc4 a5 23.Ra4 Rf6 24.h4 Bc6 25.Ra3 a4 26.Rg3 Rg6 27.Qe3 Qxb2 28.Qa3 Qe5 29.Rxg6 hxg6 30.Re1 Qc5 31.Ra1 Ra5 32.Ra2 Kf7 33.Qxc5 Rxc5 34.Kf1 Ra5 35.Ke1 a3 36.Kd2 )>

Black's pieces activate nicely, White's knight is tied to guarding the IKP, and Black gets a passer on the a-file.

As the game went, the White bishop finds a nice role for itself (another reason to xchg it).

Mar-28-17  zanzibar: There's a lot to be said about White's opening play after 10.Nd1 (e.g. not exchanging on f6), but 10.Nd1 is a sensible move, albeit, when the knight finally does redeploy on move 15.Nf2, it likely would have been better placed at e3.

10.Nd1 Be7 is probably a better response by Black to avoid the doubled f-pawns if White had played most precisely.

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