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Mikhail Tal vs Lev Psakhis
4th Keres Memorial (1983), Tallinn URS, rd 12, Mar-??
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  1-0



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Aug-30-06  Petrocephalon: "They're so cute when they try to sac like me" -- Tal
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  Albertan: LOL Petrocephalon nice!

Psakhis erred on move 21 by playing 21...exd4? He missed an opportunity to gain an advantage in this game by playing the move 21...Qf3 as this variation shows:

21... Qf3+ 22. Kd2 Nc5 23. dxc5 Be4 24.Ra1 Rd8+ 25.Kc1 Rxd1+ 26.Kb2 Rxa1 27.Nd2!? Rxe1 28.Nxf3 b5

Aug-30-06  Petrocephalon: Imagine missing that! ;)
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  wordfunph: Psakhis played ala-Tal but failed.
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  paavoh: @Albertan: How about if White did not open the d-file by 23.dxc5? I fail to see a Black advantage after 23.Kc2, although personally I would not like to play that position myself.
May-22-20  Brenin: <paavoh>: After 23 Kc2 Bd5 (almost trapping the Q) 24 Qb4 Qe2+ 25 Rd2 Be4+ 26 Kb2 Nd3+ 27 Ka1 Qxf1, White is hanging on by his fingernails. Tal's 21 Nf1 seems to lead to a draw on best play: <Albertan>'s line looks drawn after 29 Ka3 bxc4 30 Nxe1 Kf8 31 Kb4, and after 27 ... Qd1 28 Qxe4 Black has nothing better than repetition with Qc1+ 29 Kb3 Qd1+ 30 Kb2. Stockfish prefers 21 Qc7, e.g. 21 ... Nf6 22 c4 exd4 and either 23 Kd3 or Qg3 with significant advantage to White.

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