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Mikhail Tal vs Jonathan Speelman
Subotica Interzonal (1987), Subotica YUG, rd 3, Jun-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Smyslov Variation Main Line (B17)  ·  1-0



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Jul-12-05  lentil: 28. e5??? d'oh!
Jul-12-05  tigersclaw: 14.... Re8 15.N1f3 c5 would ease things a bit for black,but he had to grab the poisoned pawn on d4.
Feb-28-06  mcgee: 28...e5 is hardly a howler - I think it's just another case of someone being shell-shocked by the Tal experience. If Speelman was in the form of his life around this time, what would us common mortals...?
Jul-15-06  monad: <10.a4 rather than 10.a3?>

(In order to prevent 10...a4.)

10.a3 roughly 60 and 10.a4 approx. 40 GPM. (=Games Per Million)

Nov-10-07  talisman: 13....0-0 must be the mistake. 14.Kn-e5 looks to be the killer move.
Dec-03-08  ughaibu: Four pieces for a queen and rook is an interesting imbalance. Does black have any reasonable 28th move?
Dec-03-08  JB64: ughaibu. Black's pieces are passively placed and his king is exposed. A plan for White might be to play Qf3 and advance his passed rook pawn.
Dec-03-08  ughaibu: Sure, for example 28....Bf8 29.Qf3 Ng7 30.h4 Nf5. If black gets the chance to co-ordinate his pieces they might turn out to be quite effective.
Dec-04-08  JB64: ughaibu: I agree. White needs to be more careful to keep Black tied down. 28 ... Bf8, 29 Qd3 looks more accurate. If now 29 ... Ng7, then 30 Qg6 Ke7, 31 Rd1 followed by the advance of the rook's pawn.
Jun-27-11  DrMAL: 13...b5 was probably better than 13...O-O but the positional sac with 14.Ne5 does not offer much. 15...Qd8 was inaccurate (instead of 15...Qb6) now white has some initiative, still only small advantage no big deal.

Black's plan afterwards is generally too slow (e.g., 16...Nce8) giving white more and more tempo. 19...Ra6 was a losing mistake but 20...b4 lost faster. Tal brilliantly plays the fastest line until getting carried away with 23.Nexf7 (23.Bh7+ Kg7 24.Rd1 was correct). The game was already won anyway.

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  Zhbugnoimt: e5, reasonable, black attacks whites queen and prepares to activate and untangle. Unfortunately if a bishop attacks a queen then the queen must also be attacking the bishop. Snap! Jonathan Speelman is good, but not Tal.
Apr-27-20  carpovius: 28...e5 nice move)
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  HeMateMe: Tal and Smyslov at this event. The old lions having one last roar.
Sep-25-21  Olavi: A delightful display of atavism, as Speelman himself put it.

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