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Mark Taimanov vs Mikhail Tal
USSR Championship (1969), Moscow URS, rd 12, Sep-23
English Opening: Great Snake Variation (A10)  ·  1-0

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Jan-05-05  Poisonpawns: weird opening moves by both players,transposing to a dutch leningrad.21.Bh3! secures a nice advantage for white and Tal is lost after 24.exf5! but earlier he had improvements,namely 12..g5!when 13.Ne6 Nxe6 14.dxe6 Bxe6 15.Bxg5 Bxc4 favor black.So after 12..g5 white must play 13.Nd3 and black is already = Also on move 18.black should have played g5 with equality. Usually in these Nh3 lines if black can play a timely g5 he will be = if not better, white tries h4 to try to prevent this plan so on move 13. I like h4! for white instead of a5
Aug-27-07  MindCtrol9: marmotPFL:Im analizing the game Taimonov-Tal(1969).5.d5 where Tal plays 5...c4.I think this move helps white.If GMT makes it(I dout it) then my choice would be 6.Nh3 and why?This Knight is going to be very dengerous.Taimanov waite for Tal to place the Knight on f6.With the move 6...Nf6 Taimonov delays castling,he takes advantage of this normal developing to move his Knight to c3 with 7.Nc3 Na6 8.0-0 Nc7 (he has not castle,yet)9.Bd2(this is an excellent move where I give not three but four !!!!The Bishop here has different options.This is a phychological move,it can stay there prepering the advance of a4,a5.At the same time the Qween could be move to c2 or c1 depending of the next black move.The white Rooks have more options,too. 9...0-0 10.Qc2(good move in my modest opinion)10...Rb8 11.a4 Bd7 12.Nf4(my preference is to keep at least one Knight)12...a6 13.a5(I played similar opositions when I was in tournaments,long time ago with excellent results,this was long time ago in Cuba)13...Qe8 14.Rb1(the move 9.Ad2 is seen here with differents prospects)14...b5 15.axb6(the advance of the pawn to a5 did its purpose)15...Rxb6 16.b3 Rb8 17.e4(this is like saying:Time to fight Tal)17...e5 18.dxe6(the reason of 5.d5)18...Nxe6 19.Nxe6 Qxe6(I prefer 19...Bxe6) 20.Rbe1 Kh1 21.Bh3 Ng4 22.Nd5(see?).This position is,white is much better).

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