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Eduard Gufeld vs Mikhail Tal
URS-chT Juniors (1954), Leningrad URS, Aug-??
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Delayed Exchange (C85)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-06-05  jmuller: If, instead of 8.Qe2, White had played 8.Qf3, he would have forked Black's Knight and weak f7 pawn. However, the fork doesn't help White! Black can sacrifice the f7 pawn and crush White due to Black's better development, pawn structure, and bishop pair.

In a recent game, I played Black in this position: 8.Qf3 Qd5 9.Nxf7 Qxf7 10.Qxe4 Bf5 11.Qa4 b5 12.Qb3 Qxb3 13.cxb3 O-O, and I had more than ample compensation for my pawn. By move 17, I had recovered the pawn. White resigned his lost game at move 23. :-)

Jun-06-05  Kangaroo: How about 8. Qf3 Nd6 - may there be no need for Black to sacrifice a pawn?
Jul-12-06  ChessDude33: <Kangaroo> yea 8.Qf3 doesn't do anything. Either 8...Nf6 or 8...Nd6 dodges both attacks

<jmuller>I think... 9. Nxf7 is just a mistake (not really a gambit for black), even the simple 9...0-0 woulda killed it. Too coulda been evil in you game and played 13...Bd3! but with 13...0-0 they can play 14. d4 and they aint dead yet.

Dec-31-07  awdunno: It seems like just about every time White takes on c6 in the Ruy and immediately captures on e5, he winds up struggling for equality. Here a good GM is made to look very bad by a genius.
Jan-13-09  battleaxe: 19. Rxe4 ?? what is wrong with Bxe4 it seems to me that it just wins the piece straight away. But what can I say.. Tal knows best :)
Mar-19-09  capablancakarpov: 19.Bxe4 Bh6! 20.g6 Rxe4 recovering the piece...
Apr-17-09  AlexanderG: <capablancakarpov: 19.Bxe4 Bh6! 20.g6 Rxe4 recovering the piece...>

20...g6 is not forced. Black can move 20...Kh1 and put the white bishop under attack. I think the reason for 19...Rxe4 is: if 19...Bxe4 then 20.Bxd6 cxd6 21.Rxe4 and it is an even exchange. 19...Rxe4 pins the white bishop to the queen and wins a piece.

Jan-19-15  HaydenB: Gufeld was not a "good GM" when this game was played, he wasn't even a Master yet. He was only 18 years old; Master at 22, GM at 31.
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  laskereshevsky: other sourcers are giving this game played in leningrad and not in Riga
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  NeverAgain: Yes, this is a game from USSR Youth Championship held in Leningrad in August 1954, according to the first Chess Stars Tal volume 1. Correction submitted.

Here's the GM analysis from that book.

7.Nxe5?! [⌂7.d3]
9...Be6 [9...Nf5 10.c3 0-0 11.d4 c5=]
10.Nc3?! [⌂10.c3]
11...0-0 [11...Nd4!? 12.Qd3 <12.Qd1 Qd5 13.Nc3 Qa5 > Qd5 13.Nf3 Nxf3 14.Qxf3 0-0-0 ]

12.d3 [12.c3 c5 ]
17.d4 [17.Bf4!?]
18.Bf4? [18.Ng3! Nxg3 <18...Nxd4? 19.cxd4 Bb4 20.Be3 > 19.hxg3 Bf8 ] ◦ [18...Bd6!? 19.Ne3 Nxg3 <19...Nh4 20.Qh5! Rxe3?! 21.fxe3! Nxg2 22.Rf1 g6 23.Qe2 Qh3 24.e4! > 20.hxg3 f5↑ ] ◦ [19...Nxe3 20.fxe3 <20.Bxe3 c5! > Bxg3 21.hxg3 Be4 Δ22...f5,...Re6-g6↑ ]

19.Qg4 [19.Bxd6 Nxe4]
25...Be4! [25...cxd6 ]

⌂ = is better
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