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Georgy Borisenko vs Mikhail Tal
URS-ch sf (1955), Riga
Benoni Defense: Knight's Tour Variation (A61)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: After 40...Ng8 white has a pretty winning shot 41.Qe6+!! Nxe6 42.dxe6+ Ke8(?) 43.Ba4+ with mate in next move. 40...Qa1+ 41.Kh2 Ng8 prevents this motif but then white has another ugly surprize for opponent in 42.Qxc5!! dxc5 43.d6+ Ke8 (43...Kg7 44.d7! ) 44.Bxg8 Nd5 (44...Nb5 45.Bf7+! Kxf7 46.d7 ) 45.d7+! Kxd7 46.Bxd5 (threatening 47.Bf7 with next e8=Q) 46...Qa4 47.Bf7 Qxf4+ 48.Bg3 Qxg3+ (or 48...Kxe7 49.Bxf4 Kxf7 50.Kg3 ) 49.Kxg3 Kxe7 50.Bg8 and white should win. Best defence of black seems to be 40...Qb1+ 41.Kh2 Qe4 42.Qc3 Ng8 43.Qh8 Qd4 44.Qxh7+ Qg7 which looks okay for black as white cannot save his Pawn on e7. Maybe that Borisenko's 39.e7 was premature and that he should have played 39.Bh4 or 39.Kh2 at first.
Sep-01-08  jerseybob: It's a tribute to Tal's genius that he was able to make this game so close, but I don't like his handling of the opening. After 7.Nd2, in this same position vs.Spassky in 1972 Fischer played 7..Nbd7, with I believe the intention of meeting 8.Nc4 with Nb6. After Tal's 7..Bg7 8.Nc4,00 9.Bf4, black is forced into the unhappy Ne8(it looks unhappy to me; I don't care if it's an accepted book line!) And what to make of 10..Bxc3? It's the kind of move you sometimes see when there's a chance for black to collapse the white center, but here that's not even close to happening.
Mar-03-14  Edeltalent: <And what to make of 10..Bxc3?>

I also don't like this move, but seeing that not only Tal played it in several more games but also Larsen and Korchnoi, they surely know better than me.

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