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Anatolij Bannik vs Mikhail Tal
USSR Championship (1957), Moscow URS, rd 4, Jan-25
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Panno Variation (E63)  ·  0-1



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Dec-09-05  dr. micha: This game was analyzed by Tal in his book ATTACK WITH M. TAL. His magic was great!!
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  Richard Taylor: 22 Bxd4 was better. The point of . 8.Bg5 is pressure on d4.

The Panno usually is - more or less.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. g3 O-O 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bg2 Nc6 7. O-O a6 8. d5 Na5 9. Nd2 c5 10. e4 Rb8 11. Qe2 Bd7 12. f4 b5 13. b3.... or similar. Perhaps not 13. b3

...with c5 rather than e5 but 8 Bg5 changes things altho my Fritz doesn't necessarily agree with Tal's play.

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  Richard Taylor: Nice game though.
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  fredthebear: Fabulous combination!! Examine ALL Checks, Captures and Pawn Promotions.
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  Fusilli: Very pretty combo. After 26...Qxe3+

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White covers with the queen, letting this happen:

27.Qf2 Nxe2+ 28.Rxe2 Qxc1+ 29.Re1:

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Now, if the queen retreats, it can only go to h6 and white plays Qxf6, and white is much better, maybe winning. If 29...Rd1 30.Qxf6 Rxe1+ 31.Kh2 Qh6 32.Bxe1, and again White is better.

But Tal outcalculated Bannik, and now played 29...Bxc3! ... leading to decisive material advantage.

Dec-30-19  ndg2: This is a goofy game (by both sides, me thinks, but particularly by white)
Jul-22-21  Brenin: 27... Nxe2+ 28 Rxe2 Qxc1+ wins the exchange, but then 29 Re1 traps Black's Q (or forces 29 ... Qh6 39 Qxf6); however, Black can sac the Q with 29 ... Bxc3 30 Rxc1 and then regain material with 30 ... Bd4, coming out the exchange and a P ahead, surely enough for a win.
Jul-22-21  mel gibson: I missed this one.

Stockfish 13 agrees with the text:

27... Nxe2+

(27. .. Nxe2+ (♘d4xe2+ ♖d2xe2 ♕e3xc1+ ♖e2-e1
♗f6xc3 ♖e1xc1 ♗c3-d4 ♖c1-c2 a6-a5 c4-c5 ♗d4xf2+ ♔g1xf2 ♖d8-d7 ♗g2-f1 ♖b8-d8 ♔f2-e3 ♖d8-e8+ ♔e3-f3 ♔g8-g7 b2-b3 ♖e8-e5 a2-a3 ♖e5-f5+ ♔f3-g2 ♖d7-d4 ♖c2-b2 ♖f5-d5 ♔g2-f3 a5-a4 b3xa4 ♖d4xa4 ♗f1-e2 ♖d5-f5+ ♔f3-g2 ♖f5xc5 ♗e2-d1 ♖a4-d4 ♗d1xh5 g6xh5 ♖b2xb7 ♖c5-c2+ ♔g2-f3 ♖d4-d3+ ♔f3-e4 ♖d3xa3 ♔e4-e5 ♖a3-a5+ ♔e5-e4 ♔g7-f6 ♖b7-c7 ♖a5-a3) +7.97/42 653)

score for Black +7.97 depth 42

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  raymondhow: Found the right moves, somewhat proceeding on faith. At first I thought the final bishop pin of the white queen wouldn't work, he can just push the e pawn. But then aha, that pawn is no longer there.
Jul-22-21  stacase: I got the first two moves simply because it was Tal. But I failed to see that White had his Queen sitting ever so nicely in front of the King just waiting to be skewered.
Jul-22-21  Walter Glattke: 27.-Nxe2+
A) 28.Kh3 Qxf2 29.Rxd8+ Rxd8 30.Rf1 Qxg3+ 31.Rxf4 Qxf4 decisive material B) 29.Rxe2 Qxe2 30.Bxf6 Rd2 31.Rg1 decisive material C) 28.Rxe2 Qxc1+ 29.Re1 Rd1 30.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 31.Kh3 Bxc3 one exchange +1P
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  drollere: i found the text next but it did not turn out well for black: 27. .. Nxe2+, 28. Rxe2 Qxc1+, 29. Re1 Rd1, 30. Qxf6 Rxe1+, 31. Kh2 Qh6, 32. Bxe1 ... i see that 29. Bxc3 was better as the Q is also pinned by Bd4.
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  beenthere240: Walter - check out your line c. It loses for black. 29? Rd1 is a lemon. If you didnt see 29? Bxc3 then you missed the puzzle.
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  agb2002: Black has a knight and a bishop for the bishop pair.

White threatens Qxe3.

The rook on c1 is defenseless. This suggests 27... Nxe2+:

A) 28.Rxe2 Qxc1+ 29.Re1 (29.Kh2 Bxc3, or 29.Qe(f)1 Qxe(f)1+, wins decisive material) 29... Bxc3 30.Rxc1 (or 30.Rf1) 30... Bd4 ends up an exchange and a pawn ahead.

B) 28.Kf1 Qxf2+ 29.Kxf2 Nxc1 30.Rxd8+ (30.Bxf6 Rxd2+ wins decisive material) 30... Bxd8 wins decisive material.

Jul-22-21  Walter Glattke: yes, 29.Rd1 Qxf6 wins for White
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  chrisowen: Faces it the kh2 ou , up level angle it in e2 u lavis ...
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Jul-22-21  King.Arthur.Brazil: I believe that, by the name of Black player, many will find the expected 27...♘xe2+. However, the main thing -for me- is the answer 29... ♗xc3. Maybe that's what White didn't account on his 27th move. Maybe, White hoped for: 29... ♖d1? 30. ♕xf6 ♖xe1+ 31. ♔h2 ♕h6 32. ♗xe1 where the White would have ♗♗ against ♖♙ with good chances to survive or even win.
Jul-22-21  Refused: relatively easy puzzle for a Tal game.

27...Nxe2+ and black will collect an exchange.
28.Rxe2 Qxc1+ is trying to keep the queens on the board and pretend to hope for some counter play to appear at some point. But it's over.

e.g. 29.Re1 Bxc3 30.bxc3 Qxc3 is just sad. the rook is about to join the fun and c4 is also hanging. 30.Rxc1 Bd4 and the queens come off.

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  OhioChessFan: Strange White played on so long, then resigned at a fairly random point. He could have resigned in good conscience after 30...Bd4
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  Volcach: Beautiful combination to win the game, instructive moments overall:

<15 Nd4!> It looks so unsafe there, but the point of dxe5 was to control the d4 square. While it looks flimsy, White doesn't have a good way to bully the Knight away

<22 e4!> Another move I would've struggled to consider. I can't quite tell what the threat is. I poked around some engine lines and couldn't really find anything. Guess it's just a gain of space, opening up the dark-square Bishop and potentially hampering White's light-square Bishop? Or maybe this stops White from playing e4 himself.

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