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Gheorghe Mititelu vs Mikhail Tal
Reykjavik (1957), Reykjavik ISL, rd 4, Jul-??
Benoni Defense: King Pawn lines (A65)  ·  0-1

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Sep-08-07  Maynard5: As always, Tal comes up with a nice tactical assault, but it is very late in the game. Interestingly enough, the win is achieved here more by good positional play. As is often the case in the Modern Benoni, Black exchanges his white square bishop, and then uses the knight on e5 to dominate the central squares. Then, with 19. ... b5, Black activates his mobile queenside pawn majority. White attempts a pawn storming attack on the other wing, but Tal's defense is inspired. He allows the opening of the h-file, recognizing that Black will actually obtain more opportunities here. By move 41, White is facing the threat of a mating net on the h-file, with ... Rd7 followed by ... Rh7.
Sep-10-08  jerseybob: I found it fascinating how black disdained the capture of white's a-pawn, when at first it seemed to me that's what he was aiming for. But for Tal the main thing was ramming that pawn through to b3. White's handling of the opening was poor: Bd3 calls for Nge2 to meet Bg4 with f3. As played, white lost several tempi with the queen and black got ideal Benoni play.
Sep-11-08
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  andrewjsacks: The young and up-and-coming Tal offers an exchange of Queens as Black in a Benoni middlegame! Ever think you'd see that?

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