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Kyosti Rannanjarvi vs Mikhail Tal
Reykjavik (1957), Reykjavik ISL, rd 2, Jul-??
Indian Game: Knights Variation. General (A46)  ·  0-1

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Jan-26-05  Saruman: Although white was humble in the opening one must not forget Tal's brilliant 13.-♕c7!- threatening mate, and preventing any effective defense.
Mar-16-08  Whitehat1963: Why not 16. Qd5?
Oct-17-11  Whitehat1963: Or, rather, 16. Qd4.
Nov-16-15  DarthStapler: e5 seems like a good response to Qd4
Nov-02-19
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  sea7kenp: 17 Bxd5 looks suicidal to me. Why doesn't Black simply respond with 17 ... Qxh3, threatening immediate Mate?
Nov-02-19
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  keypusher: <sea7kenp: 17 Bxd5 looks suicidal to me. Why doesn't Black simply respond with 17 ... Qxh3, threatening immediate Mate?>

Well, the move in the game was good enough to get White to resign (he was probably still in shock from Tal's 13th move).

The engine confirms that 17....Qxh3 is even stronger, but maybe Tal saw a ghost after 18.Re1 exd5 19.Qxd5 (19....Rh4 is the clincher then).

16.Rc1 is a strange move. Giving up the center and then playing Nf3-d2-b3 doesn't seem like the best strategy against Tal, either.

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