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Mikhail Tal vs Jose Broderman
Capablanca Memorial 2nd (1963), Havana CUB, rd 21, Sep-24
Caro-Kann Defense: Main Line (B15)  ·  1-0

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Mar-01-04  solochess: This was the game chosen by Bruce Pandolfini for one for his Solitaire Chess columns. (Jan 2004, I think)

I don't think Broderman defended all that well, but Tal is merciless in how he cleans up, even after grabbing Broderman's queen.

Mar-01-04  CapAnson: Just a poorly played game by black.
Aug-09-05  Bobwhoosta: Not just a poorly played game by black. Many people fail to see the master at work taking apart his opponents mistakes merely because it's his opponent making the mistakes. And this made a great column as it shows how to take advantage of small slips for a powerful game conjured from thin air. It's not Tal's fault his opponent wasn't on form.
Jul-07-14  zanzibar: Yes, poor play is sadly deserved if only for 4...e5? .

Such a move shouldn't be played against a player of Tal's caliber.

Why not? Well, simply because Black is already behind in development, and putting the pawn on e5 allows White to develop with tempo.

And 5...exd4 opens the e-file - and we see what happens with that when the king is stuck in the center.

In fact, this is the idea - White sacs a pawn for a huge lead in development, and the opportunity to catch the king in the center.

So - Black made a poor move with 4...e5 and is essentially losing by 6.Bc4. Playing 6...Nf6? just plays into White's hands - opening lines, removing a defender and exposing the queen.

Of course, since I have an engine, I see that Tal missed a chance to get a minor piece out with with 8.Bg5, the best move for that position. Perhaps Tal knew this, and actually was setting a trap.

To avoid the trap, Black would need to be aware of the danger remaining after 8.O-O, and play the defensive move 8...h6 (which doesn't help Black catch up with White's development).

Trying to protect the pawn with 8...Bc5 loses the game. Look at the position after 8.O-O:


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Black is already lost - not so easy for me to see, but it's true.

An extremely instructive opening to study - at least, it was for me.

Jul-07-14  zanzibar: 8...h6 really deserves to be 8...h6!

Finding it would make for a good defensive tactical - the goal being to find the best move just to stay in the game (a brutally necessary skill sometimes, unpleasant though it may be).

Some nice variations for the winning side after 9...Kf8 defensive try:

10.Bg5 then if:

10...Qg6 11.Qe2 Be6 12.Bd3 Qh5 13.Qe5 Kg8 14.Qxc5 and if 14...h6 comes 15.Qe7 Nd7 16.Bd2


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And if instead the Black queen tried to escape by 10...Qd6:

10...Qd6 11.Be7+ Qxe7 12.Rxe7 Bxe7 13.Nxd4 Bd7 14.Qh5 Be8 15.Nf5 Nd7 16.Re1


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Oct-29-20
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  perfidious: It is amusing actually to read the heading 'Main Line' bestowed on this game; 4....e5 hardly deserves that title and is a move I never considered, those many times I went in for the Caro-Kann.

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