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Mikhail Tal vs Teslenko
URS (1964)
French Defense: Winawer. Retreat Variation Armenian Line (C18)  ·  1-0



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Dec-16-05  Eatman: e6 was a nice clearing move. The end pattern is a useful one to know that h6 doesn't save Black.
Apr-12-09  Antonius Blok: Great use of the Bishops pair !!

Seems that Teslenko was just seeing the pawns, when Tal was aiming behind them.

Jan-22-10  meng143: my idol!
Jan-22-10  whiteshark: <meng143: my idol!> But Teslenko lost. :D
Jan-22-10  Aspirador: Guess they both missed 20...d4! which is quite a nice move for black: 21.Nxe6 Qd5+
Feb-25-11  hedgeh0g: What if 17...fxg4? I don't see any clear winning continuation for White.
Feb-25-11  haydn20: It seems that 18. Ng5 h6 is forced and after either Bh7+ or Nh7, my poor patzer brain can't find a compelling follow-up for White. Black's Q and WSB just provide too much defense. On the other hand, if Tal sacs a pawn against me, I lose 50 pts off my IQ. Maybe some good player has an idea?
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  Sastre: After 17...fxg4 I think White's best continuation is 18.Ng5 h6 19.Bh7+ Kh8 20.Qxg4 Ne7 (20...hxg5 21.Qh5) 21.Bd3 Nf5 22.Qh3.
Feb-25-11  hedgeh0g: Yep. Looked at that line and it doesn't seem to offer White any sizeable advantage. Once Black transfers his knight to f5, I think he actually stands quite well.

Then again, I don't blame Teslenko for taking extra caution against the wizard.

Feb-25-11  kutuzov: @Sastre,

I think after 21.Bd3, the capture hxg5 might become "safe."

22 Qh5+ Kg8
23.Qh7+ Kf7

...and I don't see a knockout blow. even after...

24 fxg5+ Ke8

White has a better position but they are approximately equal on material. Qxg7 is met with Nf5. That h pawn looks dangerous though.

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  Phony Benoni: <kutuzov>: After <17...fxg4 18.Ng5 h6 19.Bh7+ Kh8 20.Qxg4 Ne7 21.Bd3 hxg5 22.Qh5+ Kg8>

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Instead of 23.Qh7+, there's a standard mate with 23.Bh7+ Kh8 24.Bg6+ Kg8 25.Qh7#.

Mar-02-11  andrewjsacks: Remember the tale told by Chernov in The Fireside Book of Chess about Dus Chot running into the other room shouting "Poor Marshall dead!" and then coming back to the board and finding the simple refutation to the two threatened mates? Look at the final position here: it is strikingly similar, with colors reversed, BUT no refutation this time....

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