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Mikhail Tal vs Vladimir Savon
USSR Championship (1972), Baku URS, rd 10, Nov-30
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0



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Jul-17-07  WarmasterKron: Nice game, here. 24.Nxb7! is an interesting move - it looks unclear for a while, but after the dust settles, White's rooks are clearly better and they soon round up the sorry Black pieces.
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  tpstar: 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Nf6 4. cxd5 exd5 <The Exchange Variation has two theoretical advantages: 2 center Pawns vs 1 for Black, also a potential Queenside Minority Attack. The biggest drawback is solving Black's Bad Bishop. Opening Explorer > 5. Bg5 Be7 6. e3 0-0 7. Bd3 Nbd7 8. Nf3 Re8 9. 0-0 Nf8 <This Knight might transfer to g6 or e6> 10. Qc2 Be6 <Most common is 10 ... c6 Opening Explorer - compare Timman vs Spassky, 1979 > 11. Ne5 N6d7 12. Bf4 <White avoids trading> Nxe5 13. Bxe5 c6 14. Na4 f6 15. Bg3 Bf7 16. b4 <[last book move]<>> Bd6 <16 ... Bxb4 17. Rfb1 a5 18. a3 Be7 19. Rxb7> 17. Rab1 <[17. Bxd6 Qxd6 18. Rfc1 Rac8 ]<>> Bxg3 18. hxg3 a6 19. Nc5 <White's minor pieces are far superior to Black's> Re7 20. a4 Rc7 21. Rfc1 Qe7 22. Rb3 g6 <[22 ... Bg6 23. a5 ]<>> 23. Rc3 Rac8 24. Nxb7! <Sacrificing BN for RPP to obtain a passed Pawn> <[no punctuation]<>> Rxb7 25. Bxa6 Ra8 26. Bxb7 Qxb7 27. Qb3 Ra6 <White threatened 28. Rxc6> 28. b5 cxb5 29. Rc7 Qb6 30. axb5 Ra5 31. R1c6 Qxb5 32. Qxb5 Rxb5 33. Rxf6 <With the passed Pawn traded off, this endgame should be drawn> Be8 34. Rc8 Kg7? <[34 ... Bf7 ]<>> 35. Rf3 <The Double Attack wins material> Rb1+ 36. Kh2 Nd7 <[36 ... Bd7 37. Rcxf8 Bf5 ]<>> 37. Rxe8 Nf6 <[37 ... Nb8 ]<>> 38. Re7+ 1-0 <38 ... Kf8 39. Rxh7 Rb6 40. Rd7 with an easy win>

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Sep-30-07  2021: Why not 27.Rxc6 Qxb4 28.Rxf6 Qxa4 29.Qxa4 Rxa4 30.Rc7 Be8 31.Rc8?
Jan-03-17  8284: <2021: Why not 27.Rxc6 Qxb4 28.Rxf6 Qxa4 29.Qxa4 Rxa4 30.Rc7 Be8 31.Rc8?>

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