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Mikhail Tal vs Mikhail A Mukhin
Sukhumi (1972), Sukhumi URS, rd 11, Aug-30
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Anglo-Grünfeld Variation (A16)  ·  1-0



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Correction slip sent-

<Tal's> opponent here was Mikhail A Mukhin, not Evgeny Mukhin.

Here is the tournament crosstable:

Pgn of this game downloaded from <Rusbase>, with opponent clearly marked <Mikhail Mukhin>:

[Event "Sukhumi"]
[Site "Sukhumi"]
[Date "1972.08.30"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Tal, Mihail"]
[Black "Mukhin, Mikhail A"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A16"]
[WhiteElo "2625"]
[BlackElo "2420"]
[PlyCount "97"]
[EventDate "1972.??.??"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2000.11.22"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. cxd5 Nxd5 4. g3 g6 5. Bg2 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Rb1 c6 8. Nf3 O-O 9. O-O Nd7 10. Qc2 Qc7 11. d4 e5 12. Rd1 Re8 13. e4 b6 14. Qb3 c5 15. d5 c4 16. Qa4 Bb7 17. Be3 a6 18. Qb4 b5 19. a4 Bf8 20. Qb2 Nc5 21. Bxc5 Bxc5 22. axb5 axb5 23. Qxb5 Rab8 24. Qa4 Ra8 25. Qc2 Bc8 26. Nd2 Bd7 27. Ra1 Bg4 28. Re1 Rxa1 29. Rxa1 Be2 30. Bf1 Bxf1 31. Kxf1 Bb6 32. Qa4 Rc8 33. Qb5 Rb8 34. Qxc4 Qd7 35. Kg2 Rc8 36. Qd3 Qc7 37. Ra6 Qc5 38. Qe2 Bd8 39. c4 Kg7 40. Qg4 Rb8 41. Rc6 Qa7 42. Qf3 Qa1 43. Nb3 Qe1 44. Rd6 h5 45. h4 Be7 46. Rd7 Bf6 47. c5 Rb4 48. c6 Rc4 49. Qe3 1-0

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  perfidious: Believe Cafferty pointed out that Black's seventh is not best: 7....Nd7 was well known to be stronger and discussed during the Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Rematch (1958).

A cute trap comes after 7....0-0, when 8.Bxb7? Bxb7 9.Rxb7 Qd5 loses for White, but 8.Rxb7 wins a pawn.

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Variation: position after 7....0-0, when 8.Bxb7? Bxb7 9.Rxb7 Qd5

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  perfidious: <WCC> In a correspondence game, I actually caught someone out with 7....0-0 8.Rxb7. He was a strong OTB player, well known to me, and I could hardly believe the postcard I got that day.

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