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Evgeny Sveshnikov vs Mikhail Tal
USSR Championship (1977), Leningrad URS, rd 12, Dec-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Panov Attack. Main Line (E54)  ·  0-1

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Jul-06-04
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  samvega: Tal presumably worked out the mate from the 44th move.
Jul-06-04  misguidedaggression: Yeah, that looks about right, though it honestly wouldn't suprise me if he saw it sooner.
Jul-07-04  Eatman: Final would be Kh4 (if Kh5 Rh3+) g5 fxg5 Rd4+ Kg3 Qg4+ with mate to follow in a few moves.
Jul-07-04
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  samvega: Sveshnikov goes 37.Nf5 then 38.Ne3 -- provocation or mistake?
Jul-07-04  Eatman: Most likely time trouble. Tal considers the sealed move 43. Qc4 (apparently 43. f5 was better ) to be an additional blunder. Seeing that they got to move 43 before adjournment definitely implies that there was time trouble (usually moves were sealed at 41) and blitzed out a few extra moves.
Jul-20-06  nummerzwei: why is this shown as "Nimzo-Indian Defense? It´s a Caro-Kann. Btw, did Tal play this opening often?
Jan-17-08
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  perfidious: <nummerzwei> In his later years, he played the Caro-Kann a fair amount, though at the time this game was played, it wasn't a common opening choice for him. See his games from the 1980s to the end of his career.
Jul-19-09
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  Phony Benoni: It's possible that Tal used the Caro-Kann to play for a win. At this time, Sveshnikov generally played the Alapin (2.c3) against the Sicilian, which could be very drawish. Against the Caro-Kann he adopted the Panov Attack (as here), which is more dangerous for Black but also provides more winning chances.

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