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Mikhail Gurevich vs Mikhail Tal
Jurmala (1985), Jurmala URS, rd 5, Sep-03
Benoni Defense: Modern Variation (A56)  ·  0-1



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Aug-05-06  Albertan: This game was played in round 5 of the 1985 Jurmala tournament. Jurmala is in Latvia:
Aug-05-06  Albertan: The move 6.Nge2 is a rarely played continuation for White, intending 7.Ng3
Aug-05-06  Albertan: On move 6 Black usually plays 6...d6 and play most often follows this path:

7.f3 e6 8.Ng3 exd5 9.cxd5 a6 10.a4 Nbd7=

Aug-05-06  Albertan: The move 11...Qc7 is a rarity in top level chess.Usually Black prefers to play 11...Re8 and play continues 12.f3 Rb8 13.Be3 h5 14.Qd2 Ne5
Aug-05-06  Albertan: On move 24 Gurevich could have played 24.Rc1 and play might have continued:


(If 25.Bxc4 bxc4 26.Rcxc4 Qxc4 27.Rxb8 h4 28.Nf1 Rxb8 29.Qxb8 h4 26.Bd3 Kh7 27.Qb1 Nh5 )

25...Kh7 26.Kh2 h4 =

Aug-05-06  Albertan: On move 30, another idea was to play
30.Qa6 Kh7 31. Bd4 Qb7 32. Qxb7 Rxb7 33. Bxe5 dxe5 34. Rc8 Bh6 35.Kf2 Rb2 36.Nac3 Kg7
Aug-05-06  Albertan: On move 33 Tal could have tried 33...Rb4:

and play might have continued: 33... Rb4 34. Qe8+ Kh7 35. Kh2 Nf1+ 36. Kg1 Ng3 and Tal would have compensation for the pawn.

Aug-05-06  Albertan: Instead of 34.Rxb2 Gurevich could have tried 34.Kh2 and play might have continued 34...Rb4 35.Qa1 Nxf3+!? 36.gxf3 Bxd4 37.Nxd4 Rxd4 38.Ne2 Nxe2 39.Rxe2 Qb4=
Aug-05-06  Albertan: Gurevich must have lost this game on time as computer analysis (Shredder 8 )evaluates the final position as
Jun-23-08  blndrdrnk: the h pawn will fall soon, if the king goes to g1 then black will win the knight..

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