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Mikhail Tal vs John Grefe
Pan-Pacific GM Tournament (1991), San Francisco, CA USA, rd 1, Mar-02
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line (C18)  ·  1-0

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Dec-16-05  barefootin: A 4 star masterpiece by Tal in the
style of Bronstein!!
Dec-16-05  hayton3: Yes, nice game. I like the way Tal holds back his knight hop into d6 until Black as castled. Then suddenly all his pieces bear down on b7 with unstoppable ferocity.
Dec-19-05  Averageguy: <hayton3> Just out of interest, what's your rating?
Dec-19-05  Koster: Let's give Mr. Grefe some credit too. Anyone could move a rook from g8 to h8 in one move but the Rg8-g4-h4-h8 manouver was much more aesthetic. The time spent with Guru Maharaji certainly expanded his mental horizons.
Dec-19-05  hayton3: <Averageguy: <hayton3> Just out of interest, what's your rating?>

Provisional OTB NZ Rating 1448 (11 games, 8 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses)

Playchess Best Blitz 1700
Playchess Best Rapid 1850
ICC Best 15 mins 2020

Dec-20-05  Averageguy: <hayton3> Thanks, though I'm not sure how NZ grading compares to Chess Scotland grading, which is basically the same as ELO.
Dec-20-05  KingG: <Averageguy> So they don't use BCF ratings in Scotland?
Dec-20-05  Averageguy: <KingG>No.
Dec-20-05  hayton3: Playchess Drunk Rating 1320
Jul-13-09  WhiteRook48: Tal causes his opponent a lot of grefe
ah yes the other Nimzo-Indian
Jul-15-09  Crocomule: I want to build a Tal collection; where's the best place to buy used chess books?
Oct-23-10  BlueMooner: It seems clear to me that Black was hoodwinked by the simple but rather crude 11.♗f4 novelty.

Perhaps 11...♘g6 was an improvement as it then hits the e5-♙ from three directions after which Black would have a massive ♙-centre & potential counterplay.

Jul-28-12  Poisonpawns: GOTD: "Brought to Grefe"
May-01-20  carpovius: I'm sure Grefe is a good Amazon customer
May-01-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Black normally does all the running in this line, but Tal had other ideas on that score.

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