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Mikhail Tal vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Tal - Botvinnik World Championship Rematch (1961), Moscow URS, rd 2, Mar-17
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation (B18)  ·  1-0



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Mar-25-06  talisman: 61 and tal doesn't play the "refutation". plays classical and gets a win. eliminate the Nimzo- and who knows?
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  keypusher: The last time this match was tied.
Mar-23-08  Knight13: Botvinnik paid the price on this one. Got too careless about 20...c5.
Feb-25-09  WeakSquare: Botvinnik couldn't wait for the endgame and in the end he loses it.

34...f6! 35.Qxf6 Qxa3 and how does White win??

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  keypusher: <talisman: 61 and tal doesn't play the "refutation". plays classical and gets a win. eliminate the Nimzo- and who knows?>

About this game, Tal wrote, <In the Caro-Kann Defence Botvinnik introduced a very important innovation, which neutralised the very system which, during our preparations, we had decided to make our main weapon against 1....c6.> And it was 3.e5 after that.

Anyone know what the innovation was? ...Nd5?

Nov-26-15  auroraspitfire: On April 4th, 1961, Mikhail Tal played Botvinnik for the 25th world championship. I don't see how you can predict the win from the final position Can someone help me out here. Thanks
Nov-26-15  Nerwal: Black will lose both a piece and the b pawn :

1) 45... Qxa4 46. Bxa4 Nb6 47. Bxb3 and the bishop has no problem finding its way on the long diagonal.

2) 45... Qe1+ 46. Bf1! Nc7 47. Qxb3! followed by Qb8.

May-14-21  SpiritedReposte: Tal's queenside pawns were fast at the end.

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