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Karl Robatsch vs Mikhail Tal
Leipzig Olympiad qual-2 (1960), Leipzig GDR, rd 5, Oct-21
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-26-05  Tigran Petrosian: 13..Rxc3! would suggest itself.
Oct-11-05  Helios727: After 11...Bb7, white's e4 pawn was under defended for several moves. Why did black decline to take it until move 23?
Jul-30-09  goldenbear: <Tigran Petrosian> Indeed. I would think that would win for Black, or at least make things practically unbearable for White. Odd that Tal would decline it.
Nov-26-09  kgodden: In Robatsch's obituary in the Vienna newspaper this game is annotated by Lothar Karrer who explains why Tal did not take the pawn on e4: 12...Nxe4 13. Nxe6 fxe6 14. Bxe6+ Rf7 (if 14...Kh8, then 15. Rxh7 Kxh7 16. Qh5#).
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  plang: 10...Nbd7 was new; 10..Bb7 had been played previously. Tal himself suggested 13..Rxc3 as an improvement. Tal thought that White would have had a winning attack after 17 g4: ie. 17..Nc5 18 Bf5..Ncxe4 19 g5. Missing that opportunity allowed Black to give the piece back with 18..Bb6! for a counterattack. In return Black missed playing 27..Nxg3 28 hxg..h5 which Tal thought would have been decisive.

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