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Mikhail Tal vs Evgeni Vasiukov
2nd Soviet Team Cup (1954), Riga URS, rd 10, Sep-14
Old Indian Defense: Two Knights Variation (A54)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Nov-16-05
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  Honza Cervenka: Passive defence was not Tal's cup of tea. Vasiukov pressed him badly for a long time in this game but finally he probably missed a chance to win it. I think that after 65...bxa4 instead of 65...Nxb4 black should win. For example 65...bxa4 66.b5 Bd7 67.b6 (67.Nxa4 Bxb5 68.Nc3 Bc6 etc.) 67...Bc6 68.Nxa4 Ne5 (now white Knight must retreat) 69.Nc3 Nd7 70.Ne2 Kg5 71.Bh3 Nxb6 etc. I can be wrong but this endgame looks pretty hopeless for white.

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