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Egor Chukaev vs Mikhail Tal
"Pony Benoni" (game of the day Dec-11-2021)
URS-ch sf Tbilisi (1956), Tbilisi URS, rd 19, Dec-17
King's Indian Defense: Averbakh. Benoni Defense Advance Variation (E75)  ·  0-1



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Mar-27-12  wordfunph: black's bishop x-rays a1 square, fantastic 27...Qxa3+!
Jan-14-13  Naniwazu: Amazing game!
Jan-14-13  Jim Bartle: Castling queenside looks like sticking your head in the lion's mouth. Three black pieces bearing down and few defenders.
Dec-27-14  TheBish: Really surprised this hasn't been a POTD yet for 27...? or even 14...?.
Aug-18-15  Eusebius: What a pleasure to see this Tal playing
Nov-29-17  orbisignis89: Magic Mikh
Oct-02-18  Castleinthesky: To see regaining the bishop after the sac is amazing. Go Tal!!!
Dec-11-21  Brenin: Entertaining game by the 20-year-old Tal, who came joint 3rd, behind Petrosian and Korchnoi, in this tournament. Excellent pun.
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  Honza Cervenka: 13.0-0-0?? was a suicide. 13.f3 was a viable option.
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  WannaBe: Just one H-column away from a "Phony" Benoni. 🤷‍♂️🤣😁😜
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  FSR: <Honza Cervenka: 13.0-0-0?? was a suicide. 13.f3 was a viable option.>

Doesn't 13.f3 Qxb2 win a pawn?

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  al wazir: <FSR:Doesn't 13.f3 Qxb2 win a pawn?>

13. f3 Bxb2 14. Rd1 Bf5 15. Nxf5 gxf5 16. Bh6 Rd8 17. Qg5+.

Dec-11-21  areknames: <al wazir> You probably mean 14.Rc1, as 14.Rd1 allows 14...Bc3.
Dec-11-21  areknames: <Excellent pun> Especially in view of yesterday's pun! The selector may have a sense of humour.
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  HeMateMe: UpChuk...
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  HeMateMe: What was white thinking, castling into such a dangerous position?
Dec-11-21  ndg2: White's long-side castling is like a help mate.
Dec-11-21  AlicesKnight: The knight's charge starting with 13. ...Na6 is a wonderful piece of vision - not even bothering with the forked white R. At the end of it the White position is shattered and the final Q sac tops it off.
Dec-11-21  goodevans: <FSR:Doesn't 13.f3 Qxb2 win a pawn?>

As <areknames> points out, after 13.f3 Qxb2 White must play <14.Rc1> to prevent the lethal pin. Now Black has the option of retreating <14...Bf5> immediately or exchanging Qs first.

It doesn't seem to matter which he chooses. If he retreats immediately then White will initiate the Q exchange. Either way White then exchanges <16.Nxf5> after which the pawn on f5 can't be defended so White will regain his pawn and his two Bs will be fabulously placed.

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  Honza Cervenka: <FSR><Doesn't 13.f3 Qxb2 win a pawn?>

13.f3 Qxb2 14.Rc1 is fine for white. After Bf5 (played now or after trade of Queens) white takes the Bishop with Knight and any weak Pawn of black will fall soon.

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  Honza Cervenka: Btw, 13.f3 is still theory. After 13...Qxb2 14.Rc1 Qxd2+ 15.Kxd2 Yurtaev was trying sac 15...Bxd5 in 1980s. See Opening Explorer
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  Teyss: <WannaBe: Just one H-column away from a "Phony" Benoni.> After long pondering I finally got it: all the Black Knight moves = Pony. Excellent, another meta-pun well timed after yesterday.

To follow the thread, tomorrow let's have a blitz game where a key move is a Knight on the h column. We'll let our friend PB submit the pun "Pony Express", that will top it off nicely.

Good game. I like the old days when they continued playing 2 Ps down in an inferior position.

Dec-11-21  JohnBoy: 14...Nb4 starts a cute sequence winning two pawns. The ending anticipates Sagalchik vs Nakamura, 2003
Dec-11-21  Stanco: you don't see the tide rolls in, you should know that
Dec-11-21  Stanco: Truly great pun.
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