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Hector Rossetto vs Mikhail Tal
Portoroz Interzonal (1958), Portoroz SLO, rd 10, Aug-20
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Panno Variation (E63)  ·  0-1



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Dec-24-07  enoughsaid05: Opening inaccuracies of white leads to downfall.

8) d5??

White is over stretching his centre pawn without any support, with the hope of getting more space and cramming black with a gain of more tempo. However, it doesn't stay long and Tal exploits this weakness of impermanence to his fullest.

8) ...Na5!

As we shall see later, our black knight sits comfortably on the at square. The next move

9) Qd3

Attempts to protect the c4 pawn from the black knight's onslaught, but d3 is a bad place for White queen to be on.

The other option leaves white with a worse position.

9) b3?? b5!

White cannot capture in view of 10) cxb5 axb5 11)Qxb5 Bd7! And white loses his b pawn or

11) Qb4 Nxd4 12) Nxd4 Bxa1

Or white loses his rook and the important d pawn.

Back to the position at move 9.

White can't drive the knight away with b4?? in view of Bf5! and white loses his c pawn. Once he loses his c pawn, his centre collapse.

10) e4

White's attempt to fortify the centre did not go far. As we can see, 10) ...e6! leaves white in a dilemma.

If 11) dxe6, 11)...Bxe6 gives Black a good position.

If 11) other moves, 11) ...exd5 and white has to capture with cxd5. Otherwise, exd5, Bf5 and white faces the same problem of losing his c pawn again.

cxd5 leaves Tal the opportunity of b5 and continues his pawn march down the board. The game isn't in favour of White in any case. (Connected pawns are the strongest!)

The rest is all tactics.

Mar-17-08  Eyal: <8) d5?? … The rest is all tactics>

8.d5 is completely standard here (as in almost all KID/Benoni systems) and has been employed with success in hundreds of top-level games. The set-up chosen by White in the following moves is not quite the recommended one, though – the main line goes 9.Nd2 c5 10.Qc2 Rb8 11.b3 b5 12. Bb2. In any case, Black doesn't actually get a winning position until almost the very end of the game when White blunders with 38.Rd1?? Instead, 38.Bf4! leads to a draw which can be forced either by Black with 38...Nf3+ 39.Kg2 Nh4+ 40.Kg1 Nf3+ etc., or by White after 38...Qxf4 39.Qxe8+ Kg7 40.Rd1 Bc5 41.Ne4 Qf3 42.Qe5+ Kg8 43.Nf6+ Kf8 44.Nxh7+ Kg8 45.Nf6+ Kf8 etc.

Tal wrote of this game (in his "Life & Games"): <In my game with Rossetto I declined a draw in a position which was perhaps even rather dubious. This affected my opponent, who proceeded to lose in the concluding stage for no particular reason.>

Oct-05-12  wordfunph: "The scene will always remain in my memory when Rossetto offered a draw in a completely equal position. Tal just looked at him in astonishment and immediately made a move. Rossetto seemed to be hypnotised. His position soon cracked up."

- D. Bjelica (from his book Grandmasters in Profile)

Oct-05-12  somitra: GOTD with title: "Rosetto stoned".


Feb-08-14  ForeverYoung: A very interesting game. I was doing some prep today looking for an alternative approach to battle the g3 and Bg2 line vs. the KID. Rather striking tactics by Tal!

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