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Mikhail Tal vs Milko Bobotsov
Capablanca Memorial (1963), Havana CUB, rd 17, Sep-17
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  1-0



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May-14-04  Whitehat1963: Tal being his typical self, showing great all-around skill and winning in unexpected ways whether it's superb techique or the knockout blow.
Apr-22-05  fgh: Very nice tactics and endgame technique.
Apr-23-05  Holden: 16. Qa7 is simply aesthetically pleasing to look at, as is the short combination that follows winning the two pawns. But was this Tal’s cunning or a mistake by Bobotsov? 16. … Qb6 seems to put the question to the white queen without losing a pawn. Am I missing something?
Apr-23-05  fgh: <Holden>: 16. ... Qb6 might have been better than the text move, but the d6 pawn is weak, and the bishop on d5 is a strong blockading piece. White, for example could play 17. Re7! or 17. Qe7.
Apr-23-05  drukenknight: It is a nice game to be sure, but why does black push the b pawn? He is outnumbered on that side so any advance is going to be dealt with and it will lose time...

He could prepare to push k side pawns though w/ Kg7; a sample line:

27. ...Kg7
28. Rd5 Rc8
29. Kb3 Ra6
30. Re1 g5
31. f3 Kg6
32. f4 Kg7
33. Rd7 Kg6

looks okay

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  keypusher: <dk> in your line white blocks his own pawn majority and then blocks his own bishop. Why not 27...♔g7 28 ♖d5 ♖c8 29 ♖bd1 with ideas like 30 ♖d8 or 30 ♖d7 followed by ♖b7 or 30 ♔b1 followed by b4? If 29...b4 then 30 ♔b3 or maybe even 30 cb ♗xb4+ 31 ♔b3.

Of course it's hard to find good ideas for black by move 27 because he's practically a pawn down with nothing for it anyway.

Apr-23-05  drukenknight: was 14...f5 just out of the question? whenever I get a double pawn I try to move it ASAP, assuming the material is equal.
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  beatgiant: <drukenknight>
On 14...f5, White has Re7 after the piece trades: 14...f5 15. Qxg7+ Kxg7 16. Bxd8 Rxd8 17. Re7 looks like it wins at least a pawn while keeping a more active position.

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  keypusher: Well, you need somebody good like <Honza> to bounce your ideas off. But anyway, 14...f5 15 ♗xd8 ♗xd4 16 ♗e7(?) ♗xf2 and now 17 ♖e2 ♖e8 might work for black. 17 ♗xd6 ♗xe1 18 ♗xf8, maybe?

But I think I am making things too complicated. Why not just 16 ♖xd4 ♖xd8 17 ♖e7? Already by move 14 White has better development and better pawns; shouldn't be hard for him to stay on top.

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  keypusher: Did I say <Honza>? I meant <beatgiant>. :-)
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  beatgiant: My suggested improvement is 25...Rc8, to restrain the queenside. If 25...Rc8 26. Kb1 Rca8, playing for a repetition. Or 25...Rc8 26. Kb3 Ra4 and it's hard to advance the queenside.
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  samvega: <beatgiant> Could white avoid the repetition by 25..Rc8 26.Kb1 Rca8 27.Re8? That is, I'm assuming that with the exchange of one pair of rooks, white should be able to advance the queenside (?).
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  beatgiant: <samvega>
On 25...Rc8 26. Kb1 Rca8 27. Re8?, Black wins a pawn with 27...Rxb2+ 28. Kxb2 Rxe8.
Apr-24-05  drukenknight: on bg's piece trade line, it looks pretty close to equal, after:

15. Qhxg7+ Khxg7
16. Bhxd8 Rxd8
17. Re7 Rd7
18. Rxd7 Bxd7
19. Rxd6 Bc6
20. f3

but 15 Bxf7 might be better for white

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  beatgiant: <drukenknight>
What I saw was 14...f5 15. Qxg7+ Kxg7 16. Bxd8 Rxd8 17. Re7 Rd7 18. Bxf7+ Kg7 19. Rxd7 Bxd7 20. Rxd6 and White is a pawn up with a more active position.
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  beatgiant: <drukenknight>
...But I miscalculated it because the king is already on g7. So maybe <keypusher> was right and 14...f5 15. Bxd8 Bxd4 16. Rxd4 Rxd8 17. Re7 instead. Now 17...Rd7 18. Bxf7+, so White holds the 7th rank.

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