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Rafael Vaganian vs Mikhail Tal
Grandmasters-Young Masters (1970), Sochi URS, rd 7, Oct-??
Dutch Defense: Leningrad. Matulovic Variation (A89)  ·  0-1



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Sep-10-04  Giancarlo: 8..na5

The queen side knight seems to be played to the edge of the board in many dutch games.

It's usually when Black play ..b6, then Nc6 na5, or just na6 to develop without interference of the finnachetto bishop. Or to get to c5. Tal oden this in this game. He finachetto's the queen side, but doesn't actually move the Bishop there, but the knight! I have never seen that before.

It's done again by black here:

E Brondum vs M Gurevich, 2001

Again with Black winning!

Sep-10-04  BeautyInChess: Great finish. The technique is excellent at the end. He solidifies and pushes the past pawn. Nice chess.
Oct-15-09  dTal: Because of his dazzling tactics, many people forget that Tal was a fine positional and endgame player. He should have been WC for ages.. What an effortless victory here.
Oct-15-09  ughaibu: Reminds me of A Hodges vs Lasker, 1902
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  perfidious: An odd feature of Tal's career was how seldom he played such openings as the Dutch or Gruenfeld against 1.d4, and practically never as a mature GM.

This game was played in the Grandmasters vs Young Masters event, which was held on the Scheveningen system.

May-14-18  veerar: <Giancarlo> 11....b6,is creation of an escape sure for the Knight!

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