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Mikhail Tal vs NN
? (1973)
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation (B46)  ·  1-0



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Jan-26-04  nikt: tied before execution - Morphy way of thinking
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  Benzol: 20...♖xc6 21.♖a8+ ♖c8 22.♖xc8# very nice.
Nov-06-09  jmboutiere: 8...Qc6 + 0.56 Rybka 3; 8...dc + 0.38
9.Bf4 + 0.16 corect answer 9...b4 ; 9...Bb7 + 0.55; 10...Rc8 + 0.58; 10...d6 + 0.87 13...Qc7 +1.70; 13...Nf6 or Be7 +0.93
16...ef4 +6.56; 16...Nf6 +1.80
19...Ne7 mate in 10; 19...Be7 +9.18
Feb-12-11  David2009: Tal vs NN, 1973

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After 12 a4! 12...b4 resists longer than 12...bxa4 but White still breaks through: 13.Nd5 exf4 14.e5 Kd8 15.e6 fxe6 16.Nxf4

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16...d5 (no better is 16...Qb6 17.Bxb7 Qxb7 18.Nxe6+ Kc8 forced 19. Nxf8) 17.Nxe6+ Kc8 18.Nxf8 Nf6 (White has won back the sacrificed piece) 19.Ne6 Rg8 20.Rc1 Qb6 21.c4 bxc3 22.bxc3 Ne4 23.Nd4 Nd6 24.Rb1 Qc7 (Black has clung on grimly but now the dam bursts):

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25.c4 Nxc4 26.Bg4+ Kb8 27.Re7 Qxe7 28.Nc6+ 1-0

The defence from move 12 onwards is by Crafty End Game Trainer, link: White's moves are courtesy of Fritz 6.

It is possible that this defence could be strengthened, but the variation gives some idea of the dynamic potential of the position.

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