Tal vs Bronstein
[Event "Soviet Championship"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Tal"] [Black "Bronstein"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B10"] [Opening "Caro-Kann: English Variation"] 1. e4 c6 2. c4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 { This is the sharpest defense for Black against the Panov Attack.} 6. Bg5 Bg4 7. Be2 Bxe2 8. Ngxe2 dxc4 {Black concedes the center with this move, and this will turn out to be a big problem. The pawn is of no importance and Tal makes no attempt to reclaim it.} 9. d5 Ne5 10. O-O {We can see that White not only controls the center, he is also way ahead in development.} 10... h6 11. Bf4 Ng6 {White will not retreat this bishop, which is defended by the knight at e2.} 12. Qa4+ Qd7 13. Qxc4 {Now the pawn is recovered with an overwhelming position. } 13... Rc8 14. Qb3 e5 {This will finally get the bishop out and allow Black to develop. But it also leads to an opening of the e-file which is neatly exploited by Tal.} 15. dxe6 Qxe6 16. Qxb7 Bc5 { Here White can force the win of material by tactical means. Do you see how?} 17. Nd4 Bxd4 18. Rae1 O-O {18...Be5 19.Bxe5 O-O 20.Bxf6 Qxf6 21.Qxa7 The two outside passed pawns provide an easy win.} 19. Rxe6 fxe6 {Black has a rook and knight for the queen, which is not sufficient compensation.} 20. Bd6 Rfd8 21. Bc7 Rf8 22. Nb5 {On top of everything else, White holds the initiative.} 22... Be5 23. Bxe5 Nxe5 24. Qxa7 Nd5 25. Qd4 Ng6 26. h4 Ngf4 { Threatening one last trick: 27...Ne2+, forking the king and queen.} 27. Qe4 1-0
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OpeningB10 — Caro-Kann: English Variation
TournamentSoviet Championship