Thinking of playing the Caro-Kann? Look at Tal vs Benko Amsterdam 1962

This game gave me pause about playing the black side of the Caro-Kann.  In view of this game and other problematic lines I decided to practice the Sicilian.  First let's look at the shot that finished this game.  Can you find it?

















That problem has appeared in many tactics exercise sets, including's own tactics trainer.  Now, here is the whole game.  If you follow this game and read the annotations, you will get an idea of the difficulties that Black faces in the Caro-Kann.



  • 6 years ago


    The typical Tal style. An inaccuracy (15.g4!?) that gives birth to an astonishing combination.

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