Mikhail Tal Obliterates A Greedy French Defense - Tal vs. Uhlmann, 1971

Mikhail Tal Obliterates A Greedy French Defense - Tal vs. Uhlmann, 1971

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Few would willingly capture a poisoned pawn against Mikhail Tal, but GM Wolfgang Uhlmann thought the c3-pawn in the following game was only slightly poisoned.

Unfortunately for him, the poison proves mortal as Tal finds two incredible moves to secure a forced win. He starts with a pleasing knight sacrifice to open the e-file (12.Nf5!!), but it's his follow-which reroutes the bishop to exploit the dark squares (15.Bd2!!) that really finishes off the game, producing another miniature in Tal's incredible collection.

Lessons:

  • Don't take poisoned pawns.
  • Castle early.
  • Open the e-file against an uncastled king.

My brief notes are below.

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