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  Botvinnik,Mikhail v. Tal,Mikhail - The second type of sacrifice


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Hi all

I recommend the following annotation to be checked out and feedback given to the game annotator who is: jim42078, Lord Ptarmigan

Game quotation:

The second type of sacrifice

Game introduction:

This game features two of the greatest players of the game ever, who were also polar opposites. Botvinnik, the studious player, the strategist, and an expert at positional sacrifices; and Tal, the master tactician, always after the initiative and creating tactical problems for his opponent to solve. These two opposites clashed in two World Title Matches, in 1960 and 1961, Tal emerging victorious in the first.

In this, the sixth game of the 1960 match, we see Tal score an important win through a sacrifice typical of his style. Not content with a quiet, passive position, Tal gives up a knight to generate active play and open lines, and Botvinnik fails to put up a robust defence.

Game conclusions:

In the event Tal would go 3-0 up in the match after game 7 before Botvinnik pulled back to win 2 games in a row himself, so this game was not critical in the match - but does serve to illustrate why Botvinnik lost it. Simply put, he allowed Tal to dictate the play and play positions from which he was far more comfortable than Botvinnik was. Tal would go on to win games 11, 17 and 19, to win the match by 4 points.

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