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Black decides to sacrifice a pawn for an advantage in development. Played after some deliberation. GM Taimanov would rather attack than defend. Accepting the pawn sac was indeed dangerous. After the game we looked at the fol lowing variation 10. Bxc6 Rb8 11. Bxf6 (11. 0 0 Bxh2+ 12. Kxh2 Ng4+ 13. Kg1 Qd6 14. f4 Qh6 of course, 14. Qxc6 is good enough, but Black aims for more 15. Re1 Qh2+ 16. Kf1 Ba6+ 17. d3 Qh1+ 18. Ke2 Qxg2 mate). 11. Qxf6 12. Nc3 d4 13. Ne4 Qg6 14. Nxd6 Qxd6 15. Bf3 Ba6 16. Be2...

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