Sometimes all it takes is Guts!

GM Mikhail Tal was no wimp.  He fought against the known chess establishment much the way Donald Trump does in his quest to win in politics.

Tal essayed a relatively untried idea of bringing the Queen into play early in the opening against most theories opposed to such as portrayed in most books and instruction materials.  He brazenly did so in the powerful 1971 Soviet Championship against Yury Balashov.

1.e4 c6 2. d4 d5  3. Nd2 d:e4 4. N:e4 Bf5

Thousands of games are opened reaching this Caro Kann position.  In general, it entails a host of variations met again and again.  But this was not Tal’s intention; he surprises his opponent with a rare choice that smacks in the face of sanity, if one wants to adhere to advice from the multitudes.

5. Qf3!?!  e6  6. Bd3  Nd7  7. Ne2  Bg6  8. Bf4  Ndf6  9. Ng5  Nd5  10. B:g6 h:g6   11. Bd2  Nh6 12. O-O-O  Bb4  13. c3  Be7  14. h4  Qd7  15. g3  O-O-O  16. c4  Nb6  17. Ba5.  Tal eventually won.

It is White or Black ? who fairs  better after 6. Bd3 Q:d4 as Black gains the important center pawn. 7. Ne2 B:e4  8. B:e4  Qd8.  If so, then maybe 6. Ne2  Nf6 should be tried.  White has a tiny endgame structure edge.

No doubt the final verdict is yet to come in on 5. Qf3. It has been adopted by some of the rising players occasionally with decent results. White often obtains the pair of bishops and can then start to put in real effort to make something of it.  It is for spirited risk taking players.

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