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Aivars Gipslis vs Mikhail Tal
Latvian Championship (1958), Riga URS
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation (B67)  ·  1-0



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Jan-30-10  waddayaplay: Tal only came third in the Latvian championship in 1958 (with 16/19!). This was a key game.

<[In Shakhmatny Bulletin] I came across an article by N. Krogius on a topical variation of the Sicilian Defence. [.. ] Here I suddenly read 'Recently Black has frequently adopted the new continuation ..e5'. [..] That's excellent, I thought, I'll have a quick draw in this variation with Gipslis. [..] When I made the recommended move ..e5, a thought suddenly struck me: but what if white plays simply Bc4? Gipslis [..] straight away made this move.

[In the analysis] Gipslis took the bulletin out of his briefcase, showed me the move ..e5, then turned over the a page(!), whereupon I read the very first line: 'However, by answering ..e5 with Bc4, White sets his opponent difficult problems'.> (Life and Games of Tal, p. 73)

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  wwall: 51...Kd4? looks like the losing move.

Black can play 51...Bxc4 52.Kxb7 Kd4 53.Kb6 Kc3 54.Kc5 Kb3 55.Nc6 Bf1 56.Nd4+ Ka4 57.b5 Bxb5 58.Nxb5 Kxa5 (not 58...axb5?? 59.a6 wins for White) and draw.

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<waddayaplay: Tal only came third in the Latvian championship in 1958 (with <<<16/19!).>>> This was a key game.>

Tal finished with 16.5 points.

<Latvian Championship 1958> In Riga (13 April - 11 May) Tal 3d, behind Zilber and Gipslis, with +16 -2 =1. [Di Felice, "Chess Results 1956-1960," p.255;; Winter, p.153 ]

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  perfidious: The story cited above is reinforcement of the trait that Tal did not always thoroughly check variations in his preparation, a failing noted by Korchnoi at about this time.
Nov-11-21  Llera: <waddayaplay> Tal was preparing an exam for the university (he was studying Philology) when he received the issue of Shakhmaty Bulletin by the post mail, and he felt the fate was auspicious to relax and examine the magazine instead of the Philology books, so he read the magazine while he was having a hot bath. So the whole story goes like this: "Before my game with Gipslis I was preparing for my University State Exam in Russian... So I was surrounded by some ten kilos of specialist literature. But suddenly the doorbell rang, and the postman arrived with, besides the rest of the mail the latest issue of Shakhmatny Bulletin. I decided that fate itself was calling me to relax, so I lay down in a hot bath and began reading the magazine. Straight away I came across an article by N.Krogius on a topical variation of the Sicilian Defence. At that time I readily played this line both as White and Black, and here I suddenly read: recently Black has frequently adopted the new continuation ... e5'. There followed two games, one of which Black won, while the second was drawn. That's excellent, I thought, I'll have a quick draw in this variation with Gipslis, and then return to Philology. As if it had been pre-arranged, inside five minutes we had played the moves of the variation given in the article, but when I made the recommended move ... e5, a thought suddenly struck me: but what if White plays simply Bc4? Gipslis, however, did not give me time to torture myself mentally, but straight away made this move. The game continued for the full five hours, after which I had a hopeless position, and all that I achieved was an adjournment. The following morning I passed my exam,but resigned the game, whereupon we began analysing it. The first question that Gipslis asked was: 'Didn 't you get the bulletin then?'
Yes, why shouldn 't I have?'
Here he took the bulletin out of hi's brief case, showed me the move ... e5, then turned over a page (!), whereupon I read the very first line: However, ·by answering ... e5 with Bc4, White sets hi's opponent difficult problems.' Since then I have never prepared for a game while lying in a hot bath..." (Mikhail Tal)

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