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Mikhail Tal vs Anatoly Karpov
Moscow (1971), Moscow URS, rd 9, Dec-05
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation (E17)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-18-04  Knight13: 12. Ndf6 is a defensive move protecting the d5 pawn and the e4 Knight. The e4 knight outpost is dangerous, I would say. 25. Rxf2? Be3. Is something wrong with 79... Qxc4 ?

The Queen on the endgame is very useful for checking the white king, huh? I think checking the white king is a force of a draw. Plus, it is already a draw even if the Black queen didn't give checks.

The queen is more valuable then the 2 rooks in the endgame, a little.

Oct-19-04  wazowski: waz up?
Oct-19-04  wazowski: a little? Tal is like the best che ssplayer ever!
Dec-05-06  ghaiethe: No wazowski Tal is the best
Dec-05-06  Kingdom NL: 78...Qd5??? Probably something wrong with the last moves of this game.
Dec-05-06  Chessdreamer: Black's 78th move should be Qh2+.
Dec-05-06  Ultra: On White's 93rd move, it appears to me that Kg2 is winning, followed up by 94 Rh3. Did Tal miss the win? What am I missing
Dec-05-06  who: 92.Kg2! and black can only prevent 93.Rh3# by saccing queen for rook.

93.Rd7! and the threat of Rh7# wins.

Jun-01-08  Fast Gun: Yes, Kg2 is an easy win for white !! How is possible for both players to overlook this ? (Time trouble?) On move 91 instead of Qb1?? Karpov should have played Qh1!! Threatening a series of checks against the white king: However Tal gets a second chance on move 93 with Rd7 (Who is spot-on!!)
After a couple of checks that can be easily dealt with, black is unable to stop checkmaate. One possible line could have been: 93. Rd7 Qb6+
94. Kf3 Qb3+
95. e3 Qg8
96. Rd1 No defence to Rh1 Mate !!
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  keypusher: <fast gun> probably a mistake in the game score.
Jan-19-09  WhiteRook48: a well fought out draw.
what's even more amazing to me is that the e pawn never moves!!
Jan-24-09  WhiteRook48: which is weird. No e-pawn moving for over 100 moves. Great game by both players.
Feb-20-09  WhiteRook48: a Q cannot beat two Rooks...
Mar-21-09  WhiteRook48: so, white missed a win somewhere?
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  Honza Cervenka: I am just guessing but I would say that the gamescore in the end is wrong and that 91...Qh1 92.Rf3 Qh2+ 93.Ke1 Qh1+ 94.Kd2 Qb1 95.Rd3 Qb2+ 96.Ke1 Qc1+ 97.Kf2 Qh1 (achieving the same position as after 94...Qh1 in current gamescore and following from there with changed number of moves) had happened here. The sequence 91...Qb1?? 92.Rd3?? Qb2?? 93.Ke1?? makes absolutely no sense.
Mar-16-16  RookFile: The idea that Tal (and Karpov) missed Kg2 with the idea of Rh3 mate is a non starter. It would be good to get the actual moves.
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  offramp: <RookFile>, I am sure that <Honza Cervenka> got it right in 2010.
Aug-21-18  1d410: Looks like Karpov was tortured
Aug-22-18  WorstPlayerEver: Much better is this simple line: 19. Nxf6+ Bxf6 20. Bxf6 Qxf6 21. c4 Ba6 22. Bxd5 Rab8 23. e3 Red8 24. e4

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  Candle: Regarding the gamescore errors:

The book 'Mikhail Tal Games 1963-1972, Volume II' (Pub. Chess Stars, Ed. Khalifman, 1995), gives the end of this game as follows:

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90...Qh2+ 91.Ke1 Qh1+ 92.Kd2 Qa1 93.Rde4 Qb1 94.Rd3 Qb2+ 95.Ke1 Qc1+ 96.Kf2 Qh1 97.Rde3 Qh2+ 98.Ke1 Qh1+ 99.Kd2 Qb1 100.Kc3 Qb6 101.Kc2 Qc6+ 102.Kd1 Qb7 103.Ke1 Qb1+ 104.Kf2 Qh1 105.Rc4 Qh2+ Drawn

This published version, similar to Honka Cervenka's guess, confirms that the game score here needs correcting.

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