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Paul Keres vs Mikhail Tal
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 3, Sep-10
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Knight Variation (A16)  ·  1-0



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Mar-31-03  juanjose: 52th move white is wrong
Right is Rxa8
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Oct-18-03  MAGICIAN: he wasn't even afraid of keres!!. one has to be very brave to try a combination like that with a world champi0n candidate.
Feb-13-06  Hesam7: Unbelievable. Tal gets another winning position but he throws it away! After 35. Rf4 Qh2! 36. Be2 [forced]:

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Fruit gives:

36... Bd5 37. Rxc8 Rxc8 38. Nf3 Bxf3 39. Rxf3 Rd8 40. Ke1 h5 41. Qc2 Qxe5 42. e4 Kg7 43. Qc6 h4 44. Qb7 Qa1 45. Kf2 Qd4 46. Kg2 Qd7 47. Qb6 Qd2 48. Kf2 (eval: -1.83)

Depth: 19
1755M nodes
655K node/sec

Aug-13-06  think: <MAGICIAN> Actually, Tal was a world champion himself.
Nov-09-07  Eyal: 35...Rxc1? instead of Qh2+ indeed throws away the win (35...Qh2+ 36.Be2 g5 followed by Qxe5 is even simpler than the line posted by <Hesam7>); after 36.Qxc1 white has the strong Qc7. Tal could probably still draw the game - however, after 44...b3? his position collapses; 44...Bc6 should keep the balance.

Feb-27-09  DrGridlock: The position after White's 34 Rf4 is striking. A cursory glance shows white's en-prise pawn on e5. Black has at least 3 different ways to win it. Rybka gives -

Qh2+, be2 g5, rxc8 rxc8, rf1 qxe5 (-1.09)

Bb7, rxc8 bxc8, bc4 g5, rf1 qxe5 (-1.00)

Qg2+, be2 qd5, bf3 qxe5 (-.84)

Black's game continuation, bringing the white Queen to c1 after the rook exchange, allows the queen to move to c7 and protect the e5 pawn if it is attacked, and is one of the few black continuations that actually saves the e5 pawn.

Aug-28-16  Tal1949: Such a shame Tal lost this. Rarely is black so far ahead in a candidates game.

It was a messy and complicated game though. I would hate to be forced to play it. I would blunder every move!

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