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Viktor Korchnoi vs Mikhail Tal
? (1965)
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Reynolds' Variation (D48)  ·  1-0



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Oct-26-03  Benjamin Lau: A nice and unexpected combination. Even though Tal and Korchnoi are almost materially equal afterwards, Tal's pawn structure was shattered by the combination, enabling Korchnoi's queen to go on a pawn shopping spree.
Oct-27-03  drukenknight: who keeps posting these Q vs 3 pieces games? (see Gufeld/Smyslov) Is this your doing Benjamin? You are going to be in big trouble playing with this sort of thing.

two games now with this theme and all I see are pins everywhere, weird.

Oct-27-03  ughaibu: I think rather than the pawn structure the success of the idea came from Tal's vulnerable and unco-ordinated pieces particularly his king and king rook.
Oct-27-03  drukenknight: look when Tal moves the R on move 22, wouldnt the Rook be better served on the second rank where he can be a defender? WHere Tal puts him he cant even attack.
Oct-27-03  drukenknight: The big danger it seems w/ Q vs 3 pieces are the pins of course, and also that epaulette mate. (that is where the K has two pieces next to him and getting checked by Q in front).

By putting his R on c8 he is just setting himself up for that. Because where is the other R supposed to go?

I know the epaulette doesnt happen in the game, but the K is vulnerable on the e file. WIth the R on a7 the K can hide on d8 and the other R has much better scope.

Oct-27-03  ughaibu: Interesting idea. How about 22.....Ra7 23.Qc5 Rb7 24.Re1 Kd8 25.g4?
Oct-27-03  drukenknight: well its bedtime for me, but I was thinking 23 Re1+ would be natural attacking move.

For Tal that would be automatic, with Korchnoi you can never tell he is always calculating and doesnt do natural things.

When I wake up later, we'll see how far you guys have got with that line.

May-02-05  Everett: Korchnoi has another game playing the 3 piece side against Seirawan, making Yasser look bad...

Seirawan vs Korchnoi, 1989

Feb-13-08  notyetagm: Korchnoi vs Tal, 1965

Position after 18 ♖e1-e8+!

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This <DECOY> forces the Black f8-king onto a <LIGHT SQUARE> so that White can use his <LIGHT-SQUARED> White d3-bishop to play a <DISCOVERED ATTACK WITH CHECK> on the <UNDEFENDED> Black d5-queen.

Position after 19 ... ♔f8x♖e8 20 ♗d3xb5+ <discovered attack with check>

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  sachistu: Was this really Korchnoi-Tal? I have not been able to find this game in any of the Korchnoi or Tal books that I have. One online source listed this as Leningrad chp 1965, but that is clearly incorrect. Korchnoi's(?) move 16. Bxf6 is apparently a novelty which does not seem to have been repeated. Normal is 16.Re1 (Euwe, Pachman and ECO).

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