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Mikhail Tal vs Bozidar Djurasevic
WchT U26 fin-A 05th (1958), Varna BUL, rd 3, Jul-??
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation Early deviations (B62)  ·  1-0

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Aug-19-06
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  Benzol: No comments on this game yet. That's suprising. I rate this game and Smyslov vs Tal, 1964 as the best endgames I've seen of Tals.
Aug-19-06  ughaibu: Amazing.
Aug-19-06  Calli: 34...g5!
Mar-01-09  chillowack: I love that last move! Normally Black would counter it with 41...Ke4, but in this case that puts it on the queen's diagonal, thus giving White an extra tempo. Typical Tal trick!
Apr-08-10
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  mreppert: Neil McDonald's Concise Chess Endings called black's game "hopeless" at 31. Kd2 Kd7. It seems to me that Calli's suggestion of 34...g5! draws or maybe wins!
Feb-17-13  keithbc: Just looking at this game and the books 'The life and games of Mikhail Tal' and PH Clarke's best games of Tal pass by the move 34... e5 without comment. I am amazed that some moves get so much in dept analysis and yet some moves (like this which demand an explanation at a critical moment) get nothing.
Feb-17-13  keithbc: 34...g5 is a draw according to Fritz 13
Sep-08-13  Howard: Just goes to show that Tal could do a lot more at the chessboard than play flashy attacks and/or sacrifices !

But then he hardly ever could have become world champion otherwise, especially against an endgame expert such as Botvinnik.

Apr-21-16  johnkr: After some lengthy analysis I would agree -- Black's e5 was a howler and Black should have drawn after 34 Kxc4, with g5 or maybe even with f6. Just looking at the position after 32 Kd2, you search for some tell-tale weakness of Black, but there is nothing. Both kings are near the action, and both sides have majorities so what is the principle by which White wins? One variation I like after 34 Kxc4 where White screws around with slow moves like h3 and g3, is: Kxc4 g5 35 fg hg 36 h3 f5 37 g3 e5! and White may already be losing! 38 h4 f4! So in this case ca we conclude Tal was indulging in a bit of wishful annotating in his 'Life and Games'?
Feb-07-20
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  HarryP: This is quite an interesting ending. johnkr, you ask, "what is the principle by which White wins?" According to P. H. Clarke, this game illustrates "the advantage of the outside majority." He goes on to say, "Other things being equal, the size of the majority is what counts: the smaller (i.e. 3 v. 2 is smaller than 4 v. 3) will always tend to result in a passed pawn more quickly and so it becomes 'outside'." However, I like your suggestion that Black could have drawn with 34... "g5 or maybe even f6."

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