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Mikhail Tal vs Vladimir Savon
USSR Championship 1961b (1961), Baku URS, rd 8, Nov-27
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Misc. Lines (E98)  ·  1-0



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Jun-22-08  mate2900s: nice endgame

Jun-22-08  whiteshark: and interesting, too
Jun-22-08  whiteshark: 54...Ng1 is 54...Ng1?? actually. Only <54...Rf1 55.Nf6+ Kg7 56.Ne8+ Kh7> would have secured a draw.
Jun-22-08  Tomlinsky: <mate2900s> It is yes and a pretty game overall.

I feel that the exchange noted below the board, ♖♘ sac 57.Rxg5, misses the real star of the game... 24.Nxb7! where Tal gives two pieces for Rook and two pawns transitioning into a winning position. My silicon guru suggests that 27.Rxc6 with the f-pawn also falling is stronger, and interesting, but I'll defer to Tal and what was needed over the board on that particular day personally.

Very nice.

Mar-05-14  bharat292: what about 26...N x C7 ?
Mar-05-14  Boomie: <bharat292: what about 26...N x C7 ?>

26. Nxc7 appears better than 26. Bd4. Notice that in the 26. Bd4 line, black missed 33...Nh4 which wins the minor exchange and further messes up white's pawns.

33...Nh4 34. Rh5 Nf3 35. gxf3 Rf8

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The Nxc7 line leads to pawn exchanges and appears drawish. Tal's style relied on his opponents' errors and perhaps that's why he went for the more complicated Bd4 line. This line is longer but there are a lot of forcing moves as black plays out his initiative. Tal was a master of forcing lines and he probably didn't like the end result and the fact that Savon would probably find his way through it without too much trouble.

26. Nxc7 Rd8 27. Rxa7 Nd3 28. Bxb6 Rxb6 29. Rxf5 Rc6 30. Nb5 Rc1+ 31. Rf1 Bh6 32. Rxc1 Be3+ 33. Kf1 Nxc1 34. Ra3 Rd5 35. Be2 Rf5+ 36. Ke1 Bf2+ 37. Ke2 Nxe2 38. Kxe2 Bg1 39. Nd6 Rf2+ 40. Kd3 Rxg2

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Apr-09-20  carpovius: Tal's play reminds me the well-tempered clavier)

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