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Heikki Westerinen vs Mikhail Tal
Tallinn (1973), Tallinn URS, rd 7, Feb-28
Sicilian Defense: French Variation. Westerinen Attack (B40)  ·  0-1

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Apr-13-09  Karpova: Mikhail Tal on 3.b3:

<The Finnish master adopts this move fairly often; indeed, two years ago here in Tallinn, he defeated L. Stein in this variation. Looking through some chess magazines literally half an hour before the start of the game, I came across the game Westerinen-Kaplan, Skopje 1972, which White had lost in 20 moves, and without checking any further I decided to follow the Puerto-Rican.>

Page 452 of Tal, Mikhail: "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal", London 1997

Here is the Wsterinen-Kaplan game:

[Event "Skopje ol (Men) fin-C"]
[Site "Skopje MKD"]
[White "Westerinen, Heikki M J"]
[Black "Kaplan, Julio P"]
[WhiteElo "2450"]
[BlackElo "2470"]
[Date "1972.10.01"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Round "5"]
[ECO "B40"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.b3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.Bb2 Be7 6.c4 Nc7 7.Nc3 f6 8.Ne4 fxe5 9.Nxe5 O-O 10.Qg4 Ne8 11.Bd3 d6 12.Nf3 e5 13.Qh5 Bf5 14.O-O-O Nc6 15.Bb1 Qd7 16.Ng3 Bxb1 17.Kxb1 Rf4 18.Ng5 Bxg5 19.Qxg5 Nf6 20.f3 b5 21.d3 h6 0-1

Jul-12-11
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  perfidious: <Karpova: Mikhail Tal on 3.b3:>

<...Looking through some chess magazines literally half an hour before the start of the game, I came across the game Westerinen-Kaplan, Skopje 1972, which White had lost in 20 moves, and without checking any further I decided to follow the Puerto-Rican.>

Tal got caught out while indulging this habit of not thoroughly checking a line on at least one other occasion: Tal vs Korchnoi, 1959

Aug-11-21  philmsu: 24... Qa6? After this move, the position is equal. 25. Kb2 Bb6 26. Qd2 Bd4+ 27. Kb1 Bxd3+ 28. Qxd3 Qa3 29. Rc2 a5 30. Ne2 a4 31. Nxd4 exd4 32. Rd1 axb3 33. Qxb3= But Westerinen decided to resign.
Aug-12-21  Delboy: <philmsu> not 26. ... Bd4+, but 26. ... Qxa2+ 27. Kc3 Bd4+ 28. Kxb4 a5+ 29. Kb5 Qxb3 30. Qb4 Qxb4#
Aug-12-21  philmsu: Oh... It seems that there's a mistake in the game score, because Tal played 23...Nxd3 instead of 23...Bxd3. And in that case, the aforementioned variation works.
Aug-12-21  Olavi: <philmsu> I'll checkk the tournament book and <"The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal>. Personally I find it nearly impossible that he would miss such a win - and that Westerinen would then have resigned. The variation is simple.
Aug-12-21
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  offramp: After 24...Qa6,


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25.Kb2 Bb6
26.Qd2 Qxa2+
27.Kc3 Bd4+


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28.Kxb4 a5+
29.Kb5 Qxb3+
30.Qb4 Qxb4#

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