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Mikhail Tal vs Gennady Kuzmin
October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977), Leningrad URS, rd 17, Jul-19
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Chigorin Defense Panov System (C99)  ·  1-0



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Jan-17-16  Zugzwangovich: Wow, no kibitizing for this game yet? A colorful description of it appeared in Chess is My Life (Karpov & Roshal):

With practically all of his forces, Kuzmin advanced against White's K-side. Only a single black knight was left "grazing" somehere to one side. It was his very "horse-power" that Kuzmin was lacking to successfully conclude his attack, in certain variations of which he managed to drive the white king between the lines of his own and the enemy pieces, but just couldn't manage to mate it. And when Tal's opponent began to sacrifice, it seemed to me from where I was sitting that a faint smile flickered across the Ex-World Champion's face (later he said that he had gained genuine satisfaction from this "real game" the like of which he had been yearning for). At any event, in this amazing game, which several times drew applause from the hall, it was White who supplied the combinational full stop. Under the threat of mate or loss of his queen, Kuzmin resigned.

Later, in the players' room, which had been invaded by dozens of spectators, Tal simply couldn't settle down to analyze the game--people were constantly shaking his hand. With enormous difficulty his happly trainer Aleksandur Koblentz pushed his way through: "Incredible! What a game!"

Nov-06-18  sakredkow: Doesn't 24. Rc5 win a pawn? But Tal is not about winning material, he's about losing material and winning the game.

Great game esp for Chigorin club players, of whom there are still a few of us left.

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