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Zoltan Ribli vs Mikhail Tal
Montpellier Candidates (1985), Montpellier FRA, rd 9, Oct-23
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  0-1



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  Benzol: This game to my mind bears a great similarity to
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925
Tal's 19...♖d3 is strikingly similar to Alyekhin's 26...♖e3
Mar-19-06  notyetagm: <Benzol> I disagree about 19 ... ♖d3.

Alekhine's 26 ... ♖e3! exploited the <overworked> White f2-pawn, which had to keep this Black rook out of e3 and the Black queen out of g3. The point was that 27 fxe3? ♕xg3+ was mating.

Tal's 19 ... ♖d3! creates a <lateral pin> across the 6th rank, meeting 20 ♗xg4? with 20 ... ♖xg3+ and 21 ... ♖xg4, utilizing both the <pin> of the White f2-pawn to the a7-g1 diagonal by the Black c5-bishop and the Black e6-queen's <x-ray> of the g4-square throught the White f5-queen.

Mar-19-06  notyetagm: 17 ... ♘g4! uses the Black e6-queen's <x-ray> of the g4-square to increase the pressure on the eternally weak f2-square.
Jul-14-16  zydeco: Just another incredible game of Tal's. He says somewhere that it's a pet project of his to prove that the sacrifice of two minor pieces for rook and the pawn at KB2 favours the player who gives up the minor piece. That possibility comes up all the time and chess wisdom dictates that the player giving up the minor pieces takes on a slight material deficit. Tal is anxious to prove otherwise - as here with 20...Nxf2!

If 27.Kxf3 Qd3+ 28.Kg2 Qe2+ wins the rook.

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  perfidious: This game is featured in a chapter in one of Dvoretsky's works, along with Vasiukov vs Tal, 1961, in which the author illustrates Tal's evolution in matters of combination, from taking liberties in his youth, to playing for complications from a sound position as a mature grandmaster.
Aug-19-20  Gaito: Instead of 23...g6?! Stockfish prefers 23...Qc5+! 24. Kg2 Rxc3 (-+). On the other hand, 26. Kg2?? was a blunder. According to the engine, 26. Ke2! f4 (best) 27. gxf4 Rxf4 28. Ba3! is equal/unclear.
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  perfidious: An odd feature of the career meetings between these players is the reversal of most decisive encounters coming early, followed by more pacific efforts in late career.

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