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Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates Quarterfinal Match

Lev Polugaevsky5.5/8(+3 -0 =5)[games]
Mikhail Tal2.5/8(+0 -3 =5)[games]

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Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates Quarterfinal (1980)

For this match, both candidates had qualified from the Riga Interzonal (1979). The other quarterfinal matches were: Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates Quarterfinal (1980), Portisch - Spassky Candidates Quarterfinal (1980) and Hübner - Adorjan Candidates Quarterfinal (1980). In all matches, the winner was the first to get 5,5 points.

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The venue was House of Officers in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan. (1) Tal had crushingly defeated Polugaevsky in Riga and won by a large margin. (2) He was the favorite also by rating. The match was scheduled for 9 March, and then set to 23 March because Tal was sick. (3) According to the regulations, the players had three times the right to defer a game. (4) Tal used this right before Game 2, before the resumption of Game 2 (5, 6) and before Game 5 (which was scheduled for 4 April). (7) Polugaevsky asked for extra rest before Game 5 as well. (8)

Alma Ata, Soviet Union (Kazakhstan), 24 March - 12 April 1980

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 GM Polugaevsky 2635 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 5½ 2 GM Tal 2705 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 2½

Polugaevsky advanced to the Korchnoi - Polugaevsky Candidates Semifinal (1980) in Buenos Aires, where he lost to Viktor Korchnoi after an even fight. Tal lost 150 Elo points in 1980 and went down from #2 to #29 in the World ranking. (9)

(1) http://www.chesslibrary.ru/publ/ehn....
(2) Harry Golombek in The Times, 9 February 1980, p. 10.
(3) Leeuwarder Courant, 10 March 1980, p. 25.
(4) De Telegraaf, 18 March 1980, p. 23.
(5) De Telegraaf, 27 March 1980, p. 27.
(6) Leeuwarder Courant, 29 March 1980, p. 9.
(7) Het Vrije Volk, 5 April 1980, p. 13.
(8) Nieuwsblad van het Noorden, 5 April 1980, p. 23.
(9) FIDE Rating List January 1981: http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo198....

Original collection: Game Collection: Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates Quarterfinal 1980 by User: Tabanus. Thanks to User: zanzibar for providing the picture. Elo is from the FIDE Rating List January 1980: http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo198.... Game dates are from various newspapers, mainly the Dutch ones at http://kranten.delpher.nl/.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Polugaevsky vs Tal 1-0421980Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates QuarterfinalD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
2. Tal vs Polugaevsky 0-1701980Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates QuarterfinalB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Polugaevsky vs Tal  ½-½171980Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates QuarterfinalD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
4. Tal vs Polugaevsky ½-½361980Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates QuarterfinalB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Polugaevsky vs Tal  ½-½201980Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates QuarterfinalE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
6. Tal vs Polugaevsky  ½-½401980Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates QuarterfinalB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. Polugaevsky vs Tal 1-0411980Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates QuarterfinalE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
8. Tal vs Polugaevsky  ½-½331980Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates QuarterfinalB44 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: My old school is in Alma Ata.
Jun-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Petrosianic: Alma Ata is my alma mater too.
Jun-17-14  GumboGambit: < Tal lost 150 Elo points in 1980 and went down from #2 to #29 in the World ranking.>

Tal had went undefeated in the previous years Riga Interzonal, as well as the Montreal Super Tournament, where he tied first with Karpov. His health issues are documented but: Has there been another player in recent memory to have such a rapid decline?

Jun-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Petrosianic: Assuming that health WAS the issue. As mentioned elsewhere, his lifetime record against Polugaevsky was +2-8=24, so on the face of it no extraordinary excuses are needed to explain the result of the match. Now, on the other hand, if we examine the games (which nobody seems to have done) and find evidence of fatigue blunders, that would lend credence to the illness theory.
Jun-17-14  all hail tal: Strange that the article says Tal crushed Polu in Riga but the record of +2-8=24 doesn't jive with that. What gives?
Jun-17-14  all hail tal: So I see said the blind man. They only played one game heads up. Article is speaking of overall play in the tournament.
Jun-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <all hail tal: Strange that the article says Tal crushed Polu in Riga but the record of +2-8=24 doesn't jive with that. What gives?>

<all hail tal: So I see said the blind man. They only played one game heads up. Article is speaking of overall play in the tournament.>

The introduction says this, <"Tal had crushingly defeated Polugaevsky in Riga and won by a large margin.">

That is two separate things; the second half of the sentence refers to Tal winning the IZ by a large margin.

The first half refers to this famous game, well-known to all Tal fans: Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1979

May-14-17  RookFile: Polugaevsky was very strong in the openings and that was what mattered in this match.
May-15-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <RookFile: Polugaevsky was very strong in the openings and that was what mattered in this match.>

Every game had one.

May-16-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Petrosianic: It's very clear. Tal's lifetime record against Polugaevsky was very bad, but he did crush Polugaevsky in that one game from the 1979 Interzonal. In fact, Tal crushed almost everyone in the 1979 Interzonal.
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