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Mikhail Tal vs Lubomir Ftacnik
Chigorin Memorial (1982), Sochi URS, rd 1, Dec-??
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Poisoned Pawn Accepted (B97)  ·  1-0
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May-20-04  Tigran Petrosian: Wonderful game!
Sep-06-04  benderules: Yeah, thatīs great! Is Rf6 correct? I dont believe but it all is very Tal style. The end is funny with the poor black pieces together crying in the center.
Nov-16-05  THE pawn: Another pseudo queen sac coming with Ke7, Qxd7+!,Kxd7, Rb7+ granting a really easy endgame.
Nov-16-05  Koster: Rxf6! is not only correct, but almost forced. Otherwise white has almost nothing for the 2 pawn defecit, after Ne4 Be7 for instance. Black defends well up until 22..Rf8?, when according to Ftacnik he should have played e5! gaining some space and preventing Qd4-Qb6. 31...Qg7 was bad, but according to Ftacnik only shortened the game without changing the outcome. In his notes he gave Tal exclams for moves 15, 20, 23, 26, and 30.

This was round 1 of the Tchigorin Memorial, which Tal won clear first without a loss ahead of 15 players, mostly GMs.

Nov-27-05  KingG: Another wonderful game from Tal on the White side of the Najdorf Poisoned Pawn.
Jan-26-10  Ratul: Can someone explain to me if Black's 19 BxD7 was a crucial mistake? Taking the knight with the queen would have protected the crucial pawn on B7. Tal absolutely hammers through after that.
Aug-26-11  Everett: <Ratul: Can someone explain to me if Black's 19 BxD7 was a crucial mistake? Taking the knight with the queen would have protected the crucial pawn on B7. Tal absolutely hammers through after that.>

After 19..Qxd7 20.Qf6+ and Rh8 drops.

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