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Aivars Gipslis vs Mikhail Tal
Latvia Championship (1958)
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation (B67)  ·  1-0


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Jan-30-10  waddayaplay: Tal only came third in the Latvian championship in 1958 (with 16/19!). This was a key game.

<[In Shakhmatny Bulletin] I came across an article by N. Krogius on a topical variation of the Sicilian Defence. [.. ] Here I suddenly read 'Recently Black has frequently adopted the new continuation ..e5'. [..] That's excellent, I thought, I'll have a quick draw in this variation with Gipslis. [..] When I made the recommended move ..e5, a thought suddenly struck me: but what if white plays simply Bc4? Gipslis [..] straight away made this move.

[In the analysis] Gipslis took the bulletin out of his briefcase, showed me the move ..e5, then turned over the a page(!), whereupon I read the very first line: 'However, by answering ..e5 with Bc4, White sets his opponent difficult problems'.> (Life and Games of Tal, p. 73)

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  wwall: 51...Kd4? looks like the losing move.

Black can play 51...Bxc4 52.Kxb7 Kd4 53.Kb6 Kc3 54.Kc5 Kb3 55.Nc6 Bf1 56.Nd4+ Ka4 57.b5 Bxb5 58.Nxb5 Kxa5 (not 58...axb5?? 59.a6 wins for White) and draw.

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<waddayaplay: Tal only came third in the Latvian championship in 1958 (with <<<16/19!).>>> This was a key game.>

Tal finished with 16.5 points.

<Latvian Championship 1958> In Riga (13 April - 11 May) Tal 3d, behind Zilber and Gipslis, with +16 -2 =1. [Di Felice, "Chess Results 1956-1960," p.255;; Winter, p.153 ]

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  perfidious: The story cited above is reinforcement of the trait that Tal did not always thoroughly check variations in his preparation, a failing noted by Korchnoi at about this time.
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