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Mikhail Tal vs Viktor Korchnoi
4th Soviet Team-ch final (1955), Voroshilovgrad URS, rd 5, Sep-??
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  refutor: i read in tal's book that this was the only game he ever played for a draw...he had that bad of a score v. korchnoi
Nov-14-02  Bears092: If it's a draw you look for, the French Exchange is the ticket...
Nov-14-02  PVS: More specifically, what Tal said was that it was the only time he played for a draw AS WHITE in his life (as of 1976) in "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal" on page 56 of the current edition.
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  Sneaky: I don't understand what Tal would have done if Black played on with 30...g3

31. Re2 g2+ 32. Kh2 g1=Q+ 33. Kh3 Qg3#

or, 31. Rxf8+ Kxf8 32. Rf1 fails to ...g2+

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  Sneaky: Oh wait, I think I see it

30...g3 31. Rxf8+ Kxf8 32. Re8+! Kxe8 33. Qe1+ Qxe1 34. Bxe1 winning

May-02-05  who: <Sneaky> in your line - what if 32...Kf7?
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  Chessical: <Who> After <30...g3> 31.Rxf8+ Kxf8 32.Re8+ <Kf7> loses to 33.Re7+ Kxe7 34.Qe1+!

May-02-05  who: <Chessical> what if 33...Kg6. I am not taking on the e-file.
May-02-05  MoonlitKnight: After Kf7 the simple Qg1 is winning.
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  Sneaky: <who> <MoonlitKnight: After Kf7 the simple Qg1 is winning.> Indeed.
Jun-25-11  rjsolcruz: In Raul Sol Cruz Jr of Philippines vs Tegshee Purevdorj of Mongolia in the Asian Youth 2011 (14-Under) in Olongapo City, Philippines, White continued with 6 Ne2 (whereas here, Tal played 6 Nf3).
Jun-06-16  kingfu: Tal, playing for a draw as White?? I understand now. Korchnoi lifetime was +9 against Tal.

Long live Viktor Korchnoi.

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