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Mikhail Tal vs Viktor Korchnoi
Moscow (1968), rd 3, Jun-30
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Main Line (E19)  ·  1/2-1/2


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This was game 3 of the <Korchnoi - Tal Candidates Semifinal 1968>

Tal caught Korchnoi in an opening trap his team had prepared in prematch analsysis, the novelty 11.Qc3-d3:

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<" opponent fell into a <<<prepared opening trap>>>, and I obtained a completely won position with an extra pawn. I allowed myself to relax a little, which you can't afford to do against Korchnoi, and first made my task more complicated, and then in time-trouble lost all my advantage.">

-<Mikhail Tal, "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal" (Cadogan 1997), p.344>


<" the third game Tal caught me in a <<<prepared variation.>>> Though I thought over one move for 100 minutes (!), I nevertheless failed to find sufficient counterplay. My position started going downhill, especially since I was in time trouble right from the opening. But the miraculous occurred: Tal failed to find a winning continuation, and I was able to take play into a rook ending a pawn down. It was probably still lost, but Tal was too uncertain of his endgame technique to win such a position.">

-<Victor Korchnoi, "Chess is My Life" (Edition Olms 2004), p.62>

Jan-05-19  edubueno: 23.Rd2 Bxg2 24.Kxg2 Rc8 25.Bxb6 Rc6 26.Bxc5 Rxc5 27.Rxd4 Kf8 28.e3 Ra5 29.Rd2 Ra4 30.c5 Rc4 31.Rd8+ Ke7 32.Ra8 g5 33.Ra5 g4 34.h3 h5 35.hxg4 hxg4 36.a4 Kd7 37.Ra7+ Kc6 las blancas ganan
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