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Henrique Mecking vs Mikhail Tal
4th Ruy Lopez Memorial (1975), Las Palmas ESP, Apr-??
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Poisoned Pawn Variation (B97)  ·  1-0
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Mar-04-08  Raginmund: pois ngada...
Mequinho no deu vez ao mago...
um doutor, f do Tal, disse que o mago ja tava muito velho... doente... etc...

mesmo assim, vitria sobre o Tal desse jeito, deve ser muito comemorada 1975 acho que ainda deve t na era de ouro do Mequinho...

Mar-04-08  Riverbeast: Very sexy play from 'Mequinho'
Sep-09-08  AnalyzeThis: Tal did a good job resisting with a bad hand.
Aug-05-11
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  profK: An endgame from a poisoned pawn Najdorf !!! WoW
Jan-15-13  copablanco: Excellent from Mecking. Tal can't defend the H5 pawn, and the dangerous C pawn advance at the same time.
Sep-14-15  gmgomes: <um doutor, f do Tal, disse que o mago ja tava muito velho... doente... etc...> Tal was in very good shape in 1975 - In April 1975, Chessmetrics rates him as the 3rd in the world - only behind Karpov and Korchnoi.
Dec-26-15  Zugzwangovich: Tal claimed that he had equalized the position but not long before the first time control "found" almost the only losing move. Might he have meant 35...Nb7, allowing Mecking to force off the rooks with his next move?
Dec-26-15  Retireborn: <Zugzwangovich> You can certainly make a case for keeping the rooks on (eg with 35...Re8) but 35...Nb7 ought to be OK too.

Tal probably meant 38...Bd6 (in Informator the game is annotated by Mecking who gleefully awards that move two question marks!)

He should have played 38...Ne6 when the threat to pawn f4 means that White has to reply 39.g3 (which prevents him from playing Ng3-f5); then 39...Bd6 40.Nf1 Bc5 41.Ne3 Nd4+, Black's pieces are well-placed and if the white knight goes to f5 it will be swapped off.

In the game after 38...Bd6 39.Nf1 Black can already not prevent Ng3-f5; if 39...Ne6 40.Ng3 Bxf4 41.Nxh5+ or 40...Nxf4 41.Nf5+ is an amusing pair of forks.

It's not completely clear that Black is lost after 41.Nf5+ but it would have been clear to Tal that he'd made his defensive task much harder.

Dec-27-15  Zugzwangovich: Many thanks, <Retireborn>. Your ability to analyze a position is obviously light years ahead of mine and I really appreciate the input.
Dec-28-15  Retireborn: <Zugzwangovich> It helps to have Informator, of course, and your remark about keeping the rooks on was spot on, I think; so often the player with the uncomfortable position is in too much of a hurry to simplify to a dead draw, which has to be done very precisely if it is possible!
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