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Mikhail Tal vs C Weldon
Vilnius (1949)
Sicilian Defense: Pin. Koch Variation (B40)  ·  1-0
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Jul-13-05  rexeterna: Question for chessgames.com: why is there no score report for this game, cited as 1-0 to Tal? Anyone else have it and want to put it up?
Jul-13-05  Resignation Trap: <rexeterna> For the PGN of this game, click on "view text". A blank board usually indicates a typo by the person who uploaded the game.
Jul-13-05  rexeterna: Thanks.
Oct-14-05  RonB52734: This is a nice enough endgame by Tal, but he seems to have had some help from his opponent.

First, when black issues a series of checks on the white king, the end result is the white king penetrating black's kingside pawns and taking up a post in front of the advanced e pawn. This turned out to be unstoppable.

Second, black unfortunately left his king and h-pawn on the 7th rank where they could be forked at an opportune moment by the white rook.

I was struck by how Tal accepted doubled pawns as many as 3 times in this game, including exposing his king with gxf3, and Weldon could not exploit it.

It looks to me like the end for black came when he separated his g and h pawns at moves 52 and 53.

Jun-26-12  master of defence: Why not 9...Nxc3?
Jun-26-12  King Death: < master of defence: Why not 9...Nxc3?>

Looking at the position after reading your question I saw pretty quickly that 10.Qf3 N moves 11.Nb5 and 12.Nd6+ gave White a lot of play and didn't analyze any deeper, I thought this had to be very good for White. Then I looked for "similar games" and found this one (Igor Ivanov vs Nabeiev, 1974).

Feb-16-16  peterh99: How does white win the endgame if black leaves his rook on his second rank defending the f-pawn? As he played, white gets an advanced passed pawn.
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