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Anatoly Lein vs Mikhail Tal
URS-ch qf (1955), Vilnius, May-??
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation (B68)  ·  1-0


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Feb-05-05  chess man: A hard fought game!
Aug-04-05  rexeterna: What an incredible endgame by Tal.
Jun-02-06  PolishPentium: Ah, wait a minute... an incredible endgame by Tal?? Sure, he's often a genius, but here he lost, did he not? It's Lein who plays the incredible endgame, carefully forcing the opposing King and Rook apart so that his powerful Q can swoop in for the kill. Presumably both 92...Kh1 and ...Kf1 would be followed by 93 Qb1+, leading to the snaring of the Black R on the 94th move. 92...Kh2 delays the inevitable only briefly, as 93 Qh7+ forces the K back to the last rank, whereupon (once again) 94 Qb1+ forces the capture of the R on move 95. Thereafter mate follows swiftly and inexorably....^^
Jul-20-15  wrap99: When you see Lein beat a young Tal, one wonders how far he could have gone had he not smoked. I wonder if any modern world champion smoked? I would guess that they would be careful to avoid anything that might affect judgement if only by a fraction of a percent. I think that for sure smoking affects endurance.
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  perfidious: <wrap99> When I sat across the board from Tal in March 1988, he smoked and drank as we played blitz games.
Jul-22-15  wrap99: <perfidious> Tal was part of the generation that at least in the USA was not informed about the health risks of smoking. I think it can be argued that smoking affects chess adversely or at least longevity in chess and so it would be a surprise to me to hear that Anand or Magnus or Gelfand, etc. smoked.
Aug-08-15  zanzibar: Although Grischuk is a smoker I think.

Any other top GM smokers?

Apparently not too many:

Aug-18-15  wrap99: <perfidious> Would this have been at the Manhattan Chess Club? If so, I was there and said hello to GM Tal.
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  perfidious: <wrap99> No; Tal initially travelled to Boston and was a guest of William Lukowiak.
Aug-18-15  wrap99: <perfidious> The same trip. I used to go to the club pretty often in those days. Sorry it (afaik) no longer exists. As I have said many times before, there are few things like chess that provide us with links to the past. When I shook hands with Euwe, that was the same hand that shook hands with Em. Lasker who shook hands not just with Steinitz but with Hilbert. These are not just men from the 19th century but among the greatest of men from that or any time.
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  kbob: Black had some of the elements of a fortress draw ( i.e. proper pawn guarding rook with king nearby) but the white king is behind the pawn and this guarantees the win.
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