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Eduard Gufeld vs Mikhail Tal
USSR Championship (1959), Tbilisi URS, rd 11, Jan-27
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Bayreuth Variation (C77)  ·  1-0


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Jul-07-04  raylopez99: Nice game where Gufeld beats Tal to the punch. I thought for sure Tal had a mating net going, but just in time Gufeld comes to the rescue with his own K-side net. 37. f4+ also mates in two says Fritz.
Apr-04-06  ghristo: Good game!
Mar-19-07  sambo: I'm a little surprised he didn't play 37. f4+. It leads to mate in one: either 37...Kd4 38.Qg1# or 37....Kxf4 38.Qf5#. 37.d4+ is, no doubt, not too shabby, but the mate is pretty quick.
Mar-19-07  Luckyicekiller: Great game. And by the by, 37...Kxf4 38. Qg3# is also a nice mate...Just throwing that out there
Aug-16-07  shor: umm, where's the mate?, after 37.d4,
all I see is that white can play RxB3 .
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  tpstar: After 36 ... Kxe5, White had Mate in Two starting with 37. f4+. Instead 37. d4+ won the Qb3 which was still decisive.
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  scutigera: C'mon, guys, the man played the combination of his life and beat Mikhail Tal, the year before Tal dethroned Botvinnik. So what if he left the frosting off the cake? How much time did he have left on his clock anyway?
Jun-09-13  grasser: Annotated here:

Dec-28-13  peltonen: 37.d4+ Kxd4 38.Rxb3 Rf8 39.Qg7+ Kxe4 40.Re3+ Kd5 41.Qe5+ Kc6 42.Rc3+ Kb7 43.Qxc7+ Ka6 44.Rc6#
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  yiotta: Great game, certainly approaching time control...Gufeld could play a bit, and would have seen the mate if not in time pressure.
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  perfidious: All the same, an illustration of the difference in class between a strong master and a top GM, being the only game Gufeld ever won from this titan.
Oct-20-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: The idea of 37.f4+? trying a fool checkmate 37... ♔xf4?? 38.♕g3# is not good since black can answer 37...♔d4 38. ♕f6+ ♔c5 39. ♖h5+? ♔b4 when black ♔ can escape. But still have 39.d4+ killing the black ♕. Then 37.d4+ to win the black ♕, it is enough. However, if Gufeld had time, he would play differently to give checkmate, as follows: 36. ♖h6+ ♔xe5 37. ♕g7+ ♔f4 38. ♕g3#; if 36...♔e7 37. ♕d7+ ♔f8 38. ♘g6+ ♔g8 39. ♖h8# or 39.Qh7#. Another possibility was 36. ♕f5+ ♔e7 37. ♖h7+ ♔d6 38. ♘c4+ ♔c6 39. ♕d5#. In this line, 37... ♔e8 38.♕d7+ ♔f8... as above, and 38...bxc4?? 39.♕d5#. Maybe this win upon Tall made this young guy become very proud so early, that his chess became weak. It is very common that one victory comes to the head without actual reason, and this make everything that follows went down.
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