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Mikhail Tal vs Svetozar Gligoric
"I Play Against Pieces" (game of the day Aug-15-12)
Tal - Gligoric Candidates Quarterfinal (1968)  ·  Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Smyslov Defense (C93)  ·  0-1
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Aug-15-12  pedro123: I remember the late lamented Bob Wade demonstrating this game for us in my distant youth and being impressed by it. I used to subscribe to the American Chess Review which featured Gligoric's excellent analyses in Game of the Month. May he rest in peace.
Aug-15-12  erniecohen: 28...g6 /
Aug-15-12  Garech: Fantastic game, really enjoyed it.



Aug-15-12  jefballard: Were there only 32 pieces on the board when they started? They traded off so much it seemed like more.
Two heavyweights standing toe to toe throwing haymakers. Wow.
Aug-15-12  Jacob Arnold: Tremendous game. picked well for the game honoring him. R.I.P. Svetozar....
Aug-15-12  The Last Straw: The correct game for GOTD. May Gligoric R.I.P. A great chessplayer.
Aug-15-12  ADDADZ: Chessboard in its golden age with brains alone without the help of computer
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  kevin86: Black has fewer pawns...and wins!

Against Tal-no less!

Aug-15-12  Prosperus: Can somebody give the basic strategy for further play in the endgame? It seems to me that after exchange on c1 (rook for pawn) e-pawn gives white some chances.
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  hms123: <Prosperus>

Here is a study by Reti, 1928, that will help:

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1. Re2 e4 2. Re1 Ke5 3. Ke7 Kf4 4. Kd6
Kf3 5. Kd5 e3 6. Kd4 e2 7. Kd3

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The e-pawn is too slow in the Tal/Gligoric game. The WK has to move along with it for protection. This gives the BK a chance to catch up with the pawn and win it with the help of the BR.

Aug-15-12  Atking: Thanks to A great player has gone. Rest in peace.
Aug-15-12  LoveThatJoker: A truly tremendous victory from GM Gligoric!


Aug-16-12  Prosperus: Thanx!
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  SuperPatzer77: <hms123: <Prosperus>

Here is a study by Reti, 1928, that will help...>

<hms123> This is a first-rate analysis I really love!! It is one of the most instructive games I've ever learned about. Kudos to you, <hms123>!!


Sep-19-12  chesssalamander: I thought the Smyslov Variation of the Ruy Lopez was 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6.
Sep-19-12  brankat: <chesssalamander> <I thought the Smyslov Variation of the Ruy Lopez was 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6.>

The line is usually referred to as "Modern Steinitz Defence, fianchetto variation."

Sep-19-12  chesssalamander: But I thought 3....d6 was the Steinitz.
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  perfidious: <chesssalamander> The old form of the Steinitz is 3....d6 and the modern (or Steinitz Deferred) is 3....a6 4.Ba4 d6.

The line beginning with 3....g6 is known as the Smyslov, as is that beginning with 9....h6 in the present game.

<brankat> Inter alia, there's a sideline in the Modern Steinitz (4....d6 5.0-0 Bd7 6.c3 g6) which was featured in the well-known game Fine vs Alekhine, 1938.

Sep-19-12  SimonWebbsTiger: 9...Nd7 is a Smyslov line too (although it's been called the Karpov variation!)
Apr-12-13  Dragi: RIP Gliga
Apr-12-13  Dragi: This is one of the most beautiful game i have ever seen
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  zydeco: Notes from Cafferty's book on the Candidates Matches:

22.Ra3 was actually Sosonko's idea.

Gligoric thought 40 minutes before replying 22....bxa4.

24.Be3 and even 24.Qf1 are both suggested as improvements. Instead, "Tal plunges into complications" with 24.Rxa6.

24....Ra8 is a good alternative getting a counter-attack on the a-file.

25....Ra8 was almost certainly better.

Tal expended 20 minutes on 26.Be3, 20 minutes on 27.Rg5, and 50 minutes on 28.Rh6.

If 28....g6 29.Rhxg6+ fxg6 30.Rxg6+ and white wins after 30...Kf7 31.Qd3 Re4 32.Ne5+ and then there's an inhumanly complicated line after 30....Bg7 and the probable end is perpetual check.

30....cxd4 was correct.

Tal could have won with 31.Nb3 Qe2 32.Qd5.

At this point "Tal lit cigarette after cigarette and threw them down hardly touched while Gligoric took repeated sips of water from his glass."

Tal misanalyzed his combination with 36.Qxf7+. He pictured black's rook back on the e8 square and winnable with 38.Nxe8??!!.

Apr-05-15  tigerbaitlsu: 33.Rh8# Am i missing something?!?!
Apr-05-15  Nerwal: <33.Rh8# Am i missing something?!?!>

32... ♗d6 check.

Apr-05-15  WDenayer: Note that in the study that hms123 gives, 1. Re1 loses. 1.Re2 is the only move.
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