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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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  Travis Bickle: Wow what a war!! Chess doesn't get any better than these two great players going at it!
Aug-15-12  urnebes: GM Gligoric died yesterday. May he rest in peace. A great chessplayer and an even better man.
Aug-15-12  brankat: This was the first game of the candidates match Tal-Gligoric. I had an incredible fortune and a privilege to be in the arena in Belgrade when the game was played. Of course I didn't realize nor understand it then, being only 17. But as years passed by the importance, indeed the magnitude of the event, did sink in.

There was a great excitement in the playing hall, and a somewhat "un-chess-like" standing ovation when the game was completed. Wild!

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  kingscrusher: This is one of the selected games I showed on last night's radio show on the Chessbase server:

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 /
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  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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