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Svetozar Gligoric vs Mikhail Tal
Tal - Gligoric Candidates Quarterfinal (1968), Belgrade YUG, rd 2, Apr-24
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Gligoric System (E53)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Sep-20-14  Olavi: "So, after agreeing to a draw, Gligoric and I went together amicably to the match between Yugoslavia and France."

-Mikhail Tal, "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal" p.341

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  WCC Editing Project:

The finishing position in this game is also the adjourned position.

The next day (April 25) Tal and Gligoric sat down to play out the game, but decided they would rather call it a draw and watch the <France vs Yugoslavia> soccer match in Belgrade together.

-Mikhail Tal, "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal" p.341

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  WCC Editing Project:

<Olavi> Sorry to orphan your post, and thanks for making it. I had just realized my mistake and come back to correct it. Yes, they went to the live soccer game, being played in Belgrade.

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  zydeco: Some of the games in this match are crazy complicated.

17....Qc6 is a trap. If 18.f3 Ba6 19.Bg5 Bxc4 20.Rc1 Qd6 21.Bxc4 Qxd4+.

Gligoric offered a draw on move 18.

Tal thinks he should have played calmly with 18....Ne4. He missed 19.Qd2!

Tal wrote down 19....Ne4 on his scoresheet but rejected it. There was a long postmortem debate about whether or not that would have been an improvement.

Tal offered a draw on move 19.

Gligoric takes a real advantage from move 19 to 22 but missed his chance with 23.Re1.

Gligoric should have played 31.Rg4 but impulsively sacrificed the exchange. Tal was planning a queen sacrifice with 31....Rxf5 32.Rxg7+ Qxg7 33.Bxg7 Kxg7. Gligoric may have missed that he regains a piece with 34.Qa4.

Gligoric offered a draw on move 38.

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  brankat: Gligoric should have won this game. Believe it or not, I happened to be there in the arena in Belgrade. Arrived a couple of days earlier (with my father) to watch the soccer game Yugoslavia-France, the quaterfinals of the European Championship, 1968.

So we went to the chess match first. Late GM D.Velimirovic was Gligoric's second at the time. I still remember how he just about pulled his hair when Gligo played 23. Qc2 instead of <Re1>. Even for one Misha Tal it would have been hard to recover from 0 0 2.

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  whiteshark: <zydeco> / <brankat> Is <23.Re1> really the best move?

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White to move

1) +1.31 (30 ply) <23.Bc3 Bxc4 24.Bb4 Qxd5 25.Bxc4 Qxc4 26.Bxf8 Kxf8 27.Rxh7 Kg8 28.Rh3 Nf6>* 29.Re1 Qc2 30.Qd6 Re8 31.Rd3 Ne4 32.Qd4 e5 33.Qe3 Nc5 34.Rd2 Qc4 35.Qh3 Qf7 36.Red1 Qf6 37.Qh5 g6 38.Qh6 Qg7 39.Qh3 Qh7 40.Qxh7+ Kxh7 41.Rd8 Rxd8 42.Rxd8 e4

2) +1.15 (30 ply) 23.Rc1 Nf6 24.Rg5 exd5 25.Bxf5 Rxc4 26.Re1 Bc8 27.Bc2 Qd8 28.Qd3 Re8 29.Rxg7+ Kf8 30.Rxe8+ Qxe8 31.Bxf6 Qe1+ 32.Qf1 Qxf1+ 33.Kxf1 Rxc2 34.Rxa7 Bf5 35.f3 h5 36.Kg1 Ra2 37.h3 Bd3 38.Bd4 b5 39.g4 hxg4 40.hxg4 Ke8 41.g5 Kf8 42.Rd7

3) +0.66 (29 ply) 23.Rg5 Bxc4 24.Rc1 b5 25.dxe6 Rc7 26.a4 a6 27.axb5 axb5 28.Qa5 Qe7 29.Bxc4 Rxc4 30.Rxc4 bxc4 31.Rxf5 Qxe6 32.Re5 Qf7 33.Qc5 Nc7 34.f3 Rd8 35.Bc3 Rd5 36.Qc6 Rxe5 37.Bxe5 Ne8 38.Kf1 Nf6 39.Qc8+ Ne8 40.Kf2 h6 41.Ke2 Kh7

whereas after <23.Re1>

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Black to move

1) +0.42 (33 ply) 23...Bxc4 24.Bxc4 Rxc4 25.Rxe6 Qc5 26.Rc6 Qb5 27.Rxc4 Qxc4 28.Rh3 Qa2 29.Rc3 Nd6 30.Rc7 Qb1+ 31.Bc1 Nb5 32.Rc6 Qe4 33.Re6 Qd4 34.a4 Qxd2 35.Bxd2 Nd4 36.Rd6 Rf6 37.Rxf6 gxf6 38.f3 Kf7 39.Kf2 Nb3 40.Be3 Nc5 41.Bxc5 bxc5 42.Kg3 Ke7 43.Kf4 Kd6 44.Kxf5

2) +2.76 (32 ply) 23...Rxc4 24.Bxc4 Bxc4 25.Rxe6 Qxd5 26.Qxd5 Bxd5 27.Re7 a5 28.Rg5 g6 29.Rg3 Bc4 30.Rge3 Bf7 31.Rd3 Ng7 32.Bxg7 Kxg7 33.Rb7 Re8 34.f4 Re6 35.Rdd7 Rf6 36.Kf2 Kf8 37.h4 Kg7 38.Kg3 Kf8 39.Rb8+ Kg7 40.Kf3 Re6 41.Rbb7 Rf6 42.a4 Kf8 43.Rd8+ Kg7 44.g3 h6 45.Rdd7 Kf8 46.Rb8+ Kg7

3) +4.25 (32 ply) 23...exd5 24.Bxf5 Rxf5 25.Rxf5 Bxc4 26.Rfe5 Qg6 27.Qf4 d4 28.Bxd4 h6 29.R5e3 Nf6 30.Bxf6 Qxf6 31.Qxf6 gxf6 32.Re8+ Rxe8 33.Rxe8+ Kf7 34.Rc8 b5 35.Rc7+ Kg6 36.Rxa7 h5 37.f3 h4 38.Kf2 Be6 39.Rb7 Bc4 40.Rc7 Be6 41.Rc5 h3 42.Rxb5 hxg2

= = =

* One possible long (main)line is <22...f5 23.Bc3 Bxc4 24.Bb4 Qxd5 25.Bxc4 Qxc4 26.Bxf8 Kxf8 27.Rxh7 Kg8 28.Rh3 Nf6>

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White to move

1) +1.41 (32 ply) 29.Rd3 Qc5 30.Re1 Ne4 31.Qe2 Qe7 32.Qh5 Qc5 33.Qf3 Qe7 34.Red1 Nf6 35.Rc3 Rxc3 36.Qxc3 Kf7 37.Rc1 Ne4 38.Qe5 Nc5 39.Rd1 Nd7 40.Qd6 Nf6 41.Qxe7+ Kxe7 42.f3 g5 43.Kf2 a5 44.g3 g4 45.Rb1 Nd5 46.fxg4 fxg4 47.Re1 Kf6

2) +1.39 (31 ply) 29.Rf1 Qc7 30.Rd3 Nd5 31.Rd4 Nf6 32.Qg5 Kf7 33.Rd3 Qe5 34.Rg3 Ne4 35.Qh5+ Kg8 36.Rh3 Qc7 37.Qg6 Nf6 38.Rd3 Qe7 39.Re1 Re8 40.Qg5 Nd7 41.Qxe7 Rxe7 42.f3 Nc5 43.Rd6 Kf7 44.h4 Rd7 45.Rxd7+ Nxd7 46.Kf2 Nc5

3) +1.38 (31 ply) 29.Re1 Qc5 30.Rd3 Ne4 31.Qe2 Qe7 32.Qh5 Nf6 33.Qg5 Qc7 34.Qg6 Qf7 35.Qg3 Ne4 36.Qe3 Nc5 37.Rd4 Qf6 38.Red1 g5 39.Qd2 g4 40.Rd8+ Rxd8 41.Qxd8+ Kf7 42.Qb8 Qe7 43.Qh8 Ne4 44.Qh7+ Kf6 45.Qh6+ Kf7 46.Rd3 Nf6 47.Qg5 Nd5 48.Qh5+ Kg7

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