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Mikhail Tal vs Svetozar Gligoric
Tal - Gligoric Candidates Quarterfinal (1968), Belgrade YUG, rd 3, Apr-26
King's Indian Defense: Larsen Variation (E90)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jul-13-12  Zugzwangovich: Larsen wrote that it was because of this game that 6.Be3 never became very popular. According to him Tal offered the draw after 12 moves because Black had such a strong position.
Sep-20-14
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  WCC Editing Project:

<Zugwangovich> Tal tells that anecdote somewhat differently than does Larsen.

According to Tal, "...In a slightly superior position I offered a draw."

-"The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal" p.343

Sep-20-14  Olavi: It was Gligoric who offered the draw in a slightly better position, so Larsen and Tal are basically saying the same thing, except that Larsen is mistaken about who made the offer.
Sep-20-14  Olavi: But in Schach-Echo 9/1968, Vasja Pirc says it was Tal who offered the draw. Of course the last move is black's and one would tend to trust Tal...
Sep-20-14
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  WCC Editing Project:

<Olavi> Not sure I understand. If <Zugwangovich's> source is right about Tal offering the draw, and Tal also says he offered the draw in his autobiography, and you found yet a third source that says Tal offered the draw, why do you think Gligoric offered the draw?

Sep-20-14
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<Schach-Echo> seems like an interesting source. Might I ask how you got a look at it? Do you own a run of the journal? Is it available to buy online?

Sep-20-14  Olavi: Because Tal wrote in -"The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal" that Gligoric offered it, p. 341 also. This <and Tal also says he offered the draw in his autobiography,> is incorrect, please check. I've got a run of Schach-Echo 1963-1979, about it's avalilability I don't know.
Sep-20-14
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  WCC Editing Project:

<Olavi> aha- ok thanks for the information.

Here is the passage from Tal's autobiography:

<In the third game, another misfortune befell me, and rather an amusing one. In preparing for the match, we knew that in reply to 1.d4 Gligoric played the King's Indian Defence 90 times out of 100, and I decided to play a system often chosen by Larsen. It was only when I played it that I immediately remembered that I had already adopted the same variation as Black against Ivkov at Bled, in 1961, when Gligoric was present. <<<The Yugoslav naturally neutralized my whole set-up, and in a slightly superior position offered a draw>>>.>

Quite right! I was typing out whilst looking at the book, and I added in the "I" there.

Thanks for your help- I really appreciate it.

Mar-09-15
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  zydeco: A Soviet magazine reads: "Although another failure to make the white pieces tell and Tal's attack of forgetfulness in the opening would seem to increase Gligoric's moral superiority, Tal felt that his opponent's avoidance of complications and obvious attitude of 'what we have, we hold' would ultimately play into his hands."
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