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Mikhail Tal vs Svetozar Gligoric
Tal - Gligoric Candidates Quarterfinal (1968), Belgrade YUG, rd 7, May-07
Spanish Game: Closed. Bogoljubow Variation (C91)  ·  1-0


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  zydeco: Notes from Cafferty's book on the Candidates Matches:

For the opening, Tal borrows 15.d5! from Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1962

Tal's plan throughout the middlegame is to break Gligoric's blockade on e5.

Tal declined Gligoric's draw offer on move 25, anticipating his zwischenzug with 27.e5! -- and calculating the game continuation to move 32.

Accepting the pawn immediately with 28...dxe5 or 28....Rxe5 allows white to push d6.

Gligoric's queen maneuver 33....Qc1-a3 is a peculiar defensive idea that should have worked. 35....Re8 unnecessarily sacrifices a pawn. Gligoric could have played 35....Qc5 36.Re7 Rd8.

Tal felt the winning line was to trade queens with 39.Qa4 but decided to adjourn the positions with queens still on the board. Tal thought that was a mistake - that Gligoric could have drawn through passive defense (keeping the queen on c5 and carefully defending the queenside); but Tal anticipated that, psychologically, Gligoric would insist on trying to do something active. Sure enough, Gligoric goes for it with 47....Nxg3?!, and Tal's king manages to dance away from all the checks.

Oct-09-15  PJs Studio: This was quite a game. Not much talk about the 1968 candidates matches even though there were many modern legends that competed.
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  perfidious: More than likely that was due to what went in the following cycle.
Oct-09-15  Howard: Still, the 1968 cycle featured some good matches, especially the ones that Spassky was in. He dispatched Geller, Larsen, and Korchnoi quite handily.
Oct-10-15  PJs Studio: Agreed! Most solid club players have no clue of Spasski's skills. He was an swashbuckling beast with an iron will. Very tactical yet, positionally sound. - all the club players remember is his loss of the title. It's not his fault, he held the title when the challenger was a buzzsaw.
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