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Mikhail Tal vs Igor Arkadievich Zaitsev
6th Soviet Team Cup (1968), Riga LAT, rd 1, Dec-11
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  0-1


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  acirce: White's last move is the losing mistake. 73. Rb1! g5 74. Kd3 Re5 75. Kd4 Re8 76. Rg1 Kg6 77. Kd3 is a theoretical draw.
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  whiteshark: Tal missed the only move <73.Rb1!=>.
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  g15713: Position after 62...hxg6

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According to FinalGen, a chess endgame tablebase generator for Windows, one knows this is a win for Black. Those with Lomonosov Endgame Tablebases for 7 pieces can verify this.

Continuing with the game continuation:
63. Rc5 Kh6 64. Rd5 Ra6 65. Rb5 Ra8 66. Re5 Ra7 67. Rb5 Ra6 68. Re5 Ra8 69. Rb5 Rf8 70. Ka4 Rf4 71. Kb3 Rg4 72. Kc3

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From an article Transformation of a system by I. Zaitsev

On rook endgame theory - find the game near the end of the article


72...Re4? (<"The second sťance of finishing the game was coming to an end, and being short of time I missed the winning continuation"> 72...Rg5! 73. Rb1 Rd5.)

<"But, as you know, mistakes goes in flocks. Unexpectedly, my literally ingenious opponent makes an inconceivable return blunder.">

73. Kd3?? (73. Rb1! <"was necessary, bringing the game to a known theoretic drawn position.">)

73...Re1. <"The move was sealed, and White resigned without resuming the game.">

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