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Mikhail Tal vs Wolfgang Uhlmann
Herceg Novi blitz (1970), Herceg Novi MNE, rd 6, Apr-08
Hungarian Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0


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Jan-26-04  ughaibu: Hilarious.
Jun-28-04  fasting: Original stuff! Tal was as I know also the only cigaret smoking world champion!
Jun-28-04  Shadout Mapes: I think Petrosian smoked too.
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  IMlday: Lasker famously smoked cigars.
Kramnik used to smoke, don't know now.
Capablanca smoked cigarettes.
My first copy of Chess Review had Tal on the cover, holding his cigarette vertically and looking at the position through its trail of smoke. Smoking was permitted at Olympiads until 1986 when smoking was permitted except when sitting at the board. One could get up and walk around and smoke but not while playing.
At the Grand Manan tournament, 1985, the players quickly decided on a similar rule; that one couldn't smoke at the board while the opponent's clock was running. The current FIDE time control is a big handicap for smokers after the first 90 minutes.

The craziest Tal-Uhlmann game was Moscow, 1967 where Tal played an opening inno and Uhlmann tanked for 2 hours and 10 minutes at 40/2.5 limit. Weird!

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  IMlday: PS, Toronto 1971, Boris Spassky was trying to quit smoking but bummed two ciggies from surprised spectator Grant Treller who felt quite honoured.
Jun-29-04  iron maiden: Talk about taking advantage of a pin!

BTW I think Steinitz also smoked, but not very heavily.

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  patzer2: Tal's 13. Nb6! is a good example of the trapped man tactic. The Rook and Black's game are lost after 14. Bb8.
Oct-01-04  fasting: so the story must be, Tal blew his cigarette smoke into Uhlmanns right eye, Uhlmann reacts by scratching it with his right hand, at that is when his right elbow touches his rook on a8! So now where he has to move the rook, is the question, isn't it better to move 8...Ra7? than 8...Rb8?
Oct-01-04  fasting: Well both moves seems bad anyway
Oct-01-04  MoonlitKnight: <ughaibu> said it. This one is hilarious! I really had to smile when going through 8...Rb8 and 9...Ra8. :)
Jan-02-07  ianD: You have to laugh!
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  shalgo: A partial excuse for Uhlmann's play here is that this was a blitz game.
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  ahmadov: According to a book I am currently studying, 5...a6 is the main opening mistake in this game... Black should have played 5...Nb6

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  ahmadov: This game is really very amazing... This must be a chess show by Tal :-)
May-02-12  iamdeafzed: @ ahmadov

5.)...a6 isn't really that bad; probably not black's best, but it was by no means a decisively losing mistake.

The real lemon moves were:
6.)...c5 (dubious)
8.)...Rb8 (bad)
10.)...Nxc5 (the fatal blunder)

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