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Raymond Keene vs Mikhail Tal
Hastings (1973/74), Hastings ENG, rd 4, Dec-30
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  ray keene: <i sac like tal> this was the game i had in mind
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  offramp: Did you speak English or Russian in the post mortem?
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  ray keene: english-my russian is lousy
Nov-01-04  aw1988: So Misha, would you like a cigarette? :)
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  offramp: How good was Tal's English?

I know that he was a fantastically intelligent man - he could easily have been a major figure in the maths world.

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  ray keene: tals english was just fine
May-09-05  darook: Just my 50cents:
This game should be studied under the theme "Defending a difficult position" (as White). White countered Black threats before his position got hopless... Black, taking control of the center and then starting offensive operations on the king wing, is another good strategic lesson to learn from this game.
May-08-09  YoungEd: This is an exciting game! I'll bet it was fun to play, too. What a thrill it must have been, GM Keene, to have such a clash with one of the all-time greats like this! Congrats to both for a game full of ideas.
May-08-09  whatthefat: Interesting game, made all the better by excellent annotations. Thanks Ray!
Aug-24-09  WhiteRook48: stunning initiatives
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