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Mikhail Tal vs Alexander Beliavsky
"Doppelgänger" (game of the day Jun-24-10)
USSR Championship (1974)  ·  Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  0-1
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Jun-14-05
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  TheAlchemist: Beliavsky wrote about it (15.Ne5) something like that (I will try to find the original article): "Tal wouldn't be Tal, if he hadn't decided to spank me for my opening decision".

During the game, both Beliavsky and Tal calculated 22...Qxg2!!, but Beliavsky "completely misevaluated the ensuing forced endgame": 23.Nxg2 Nh3+ 24.Kf1 Bxg2+ 25. Kxg2 Nf4+ and 26...Nxd3 etc. where in his own words, "Black is completely winning".

Jun-14-05
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  TheAlchemist: <Resignation Trap> I don't think a draw satisfied Beliavsky. He was, after this win, joint USSR champion with Tal. His choice of opening was more of a psychological trap tahn anything else, I think, and it worked just fine (15.Ne5) for Beliavsky. He was after all, very stubborn (he played the Grunfeld against Spassky in 1975 and won, although memories of Spassky's wins against Fischer were still fresh)
Jun-14-05  Resignation Trap: In the April 1975 issue of Chess Life & Review, Keres states that "The choice of opening clearly shows that Beliavsky would have been satisfied with a draw." Of course, Keres <could> have been wrong! Beliavsky in Uncompromisisng Chess made no such statement himself. However, he did quote Tal: "This game confirms an old truth, that it is is difficult to play a game of chess having in mind two possible results: you are happy with a draw, and you also want to try and win. This is a rather complicated exercise, as at some point one excludes the other, although Beliavsky played the second part of the game very strongly."
Jun-14-05
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  TheAlchemist: <Resignation Trap> I can't remember exactly which tournaments specifically, but Beliavsky (as you said a notorious uncompromising player) threw away a lot of tournaments with playing for a win in drawn positions in last rounds, this is one rare occasion where his tactic succeeded.
Apr-02-06  who: <During the game, both Beliavsky and Tal calculated 22...Qxg2!!, but Beliavsky "completely misevaluated the ensuing forced endgame": 23.Nxg2 Nh3+ 24.Kf1 Bxg2+ 25. Kxg2 Nf4+ and 26...Nxd3 etc. where in his own words, "Black is completely winning".> do you mean Tal misevaluated?
Apr-02-06
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  TheAlchemist: <who> No, I meant Beliavsky. He did see the variation, but didn't judge it as good for him. Here's the entire translated quote, from an article:

"We both calculated 22...Qxg2!, but I didn't judge the ensuing ending well. After 23.Nxg2 Nh3+ 24.Kf1 Bxg2+ 25.Kxg2 Nf4+ 26.Kf3 Nxd3 27.Rxe8 Rxe8 28.Bxd4 Ne1+ 29.Kg4 Nc2 30.Rd1 Rd8 31.Ne2 b5! (better than 31...Nxa3 32.Rc1 b5 33.Bc5 Nc4) 32.Rd3 g6 33.Rd2 Nxa3 34.Bc3 Rxd2 35.Bxd2 Nc2 Black is completely winning!"


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"23...Qxg2 doesn't work anymore: 24.Nxg2 Nh3+ 25.Kf1 Bxg2+ 26.Ke2 Nf4+ 27.Kd2 Nxd3 28.Kxd3 a5 29.Bxd4 axb4 30.axb4 Bxb4 31.Rg1 with a likely draw."


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Apr-02-06
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  TheAlchemist: Kotov, who annotated the game for the Informant no.18, gave

22...Qxg2?! 23.Nxg2 Nh3+ 24.Kf1 Bxg2+ 25.Kxg2 Nf4+ 26.Kf3 Nxd3 27.Rxe8 Rxe8 28.Bxd4=

23...Qxg2?! 24.Nxg2 Nh3+ 25.Kf1 Bxg2+ 26.Ke2! Nf4+ 27.Kd2 Nxd3 28.Kxd3

Apr-02-06
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  TheAlchemist: An excerpt from Beliavsky's introduction to the game:

<Once he (Tal) evaluated me and stated that "Beliavsky has a brilliant intuition, which he uses, instead of playing for mate, for achieving material advantage..." Later, in the 1980's he found out about my obsession with computers. Back then, it was quite rare among chessplayers, I was interested mostly in systematic data storage, as I could never fully rely on my memory! But Tal interpreted my passion differently: "Sasha, computers won't make you happy, develop your intuition instead, not calculating abilities." Tal didn't like computers at all and often stated that he's "perfectly satisfied with making people happy with his wizardry. Why would he have to make machines happy as well?">

After 3...Nc6 Beliavsky wrote an interesting insight:

<At this moment, Tal sank into deep thought. He had surely expected me to play a sharper opening, as you know, I needed a win. But suddenly, a symmetrical position has arisen, which should represent my peaceful intentions - congratulations to the new Soviet champion?

Of course, Tal wouldn't be Tal, if he didn't decide to "spank" me. And, unfortunately, I didn't learn anything from this example, even if we know, that it's much easier and cheaper to learn from others' mistakes. There have been many examples in my career, where I have lost tournament wins by forcing drawn positions in last rounds. Spassky buried me twice (Baden Baden 1980 and Reykjavik 1988), later Dautov in Reggio Emilia 1996...>

Apr-02-06  hangingenprise: <alchemist> tks. for the insight of this game. this was tal's most bitter lose of his chess career. you just have to feel for him this game as he would have been the out right champion. give belyavsky the gold star, or red star, as he won the game and co-championship.
Jun-21-08
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  talisman: thanks suenteus po!
Jun-21-08
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  suenteus po 147: <talisman: thanks suenteus po!> You're welcome! (Ummm, what did I do???)
Jun-21-08
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  Benzol: <suenteus po 147> <<talisman: thanks suenteus po!> You're welcome! (Ummm, what did I do???)>

Assembled Game Collection: USSR Championship 1974 is what he's referring to I believe.

:)

Jun-21-08
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  talisman: thanks Benzol.
suenteus po 147..your game collection!
btw the WCC INDEX game collection is greatly appreciated.
Jun-25-09  WhiteRook48: 15 Ne5? maybe rerouting the bishop to c2 was a better choice
Jun-24-10
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  al wazir: Looks like Tal just tossed a R. 35. Nf5 seems to hold on to everything for white.
Jun-24-10  Catfriend: <al wazir> 35.Nf5 is refuted by 35..Qh5!, threatening Qxf5 - and the rook. There's no escape from that double threat.
Jun-24-10  jussu: I wonder what Tal had in mind when he played 14. Ne5. Maybe I am somehow grossly wrong but the result of exchanging white d-pawn for black h-pawn seems to greatly favour black.
Jun-24-10  www.behoitsda.at: <I wonder what Tal had in mind when he played 14. Ne5. Maybe I am somehow grossly wrong but the result of exchanging white d-pawn for black h-pawn seems to greatly favour black>

isn´t it always better to give away a pawn from the side to if possible take one in the center?

Jun-24-10
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  kevin86: A rare time when Tal bites the dust.
Jun-24-10
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  chrisowen: <kevin86> Cornered queens huck defeat another one chalked up? Left to his own amusings Tal plow it headstrong and gets taught a lesson. This look alike opening is a cool clone again going down Tarrasch channels. The shape of game shifts once Alexander piles in the kingside pieces. A polished performance the pawn shooing white who takes a shine sacrificing the rook for meagre compensation. What is your take on 14.Ne5?
Jun-24-10  Ferro: Y a mi Qué!
Jun-24-10  Ferro: Than me
Jun-25-10
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  al wazir: <Catfriend>: 35. Nf5 Qh5 36. Qf3. Now what?

Oh, I see: 36...Qxf5 37. Qxf5 Nh4+, winning a piece. Thanks.

Sep-08-11
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  perfidious: <Resignation Trap: In the April 1975 issue of Chess Life & Review, Keres states that "The choice of opening clearly shows that Beliavsky would have been satisfied with a draw." Of course, Keres <could> have been wrong!...>

One method of breaking the symmetry, had Beliavsky wished, lay in 6....Ne4, as in this famous game: Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971.

Nov-26-12
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  wordfunph: "You can't play to draw and to win at the same time."

- Mikhail Tal

Source: The Soviet Championships by Cafferty & Taimanov

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