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Mikhail Tal vs Nino Kirov Ivanov
Novi Sad (1974)
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation (B46)  ·  0-1
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-23-02  ughaibu: This is the game that ended Tal's unbeaten run of 93 games. Kirov plays as if he were Tal.
Dec-23-02  GregorMendel: Don't think 13. Nxc8 was the best move, but I don't see what else is an option...what was Tal's idea with Nb6? Probably not exchanging off an active Knight for the Bishop that hadn't been touched...
Mar-16-05  Knezh: So, umm, <goosey>, care to tell us a bit about this interesting game?
Mar-17-05  mdz: Tal was winning with 25.Ba5 (lost with g4?). Analysis by Junior 9: 1. (0.81): 25.Ba5 Qb8 26.Bc3 g4 27.Rd3 Rd8 28.Rad1 g3 29.h3 Kg8 30.Rxd7 Rxd7 31.Rxd7 Qxf4 32.Qxc6
Jun-04-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheAlchemist: Tal annotated this game for the Informant and gave:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 Qc7 7.O-O Nf6 8.Be3 Bb4 9.Na4 O-O 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.f4 (<!?, 11.Nb6; 11.c4>) Be7 (<!, 11...Rb8 12.Bd3 Be7 13.c4 d6 14.c5 >) 12.Nb6 (<12.Bd3 d6?! 13.Nb6 Rb8 14.Nxc8 Qxc8 15.b3 ; 12...c5! =>) Rb8 13.Nxc8 Qxc8 (<13...Rfxc8 14.Ba6 Rd8 15.Bd3 Rxb2 16.Bd4 Rb8 17.e5 Nd5 19.f5→>) 14.e5 Nd5 15.Bc1 (<15.Bd4 c5 16.c4 Nf4! >) f6 (<!>) 16.c4 Bc5+ 17.Kh1 Ne7 (<?!, 17...Ne3! 18.Bxe3 Bxe3 19.Qd3 Bc5 20.exf6 Rxf6 21.b3 >)18.exf6 Rxf6 19.Bd3 (<!, >) Qc7 (<!?, 19...Ne7 (∆ Ng3) 20.g4! Ne3 21.Bxe3 Bxe3 22.g5 Rf4 23.Qh5 >) 20.Bxh7+ Kxh7 21.Qh5+ Rh6 22.Qxc5 Nf5 23.Rf3 (<23.Qf2 >) Rh8 (<23...g5?? 24.g4! >) 24.Bd2 (<??, 24.h3 >) g5 (<!, >) 25.g4 (<!?>) Kg8 26.gxf5 Rxh2+ 27.Kg1 d6 (<!!> - Rarely does someone award two exclamation points to the opponent - <27...Rh1+? 28.Kf2 Rxa1 29.Qe7 ; 27...Rd2 28.Qe7 Qb6! 29.c5 Rg2 30.Kxg2 Qb2+ 31.Rf2 Rh2+ =; 28.f6 d5!; 28.fxe6 dxe6 29.Qg5+ Kf7 30.Rg3 Qb6! 31.c5 Qb2 32.Qg6 Ke7 =>) 28.Qd4 (<?, 28.Ba5!! Rh1+ 29.Kf2 dxc5 30.Bc7 Rxa1 31.fxe6 =>) e5 (<!>) 29.fxe5 dxe5 30.Qg4 (<30.Qd3 g4!! 31.f6 gxf3 32.Qg6+ Kf8 33.Bb4+ c5 34.Bxc5 Qxc5 ; 31.Rg3 Rh1+ 32.Kf2 R8h2+?! 33.Ke3 Qb6+ 34.Ke4 Re2 35.Qxe2? Qd4#; 35.Be3! ∞; 32...Qb6! >) Rh1+ 31.Kf2 R8h2+ 32.Kg3 (<32.Ke3 Qb6+ >) e4 33.Rf4 (<33.Bf4 Rh3 34.Qxh3 Rxh3 35.Kxh3 Qh7+ 36.Kg3 Qh4+ ; 34.Kf2 Rf3+ 35.Kg2 Qf4! 36.Qxf4 gxf4 37.Rh1 Rg3+! >) Rh3+ 34.Kg2 R3h2+ 35.Kg3 Rh3+ 36.Kg2 R1h2+ (<!>) 37.Kf1 Qd8 (<!>) 0-1

Tal sure knew how to appreciate his opponents' efforts. Even when he lost, he still managed to recognize his opponent's good play and award it accordingly. A great struggle, albeit with a few errors and inaccuracies.

Feb-12-11  theodor: has this game been a play of the day?
Feb-12-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <theodor> I'm not sure what you mean by "Play of the Day". If you mean "Game of the Day", this can be seen because the game will have a little note below the players' names. For some examples, see Tal vs Averbakh, 1961, or Tal vs A Vooremaa, 1971, or Tal vs W R Chandler, 1974.

If you mean "Puzzle of the Day", that's much harder since they have no indication other than several pages of kibitizing on the same day. That's obviously not the case here.

Mar-08-11  theodor: obviously I mean "Game of the Day". this is a clear demonstration of my poor memory. I formerly tried to memorize Steinitz - Bardeleben game. after a week I couldnt remember the 6th move(or so)!
Oct-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: A game which marked the end of another long undefeated streak in serious play for Tal, his last loss having come to Petrosian in USSR Championship (1973).

This defeat left Tal even after four rounds; he scored +8 =3 in the remaining rounds to finish one-half point ahead of Gyozo Victor Forintos, whom Kirov also defeated.

This was a curious result for Kirov: despite wins against the top two finishers, he was minus (+2 -3 =8) against the remainder of the field to finish 8-7.

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