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Algimantas Ionovich Butnorius vs Mikhail Tal
13th Soviet Team-ch qual group 1 (1975), Riga LAT, rd 4, Jul-??
Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto (B06)  ·  0-1


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Sep-07-03  Count Spankula: What is the winning variation after 39 Re2? I can't see a way to avoid a check on d4 and trading away the f2 pawn
Sep-07-03  Jonber: 39.Re2?? Qh1+ 40.Qg1 Qxg1#

Best move if you really wanted to continue would have been 39.Rf4, but White is doomed nonetheless.

Apr-01-05  chess man: 39.Rf4?? Rxf4 wins white's rook because if 40.Qxf4?? then black plays Qxf4.
Aug-02-05  misguidedaggression: Yes, it does lose the rook/queen but it stops the pawn from queening (at least for a few more moves). I think the best practical chance is 39.Bf5 but after 39...Rxf5 40.Rd7 Kh6! (Rf7? 41.Rxf7 Kxf7 42.Qe6+ looks like it leads to perpetual check.) White runs out of checks and the pawn should still queen. 39...Qg1+ 40.Qxg1 fg1=Q+ 41.Kxg1 Rxf5 42.Re7+ looks like it may give white some slim drawing chances.
Aug-02-05  paul dorion: <misguidedagression> I am afraid that it is 40 Re7+ and Kf8 wins even faster
Aug-03-05  misguidedaggression: <40.Re7+> Oops, I wasn't looking at the board when I typed that. Sorry!
Nov-17-05  LondonSystem: Ok, somebody explain to me why white actually played 15.g4(??)?
Nov-17-05  Averageguy: <LondonSystem> The pin was irritating White, but all players are taught never to move the Pawns ahead of your king without VERY good reason.

What I like about this game is that the attack doesn't lead to mate, or tremendous material gain, it leads to a dynamic position where Black has mobile passed pawns and White's King was in a dire position, a position that Tal evaluated to perfection.

Apr-16-06  martys668: What about 39. Qg2???
Apr-16-06  bumpmobile: 39...Qxg2 40. Kxg2 f1=Q+
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