chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Mikhail Tal vs Slim Bouaziz
Riga Interzonal (1979), Riga URS, rd 5, Sep-10
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation (E92)  ·  1/2-1/2
ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

explore this opening
find similar games 2,801 more games of Tal
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can step through the moves by clicking the < and > buttons, but it's much easier to simply use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-02-09  ughaibu: Tal won his first four games in this event, then drew this one, against his first non-Soviet opponent.
Oct-27-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: When Bouaziz sat down to play the mighty Tal, the pundits said that he had Slim chances.
Jun-25-12  Abdel Irada: <FSR>: What you're saying is that Bouaziz had peaceful chances? ;-)

Actually, the most interesting thing about this "draw" is that it occurred precisely when Black obtained what should have been a winning advantage. Had Bouaziz been less peaceful, perhaps he would have made Tal prove he wasn't lost.

Jun-25-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Of course, there's a significant disparity in strength between Tal and Bouaziz. Particularly after Tal had won his first four games, Bouaziz must have been apprehensive sitting down, with the black pieces, against him in Round 5. In the final position, presumably Tal was happy to draw since he'd dropped a pawn for nothing, while Bouaziz was happy to draw because he was playing the great Tal, a player he'd expected to beat him. As Bouaziz painfully discovered in the very next round, having a winning position against a strong GM does not guarantee that one will in fact win it. S Bouaziz vs Miles, 1979
Jun-25-12  Abdel Irada: Of course that is almost certainly the real explanation. I was merely having fun punning on the meaning of Bouaziz's first name.

I'm sure that this scenario has played out many times thus:

GM: Watch me ram the pawn down this fish's gullet! Oops. He outplayed me and won the pawn; now I'm losing. But I'm sure he'll feel so honored to escape with a draw against the great me that he'll accept the half-point.

Opp.: Well ... technically, I'm winning, but there's many a slip... and I'd look a terrible fool if I refuse the draw and he proceeds to swindle me and win. Maybe I'd better take the half-point and run.

Jun-25-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Abdel Irada> Yes, I imagine that was pretty much the players' thought processes. In the case of Miles in the following round (luckily for him, as it turned out), he got such a ridiculously lost position that Bouaziz would have laughed at any draw offer. My guess is that neither player offered one, and certainly not in the late stages of the game.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Riga izt 1979 Rd.5
from Mikhail Tal, Interzonal Tournament, Latvia 1979 by wanabe2000
Riga Interzonal 1979
by Tabanus
Interzonals 1979: Riga
by capybara


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC