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Konstantin Zaivelevich Lerner vs Mikhail Tal
"Livin' Lerner" (game of the day Apr-30-2007)
Jurmala (1983), Jun-??
Pirc Defense: General (B07)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Sularus: I wonder if black could have held on to that extra pawn.
Apr-30-07  Confuse: interesting how both take pawns that are protected but cannot be taken (bishop making queen pin if taken and rook making queen fork if taken) fun.
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  twin phoenix: it's monday n i'm slow but why doesn't black try 44.--,Kh6? i guess he's worried about the a5 pawn falling when i'm not exactly sure who's winning. if it's good then white should play qxq and Nxa5. anyway, seems to me someone should be trying to cash in for a whole point here...
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  kevin86: I would say that after {Kh6,white exchanges queens and picks off the pawn at a5. The pawns would be even,white has a passed one,and black's bishop is horrible. I think it was best to take the draw. After all,Tal knew more than most of the rest of us put together.
Apr-30-07  D4n: On move #36, Bxf2 why was Nf3 the reply? What is wrong with Qxf2? And on move # 41, Rxf7+, the reply was Kg8, not Kxf7....Kxf7 would have made Qxe4 a move effective attack. But I guess a tie is better then a loss....
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  Crowaholic: The underprotected knight after 27. ..Nd4 is also interesting. White presumably didn't take it because of

28. Bxd4 exd4 29. Rxd4 Qe5 30. Rd1 Qxe4

with material compensation for Black and the threat of Qh1+ should White try something foolish.

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  twin phoenix: <d4n>
37. Qxf2 is met by R-d2 pinning Q to K. as to 41--, k-g8. i think the answer is Q-f2 doubling on the f file with bigtime threats. if 42. qxe4+ than just k-h2 and black must stop the mate in 1.
Apr-30-07  D4n: # 37, Qxf2 is met by Rd2, it becomes a trade rook for rook. With that kind of outcome it would become a tie anyway. What is wrong with Kxf2? The Queen still protects d1, from the enemy Rook and Queen. On second look I would rather play Kxf2.
Apr-30-07  Pennypacker: I was looking at the line: 39...f5 40.Nc4 Rf6 41.Nxa5 Qa8!? (keeping the pin) 42.Nc4 f4 43.gxf4 exf4 44.Qf3 Re6 45.e5 Qxf3+ 46.Kxf3 Bxe5 47.Nxe5 Rxe5

Black is a pawn up but the endgame is drawn. Whites a-pawn makes sure of that.

Apr-30-07  maximocapcom: If the Tal takes the rook, the knight will check and attack the queen. Thus he would lose a queen if he takes the rook.
Apr-30-07  maximocapcom: but the odd part is that black can afterwards pin the queen with the rook and thus take back the queen.. the ending would be knight vs bishop
Apr-30-07  morphynoman2: Game of the day? Sorry, for me this game is nothing special at all, except for two blunders. Tal has many better games than this.
Apr-26-09  Octal: It's interesting how both players sacrifice a piece on their opponent's KB2 square, and if they are taken they loose their queen!
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