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Yasser Seirawan vs Mikhail Tal
Montpellier Candidates (1985), Montpellier FRA, rd 14, Oct-31
Semi-Slav Defense: Romih Variation (D46)  ·  1-0
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Nov-17-05  Koster: 29...Qd3 probably draws, but b5? runs into Qf1! and black has to guard the b pawn and prevent Qf6, so he plays the weakening b4. Made possible by 25. fg3!, which white had to play anyway to avoid perpetaul check.

Seirawan always seems to get white against tal.

Nov-17-05  TopaLove: I thought about 19 ... ♕h4

After 18 ... ♗c7 seems that Black has two strong bishops and a nice pawn on e4, but a vulnerable king. Maybe thatīs why Tal traded his pieces.

May-13-06  MagnaPsygnosis: Tal is a Brilliant chessplayer.... But Seirawn broke him with modern chess techniques.....NICE ONE
Jul-27-09  Billy Ray Valentine: Those pesky Queen and opposite colored bishop endgames...

I seem to recall Seirawan annotating this game on an instructional video somewhere...

Jul-27-09  MaxxLange: Yaz emerges with a crushing position

He made a whole video lesson series, that is out of print now, many years ago - maybe it was on those tapes?

Jul-27-09
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  shalgo: This game must have come as a rude shock to Tal. After opening the tournament with 6/9, Tal appeared to be trying to coast to a spot in the top four, thus guaranteeing his place in the Candidates' matches. He agreed to draws of 19, 15, 24, and 19 moves in rounds 10 through 13.

He then lost this game to Seirawan in round 14 and was held to a draw by Spraggett in the last round. He thus finished in a tie for fourth with Timman and the two were forced to play a playoff match for the last spot. That match ended in a 3-3 tie, when Timman was declared the winner because he had more wins in the tournament.

Jul-27-09  AnalyzeThis: It's just as well. You're either the best in the world or you're not. Even with everything that happenned, he could have beaten Timman and gotten in. The Tal who was world champion would have done so.
Mar-25-12  Everett: <The Tal who was world champion would have done so.> Well, this was the Tal who was world champion.
Mar-25-12
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  NM JRousselle: Was health an issue in this game? This does not look anywhere near Tal at his best.
Apr-16-13  Everett: <He then lost this game to Seirawan in round 14 and was held to a draw by Spraggett in the last round. He thus finished in a tie for fourth with Timman and the two were forced to play a playoff match for the last spot. That match ended in a 3-3 tie, when Timman was declared the winner because he had more wins in the tournament.>

Hmmmm.... A full match before the "most wins" tie-break, and here only to get into the candidates matches.

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