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Tal - Larsen Candidates Semifinal Match

Mikhail Tal5.5/10(+3 -2 =5)[games]
Bent Larsen4.5/10(+2 -3 =5)[games] Chess Event Description
Tal - Larsen Candidates Semifinal (1965)

The Tal - Portisch Candidates Quarterfinal (1965) and Larsen - Ivkov Candidates Quarterfinal (1965) resulted in Mikhail Tal meeting Bent Larsen in this semifinal match. (1)

Bled, Slovenia, 23 July - 8 August 1965 (2)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 GM Tal 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5½ 2 GM Larsen 1 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 4½

Tal advanced to the Spassky - Tal Candidates Final (1965).

(2) Games dated from Alexander Khalifman (ed.), Mikhail Tal Games II 1963-1972 (Chess Stars 1995), pp. 108-116; Di Felice, Chess Results 1964-1967, p. 206.

Original collection: Game Collection: WCC Index (Tal-Larsen 1965), by User: Hesam7.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Larsen vs Tal 1-0411965Tal - Larsen Candidates SemifinalE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
2. Tal vs Larsen 1-0371965Tal - Larsen Candidates SemifinalC66 Ruy Lopez
3. Larsen vs Tal ½-½411965Tal - Larsen Candidates SemifinalE00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Tal vs Larsen ½-½771965Tal - Larsen Candidates SemifinalB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
5. Larsen vs Tal 1-0501965Tal - Larsen Candidates SemifinalD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
6. Tal vs Larsen 1-0341965Tal - Larsen Candidates SemifinalB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
7. Larsen vs Tal ½-½911965Tal - Larsen Candidates SemifinalE00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Tal vs Larsen ½-½411965Tal - Larsen Candidates SemifinalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. Larsen vs Tal ½-½781965Tal - Larsen Candidates SemifinalA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
10. Tal vs Larsen 1-0371965Tal - Larsen Candidates SemifinalB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-04-13  RookFile: Only Tal goes into game 10 determined to sac a piece as soon as possible.
Jun-13-17  Coutinho: Thats how Tal played it👊
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  saffuna: What to do if the match was tied at its conclusion had not been addressed.

So the arbiter made this suggestion after the eighth game:

"I will stand Larsen and Tal side by side, and give each of them a sheep's bone, and then bring in my dog. The one he goes up to will go through to the final!"

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