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🏆 Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates Quarterfinal (1980)

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Player: Lev Polugaevsky

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Polugaevsky vs Tal 1-0421980Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates QuarterfinalD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
2. Tal vs Polugaevsky 0-1701980Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates QuarterfinalB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Polugaevsky vs Tal  ½-½171980Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates QuarterfinalD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
4. Tal vs Polugaevsky ½-½361980Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates QuarterfinalB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Polugaevsky vs Tal  ½-½201980Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates QuarterfinalE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
6. Tal vs Polugaevsky  ½-½401980Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates QuarterfinalB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. Polugaevsky vs Tal 1-0411980Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates QuarterfinalE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
8. Tal vs Polugaevsky  ½-½331980Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates QuarterfinalB44 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: My old school is in Alma Ata.
Jun-17-14  Petrosianic: Alma Ata is my alma mater too.
Jun-17-14  GumboGambit: < Tal lost 150 Elo points in 1980 and went down from #2 to #29 in the World ranking.>

Tal had went undefeated in the previous years Riga Interzonal, as well as the Montreal Super Tournament, where he tied first with Karpov. His health issues are documented but: Has there been another player in recent memory to have such a rapid decline?

Jun-17-14  Petrosianic: Assuming that health WAS the issue. As mentioned elsewhere, his lifetime record against Polugaevsky was +2-8=24, so on the face of it no extraordinary excuses are needed to explain the result of the match. Now, on the other hand, if we examine the games (which nobody seems to have done) and find evidence of fatigue blunders, that would lend credence to the illness theory.
Jun-17-14  all hail tal: Strange that the article says Tal crushed Polu in Riga but the record of +2-8=24 doesn't jive with that. What gives?
Jun-17-14  all hail tal: So I see said the blind man. They only played one game heads up. Article is speaking of overall play in the tournament.
Jun-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <all hail tal: Strange that the article says Tal crushed Polu in Riga but the record of +2-8=24 doesn't jive with that. What gives?>

<all hail tal: So I see said the blind man. They only played one game heads up. Article is speaking of overall play in the tournament.>

The introduction says this, <"Tal had crushingly defeated Polugaevsky in Riga and won by a large margin.">

That is two separate things; the second half of the sentence refers to Tal winning the IZ by a large margin.

The first half refers to this famous game, well-known to all Tal fans: Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1979

May-14-17  RookFile: Polugaevsky was very strong in the openings and that was what mattered in this match.
May-15-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <RookFile: Polugaevsky was very strong in the openings and that was what mattered in this match.>

Every game had one.

May-16-17  Petrosianic: It's very clear. Tal's lifetime record against Polugaevsky was very bad, but he did crush Polugaevsky in that one game from the 1979 Interzonal. In fact, Tal crushed almost everyone in the 1979 Interzonal.

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