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Lev Alburt vs Mikhail Tal
USSR Championship (1972), Baku URS, rd 7, Nov-26
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  0-1



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Oct-22-05  morphyvsfischer: Tal does a great job of refuting the veresov!
Oct-22-05  aw1988: The Veresov is not "refuted", rather he found moves superior to his opponents.
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  James Demery: I think Tal is just a much better player than Alburt which is not meant as a slight to Alburt in any way. Tal is one of the all time greats.
Dec-31-05  HannibalSchlecter: I don't think the Veresov is refuted but it does have the reputation of letting black equalize easily (if he knows what he's doing)
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  James Demery: HannibalSchlecter: Great name. ;)
Dec-31-05  HannibalSchlecter: Thanks James!
Jan-25-07  SamGBrit: Well 4. f3 is currently under a cloud as far as theory is concerned. Better are 4. Qd3 and 4. e3, which gives a better if more quiet game
May-21-07  ongyj: <SamGBrit> How about 4.Qd2 ? I thought it looks at least fine.
Jun-21-09  pom nasayao: White's 27. Ne5 is a blunder.
Jan-22-13  Vatnos: Veresov is not refuted. Tal just played better.
Mar-04-14  Poisonpawns: 23.Nxb5?? is the losing blunder which Tal refutes with f4
Mar-04-14  RookFile: First place in the USSR championship. This Tal guy was pretty good.
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  offramp: So the Veresov is refuted.
Jul-08-14  Maatalkko: Oh no! The Veresov is refuted!
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  perfidious: After Tal opened this event with six draws, this win began a streak of 10.5/12, which would see him clear to his fourth gold medal in a Soviet title event.
Mar-16-21  Gaito: This game was played during Mikhail Tal's first long unbeaten streak. From July, 1972 to April, 1973, Tal played 86 games. He won 47, drew 39 and lost none. The following year he would beat his own record with a streak of 95 games without a loss (46 wins, 49 draws) from October, 1973 to October, 1974. In more recent years, the record has been broken. Chinese GM Ding Liren played 100 games without a loss, and current World Champion Magnus Carlsen holds the record with a string of 126 classical games without a loss. There are other masters who have achieved unbeaten streaks longer than 100 games, among others Sergey Tiviakov.
Mar-16-21  Gaito: With 23.Nxb5? Lev Alburt attempted to outTal Tal. It obviously didn't work. He should have played the more modest move 23.g3, but his position was already inferior. White never stood better in this game.

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