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Mikhail Tal vs Aivars Gipslis
Riga (1951), Riga (Latvia)
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation (E30)  ·  1-0



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Jul-26-03  WRWilliams: Does anyone know why 4....d5 is almost never played instead of 4....c5? in the Nimzo-Indian Leningrad? If d5 is inferior, this game doesn't seem to show that clearly despite the final result which apparently is due to some miscalculation on the part of Gipslis?
Jul-28-03  WRWilliams: Dear Chessgames Webmaster,
I've done a check and apparently this game is actually a transposition from an initial Nimzo-Indian Leningrad into a QGD Ragozin...
Aug-02-04  Knight13: I don't get why Gipslis resigned.
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  Chessical: <Knight13> Gipslis is a piece for a pawn down with no compensation.
Oct-26-06  JohnNash: This is my analysis why Giplis resigned:
Ba6 threatens to capture the Rook for a bishop, if black responds to this by moving the rook, he loses initiative and Tal maybe able to place his QB to e5, and then Q to f6, mate at Qg7. If Giplis tries to protect the f6 by Nd5, an easy Bb7 will remove the defender and Tal's victory is imminent.
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  Fusilli: <JohnNash> Being a piece up, I think Tal would go first for 0-0.
Oct-19-10  dakgootje: 22. Qf6 proves: don't sac the saccer.

On the same account, you should not sock soccer and sack sackers [seen that in Up in the Air]

Oct-19-10  ughaibu: Chessmetrics doesn't mention any tournament contested by Tal in 1951.
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  Fusilli: <ughaibu> Tal turned 15 and Gipslis 14 in 1951. My guess is that someone unearthed the game after Tal became famous. They were both Latvians, so it is possible that they played this game at a junior tournament back then.
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  profK: I think I like 20...e5
If 21 Qe5 fRe8 22.Qd4 Bf3 looks pretty strong.
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  alexmagnus: < ughaibu: Chessmetrics doesn't mention any tournament contested by Tal in 1951.>

If you think Chessmetrics has all games ever played by the players mentioned, got to disappoint you :D

Chessmetrics takes one specific player (don't remember who, I think the most active top-20 player it was) and then traces the games by him, his opponents, the opponents of his opponents... and so on, for 10 "generations". So you must end up within these 10 generations to be on the specific Chessmetrics list.

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  kingscrusher: At move 20, it seems Black was on a rapid self-destruct course. It seems with 20..Bb3 not committing to g7 weakening - White is actually in a kind of terrible zugzwang:

Mikhail Tal - Aivars Gipslis 1-0 0.0, Riga Riga (Latvia) 1951

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Analysis by Stockfish 14:

1. -+ (-3.87): 21.Kf2 f6 22.Qg4 Qd7 23.Kg1 Qd2 24.Re1 Nd1 25.Qd4 Rfd8 26.Qxd2 Rxd2 27.h3 Rcc2 28.e4 e5 29.Kh2 g5 30.Bg3

The rapid self-destruct via weakening g7 and Tal's Qf6 for Be5 threat is quite funny :)

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