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Anatoly Karpov vs Mikhail Tal
USSR Championship (1976), Moscow URS, rd 10, Dec-10
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation (B67)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jul-18-15  butilikefur: 37...♖f8! C'mon Tal. 38. ♕a7 ♖e2 and he has no checks. Kick the queen and you have ideas like 38...b3 39. cxb3 ♕d3+ or 38... ♖e1.

Oh. 37...♖f8 38. ♖xg7+ ♔xg7 39. ♖g1+ ♔h7 40. ♕a7+ ♖e7 41. ♕xe7+ ... Yes yes okay. Draw is fine.

Oh it's a bit tricky too. <37...♖f8 38. ♖xg7 ♔xg7+ 39. ♖g1+ ♖g5 40. ♖xg5+ ♔h7 41. ♖xh5+> because why not <41...♔g8 42. ♖g5+> 42. ♕g1+ ♔f7 43. ♖h7+ is a promising looking wild goose chase <42...♔h7 43. ♕a7+ ♔h6> 43...♔h8 44. ♖h5+ ♔g8 45. ♕h7+ mate <44. ♕a6+> 44. ♕g1 ♕f6 45. ♕g4 ♕f1+ 46. ♔b2 ♕f6+ ♔b1= <44...♕f6> 44...♖f6 45. ♕e2 ♕f3 46. ♕e5 looks pretty good <45. ♕a5> and Black has a perpetual. Maybe that chase earlier was best.

May-11-20
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  Fusilli: So... Karpov passed up on 16.Bh7+. I don't understand why.
May-11-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Fusilli,

It could get messy. Black gets an active Bishop and Rook for the Queen and loads of activity.

Possibly the way to go but Karpov did not want to put a fire cracker under Tal who sensed he was getting sucked into a positional, bordering on tactical opening trap.

Tal's Queen offer was drummed up over the board.

Previous game up to move 14 here. R Calvo vs Gheorghiu, 1973 where White did play Bh7+ and Black threw in their Queen though the setting does differ and Black does not get the same material imbalance.

Some background on this game here https://dgriffinchess.wordpress.com... with chatty analysis from Tal and Koblencs.

***

May-11-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <Sally> Makes sense.

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