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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.

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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 with chatty analysis from Tal and Koblencs.


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  Fusilli: <Sally> Makes sense.

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