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Anatoly Karpov vs Mikhail Tal
SWIFT Blitz (1987) (blitz), Brussels BEL, Apr-26
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0



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Feb-20-03  Spitecheck: Here's something novel, a Queen fianchetto.
Aug-24-03  Shadout Mapes: Why does white win? (i always feel dumb asking this)
Aug-24-03  pawntificator: I know how you feel. But I love it when someone else asks, so I can try to figure it out. However, I seem to be stumped in this instance.
Aug-24-03  pawntificator: In fact, it looks almost like black could win after 51...Rb8
Aug-24-03  ughaibu: well, after e4 how does black continue?
Aug-24-03  Jonber: After 51...Rb8 52.e4 Qd6 53.Qxd6 cxd6 Black looks stronger to me. (If White tries to avoid the trade of queens, by for instance 53.Qg5, the d-pawn is up for grabs.)
Aug-24-03  ughaibu: There could be a draw by e5 Qd4 Ne6 etc? From the initial position I think it can be a white win if white can exchange queens but I would prefer to keep the d-pawn to exchange for the c-pawn. Ideally I wouldn't want to bring the c-pawn onto the d-file but in your line after the queen exchange how about Nd7?
Aug-24-03  tud: I think Jonber's line is right. Tal has some advantage but it's a long way to win against an endgame master like Karpov. 53 e5 Qf6 is better for black.
Aug-24-03  Jonber: 53.e5 would lose White the knight after:

53.e5 Qd5 54.f3 (necessary to avoid mate) Qxd4+

54.Nd7 is, as you point out, probably White’s best continuation, after which Black can choose between two promising options: Rb4 and Rb1+. The latter is probably best:

54.Nd7 Rb1+ 55.Kg2 Kg7 (avoids Nf6+ and forces 56.e5) 56.e5 (necessary to save the knight) Rd1 and the d-pawn will fall.

What follows is by no means an easy endgame, but being a little careful Black should triumph.

Aug-24-03  Shadout Mapes: Maybe Tal lost on time.
Aug-24-03  RKelley: in The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal he says he lost only once on time, early in his career. The book only covers up until 1973 though, so it is possible he lost on time.
Aug-02-05  Brown: The time-loss possibility is more reasonable when seeing that this is a rapid/quick game...
Nov-22-05  hellnation: lost on time .it must be that.
Nov-22-05  hellnation: why does redhawk have this game on his list over favorite games?
Jan-07-10  BraveUlysses: Clearly Tal ran out of time. The standard of this game is just amazing, blitz or not. Two giants slugging it out at breakneck pace... they should televise these events, it would be an incredible way to promote the game.
Jan-07-10  JuliusCaesar: Yes, it must be a loss on time. This was played before Fischer's idea of increments was unveiled.
May-23-11  Dyonis: Happy Birthday , Tolia !!! Spectacular game...especialy with the rook sacrifice!
Mar-25-16  Chesstorian72: Stockfish7 vs Stockfish7

51. Kg1 Rb8 52. e4
Qd6 53. Qxd6 cxd6 54. Nd3 Rb1 55. Kg2 Rd1 56. Nf4 Rxd4 57. Kf3 Kg7 58. Ke3 Rd1 59. Nd5 f5 60. f3 fxe4 61. fxe4 Kf7 62. h4 Ke6 63. Nf4 Kf6 64. Nd5 Ke5 65. Nf4 Re1 66. Kf3 Kf6 67. Nd5 Ke6 68. Kf4 Rc1 69. Kg5 Rg1 70. Kf4 Rf1 71. Kg5 Ke5 72. Kxg6 Rg1 73. h5 Rxg3 74. Kf7 Kxe4 75. Ne7 Rh3 76. Kg6 Ke5 77. h6 Ke6 78. Nf5 d5 79. Ng7 Ke5 80. Nh5 Rf3 81. h7 Rf8 82. Nf6 Rh8 83. Nxd5 Kxd5 84. Kg7 Ke6 85. Kxh8 Kf7 1/2-1/2

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