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Mikhail Tal vs Viktor Korchnoi
USSR Championship (1959), Tbilisi URS, rd 18, Feb-08
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  0-1



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Oct-21-05  lentil: 61. Rxe5 Re1+ 62. Kf4 Rxe5 63. Kxe5 Kd3 soon wins the W f-pawn and Queens his own.

61. Ra5 Re1+ 62. Kd2 Rd2+ also wins the W f-pawn (and W h-pawn in exchange for the B e-pawn, leaving 2 connected passers)

Jan-11-06  blingice: This is an awesome game for minor piece moves. Tal controls much of the game with his ♗s and ♘s, and prioritizes his trades of them quite well, trying to weaken Korchnoi's pawns. The ♖ and pawns endgame was also pretty good. Tal, for whatever reason, lost two pawns early, and only got one from Korchnoi. Why aren't there more kibitzes on a Tal-Korchnoi game?!
Jan-11-06  HannibalSchlecter: I thought Tal should have kept the queens on. King in the center...come on Tal, what the heck???
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  andrewjsacks: Check the record. Korchnoi was always a "difficult opponent" for Tal, as, for example, Geller was for years for Fischer.
Aug-23-10  culei: And if 60 rg6
61 kd3 (kd2 loses)
61... E4
62 kc3 e3 wins!

(Pxp f2) (rxg4 exf2)

Feb-24-11  M.D. Wilson: Korchnoi proved that he was a better player than Tal in their many games.
Apr-01-12  screwdriver: 2 outstanding players that played the game a level above most everyone else.
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  Penguincw: Korchnoi sure knows how to prevent Tal from doing any sacrifices.
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  keypusher: After 17 moves:

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Not many people dared to play this way against Tal!

Mar-12-15  Nerwal: The game makes 20. a4 look like a serious positional mistake. White should probably concede that Black stands solid and play something boring instead, like 20. a3 then ♖d3.
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  perfidious: Enough fishy comments have been viewed, iffen ya git mah drift.
Dec-02-15  Absentee: The fish rots from the head, they say.
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  perfidious: <Absentee> Which brain first, though?
Jan-24-17  zanzibar: Korchnoi and Petrosian weren't always "not friends".

In fact, Petrosian helped Korchnoi analyze the game during the adjournment, so much so that Korchnoi says they found the winning path together.

A complex relationship these two had, despite some people's efforts to pigeonhole it into a pithy phrase or two.

Jan-24-17  ughaibu: Petrosian and Tal were also friends. So presumably Petrosian chose Korchnoi to help because of the tournament standings, not friendship.
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