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Viktor Korchnoi vs Mikhail Tal
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 14, May-24
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Pillsbury Variation (D41)  ·  0-1



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Mar-06-03  ughaibu: According to the database this Tal's first win against Korchnoi. I like Tal's endgame play, very active.
Sep-18-04  Giancarlo: Korchnoi had a plus record against Tal, but alot of the games had Black winning, possibly indicating how any of these matches could have gone either way. Tal does play his EG very well in this game. And it must have felt nice to beat Victor for the first time.
Feb-07-05  suenteus po 147: Unless I'm mistaken, this belongs in <iron maiden>'s Zugzwang! game collection....
Feb-07-05  iron maiden: You're not mistaken. BTW, did you get my e-mail?
May-23-06  Bob726: what about ne2?
May-23-06  LuckyBlunder: I think you mean nd2, in that case :

Crafty says

1. (-#6): 63...Be5 64.Nf1 Bf4 65.a3 bxa3 66.b4 a2 67.Nd2 a1Q+ 68.Nb1 Qxb1#

2. (-#7): 63...Bd6 64.a3 bxa3 65.Kc1 Bf4 66.Kb1 Bxd2 67.b4 f1Q+ 68.Ka2 Bxb4 69.Kb3 Qb1#

May-23-06  LuckyBlunder: The theme is the zugzwang that black forces to the a-pawn
Jun-25-08  mate2900s: zugzwang!!! yeah I speak a little German
Jan-08-09  M.D. Wilson: Nice endgame from Tal, proving the superiority of the active bishop.
Apr-11-11  goldenbear: <Benzol> Not worthy of your collection?!
Jun-02-14  dTal: Why so few comments?? Tal played the middle game also very nicely, and always seemed to be just in time to prevent White from crashing through after he wins a pawn. When he finally manges to castle on move 23, he's a solid pawn up. He exchanges Qs at the expense of doubled pawns on the Q side because of the Rd7 threats, but judges everything very nicely, and sees he has a winning position after exchanging rooks. very nicely played!
Apr-09-20  carpovius: Brilliant endgame!
Apr-10-20  SChesshevsky: Interesting that in this play white gives up the two B's with 13 Bxf6. CG computer agrees with the B trade also. I guess reason is that figures LSBs will be exchanged and N will be better than B in the end. Game might show accurate evaluation if not for blacks extra pawn.

Have to believe Korchnoi must have missed 15...Rd8 or 21...b5. Because doesn't look like any real compensation for the lost pawn.

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