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Mikhail Tal vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
Hoogovens (1973), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-31
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Alburt Variation (B04)  ·  1-0



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Nov-03-03  ughaibu: Heroic defense from Tal.
Nov-03-03  drukenknight: allowing the discovered check does not look good. It looks like black should put the K on one of the dark squares where he can avoid checks by B and N.
Nov-03-03  Catholic Bishop: Tal gets a taste of his own medicine, and survives!
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  Eggman: I don't know what tournament this was, but Tal had a unbeaten streak of something like 86 games that ended in 1973, the year this game was played. Meanwhile Ljubojevic, in his early 20s at the time, was being touted (along with Karpov and Huebner) as Fischer's possible successor!
Nov-03-03  drukenknight: what was Tal's overall record during the win streak? if you know. It might be interesting to compare his streak to Fischer's and see how many ELO pts each one scored.
Nov-03-03  ughaibu: Fischer's was a winning streak (20) whereas Tal's was an unbeaten streak (93) so they're not really comparable by rating.
May-02-06  whatthefat: What an aggressive, tactical battle! The position after white's 39th move is frightening for black. And when you know that the player controlling those three white pieces is Tal, well, mate must soon come.
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<Eggman, ughaibu>

Tal's unbeaten streak was 86 games played between G Uusi vs Tal, 1972 and Balashov vs Tal, 1973.

Here is <Tal's> event record covering that span:

<Ilmar Raud Memorial 1972> Game Collection: Tal at the Ilmar Raud Memorial 1972 In Viljandi (5-18 July) 2d to Dvoretsky, ahead of Donchenko, Shamkovich, Suetin, Yim, Etruk and others, with +9 -1 =3. ["Mikhail Tal - 8th World Champion" (PC-CD) Event Index, p.10; "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal," p.11;; "Complete Games of Mikhail Tal 1967-1973," pp.112-115 ]

<Sukhumi 1972> Game Collection: Sukhumi 1972 (16 Aug - 5 Sept) 1st over Savon, Taimanov, M. Mukhin, Beliavsky, Liberzon, Kholmov, Murey, Espig, Huebner, Honfi, Gufeld, Suttles, Ree, Kirov and Jansa, with +7 -0 =8. ["Mikhail Tal - 8th World Champion" (PC-CD) Event Index, p.10; "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal," pp.11, 403-404;; Complete Games of Mikhail Tal 1967-1973," pp.116-120 ]

<Skopje Olympiad 1972> Game Collection: Tal at the Skopje Olympiad 1972 (18 Oct - 13 Nov) Gold medal on 4th board, with +12 -0 =4. The USSR 1st over Hungary, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, West Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Netherlands, East Germany, USA and Spain. ["Mikhail Tal - 8th World Champion" (PC-CD) Event Index, p.10; "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal," p.11; Olimpbase;;; ]

USSR Championship (1972) <40th USSR Championship> In Baku (16 Nov - 25 Dec) 1st over Tukmakov, Kuzmin, Savon, M. Mukhin, Vasiukov, Balashov, Bagirov, Furman, Kholmov, Lein and others, with +9 -0 =12. [Cafferty and Taimanov, pp.157-159; ]

<Wijk aan Zee 1973> (13 Jan - 3 Feb) 1st over Balashov, Vasukiov, Hort, Planinc, Andersson, Enklaar, Ribli, Ljubojevic, Najdorf and Szabo, with +6 -0 =9. [Winter, p.154; "Mikhail Tal - 8th World Champion" (PC-CD) Event Index, p.10;; ]

Tallinn (1973) (19 Feb - 15 March) 1st over Polugaevsky, Balashov, Bronstein, Spassky, Keres, Andersson, Nei, Timman and others, with +9 -0 =6. [ ]

<Moscow Pioneer's Tournament 1973> Game Collection: Tal at the Moscow Pioneer's Tournament 1973 Six city teams competed, each team consisting of one grandmaster paired with 6 pioneers from their respective cities. Each grandmaster played a clock simul against the pioneers from each of the opposing 5 teams. Tal's Riga team finished 3d, behind Moscow (Smyslov), Leningrad (Spassky), ahead of Kiev (Bronstein), Cheliabinsk (Karpov) and Tbilisi (Petrosian). ["Complete Games of Mikhail Tal 1967-1973," pp.148-149 ]

<Moscow Match Tournament 1973> Game Collection: Tal at the Moscow Match -Tournament 1973 (25-29 April) 2nd board for team USSR One, with +1 -0 =1 vs Bronstein (team USSR Two); +0 -2 =0 vs Balashov (team USSR Youth). USSR One finished 1st over USSR Youth and USSR Two. ["Mikhail Tal - 8th World Champion" (PC-CD) Event Index, p.11;; "Complete Games of Mikhail Tal 1967-1973," pp.150-151 ]

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