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Mikhail Tal vs Miguel Najdorf
Bled (1961), Bled YUG, rd 19, Oct-03
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  1-0



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Nov-19-04  kostich in time: Tal tells two very funny anecdotes about this game. The first goes as follows. Late in the tournament, Najdorf asked him what his four best games in the tournament had been. Tal answered. "My games with Olaffson, Ivkov and Parma" "But thats only three, " Najdorf protested, "what is the fourth" "that will be my last-round game against you" Then, the nuight before the last round, Fischer took Najdorf aside, and showed him something on the chess-board. Presumably, he was initiating him in the Poison Pawn variation..presumably the same innovation he used against Bilek at Stockholm the next year.

After talking with Najdorf, Fischer spoke to Tal.
"you will lose tomorrow against Najdorf. However, you havent played that badly in this tournament, so Iwill be content to share first place with you. Iwill play for a draw tomorrow." Tal protested that he had no thought of losing to Najdorf, but Bobby would hear nothing of it. The next day, Tal sat down to play Najdorf. Najdorf started with the Najdorf variation. Bobby walked over to the sid eof the table to wait Tals sixth move, clearly expecting Bg5. Tal then glanced at Bobby, and grinned. He played the'quiet" Be2 again. Bobby frowned. Bobby struggled hard to win to win his last-round game(I think it was against Donner) But he had to be content with the draw, and second place behind the magician from Riga. Fischer went through the tournament without losing a single game, and beat Tal in their individual encounter-the best result of his life up to then.

Nov-19-04  drukenknight: I am thinking maybe a bayonet ...b5 at some pt. in this one.
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  keypusher: <kostitch>, thanks for nice anecdote. According to Tal Fischer's last round game was with Ivkov:

Ivkov vs Fischer, 1961

As Tal put it, Fischer played literally until just the kings were left, but he did not get the win. Ivkov tried hard to win too; playing over the moves I half-expected black to get mated in the middlegame.

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