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Mikhail Tal vs Igor V Platonov
Dubna (1973), Dubna URS, rd 5, Dec-10
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Poisoned Pawn Variation (B97)  ·  1-0



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Nov-02-03  Shadout Mapes: Now I've seen some wild Tal moves, but this is just insane. Is this right? Where's the win?
Nov-02-03  thekleinbottle: White is threatening both Qxf8# and Qxh7#.

If 24...Rxg6, then 25. fxg6.

Unless I'm missing something, that pretty much wins...

Nov-02-03  Shadout Mapes: ah, i missed the attack on f8.

(ps. there are two duplicates of this game, so you people with special powers can delete them)

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  Chessical: Platonov was winning, until he went wrong in the complications. Later analysis gave the following improvements: 21...exf5 22.Qh6 Bg7 23.Rg3 Qxc3
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  InspiredByMorphy: 21. ...exf5 looks like it gives black the better game.
Nov-10-07  GeauxCool: <> Check this game? 1974?

Does play continue with:

24...Rxg3 (24.Qxf8+ is met with 25...Rg8 to defend)

But Tal responded 24.Bg6

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This position appears to be the point of his piece sacrifice.

Nov-30-07  nescio: <GeauxCool> There is nothing wrong with the game score. I remember this game very well. Platonov resigned after 23.Qh6 because of 23...Rxg3 24.Bg6! as you point out. I think Estrin gave 21...exf5! and 22...Bg7 23.f6 Rf3!! as improvements as <Chessical> already mentioned.
Nov-30-07  GeauxCool: <nescio> Thanks for the reply!
Sep-14-10  morphynoman2: Surprise! 22... Bg7!! 23. f6 Rf3!!

See Edward Winter, Chess Notes N.6742

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  whiteshark: <morphynoman2> as well as <Chess Notes 6748. Tal v Platonov (C.N. 6742)>

C.N. 6742 <6742. William Hartston in Now!> --> quite at the bottom

Jun-25-11  engineerX: I was analysing with my computer and when it showed me black's defensive resource 23...Rf3!! I thought my engine was joking. I wonder how many grandmasters would find this defence (22...Bg7 23...Rf3).
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  whiteshark: Daniel ♔ has analysed this game: Enjoy!
May-01-20  Jimmy8888888888: If the game continued it would've been an awesome checkmate
May-01-20  Viking707: What is so typical of Tal, is that he draws black into thinking that Nc3 is there for the taking! And just as black is ready to grab it, a pawn is pushed to f6 that seems pointless, but it opens the file to Rg3+, and that's the beginning of the end for black.

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