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Lev Polugaevsky vs Mikhail Tal
"Lev and Let Die" (game of the day Mar-28-2013)
USSR Championship (1969), Moscow URS, rd 2, Sep-07
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Exchange Variation (D41)  ·  1-0

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Dec-28-08  zev22407: What if black plays 21)..Q-e7 instead of his R-c4?
Apr-25-09  TigerPawns: 33.. Bc8 seems pretty bad, I think 33 ... Rc7 is much more stubborn. Or even better the slightly refined 33 ... Rc1+ Kh2 34 Rc7. Perhaps black can even hold?
May-09-09  Shams: <TigerPawns> 33...Rc7 34.Re6 will cost black his f-pawn since 34...Rf7 allows a fork. Three connected passers on the kingside plus knight and rook should roll easily, no?
May-14-09  Hesam7: <I can picture well Lyova's [Polugaevsky's] face after he had won one of his best known games at the USSR Championship in Moscow in 1969 against Tal, when I was the second of the losing side. The variation that occurred in this game had been analysed by Misha and me earlier, during our preparation for his match with Korchnoi, and, as it seemed to us, quite thoroughly. We did not examine in particular detail the position that arose after Black's 20th move. In fact, Black was a piece up, White's rook and knight were attacked, and there did not appear to be any direct threats. Lyova however, had analysed deeper. He found a continuation of the attack and he won prettily. Geller later remembered that on the evening before this game he had dropped in at Polugaevski's room in the hotel and had seen some position set out on the board. That same position was reached the following day in Lyova's game against Tal on move 25!> -- Genna Sosonko
Nov-20-09  Cercatore: Why not

22. ... Kxh5

???

Nov-20-09  Buttinsky: If 22...Kxh5 23 g4+ leads to checkmate after 23...Kh6 or g6 or h4.
Dec-25-09
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  wwall: Instead of 34...Kh8, perhaps Black can provide more resistance with 34...Kg8. If 34...Kg8 35.Nh4 Rc1+ 36.Kh2 Rc4 37.f4 Rxf4 38.Ng6 Rf5 39.g4 Rg5 40.Re8+ Kg7 41.Rxc8 Rxg4 42.Ne7 Rh4+ 43.Kg3 Rxh5 may draw.
Feb-15-12  kia0708: awesome play by <Polugaevsky> ! it made my day
Apr-13-12
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  whiteshark: "And indeed, in the later game Polugayevsky - Tal, Black suffered a swift catastrophe after missing the best defence <18...Rc6!>"

Kasparov in MGP3

May-15-12  srag: I have read an interview in which Tal stated he was trying hard to forget his 1969 games.
May-27-12  LoveThatJoker: In MGP3, Kasparov also added the following quote from Geller in his analysis after 25 e6!!,

Kasparov: White spent literally only a few minutes on these 25 moves. 'Glancing at this position, I could not believe my eyes: it had been reached that morning on Polugaevsky's board in his hotel room! His analytical work in this variation resembles the best examples of Botvinnik's work.' (Geller)

LTJ

Mar-28-13
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Great game by Polu. it's a little surprising how often Black used to allow 16.d5!; the database has a surprising number of games, and Black's results are dismal.
Mar-28-13  himadri: Δ nice find
Mar-28-13  morfishine: Another great win by...oops, got it backwards, Tal lost :(
Mar-28-13
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  kevin86: Tal bights the dust...rare.
Mar-28-13
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  perfidious: <kevin86> To Tal's regret, in games with this opponent, by no means so-the score in decisive games was 8-2 Polugaevsky.
Mar-28-13  YetAnotherAmateur: <Cercatore: Why not 22. ... Kxh5> <Buttinsky: If 22...Kxh5 23 g4+ leads to checkmate after 23...Kh6 or g6 or h4.>

I'm not so sure it's immediate checkmate, but it's still very bad for black:

22. ... Kxh5
23. g4+ Kh6
24. Nxf7+ Kh7
25. Qh2+ Kg8
26. Nxd8

Mar-28-13  scormus: Wow, some game by Lev. Tal got .... Talled?
Mar-28-13  gars: "I have been trying to forget all the games I played in 1969", said Tal in an interview.
Mar-28-13  RookFile: Yet another game where black's bishop on b7 is useless. A goal of mine when playing black is to develop it differently, in order to swap it for some random piece of white's.
May-23-13  Tomlinsky: Polugaevsky practically killed this line at the top level with this game. Vallejo-Pons revived the variation thinking that he could do a better job than Tal but the result was equally disastrous...

Ponomariov vs Vallejo-Pons, 2009

Sep-17-13  Dragi: Polugaevsky was Tal s nightmare
Nov-20-13  Eduardo Bermudez: Polugaievsky: 8 Tal: 2
Dec-10-14  kia0708: WOW, the great Tal was so nicely outplayed. Quite impressive.
Mar-25-18  LivBlockade:


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The finish might be ...37. ♖c1+; 38. ♔h2 ♗e6; 39. h6 ♗f7; 40. h7+ ♔xh7; 41. ♘e5 winning a piece.

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