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Mikhail Tal vs Lev Polugaevsky
Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates Quarterfinal (1980), Alma-Ata (Almaty) URS, rd 4, Apr-01
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Polugayevsky Variation (B96)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  TheAlchemist: 18.Rxf5!? I guess Tal couldn't help himself.
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  waddayaplay: Perhaps not unsound. A year later it had better luck: Van der Wiel vs H Grooten, 1981
Nov-20-19  beto1491: why not 21.(Hf3)+
Nov-20-19  utssb: This all seems so familiar; feel like I've seen it in a book. I wanted 18.Bb5+ ab5 19.Nb5 Qa5+ 20.c3 but then ...Nc6 covers d8 and threatens the queen. So that's just an awkward, painful endgame after 21.Qc4 Qb6 22.Na7 Qe3+. Strangely 18.Rf5 seems to be the most sound move due to the fact that ...Bc5 is coming and you have to do something before Black can develop and stabilize. My openings book has a couple crazy lines with the same tactical idea: 20.Nf6+ gf6 21.Qf6 Rh6 22.Bh5+ Rh5 23.Rd7 Bd7 24.Qf7+ Kd8 25.Qh5

20.Rd3 Nc6 21.Re3+ Ne7 22.Nf6+ gf6 23.Qf6 f4 24.Re5 Qd4 25.Re7+ Re7 26.Qd4 Bg7

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