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Mikhail Tal vs Lajos Portisch
Tal - Portisch Candidates Quarterfinal (1965), Bled YUG, rd 8, Jul-08
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C92)  ·  1-0



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May-13-14  RookFile: Wonderfully forceful and direct play by Tal.
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  zydeco: Portisch seems to go wrong when he trades rooks and queens starting on move 25. He has a good position at that point -- the knights can play against white's bad bishop. Maybe something like 25.....Rfe8, ....Ne7, ....Ng6, ....Nf4.

Tal's maneuver with 31.Nh2-g4-e3-d5 is really pretty, four moves culminating in a pawn sacrifice that ruins black's position.

Portisch needs a win at this point in the match so he goes for broke with 36....Nxb4.

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  wwall: Perhaps the losing move is 38...Kc3, allowing 39.Bxh7. Black could have played 38...Rf8, then 39...Kc3. If 39.Bxh7, then 39...g6.

39...Kxb4? loses to 40.Rxf7, but perhaps 39...Rf8 is better. Bobby Fischer annotated this game for Chess Life, which appeared in the August 1965 issue. All he said was that 39...Rf8 would have dragged it out longer. I guess after 39.Bxh7 Rf8 White plays 40.g6 fxg6 41.Bxg6 Kxb4, but it is unclear to me how White wins as Black has the ...c3 threat with the pawn.

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