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Leonid Shamkovich vs Mikhail Tal
USSR Championship 1961b (1961), Baku URS, rd 21, Dec-19
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1



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Aug-25-05  Catfriend: I decided to hit the random games today, and it's very rewarding - I found this excellent game by The Wizard. Perhaps a bit later, I"ll give analysis. Meanwhile, I call upon those who art so lifeless as to read my posts to say something clever about the final attack:)
Aug-25-05  Chesschatology: <Catfriend> The star move is 29...Rc7. This is incredibly far sighted and sets up Black's future K-side pressure down the open files. After 30...g5, White's apparent K-side "attack" rebounds on him. After 31.Qxg5 White is losing by force, as Tal demonstrates, when, on move 34, his rook on the 7th swings into action to cement a deadly pin.
Aug-25-05  Shams: black's win is almost prosaic in its simplicity, but white has no comfortable way to refuse the g-pawn. If 31.Nh5 then ...Nh6 and g5; if 31.Nh3 then ...Rg8 and ...h5; if 31.Ne2 then ...h5 immediately. very nice.
Aug-25-05  RookFile: 26. Qg4 seems strange. Mabye Qe2 is better.
Aug-25-05  who: I think Shamkovich thought it was a helpmate situation. He clears the g-file for Tal. Why? Tal's rooks are lined up right on that file against the king!

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