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Mikhail Tal vs Vasily Smyslov
Biel Interzonal (1976), Biel SUI, rd 3, Jul-13
Spanish Game: Fianchetto Defense (C60)  ·  0-1



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Nov-28-04  Everett: 25...f5! highlights the idea of the trapped piece in game play.

I was surprised to see that Smyslov has a winning record against Tal according to these databases. Some of his losses have been terrible, and I guessed incorrectly that maybe Tal had his number.

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  ray keene: 4-3 in terms of wins in smyslovs favour v tal is the correct stat
Feb-14-05  quovadis: here white ( Tal ) could have saved himself by playing 35.Qd3 ! . and I see no good continuation for black . your comments and analyse please.....
Feb-14-05  WMD: I suspect Tal went astray due to time trouble. 35.Qd3 is OK for White, but Tal's move appears to be better.

The problem with 35.Qd3 is it allows 35...Qe6, threatening White's kingside.

Tal's 37.Ke1 is the blunder. 37.Re1 is the computer's choice, and White may yet be able to convert his material advantage into a win.

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  beatgiant: <WMD>
<The problem with 35.Qd3 is it allows 35...Qe6, threatening White's kingside.>

I studied the position for some time and did not find anything good for Black after 35. Qd3 Qe6 36. Qc3, preparing Rd8. Black has a hard time maintaining the pawn wedge on f3 while preventing White's pieces from breaking through.

One example of how it might continue is 36...Ng5 37. Rd8 Qg8 38. Rxf8 Qxf8 39. Qe3 Ne6 40. Rd3 Nd4 41. Nxd4 exd4 42. Qxf3 etc., with an easy win for White.

Feb-14-05  quovadis: <beatgiant>

<The problem with 35.Qd3 is it allows 35...Qe6 ,threatening White's kingside.> . 35...Qe6 is met by 36.Qd5 . and black counter attack goes on .

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  beatgiant: <quovadis>
<35...Qe6 is met by 36.Qd5 . and black counter attack goes on .> I believe White should try to limit the counterattack by 35. Qd3 Qe6 36. Qc3, using the rooks on the d-file, as I suggested above.

On 35. Qd3 Qe6 36. Qd5 Qg4! so that 37. Qd7? Qxe4 38. Qxh3 Qc4+ winning back the material. This doesn't look like an easy win for White.

Mar-07-13  King Crusher: R.E Everett.
This misconception could be based on the fact that Tal's victories have been more widely published. Two came from the classic 1959 Candidates Tournament while the third contains a remarkable combination. Smyslov may an overall plus score, but Tal's wins were the more critical.
Jun-19-13  jhelix70: An appropriate game to remember today, given that it features a line of the Ruy Lopez played by Nakamura in his win against Anand at the Tal Memorial.

In this game Tal, as white, plays well and wins an exchange. However, he overlooks a tactic and suddenly his game collapses in a few moves.

The 3. ...g6 line of the Ruy seems sound and I wonder why it isn't seen more often. Perhaps the game today will mark a rebirth of interest?

Jun-18-15  fallen angel: why not 26.kingh3?
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