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Boris Spassky vs Mikhail Tal
"Riga Mortis" (game of the day Jan-28-2018)
USSR Championship 1961b (1961), Baku URS, rd 17, Dec-12
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Yugoslav Variation Exchange Line (E66)  ·  1-0



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  Calli: Tal misses a tactical point! After Spassky's 23.b3!, he can't play 23...bxa3 because 24.Qxa5 Rxa5 25.bxc4 and the pin wins. See, it can happen to anybody.
Nov-03-05  lopium: I don't really understand English here. On the game I see, I see that Tal didn't played 23...bxa3, so where is the tactical miss? Oh you mean, it was the winner move??!! Hmm. I mean 23.b3!
Apr-23-13  Everett: Some evidence to support the strength of Spassky's chess before and after becoming WC can be seen in his record vs Tal. Even when Tal was beating everyone in the late 50's, Spassky had a convincing plus score head-to-head.
Apr-07-15  A.T PhoneHome: Umm, is Spassky's winning plan Kg2, Rd1-a1-a8 or is it something else?

And it is quite compelling evidence indeed. Spassky understood Tal's tactical touches yet he didn't necessarily play in such a berzerk manner.

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  Fusilli: <Calli: Tal misses a tactical point!>

Indeed! Hard to believe Tal got confused in the tactical complications!

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  andrewjsacks: Pun well done.
Jan-28-18  RookFile: Everybody makes mistakes. One other detail is Spassky knew a thing or two about tactics as well.
Jan-28-18  razetime: Great pun for the day! One of those rare times when Tal misses a tactical destruction point. Very nice game.
Jan-28-18  talwnbe4: Interesting, but Spassky missed
21. Rxd5 Bxd5 22. Bxb4 Qb6 23. Bxd5 Rd7 24. Bxf7+ +-3.5
Jan-28-18  CopyBlanca: Spassky one of the most underrated champions of all time.
Jan-28-18  stst: I tried to blind myself not seeing the result, and played the entire game very slowly, move by move, to see how the magician from Riga pulled it off. Towards the end, I still thought it could simply be a draw!! To my disappointment, no particular magic happened. The complications around the pieces in the a3 to 5th rank did not create any fireworks, and Spa gradually fizzled it out. Curious the record Spa-Tal, who got the upper hand by life?
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