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Mikhail Tal vs Jonathan Speelman
Brussels World Cup (1988), Brussels BEL, rd 14, Apr-18
Reti Opening: General (A09)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-27-11  DrMAL: I did not understand why Tal agreed to a draw here, it seems white has a solid advantage so I stuck it on Rybka 4.1 for awhile:

[+0.82] d=22 14...Nc5 15.Bg5 Nxb3 16.axb3 Qe7 17.Na4 cxd5 18.Rxd5 Ra6 19.Rb5 h6 20.Bxf6 Rxf6 21.Qe3 Rd6 22.Nc3 Rd4 23.Raxa5 Rfd8 24.Ra7 (0:43:51) 263853kN

IDK, maybe Tal was not feeling well...

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  perfidious: These players never had a long game-their three draws comprised 35 moves in all, and the two Tal wins were 28 and 34 moves. Nothing like a rest day for both!
Jun-27-11  sophiephilo: Why did Tal agree to draw? am confounded. he's built up a momentum and clearly has a plan in mind...the last three moves before the draw arent vacuous ones...the bishop is positioned. pawns surge ahead. odd.
Jun-28-11  DrMAL: <sophiephilo: Why did Tal agree to draw?> Good question! :-) Yes, good eye for his plan, the same thought occurred to me, the only thing I could think of was his health...
Jun-28-11  SimonWebbsTiger: a possible explanation for the short, GM draw is the fact that this game was from the SWIFT World Cup tournament which ran 16 rounds in May (would have been 17 had the 18th man Vaganjan not pulled out after four games).

Most of the 1988 world elite were there; only Kasparov was missing.

Tal, who wasn't ill, finished 10-13th (Speelman 8th) with a score of +3=9-4

Jun-28-11  Maatalkko: I think nobody who has taken a sick day off work for something less than a severe flu should make a big deal if GM's call it a draw now and again.
Jun-28-11  DrMAL: Excellent point, I did not realize this game was part of that long tournament. Since Tal was not ill he was probably quite tired, in any event it seems he did not care all too much about winning. When I looked up this tournament, the following interview with Botvinnik it's guest of honor appeared. Funny to read him talking about computer chess, cheers.
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