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Mikhail Tal vs Mark Taimanov
USSR Championship (1956), Leningrad URS , rd 9, Jan-25
Sicilian Defense: O'Kelly Variation. Venice System Steiner Line (B28)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  NeverAgain: A tough struggle in an unusual opening in the 9th round of the 23rd Soviet Championship. Tal had a won game by move 22 but then made a couple of mistakes, including missing a mate twice. Taimanov managed to draw the ending despite being a piece down.

3... d6 [3...d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.d4 ]
5.Bc4 [5.a4!? e6 <5...Ngf6 6.e5> <5...e5? 6.dxe5 dxe5 7.Bc4> <5...g6?! 6.Bc4 Bg7? 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Ng5+ Ke8 9.Qb3 Nh6 10.Ne6 > 6.Na3 Ngf6 7.e5 dxe5 8.dxe5 Nd5 9.Nc4 Be7 10.Bd3 O-O 11.Qc2 ] 8.O-O [8.a4 Bb7=] [8.dxe5 Nxe5 9.Bf4 Bg4 <⌂9...Nxf3+> 10.Bxe5 Bxf3

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11.Qxf3 <11.Qd5!? Bxg2 12.Qc6+ Ke7 13.Rg1=/∞> 11...dxe5 12.Nd2 Nf6 <12...Ne7? 13.Nxc4 > <12...Be7 13.Qg3 Bf6 14.Rd1 Qc7 15.Nf1 Ne7 16.Ne3 Δ 17.Ng4 > 13.Qg3 Bd6 <13...Qc7 14.Nf3 Nd7 15.Rd1 > 14.Qxg7 Rg8 15.Qh6 Rxg2 16.O-O-O→]

8...Ngf6?! [⌂8...Bb7]
11.fxe5 [11.b3! O-O <11...Bb7 12.fxe5 dxe5 13.Ba3 Nxe4 14.Qe1 f5 15.bxc4 bxc4

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16.Nxf5 gxf5 17.Rxf5 Ng5 18.Nd2 Rc8 19.Qh4 > 12. bxc4 bxc4 13.Ba3 Re8 14.Bxd6 exd4 15.e5 d3 16.Ba4 Nh5 17.Nf5 ]

12.dxe5 [12.Nf3 O-O 13.Qe1 Bb7 14.d5 Ne8 15.b3 ]

19...Nxe4? [19...Ne6 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 21.Rad1 <21.Nhf5+? gxf5 22.exf5 Nxd4 23.f6+ Kh8 24.Qh6 Bxg2 +>] [19...Rd7!?<unclear>] 22.Qf4
28.Nh5+ [28.Nxd3 ]

30.Raf1 [30.Nc6 Qa8 31.Nxe5 Nxe5 32.Qxe5 Qxf3+

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33.Kg1 Rd8 34.Rf1 Rd1 35.Nh5+ f6 36.Qe8#]

31.Nd7? [31.Kg1 h6 32.Rxd3 Rg5

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33.Qxg5 hxg5 34.Rh3+ Kg7 35.Rh7#]

32.Kg1 [32.Nxe5 Nxe5 33.Re1 Nxf3 34.Rxe8+ Qxe8 35.Nxf3 f6 ]

35.Nf6 [35.Rf7 Qe1+ 36.Qxe1 Rxe1+ 37.Kg2 Kg8]
39...Re1+ [39...Kg7?! 40.Rc6]
41.Rf8 [41.Nce6! ]
44...Kh5 [44...Rxa2+? 45.Kg3 g5 46.Rf6+ Kh5 47.Ng7#]

45.Kg3 [45.h3!]
46.Kf2 [46.Kh3? g5 47.Rf6? g4#]
49...Kg6 [49...Rxa2? 50.Re5 h6? 51.Nf4#]

51.h4 [51.Nxa6 h4+ 52.Kg4 Rg2+! 53.Kh3 Rxa2 54.Nb4 Rf2 55.Nd5 Kf5 56.Re8

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g4+ 57.Kxh4 Rxh2+ 58.Kg3 Rh3+ 59.Kf2 Rd3 60.Rf8+ Ke5 61.Nc7 Rxc3 62.Re8+ Kf6 63.Nd5+ Kf7=]

57...Ke3 - - the game could have continued [57...Ke3 58.Kh4 Kd2 59.Nd5 Kd3 60.Kxh5 b4 61.cxb4 Kd4=]

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[source: "Mikhail Tal Games I 1949-1962", pp.115-116, Chess Stars, 1994]

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