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Mikhail Tal vs Mark Taimanov
USSR Championship (1958), Riga URS, rd 12, Feb-??
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Wing Attack Fianchetto Variation (B43)  ·  1-0



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Jun-10-08  dTal: Tal sacs a pawn to get a lasting bind. He had a keen positional sense which he demonstrates here.
Sep-15-08  gambitfan: This endgame ♕ + ♙ // ♕ is a real nightmare !

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62... ♕e7+

If 63 ♔c8

Schredder indicates Win in 49 moves !

Aug-30-11  joelsontang: 59...Qe6+ or Qe3+ are the only moves which hold the draw.

Taimanov deserved at least a draw after defending so accurately.

Jun-01-15  MindCtrol9: I like 15.f5 that Tal made.Tal had the aggressiveness in his veins.
Jul-17-15  ColdSong: I'd call this endgame,as proven to be winning in 49 moves by Schredder/Nalimov,fascinating and strange,after I've spent about 20 minutes trying to understand something of its logic.It definitely deserves a look.
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  zydeco: So what happened? I can't believe Taimanov resigned here - when white has so much work ahead of him.

Taimanov was obviously smarting from this game when he announced, after the tournament, that if Tal won the Soviet championship for the third year in a year, he, Taimanov, would quit chess.

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  Retireborn: <zydeco> According to my Chessbase databases, the game didn't end at 62...Qe7+ and the greyed out moves up to 75.Qb6+ were actually played.

My commercial Tal database (Convekta) adds ellipses after 75.Qb6+ which implies that further, unknown moves were played. It also identifies 73...Kh6? as the losing move, and tablebase agrees in that it brings the winning process inside the 50-move limit.

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  zydeco: <Retireborn> Thanks.

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