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Mikhail Tal vs Weldrou
Vilnius (1949)
Sicilian Defense: Pin. Koch Variation (B40)  ·  1-0



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Jul-13-05  rexeterna: Question for why is there no score report for this game, cited as 1-0 to Tal? Anyone else have it and want to put it up?
Jul-13-05  Resignation Trap: <rexeterna> For the PGN of this game, click on "view text". A blank board usually indicates a typo by the person who uploaded the game.
Jul-13-05  rexeterna: Thanks.
Oct-14-05  RonB52734: This is a nice enough endgame by Tal, but he seems to have had some help from his opponent.

First, when black issues a series of checks on the white king, the end result is the white king penetrating black's kingside pawns and taking up a post in front of the advanced e pawn. This turned out to be unstoppable.

Second, black unfortunately left his king and h-pawn on the 7th rank where they could be forked at an opportune moment by the white rook.

I was struck by how Tal accepted doubled pawns as many as 3 times in this game, including exposing his king with gxf3, and Weldon could not exploit it.

It looks to me like the end for black came when he separated his g and h pawns at moves 52 and 53.

Jun-26-12  master of defence: Why not 9...Nxc3?
Jun-26-12  King Death: < master of defence: Why not 9...Nxc3?>

Looking at the position after reading your question I saw pretty quickly that 10.Qf3 N moves 11.Nb5 and 12.Nd6+ gave White a lot of play and didn't analyze any deeper, I thought this had to be very good for White. Then I looked for "similar games" and found this one (Igor Ivanov vs Nabeiev, 1974).

Feb-16-16  peterh99: How does white win the endgame if black leaves his rook on his second rank defending the f-pawn? As he played, white gets an advanced passed pawn.
Oct-08-18  jonjoseph: Very refreshing to see a full game right to the end , eye ball to eye ball .That made me laugh .
Jun-20-19  gpbear: That Tal guy was pretty good
Jun-20-19  RookFile: This game had 0-1 written all over it for the longest time. Tal did a great job hanging in there and was rewarded.
Jun-20-19  faulty: I think something is wrong here. Vilnius, Lithuania. 1949. 4 years after WW2. There is no language in the Soviet Union which uses the letter W. Everything "V" (B) in the Cyrillic script would be "Latinized as "V" anyway. A game against a pioneer from Poland? An international pioneers tournament in Vilnius in 1949? Sounds too un-historic for me. Can someone explain?
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  beatgiant: <faulty>
Check out the discussion on the C Weldon page.
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The young Tal hesitated here and played 45 Rd2? The immediate 45 Ke7! is decisive as 45..g5 46 Rc2+ (Intermediate check, forcing the opposing King back) 46..Kb8 47 e6 g4 48 Ke8 and Black is far too slow with his pawn push.

45..b5? was a let off. Instead 45..Rf5! sets major problems since it stops Ke7. After 46 Kd6 Kd8 the Black King is in the action and it looks like Weldon can hold.

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