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Karlis Klasup vs Mikhail Tal
Riga Championship semifinal (1950), Riga URS
Queen's Gambit Declined: General (D30)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  al wazir: At the advanced age of 14, Tal didn't yet know how to play endgames: 37...h5 36. Ke1 g5! 37. hxg5 Kg7 38. Kf2 Kg6 39. Kxf3 Kxg5 40. Kg3 (40. e4? dxe4+ 41. Kxe4 Kg4) h4+ 41. Kf3 h3 42. Kg3 Kf5 wins.
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  al wazir: Damn! I messed up the numbering. Here it is, corrected: 37...h5 38. Ke1 g5! 39. hxg5 Kg7 40. Kf2 Kg6 41. Kxf3 Kxg5 42. Kg3 (42. e4? dxe4+ 43. Kxe4 Kg4) h4+ 43. Kf3 h3 44. Kg3 Kf5 wins.

Anyway, it's a win for black.

Oct-09-11  kitbitzer31: I don't get it... even in the final position I still think Black has a win... My winning plan consists of a) marching the Black King all the way to gobble up the a5-pawn...(White really can't do anything about this because he has to guard against the queening square, f1) b) marching the now passed Black a-pawn to a1 to get a Queen. So can anybody point out why did Tal agreed to the draw?
Oct-09-11  kitbitzer31: Oops, really sorry for my above comment. There is one problem with it, White will march his a-pawn all the way to a6 and Black will not be able to attack it at all... Real brilliant....

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