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Karlis Klasup vs Mikhail Tal
LAT-ch (1952), URS
Semi-Slav Defense: Romih Variation (D46)  ·  0-1



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Feb-06-05  chesscookie: This would take me hours to analyse, let alone to think out OTB. The genius of Tal ..
Feb-18-05  Orbitkind: Great attack. It seems that for the last handful of moves though, white is stabbing in the dark for counterplay and has no chance of any.
Feb-18-05  Orbitkind: Great attack. It seems that for the last handful of moves though, white is stabbing in the dark for counterplay and has no chance of any; or rather, Tal just accepts these desperate sacrifices by white and then is happy to wrap up the game in a sensible manner being a piece up by then. I think Tal decides to stop attacking, and when white realises this a piece down he resigns.
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  HeMateMe: Klas is in session!

<On a number of occasions, however, he was still able to achieve world-class successes. Tal added four more Soviet Championship victories to his resume (in 1967, 1972, 1974, and 1978), equalling Botvinnik's all-time record of six.>

So, Tal won the Soviet ch. in 1960 and also in 1978, a gap of 18 years. Amazing resolve and talent. I wonder if anything like that has ever happened in the closed USA championship, such a long gap between titles?

I suppose if Fischer had kept playing he would have won it several times in his 30s and 40s, maybe even in his 50s. I think Reshevsky placed third at age 69.

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