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Mikhail Tal vs Semyon Abramovich Furman
Riga (1955), 17
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation (B67)  ·  1-0



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Dec-14-04  stenis3: Nice game.Allways pleasure to see Tal's anti-sitsilian play:)) What is interesting about Tal is that he manages to get nearly each of his games "of balance".Thats why it is pleasure to see them,it's like he said once "you dont have to be the best,you simply need to play better than your opponent":)
Feb-14-06  tonsillolith: wow, Tal's knight here is like a big octopus sitting in the middle.
Feb-14-06  Jim Bartle: Yes, I think the definition of "weak pawn" in the great dictionary of chess is simply an image of the black d-pawn in this game.
Feb-14-06  HannibalSchlecter: Another thing I like about Tal is his games aren't usually very long. He's like Mike Tyson in his prime with the quick knockouts.
Feb-14-06  ughaibu: Number of wins up to 35 moves: 538. Number of wins from 36 moves: 637.
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  Albertan: Furman's 20th move in this game was a mistake which Tal failed to capitalize on. After 20...b4? the Magician from Riga failed to see the continuation involving a queen sacrifice which would have been decisive: 21.Rxe6! and play might have continued: 21..bxc3 22.Qxh8+ Kc7 23.Qxb8+! Kxb8 24.Rxe7 cxb2 (If 24...Qb6 then 25.b3 Bc8 26.Rxh7 ) 25.Kxb2 Qb6+ 26.Ka2 Qd8 27.Rg7 Be6+ 28.c4 Qf6 29.Rb1+ Kc8 30.Rxh7
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  Albertan: Maybe Tal didn't go for 21.Re6 because in the variation I presented above after 30...Qc3! 31.Rhb7 Bxc4+ 32.Bxc4 Qxc4+ 33.R7b3 there is still a long fight ahead ie. 33...a5 34.Ka1 Qxe4 35.g3 Qd4+ and after 36.Rb1b2 a4 37.Rb8 Kd7 38.R8b4 Qd3 it is difficult to see how either side would make any progress. Oh well, 21.Rxe6 looked winning at first.
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  Albertan: Tal could have also played this continuation on move 35: 35. g7 Rgc8 36. b3 e3 37. Rh1 (37. f7 Bxg7 38. Rg5+ Kd4 39. Rxg7 e2 40. Rg4+ Ke5 41. Rg1 Ke6 ) 37... Rxc4 38. bxc4 Bxg7 39. fxg7 Rg8 40. Rh5+ Kd4 41. Ne7 e2 42. Rh1 Rxg7 43.Nf5+ Kxc4 44.Nxg7
Nov-24-15  b.firm: He used to play it; pieces combination rather than safe position..
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