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Mikhail Tal vs Vladimir Antoshin
USSR Championship (1957), Moscow URS, rd 7, Jan-30
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C92)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-26-02  dippel: Here Tal missed a win! He saw the continuation all right: 31.Qf5+ g6 32.Qd7 gxh5 33.Ng5+ Kg6 34.Qe6+ Kxg5 35.g3 h4 36.f4+ Kh5 but he thought, that Black could avoid the mate 37.g4+ with 37…hxg3 en passant! That is a difficult line to calculate. White looses both his knights but mates his opponent with the force of just a couple of pawns: 37…Rxg4+ 38.hxg4#
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  Sneaky: That is truly amazing. It's good to know that the greats make simple human errors, even have "hallucinations," just like us.
May-26-02  dippel: Exactly!
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  offramp: Although Tal missed a spectacular win, Antoshin deserves credit for finding the best defence over and over again.
Oct-03-11  Karpova: Expanding on <dippel>'s post, these were the consequences:

Mikhail Tal: <After the game (not having found a mate, I quickly won back the exchange and agreed a draw) this was naturally pointed out to me by Geller, Bronstein, and someone else, and then I really went to pieces. There followed four draws in a row, which is nothing to boast about, and then a game against Boleslavsky adjourned in a poor position, which in the end I lost.>

Source: Page 63 of Tal, Mikhail: "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal", London 1997

The game against Boleslavsky: Boleslavsky vs Tal, 1957

Apart from the other, uncountable reasons to praise Tal's book, it's also stories like these which rectify a bit the view that people seem to (sometimes maybe unconsciously) that GMs were some kind of machines (or worse, should be some kind of machines).

Dec-19-13  john barleycorn: Geller went to the pressroom and said:"Mischa can win now in a very nice way." (he showed the line given by <dippel>) Bondarewski suggested a shorter way:
1.Qf5+ g6 2. Qf6 with the threat Qg7+ and mate by a knight. However, the refutation Qf8 (after Qf6) was pointed out.

This story was followed up in the 1967 Interzonal when the russians (Gufeld) presented the below position to Fischer (the similarity to Tal's position is obvious):

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It took Fischer some time but here the Bondarewski version works 1.Qf5+ g6 2.Qf6 and mate as the black queen cannot go to f8.

(according to an article by Albin Pötzsch in Schachmagazin 64, 15/2003)

Sep-26-20  zenwabi: In the line beginning with 31. Qf5+, there was also a mate starting with 37. Qf5+ that Tal missed. Just a bad day for the wizard, I guess.

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