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Mikhail Tal vs Svetozar Gligoric
Zurich (1959), Zurich SUI, rd 13, Jun-04
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C74)  ·  0-1



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May-08-06  nolanryan: Tal hoisted with his own petard.

In general I love his overconfidence- it just didn't work for him here.

May-08-06  RookFile: Well, he doesn't need to apologize for losing to Gligoric, who was probably one of the top 10 players in the world at that time.
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  Open Defence: I wonder why the Modern Steinitz or Steinitz Deferred is not played more often
May-08-06  RookFile: Just style, I guess. For example, you had to go back to the days of Lasker to find somebody regularly playing the Ruy Lopez Berlin defense, but it is all the rage these days.
Nov-11-06  ForeverYoung: This is the other time that Gligoric' beat Tal. In The World Chess Championship Gligo wrote that he had never beaten him and only guessed the correct move in time pressure when he didn't have time to think. Great game by the mighty Svetozar!
Aug-22-12  Rama: The second future world champ stops the clock. Gligoric was having a great tournament. Why did we always say GIL-goric instead? RIP
Mar-24-16  luftforlife: "I remember Tal's admission to me at Zurich. It threw him out of his stride when I rejected his offer of a draw at the opening. His opponent's security meant his insecurity. The inaccessibility of my position irritated him. Though I was unable to do anything against him, he was unaware of it. He did not have the patience to wait and instead sacrificed a pawn. That gave me my opportunity."

GM Svetozar Gligoric, The World Chess Championship (Lovett P. Edwards tr., R.G. Wade ed.) (London: Harper & Row 1972), 19.

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