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Evgeni Vasiukov vs Mikhail Tal
USSR Championship 1961b (1961), Baku URS, rd 5, Nov-22
French Defense: King's Indian Attack (C00)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-28-12  Nerwal: When I first saw this game in "The life and games of Mikhail Tal", I couldn't understand a thing about it. And I still don't. The position after white's sixteenth move seems to be a strategic struggle around the open d file. Then Misha tells us that he was struggling to choose between 16... ♖d6 and 16... ♖d7, to setup a combination which involves surrending the said d file, an exchange sacrifice, the hanging knight at g5 and the weakness of f2; on top of that, he had realized he needed white to have the B on h3 to make the sweet quiet move 20... ♕f6 really effective, so that f3 is weak and the h3 square isn't available for the knight. Then wild complications follow til the end of the game. This is just from another planet.
Aug-11-17  zydeco: Yeah, this game must have been fun to play.

Tal said he spent a long time deciding between 16....Rd6 and 16....Rd7. Both moves had the idea of luring white's bishop to h3. In the end, Tal decided that 16...Rd7 was just too direct and Vasiukov might sniff out his combination.

Tal said he intended 32....Kg7, which would have won, but Vasiukov made a draw offer, which confused him, and he forgot his intended move and played the weaker 32....Qf6.

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