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Jan Hein Donner vs Mikhail Tal
Bled (1961), Bled YUG, rd 12, Sep-20
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Main Line (E69)  ·  0-1



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May-15-06  whatthefat: These two gave absolutely no quarter when facing each other. 4 games in the database; all fighting, and all decisive results. Unfortunately for Donner, he always got caught in the revolving door: 4-0 to Tal.
Sep-15-09  Caissanist: "I have suffered badly from Tal myself. It is very difficult to make sense of this. He emanated something--an aura--that was extremely unpleasant. You felt a revolting hatred coming at you, as it were, which had a paralyzing influence. Playing against him was difficult, and when your position was better, the counterpressure increased to the extent that the mistake you made as a result almost came as a relief. I have never even drawn a game against Tal. A very sensible person [Spassky] once asked me whether it wasn't Tal's physical presence that disturbed me and whether his mesmerizing brilliance wouldn't disappear if we were to play in two separate rooms. It was a very good question, which set me thinking, but I decided that the disastrous influence would only increase."

- Donner, 1972

Jul-27-10  whatthefat: <Caissanist>

Very interesting quote, thanks for that.

Feb-16-11  Crocomule: Donner has a point... 23. Qe2: "Unjustified restraint at a moment when an excellent opportunity exists for 23. Rd6..." But, of course, Tal's fantastic handling of the endgame was too much for Donner.
May-14-14  Zugzwangovich: What's Tal's winning line here? I thought he had been aiming to give up the rook for White's c-pawn and bishop on move 54, which I thought would win because Donner couldn't make a draw by giving up his bishop for Black's c-pawn in return since Tal wouldn't be left with "the impotent pair". But obviously Tal found something better.
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  keypusher: <zugzwangovich>

White's going to get mated after 57.Ka4 a6! or 57.Ka2 Kb4 58.Bc6 Rb2+ 59.Ka1 Ka3

May-14-14  Zugzwangovich: <keypusher> Thank you!
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  zydeco: Tal gives a question mark to 18....f4 - better to quietly continue development with 18.....Bd7.

White missed his opportunity with 23.Rd6 when 23.....Bxc4 fails to 24.Ne4.

24.Rfe1 is a waste of time - better 24.Ne4.

If 28.Ne4 Qh5 29.Rd6 Qh2+ 30.Kf1 Bc8 31.fxg4 f3+ 32.Bxf3 Qh3+ 33.Kf2 Bxg4 with an attack for black - although Tal had planned to play the inferior 28.....Qg6.

There's no good way for white to take the pawn on move 31. If 31.Bxe4 Re8 wins a piece. If 31.Qxe4 Qf6 32.Nd1 f3 with a strong attack.

White might have been able to hold the ending with 40.b5 followed by pushing the a-pawn.

Donner hung tough with Tal for most of this game.

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