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Mikhail Tal vs Leonid Stein
10th Soviet Team-ch qual group 2 (1967), Moscow URS, rd 3, Jul-25
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line (C89)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-27-04  harshs: Why the resignation?
May-29-04  Resignation Trap: Stein didn't resign, nor did he lose on time. According to the "Complete Games of Mikhail Tal 1967-73", game 203, the players agreed to a draw after 24 Bb3.

Does the event name given here make any sense to you? It was the fourth USSR Peoples' Spartakiade, played in Moscow in July 1967 (a team event).

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  Gypsy: Perhaps it was sufficient for Tal's team to take the draw. But Tal was a healthy pawn up with consolitated position. Many would considered this a technical-win position. Since the pawns are on both wings, even a rook endgame would probably not save Black. If this was payed all the way to bare-kings, Stein would have minimal drawing chancess and next to nill wining ones.
Jun-19-06  russep: so this game should really be a draw? Because I dont see a win for either side at the moment.
Mar-03-08  capatal: If Tal and Stein agreed this game drawn, then why is White listed as the winner in our data base?
Mar-27-09  Gryz: Yes, that is weird.
And what is even weirder:
Tal and Stein played 18 games, from 1961 to 1971. Most were drawn. And Stein won 3. Tal won only 1, this one. But if it was a draw, then actually the score was +3 -0 =15. Pretty good for Stein.
Mar-28-09  whiteshark: Correction submitted.
Feb-20-10  jerseybob: Something you'll see in a number of Spassky's games is that the Marshall, even in simplified positions, can be incredibly resilient. Here in this position, it seems the extra pawn is consolidated, but the pin on the white knight is incredibly annoying. How to break that pin? 25. Re1 followed by Bd1 and Kg1 might eventually do it, but it's not easy.
Feb-21-10  M.D. Wilson: This game is a draw, right?
Feb-21-10  vonKrolock: back to: <May-29-04 Resignation Trap: Stein didn't resign, nor did he lose on time. According to the "Complete Games of Mikhail Tal 1967-73", game 203, the players agreed to a draw after 24 Bb3.> Right, I trust
Feb-22-10  M.D. Wilson: The only plausible outcome given the position.
May-31-11  Marmot PFL: <25. Re1 followed by Bd1 and Kg1 might eventually do it, but it's not easy.>

White would not have time for this - 25 Re1 g5 26 h3 h5 and if 27 Bxg5 Bxf3+ 28 Kxf3 Rxe1 29 Bxf6 Rb1 and black is better. Maybe white improves with 27 Rxe4 Rxe4 28 Bxg5 but this still looks like a draw.

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