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Mikhail Tal vs Svetozar Gligoric
"I Play Against Pieces" (game of the day Aug-15-2012)
Tal - Gligoric Candidates Quarterfinal (1968), Belgrade YUG, rd 1, Apr-22
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Smyslov Defense (C93)  ·  0-1



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Aug-15-12  ADDADZ: Chessboard in its golden age with brains alone without the help of computer
Aug-15-12  kevin86: Black has fewer pawns...and wins!

Against Tal-no less!

Aug-15-12  Prosperus: Can somebody give the basic strategy for further play in the endgame? It seems to me that after exchange on c1 (rook for pawn) e-pawn gives white some chances.
Aug-15-12  hms123: <Prosperus>

Here is a study by Reti, 1928, that will help:

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1. Re2 e4 2. Re1 Ke5 3. Ke7 Kf4 4. Kd6
Kf3 5. Kd5 e3 6. Kd4 e2 7. Kd3

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The e-pawn is too slow in the Tal/Gligoric game. The WK has to move along with it for protection. This gives the BK a chance to catch up with the pawn and win it with the help of the BR.

Aug-15-12  Atking: Thanks to A great player has gone. Rest in peace.
Aug-15-12  LoveThatJoker: A truly tremendous victory from GM Gligoric!


Aug-16-12  Prosperus: Thanx!
Aug-16-12  SuperPatzer77: <hms123: <Prosperus>

Here is a study by Reti, 1928, that will help...>

<hms123> This is a first-rate analysis I really love!! It is one of the most instructive games I've ever learned about. Kudos to you, <hms123>!!


Sep-19-12  chesssalamander: I thought the Smyslov Variation of the Ruy Lopez was 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6.
Sep-19-12  brankat: <chesssalamander> <I thought the Smyslov Variation of the Ruy Lopez was 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6.>

The line is usually referred to as "Modern Steinitz Defence, fianchetto variation."

Sep-19-12  chesssalamander: But I thought 3....d6 was the Steinitz.
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  perfidious: <chesssalamander> The old form of the Steinitz is 3....d6 and the modern (or Steinitz Deferred) is 3....a6 4.Ba4 d6.

The line beginning with 3....g6 is known as the Smyslov, as is that beginning with 9....h6 in the present game.

<brankat> Inter alia, there's a sideline in the Modern Steinitz (4....d6 5.0-0 Bd7 6.c3 g6) which was featured in the well-known game Fine vs Alekhine, 1938.

Sep-19-12  SimonWebbsTiger: 9...Nd7 is a Smyslov line too (although it's been called the Karpov variation!)
Apr-12-13  Dragi: RIP Gliga
Apr-12-13  Dragi: This is one of the most beautiful game i have ever seen
Mar-09-15  zydeco: Notes from Cafferty's book on the Candidates Matches:

22.Ra3 was actually Sosonko's idea.

Gligoric thought 40 minutes before replying 22....bxa4.

24.Be3 and even 24.Qf1 are both suggested as improvements. Instead, "Tal plunges into complications" with 24.Rxa6.

24....Ra8 is a good alternative getting a counter-attack on the a-file.

25....Ra8 was almost certainly better.

Tal expended 20 minutes on 26.Be3, 20 minutes on 27.Rg5, and 50 minutes on 28.Rh6.

If 28....g6 29.Rhxg6+ fxg6 30.Rxg6+ and white wins after 30...Kf7 31.Qd3 Re4 32.Ne5+ and then there's an inhumanly complicated line after 30....Bg7 and the probable end is perpetual check.

30....cxd4 was correct.

Tal could have won with 31.Nb3 Qe2 32.Qd5.

At this point "Tal lit cigarette after cigarette and threw them down hardly touched while Gligoric took repeated sips of water from his glass."

Tal misanalyzed his combination with 36.Qxf7+. He pictured black's rook back on the e8 square and winnable with 38.Nxe8??!!.

Apr-05-15  tigerbaitlsu: 33.Rh8# Am i missing something?!?!
Apr-05-15  Nerwal: <33.Rh8# Am i missing something?!?!>

32... ♗d6 check.

Apr-05-15  WDenayer: Note that in the study that hms123 gives, 1. Re1 loses. 1.Re2 is the only move.
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  Zhbugnoimt: WDenayer: There is no way you are serious about what you wrote. Surely you meant 1.Re1? draws, and 1.Re2! is the only move to win.
Aug-15-17  ewan14: Cracking game
Nov-18-17  mikealando: Wow. These guys were Bad news
Aug-19-18  whiteshark: <Tal could have won with 31.Nb3 Qe2 32.Qd5.> On <31.Nb3>:

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Black to move

1) +0.83 (33 ply) 31...Qxb3 32.Qh5 Rxc1+ 33.Kh2 Bd6+ 34.Rxd6 Qb1 35.Qh6 Qh7 36.Qf6 Kf8 37.Qf4 Rce1 38.Rf5 R1e7 39.Qf3 Kg8 40.g3 c4 41.Qd5 c3 42.Rc6 Re6 43.Rxc3 g6 44.Rff3 Qh5 45.Qxh5 gxh5 46.Rc5 Re5 47.Rf5 Rxc5 48.Rxc5 Kg7 49.Rxh5 Kg6

2) +1.29 (33 ply) 31...g6 32.Rgxg6+ fxg6 33.Rxg6+ Bg7 34.Rg3 Qe2 35.Qd7 Qe7 36.Rxg7+ Kxg7 37.Qg4+ Kf8 38.Qf5+ Qf7 39.Qxb1 Rb8 40.Ba3 Qe6 41.Bxc5+ Ke8 42.Kh2 Rxb3 43.Qa1 Qe4 44.Qh8+ Kd7 45.Qg7+ Kc6 46.Be3 Rd3 47.g4 Qe6 48.Kg3 Qd6+ 49.Kh4 Rb3 50.Qa7 Qe6 51.Qa4+ Kd6 52.g5 Ke7 53.Qg4 Rb1 54.Kh5 Qxg4+ 55.Kxg4 Rg1+ 56.Kh5 Ke6 57.h4 Kf5 58.Kh6 Rg4 59.h5 Rh4

3) +1.84 (32 ply) <31...Qe2? 32.Qd5> Qc2 33.Kh2 Rxb3 34.Rh8+ Kxh8 35.Qxf7 Rbb8 36.Rh5+ Qh7 37.Rxh7+ Kxh7 38.Bf4 Rbd8 39.g4 Re7 40.Qh5+ Kg8 41.Qxc5 Re4 42.Qa5 Red4 43.Kg2 R4d5 44.Qc7 Bc5 45.h4 Rf8 46.Qc6 Rd1 47.Qb5 Rdd8 48.Bg3 Ba7 49.Qc4+ Kh8 50.Qc2 Rd4 51.g5 Rfd8 52.Qg6 Bb8 53.h5 Rd2 54.Qe4 Bxg3 55.Kxg3

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  Breunor: Just played through this game - it should be a required study for anyone calling himself or herself a chessplayer!

Both players fight like crazy! Black's survival moves that actually are winning are breathtaking. Conversion to an endgame - it's games like this that make me glad I play chess!

Apr-20-19  RookFile: Certainly the position after 41....Rc7 is worthy of remembering. The only way to go for black is to make the c pawn a powerful pawn. This sort of thing happens all the time.
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