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Svetozar Gligoric vs Mikhail Tal
Tal - Gligoric Candidates Quarterfinal (1968), Belgrade YUG, rd 6, May-04
Bogo-Indian Defense: Wade-Smyslov Variation (E11)  ·  0-1



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Sep-03-06  Albertan: This game is from the 1968 Candidates match between the two players. It was game 6 in that match.

IM Silman says this about the Bogo-Indian Defense:
"The Bogo-Indian Defense is sound and reliable. It can be recommended to players of all levels. Black’s opening play is easy to understand and attractive. He/She develops his pieces quickly and prepares to castle. There is no commitment with the central pawns as yet and so Black’s pawn structure remains flexible and adaptable. This is the major attraction of the opening for many master players.the Bogo-Indian is named after Grandmaster Efim Bogoljubov, who used the opening regularly throughout his chess career during the twenties, thirties and forties. Bogolubov was a great player and even fought for the World Championship in 1929, but he was soundly defeated by Alekhine. Max Euwe, writing in “ The Development of Chess Style” (1968), described Bogolubov’s chess as “sound and primarily positional"" source:

Sep-03-06  Albertan: Gligoric's move of 19.Bf4?! gives Tal an advantage. Instead of 19.Bf4?! Gligoric could have played the move 19.Rac1 and the following interesting variation is possible:

19. Rad1 Rfc8 20. Qc3 f6 21. c5 Nf5 22. Bc4 Nxc4 23. Nxc4 Rxc5 24. Bxc5 Qxc5+ 25. Rf2 Bxg2 26. Kxg2 Qxc4 27. Qxc4 Ne3

Sep-03-06  Albertan: Gligoric's 25th move appears rushed. Instead of 25.c5?! he could have played 25.Qc3 with this varation possible: 25. Qc3 Qe3 26. Rc1 Rac8 27. Ne1 Qxc3 28. Rxc3 Nd6 29. Bd3 e5 30. Re2 e4 31. Bc2 Bc6
Sep-03-06  Albertan: Gligoric blundered on move 29 when he played 29.Qb4?? However even if he had played 29.Qe1 he would have been in a lost endgame after:

29. Qe1 Bxf3 30.Bxf3 Rc2 31. Be4 Rxb2 32. Bx5 Qxf2+ 33. Qxf2 Rxf2 34. Bxh7+ Kxh7 35. Kxf2

Gligoric commits one more blunder in the game on move 33 when he played 33.g4??. Instead he could have played 33.Ng4. However Gligoric would still lose as this possible continuation shows: 33. Ng4 f6 34. h3 h5 35. Nh2 Ne3
36.g4 hxg4 37. hxg4 e5 38. Qg3 Nd1
39. Bc4 Qd4 40. Ba2 Kf8 41. Bxd5 Bxd5 42. Qh4 Nxf2 43. Qxf2 Qe4 44. Qc5+ Kf7 45. Kf2 Qg2+ 46. Ke1 Qh1+ 47. Nf1 Bg2 48. Qf2 Bxf1 49. Qxf1 Qxf1+ 50. Kxf1

Aug-15-12  Naniwazu: <I was really unlucky: the tournament hall was across the street from my house. Friends from all over Belgrade would drop in to talk to me, and I couldn’t say no. And then I also made a terrible mistake: during the match I read what the papers were writing. After the first five games I was leading: I’d won one game with black [quite a game!] and made four draws. Tal couldn’t do a thing, and he later told me he was sure he’d lose the match. But on the eve of the 6th game I read a comment by a journalist who declared that he was bored watching us choose the same variations again and again.

And then the game started, and I surprised myself on the 3rd move by deciding that instead of 3. Nc3, which I’d been playing up until then, I’d play Nf3, which I hadn’t even looked at. That spontaneous decision knocked me off balance. I was shocked and couldn’t understand why I’d done it. I lost the game with white. After that the whole atmosphere of the match began to weigh on me and I wanted it to end as soon as possible. I lost another two games – and it was all over.>


RIP Svetozar Gligoric

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  zydeco: There's something psychologically fragile about Gligoric -- other grandmasters noticed that he seemed to crumple after a defeat; and, in this game, he falls apart after his opening 'blunder' of 3.Nf3 instead of the intended 3.Nc3.

Notes from Cafferty's book on the Candidate Matches (analysis taken mostly from Tal):

Tal had never played the Bogo-Indian before this game.

Gligoric plays the opening quietly. Tal suggests 8.0-0-0 with a sharp game; and 10.b4 to take advantage of the fact that black had refrained from 9....a4!?

Tal calls 13.e4 "perhaps the decisive error of the whole match.....It can be explained psychologically -- Gligoric was in two minds whether to keep the bird in hand [i.e. make a draw and preserve his extra point] or go for the two in the bush."

Gligoric missed black's tactical trick 17.....Nxe5! He could have kept a level position with 15.Bf3.

Tal suggests 19.Qc3 and then 19....Qg5 20.Nf3. With 19.Bd4, Gligoric seems to forget about the ....Qc5+ trick for a second time in one game.

If 21.Kh1? Bxg2+.

Tal had a faster win with 29....Bxf3 30.gxf3 Ne3 31.Qh4 g5.

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