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Mikhail Tal vs Svetozar Gligoric
Tal - Gligoric Candidates Quarterfinal (1968), Belgrade YUG, rd 9, May-14
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Smyslov Defense (C93)  ·  1-0



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May-16-07  DrGridlock: The first 16 moves of this game follow Korchnoi-Reshevsky (1968). In response to 17 d5, Reshevsky plays Na4. After 18 Rb1, c4 19 Bxc4, black loses a pawn.

Tal writes in "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal," In [this game] I adopted the move order chosen by Korchnoy in the 2nd game of his match with Reshevsky, which was proceeding at the same time in Amsterdam. I did not, of course, expect Gligoric to blunder away a pawn, as Reshevsky had done, but this almost happened. True, at the last moment, Gligoric realized the danger, but he was able to ward it off only at the cost of two tempi [relocating the bishop to c8 and then d7]. They proved sufficient for the game to be adjourned in a position which, although complicated, saw White the exchange ahead." The game was adjourned after move 42.

Tal continues, "A lively and highly significant part in the analysis of the adjourned position was played by the world-famous violinist David Oistrakh, an old and faithful lover of chess who had arrived in Yugoslavia for a concert. Incidently, the analysis was quite complicated, and we analyzed the position roughly 18 moves ahead, avoiding a number of false paths. It was the main variation of our analysis that occurred in the game.

It would be interesting to see how some computer programs analyze the continuation, compared to the violinist and chess-player.

Sep-09-10  ForeverYoung: the play after the adjournment is incredibly dead-on. Tal indicates there are a number of ways white could have gone wrong in trying to score this point. Tal also believes the exchange sac by Gligoric was his best chance for resistance.
Mar-16-15  zydeco: Strange that Gligoric made the same mistake as Reshevsky (18....Na4) in the parallel quarterfinal match.

Tal: "Gligoric's reply instead of the expected 18....Nh7 or 18....Ra7 makes one think of some sort of telepathy."

More than any other player I know of, Gligoric sacrifices the exchange as soon as he loses the initiative. Tal said he overlooked 26....Qc7! He felt he had no choice except to maneuver for several moves -- and then regained the initiative with the pawn sacrifice 34.e5!

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