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Bent Larsen vs Mikhail Tal
Larsen - Tal 3rd place Candidates Playoff (1969), Eersel NED, rd 3, Mar-14
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1-0



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Sep-01-04  Everett: Larsen weathers the storm and plants an eminant mate on Tal's head
Sep-02-04  molinov: Was Rd2 the best option for Tal?. I mean I don't see the benefit that comes out of exchanging rooks. Maybe it was a defensive move to avoid complications at the g7 square.
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  sergeidave: I'm sorry if this is a dumb question, but... what's wrong with 39...cxd5? and also what's going on on the annotation? 39.Bd5, that's not check!! Can somebody explain this to me? Thanks!
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  tamar: <sergeidave> 39 Bd5 is a fine move, although not a check. The threat is 40 Qf8 Mate (at time control!) with the pawns on g6 and h7 creating the opportunity for epaulette mate.
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  sergeidave: dumb of me... I didn't see it... thanks <tamar>
Sep-07-04  Rama: An epaulette mate occurs when the king is flanked by friendly rooks on either side, which trap him. Right?
Sep-07-04  iron maiden: I don't think it necessarily has to be rooks, but you're right.
Sep-30-05  Kriegspiel: Kriegspiel: Just after move 39 (for Black) -- or perhaps after move 40 for White -- the word "hairballs" suddenly entered my mind.

Now, I wonder why that should be?

I also notice that the move marked "39.Bd5+" doesn't check the Black king on the board as shown at that point. The Black king after "39.Bd5+" is at g7. There are no White pieces on the 7th rank. There are no White pieces on the g-file. There are no White pieces on the f8-h6 diagonal. There are no White pieces on the a1-h8 diagonal. Those are all the approaches to the Black king. Hmmm...


Jun-13-08  fblin: What's wrong with:
24 ... d5xe4
threatening Bxe3 and so on?
Black is wining
Jun-13-08  talisman: tal tried to have this match postponed.soviet authorities did not ask larsen who would have agreed.shortly after this match tal would enter the hospital.of all his "bad health" years '69 was the worst.this match also meant tal would not qualify automatically for the next candidates.
Jun-13-08  zev22407: Larsen got just 100$ for winning the match and Tal got 60$!
Jun-13-08  euripides: <this match also meant tal would not qualify automatically for the next candidates.> I thought this was the third-place match between the defeated semi-finalists. Usually the defeated candidates' finalist (Korchnoi)and the loser of the world championship match (Petrosian) qualified automatically, so I don't think Tal would have qualified even if he had won this match. Larsen qualified for the next Candidates by his performance in the 1970 Interzonal.
Jun-13-08  talisman: <euripedes> been awhile since reading LIFE AND GAMES but memory tells me the winner "qualified".qualified for what? memory getting bad. maybe interzonal? i think tal put off the operation until after ussr championship which would've qualified him for the 72 cycle.i think he finished like 15th or last thing. there was one ussr championship that tal was not allowed to participate in...right around this time.thanks in advance if you can shed some light.
Jun-13-08  euripides: <tal> I'm not sure, but qualification for the interzonal sounds likely - I also read Life and Games a long time ago but can't remember. Tal certainly had difficulties around this time and I think he must have failed to qualify for the 1970 interzonal just as he somehat underperformed in the 1973 interzonal.

Of course the use of the Soviet championship as a zonal with a small number of qualifying places very often led to some serious contenders being eliminated at the start of the cycle, e.g. I think that Tal's victory over Spassky in the Soviet championship of 1958 effectively knocked Spassky out of that cycle, a traumatic moment for Spassky who was exactly the same age as Tal and had reached the GM level before he did.

I forget the story about Tal's exclusion from the Soviet championship but that must have hurt - especially in a system where chances to play abroad were rationed by the authorities.

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  keypusher: <euripides> <talisman>

I don't remember Tal being excluded from the USSR championship, in these years at least. He was left off some Olympiad teams, probably wrongly, but of course the Soviets always had a surfeit of strong GMs. <talisman> is right that 1969 was the absolute nadir for Tal's health and chess -- he didn't even score 50% in the USSR championship, which, as noted, excluded him from the 1970-1972 cycle. This was a real shame, because by 1971-1972 he was in great form again.

Jun-13-08  littlefermat: I don't know why, but the Soviet Chess Federation refused to allow him to play in the USSR championship in 1970. That year it was located in his hometown of Riga.
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  keypusher: <little fermat>< I don't know why, but the Soviet Chess Federation refused to allow him to play in the USSR championship in 1970. That year it was located in his hometown of Riga.>

I stand corrected. That's absolutely vicious.

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