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Vladimir Savon vs Mikhail Tal
Sukhumi (1972), Sukhumi URS, rd 8, Aug-25
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  perfidious: Despite coming through Sukhumi as the only unbeaten player and finishing sole first, this game provided some nasty moments for Tal, as mentioned in his <Life and Games>:

<In (this) game Tal had been horrified to run into a variation prepared by Savon's Soviet Army Club teammates, and his prospects to hold after the adjournment looked dismal....Tal recalls a bizarre incident after resumption of play:

We were playing with a clock of far from perfect construction, and on which the flag fell at nowhere near the time control. I saw that by rights White had at least a minute left, and to demand a loss on time in such circumstances seemed blasphemous to me. All these thoughts occurred in a flash, and before the controller had time to record the fall of the flag, I made a move and pressed my clock. The game subsequently ended in a draw.>

Good sport.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Perfidious,

For once your way with words have failed you.

A 'Good Sport' is someone who says 'well done' after blundering away a won game.

What Tal did went way beyond 'Good Sport'.


When I first heard this tale I tried to put myself in Savon's shoes.

I lost on time, my opponent refused to accept it. I have the better postion do I play for a win....

...I'd find the dilema so awkward I'd almost wish my opponent had claimed the game on time.


He was the best ever at creating OTB problems for his opponents to solve.

Now he's given me (and now no doubt others here imagining themselves in the same situation) a problem off the board in a game I was not involved in and I don't know what to do.

I love winning and I'd set the crudest, cheapest, slyest, nastiest trap I can think of to win. I don't think I could win that one.


Imagine Tal's flag falling after the next time control and Savon claiming the win on time. Oh Boy. I think Tal would have brained him the clock.

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  Pulo y Gata: If I may drop this here, gentlemen: A Moiseenko vs Navara, 2011.
Apr-25-21  morphynoman2: 54. Kf2? (54. c7! 54... Ne3 55. Qe3 Qe3 56. c8=Q Rg1 (56... Qg1 57. Kh3 Qf1 58. Kh4 Re4 59. f4! 59... Rf4 60. Bg4+-) 57. Kh3 Qh6 58. Kg4 Qh5 59. Kf4 Qh6 60. Ke4 Re1 61. Kd3 Qe3 62. Kc2 b3 63. Kb2 Qd2 64. Ka3 Qa5 65. Kb3+-) Gufeld, Chess Informant 14/363

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