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.