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Mikhail Tal vs Josip Rukavina
Chigorin Memorial 9th (1973), Sochi URS, rd 1, Sep-??
Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  1-0



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Aug-29-04  azaris: Tal gives 44...♔e4! 45. a4 ♔f3 46. a5 ♔xf2 47. a6 f3 48. a7 ♔g1 49. a8=♕ f2 - (!!!). How does this work?
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  tpstar: <azaris> Tal's line yields this:

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White has no real means to prevent Black from Queening except to repeat the position (50. Qg8+ Kh1 51. Qf8 Kg2 52. Qg8+). So White could win both Pawns with 50. Qa7 Kg2 51. Qxe7 f1=Q 52. Qg5+ Kh3 53. Qxh5, or else 50. Qg8+ Kh1 51. Qf7 Kg2 52. Qxh5 f1=Q 53. Qg5+ Kh3 54. Qxe7, but in both cases Black has ... Qf4+ followed by ... Qxh4 =.

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49.Kd2 also wins for black, but 49.Ke2 is a draw.


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Now the white king loses one tempo in getting around the connected passed pawns, so he can't gobble them both up without giving up the f-pawn.

Because white must give up his f-pawn in this variation, the black king can get back in time to prevent the white h-pawn from promoting.

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