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Mikhail Tal vs Krunoslav Hulak
3rd Liberation Tournament (1974), Novi Sad YUG, Oct-??
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Fianchetto Variation (B70)  ·  1-0



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Aug-16-06  PaulLovric: kako si to all croats out there, this year i am having a white christmas in croatia....why did black lose here?
Aug-16-06  PaulLovric: <WannaBe> kako si and thanks. not being an endgame expert i could not see it, and even still can' retrospect now i think i can after a few minutes. is it blacks g and d pawn that is at most peril?

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  WannaBe: <PaulLovric> Black's got horrible position. Can't stop white from promoting one of the pawn.

The black king really can't afford to come 'out' and 'around' his own front pawns.

I think it's almost a zugszwang for black.

May-25-08  ezmerin: At first glance Black played a reasonable game. Yet he lost anyway. Why?

I think he lost too much time with moves like 10...Nbd7 (what about 10...Nc6 right away?), 11...Nb6, 14...Qc5 21...Rd7 25...Bd7 etc.

At move 16. White launched a simple plan: to strongpoint d5. So maybe Black should have challenged this idea by playing d5!? at move 18. or 19.? This would have been complicated.

Maybe he could recapture by 22...Rxf6!? and later play 23...Bf8, entrenching his weakness?

After putting more thoughts at this game I see Black's play illogical. He moves his Queen, Rook and Bishop back and forth. His light-squared Bishop never takes his opponent on g2 just to capture it later, in difficult position. His trouble with d-pawn is never solved.

All this results with lost endgame.

Jun-10-09  Sem: Illuminating remarks, ezmerin, thanks.
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  thegoodanarchist: The pin of the rook on f6 was fatal.
Nov-01-15  RookFile: Also, the fact that white dominated d5. That's usually bad news for black in a Sicilian.
Nov-02-15  Whitehotqueen: It's really awesome black hasn't played really well. Talk neutralized the position well

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