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Mikhail Tal vs Jan George van Eybergen
Simul (1959) (exhibition), Amsterdam NED
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Caro Variation (C70)  ·  0-1

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Nov-24-04  solstys: Yikes! A disaster for Tal. Nevertheless, he's still my favorite.
Nov-24-04  Shams: yeah, by 1979 he was in bad shape.
Nov-24-04  ughaibu: In 1979 he won his interzonal with the second highest percentage an interzonal has ever been won with.
Nov-24-04  Minor Piece Activity: I'll be dumb- who was the first ugi?
Nov-24-04  ughaibu: Kotov in 1952.
Nov-24-04  Shams: I was not aware of that, but I really meant he was in bad physical shape, so not consistent at the board. Am I misinformed?
Nov-24-04  ughaibu: I dont know about that. I think his troublesome kidney was removed in the late 60s after which his results regained their consistency. Perhaps Benzol can give us the full story.
Nov-24-04
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  Benzol: <ughaibu> You're right that Tal's diseased kidney was removed in the late 60's. As soon as it was his results improved dramatically. However, his form could still waver in consistency. He had brilliant results in the early 70's but then failed badly in the interzonal in 1973 because his health played up. In 1979 his play in Montreal and the interzonal was reminiscence of the 1957 - 1960 period but against Polugaevsky in the candidates match 1980 he failed to register even one win in eight games. If I remember rightly his brother passed away during the match so it wasn't exactly his own health that was the problem. His results from here until 1984 were rather mixed but improved again in 1985. He ended up in a play off match with Timman (the result was a drawn match) in 1985 (Timman went through on tie break) and although in individual games he played as formerly he couldn't seem to play consistantly for long enough when it counted.
Nov-24-04  ughaibu: Thanks Benzol.
Nov-24-04  sneaky pete: The year is wrong. According to a newspaper column by Hans Ree, this game is from a simul given in June, 1959. White should have played 19.Kh1 .. with an unclear position.
Nov-06-06
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  Joshka: So 6...g5 having never been played before, is really a blunder that Tal didn't punish correctly? was this a simul game?
Mar-11-09  Sem: By the looks of it Tal played Black!
Sep-29-09  tivrfoa: <Sem: By the looks of it Tal played Black!> every time Tal loses, someone says something like that. xD beautiful game! Well done J Van Eijbergen
Apr-14-12  balzarius: Tal got punished in his own sacrificial style by a probably master strenght player.However,it was only a simul game,but a wonderful one!

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