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Mikhail Tal vs Georgy Agzamov
Sochi (1984), 10, Oct-??
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  0-1



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Mar-26-07  micartouse: Wow, what a bizarre game. Black wins the exchange in an energetic way and then proceeds to just torture White with about 40 pointless moves.
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  plang: Agzamov was a very strong GM who died in an accident at age 32.
Jul-20-07  Davolni: wow... what a game.......

I wonder what was going on?? were they trying to test each others' nerves?? who's got stronger nerves??

or where they trying to tease each other????

Sep-06-19  faulty: what was going on? Evidently, in 1984, the player with advantage - in the absence of a clear plan - would wait for an adjournment. then, other things may happen, e.g., you have two adjourned games and are very tired and only have time and energy to analyze one of them. so you drag on twenty more moves and adjourn again. then you analyze, and if you find a plan, you win at the board; if there is no victory, you offer a draw. as we see here, it took two adjournments to find the winning plan
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  perfidious: Tack about, make it through the first five hours, then adjourn to analyse at leisure--part and parcel of the game in those days. The most famous example of adjournment analysis saving a player's bacon was the celebrated Botvinnik-Fischer encounter. The flip side of tacking was the player who would err by playing their (typically) 41st move rapidly, right at the five-hour mark, to force their opponent to seal.
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  Fusilli: In fairness to Agzamov, it wasn't obvious how to make progress after winning the exchange.
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  AylerKupp: This looks like a computer game to me, with both players engaging in what I call "engine dithering", with both engines making seemingly purposeless move without making any progress, and coming very close to a draw by repetition situation many times. The last type of game I would expect from Tal, at least in his younger years.
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  Fusilli: <AylerKupp> I think you are being unfair to Tal. He was an exchange down in a non-dynamic position and all he could do was watch for entry points for black and keep them covered, which he did very well for as long as he could. He had no choice but to shuffle back and forth. The onus was on Agzamov. He had the advantage.
Sep-29-19  RookFile: So, there is a mentality of "do not hurry" when you have the advantage. It's possible you can bait your opponent into making a further weakness and actually make the win easier. I think that was what black was trying to do. Tal refused to do something stupid, so the game went on for a while.
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  AylerKupp: <<Fuslli> I think you are being unfair to Tal.>

You're probably right. It was just a frustrating game to replay.

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