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Vasil Spas Spasov vs Mikhail Tal
Manila Interzonal (1990), Manila PHI, rd 4, Jul-02
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Euwe-Keres Line (C07)  ·  1-0



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May-21-05  quovadis: Could someone explain me why did white resign in this game, thanks...
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  beatgiant: <quovadis>
The final position looks like an easy win for White with 54. Kf7 threatening the decisive attack with Rg8, etc. So I think either the result is wrong, or White overstepped the time limit.
May-22-05  fgh: 41. Bb6 seems quite promising for white.
May-22-05  fgh: Plus the final position seems much better for white.
May-22-05  Catfriend: I think it's the time.

54.Kf7 f5 55.Rg8 Rc7 56.Rxg7+ is a win!
54..Rg4 isn't better...

Dec-14-05  stanleys: In fact the score is wrong.Vasil Spasov won this game
Dec-14-05  who: Well after 54.Rc8 Rxc8!! black should have an easy time winning.
Mar-07-06  stanleys: Chessgames could you correct the score,please?
Sep-16-08  pom nasayao: There is no fight left for Tal. He is not meant to be a defender.
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  whiteshark: What about <34...Nc8> instead of sacrifying the ♘ on c4?
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Black to move

1) +1.55 (35 ply) 34...Nc8 35.Rb7+ Kg6 36.Kf1 h5 37.Ke2 Kh7 38.g4 hxg4 39.hxg4 Kg6 40.f4 Kh6 41.Kf3 Kg6 42.Rb8 Kf7 43.Bd4 Rd6 44.Bf2 Rc6 45.Rb7+ Kg6 46.Be3 Kh7 47.Kg3 Kg6 48.Kf2 Rd6 49.Rb8 Rc6 50.Ke2 Kf7 51.Rb7+ Kg6 52.Kd3 Kh6 53.Bd4 Kg6 54.Ke3 Rd6

2) +2.24 (35 ply) 34...Nxc4 35.Rb7+ Kg8 36.bxc4 Rxc4 37.Ra7 Rxa4 38.Bxb6 Ra1+ 39.Kh2 a4 40.Kg3 Ra2 41.Kg4 Rb2 42.Be3 Rb4+ 43.Kf3 h5 44.Ke2 Rb2+ 45.Kd3 Ra2 46.g3 Ra1 47.Ke4 e5 48.Bc5 Ra2 49.Kd3 Ra1 50.Kc4 h4 51.gxh4 Rh1 52.Rxa4 Rxh3 53.Kd5 Rh2 54.Ke6 Kh7 55.Kf5

3) +2.32 (35 ply) 34...Rc8 35.Rxb6 Nxc4 36.bxc4 Rxc4 37.Ra6 Rxa4 38.Ra7+ Kg8 39.Kh2 h5 40.Bb6 h4 41.Rxa5 Rc4 42.Be3 Rb4 43.Bc5 Rc4 44.Ba3 Rc2 45.Kg1 Ra2 46.Kf1 e5 47.Bb4 Rb2 48.Bc5 Rb1+ 49.Ke2 Rg1 50.Kf3 e4+ 51.Kxe4 Rxg2 52.Ra3 Kh7 53.Kf3 Rg5 54.Bb6

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

= = =

So it looks like Tal avoided a long and almost hopeless defense for something 'tal-like' different.

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