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Mikhail Tal vs Ilia Smirin
2nd Soviet Club Cup qual group 1 (1990), Podolsk URS, Mar-??
King's Indian Defense: Exchange Variation (E92)  ·  1-0

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Jan-31-05  Helloween: Poor Smirin's QS Bishop and Rook are paralyzed for the entire game. It seems a bit strange, however, that Tal played one of the most drawish lines in chess here.
May-08-06  zev22407: Even in this drawish line Tal finds a tactical resorce.
Oct-21-08  Pyke: <"The story about this game was that Smirin had said that all you needed to do against Tal was to get the queens of the bord; then you could never lose. Tal took this as a challenge and convincingly showed his young opponent that it is not a wise idea to underestimate a world champion"> from Mikhail Tal: Tactical Genius by Raetsky/Chetverik
Oct-23-08  sleepyirv: <Pyke> I don't care how past his prime Tal was- you don't want to get him on his bad side.
Oct-06-09  WhiteRook48: 27 Be6!
Oct-06-09  Jason Frost: 27. Be6? offers black drawing chances
Aug-07-11
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  thegoodanarchist: This Tal guy is good.
Apr-09-12  Doc Lasker: Does anybody know why I can no longer click on a game and play it without getting this page instead?
Apr-09-12  King Death: < Pyke: "The story about this game was that Smirin had said that all you needed to do against Tal was to get the queens of the bord; then you could never lose..." from Mikhail Tal: Tactical Genius by Raetsky/Chetverik>

Maybe Smirin wasn't familiar with this game (Smyslov vs Tal, 1964) where his great opponent got queens off but couldn't hold the ending. Anybody that can outplay Smyslov like this is a little bit better than Smirin implied.

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