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  1. 03 Dec '09 16:38
  2. 04 Dec '09 16:27
    After R8xe4 Tal decided to throw in the towel.

    Great game.
  3. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    04 Dec '09 19:46
    Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromfics
    [pgn][Event "Moscow"]
    [Site "Moscow"]
    [Date "1968"]
    [Round "05"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [White "Mikhail Tal"]
    [Black "Viktor Korchnoi"]
    [ECO "C98"]
    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5
    7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Qc7 12. Nbd2
    Nc6 13. dxc5 dxc5 14. Nf1 Be6 15. Ne3 Rad8 16. Qe2 c4 17. Nf5
    Bxf5 18. exf ...[text shortened]... Rd2
    32. fxe3 Ne2+ 33. Kh1 Ng3+ 34. Kg1 Re2 35. Qd1 Qb7 36. e4
    R8xe4 0-1 [/pgn]
    I thought white was supposed to play 13.d5 instead of 13.dc.
  4. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    04 Dec '09 19:50
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    I thought white was supposed to play 13.d5 instead of 13.dc.
    Also, isn't 23.b3 just a crude blunder?
  5. 04 Dec '09 20:21
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    Also, isn't 23.b3 just a crude blunder?
    23. b3 does seem shocking coming from a player of Tal's caliber. He loses a pawn and his queenside falls apart.

    Why not simply 23. Nxf6+, Nxf6; 24. Rad1?
  6. 04 Dec '09 21:21
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    Also, isn't 23.b3 just a crude blunder?
    You can just give 23... Nxc3 an exclamation mark too
  7. 04 Dec '09 21:32
    23. b3 wasn't Tal's brightest move ever made though
  8. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    04 Dec '09 22:47
    Originally posted by heinzkat
    You can just give 23... Nxc3 an exclamation mark too
    You're just mad that I beat you to giving the question mark.
  9. 07 Dec '09 02:18
    What about 28...e4!! I think that move was brilliant, preparing an great counter-attack to get out of the pinned knight situation. Tal had nothing after that. This is a great game, really shows Korchnoi's great fighting/counter-attacking ability.

    Does Tal annotate this game anywhere; from studying his games I'm sure he willingly sac'd the pawn thinking he had something either with a Qxh6 or he thought the pinned knight was very strong, overlooking 28...e4. The way he sac'd things I thought he was maybe thinking of sacking the Bishop and playing Qxh6 but I think that just leads to a quicker loss.
  10. 09 Dec '09 03:23
    Originally posted by homedepotov
    23. b3 does seem shocking coming from a player of Tal's caliber. He loses a pawn and his queenside falls apart.

    Why not simply 23. Nxf6+, Nxf6; 24. Rad1?
    21. Be4! is Liberzon-Noval, Moscow-Praque 1968

    (After 22. ... Nd5 =) Other possible moves are:
    23. a4; 23. g3; and 23. Qg4!?; Qb6! which is given as equal. This and the following are derived from "Complete Games of Mikhal Tal 1967-73" by H. Thomas.
    His annotations are taken from a number of soviet sources.

    27. Rec1? Besser ist. 27. Bf7!? Qf7 28. Qc3 Rd4! with a slight edge for black.
  11. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    10 Dec '09 09:15
    Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromfics
    [pgn][Event "Moscow"]
    [Site "Moscow"]
    [Date "1968"]
    [Round "05"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [White "Mikhail Tal"]
    [Black "Viktor Korchnoi"]
    [ECO "C98"]
    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5
    7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Qc7 12. Nbd2
    Nc6 13. dxc5 dxc5 14. Nf1 Be6 15. Ne3 Rad8 16. Qe2 c4 17. Nf5
    Bxf5 18. exf ...[text shortened]... Rd2
    32. fxe3 Ne2+ 33. Kh1 Ng3+ 34. Kg1 Re2 35. Qd1 Qb7 36. e4
    R8xe4 0-1 [/pgn]
    You are right...an excellent game!