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Uh2 it would have been better to make a more useful move, for example 25 . . cifth7. 26 .. Ug2 l:tae8 Here too 27 . . a5 was more useful. 28 'ifa3 :11 29 :c3 a6 If Tal himself exchanges queens, this must imply that he considered his position to be won after the exchange. 32 ifb4 was also worth considering. 32 ... :xb8 33 :t1 ltJh2 Again 'pursuing' the repetition of moves after 34 l:tf4 ltJg4, but Tal is in no way satisfied with a draw. 34 l:tc1 �e8 34 . . Uf3! was stronger, after which Tal had in mind 35 l:txc6.

Llxf4+ 32 l:txf4 itxf4 33 'Llf6+ White would have won a piece. c3 lied8 (see next diagram) Black has no useful moves, and he can only passively await the outcome. ic7 39 ts �ea White had only one more move to make before the time control, and, instead of 40 The last move in the game that required accu racy! 62 � GAME 1 6 47 TAL - BOTVI N N I K �fa 48 l:. b6 �g8 49 �f4 �h7 24th-25th Apri l 1 96 1 Game 1 6 How can Black hope to save an endgame, in which h e has had to spend so many tempi on decentralising his king?

Such positions were unusually i nteresting to analyse with Tal , but simply impossible to defend at the board. However, 1 2 a4! , recommended by interna­ tional master Oleg Moiseev, came into consideration, after which Black should evidently continue 1 2 . . b7 with a compli­ cated game. 12 13 �e6 'il¥xd8 White's desire to stabilise the position is understandable: the knight at b6 lacks support and White is aiming for the end­ game. 13 . xd8 Underesti mating the danger. 1 4 a4 was essential - the knight at b6 needs help.

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