Mikhail Tal. "Fortune smiles to the young", 1970

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64, issue 45, 1970. Tal's third (and final) report from Sochi.

Either the masters have finally managed to acclimatize or their physical form was better than their venerable opponents', but the struggle in the last seven rounds was completely even. The second leg was won by grandmasters with a score 25-24, even though they had white pieces in 28 games out of 49.

To be fair, in certain games fortune didn't favour the grandmasters. Especially unlucky was Viktor Korchnoi who took a habit of losing on time.

Firstly, the Leningrad player lost on time to Boris Gulko, even though his position was worse. Then, in the adjourned game against Mikhail Podgaets, he achieved a won position through subtle play, but time played against him again.

 

Several rounds later, Korchnoi played Kuzmin. The game was adjourned with the grandmaster having winning chances. But during the play-off, Korchnoi lost on time at move 56... with an obviously better position.
In the last rounds, there was an interesting struggle for the best individual result. After a bad streak in the second leg's beginning, Vladimir Tukmakov began to play very confidently again, and Gennady Kuzmin had to worry.
In the last two rounds, the Odessa player scored two important wins against V. Korchnoi and L. Stein.
That's Leonid Stein's only defeat in the whole tournament.
But by forcing a draw against Lutikov by repetition in the last round, Gennady Kuzmin got the masters' best score. During the whole tournament, he showed very interesting play. G. Kuzmin perhaps played more interesting games than everyone else.
Viktor Kupreichik played several lively games in the second round.
Vitaly Theshkovsky also had a good finish.
And here are some games won by grandmasters.
The final standings:
Grandmasters versus masters: the Komsomol tournament
  Tal Stein Suetin Shamk Liber Korch Lutik Masters' Results
G. Kuzmin 0 0.5 0.5 0 0.5 1 1 1 0.5 1 1 1 1 0.5 9.5
V. Tukmakov 0.5 0 0.5 1 1 0.5 0.5 0 1 1 0.5 1 1 0.5 9
V. Kupreichik 0 1 0.5 0 0.5 0.5 0 0 0.5 0.5 1 1 1 1 7.5
M. Podgaets 0 0.5 0.5 0.5 1 0 0.5 0.5 1 0.5 0 1 0.5 0.5 7
V. Tseshkovsky 0 1 0.5 0.5 0 0.5 1 0 0.5 0 0 0 0 1 5
B. Gulko 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 1 1 0 0.5 0 1 0 0.5 4.5

R. Vaganian

A. Beliavsky

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0.5

  0.5

0.5

  0

0

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0.5

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0.5

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  0.5

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GMs' Results 10.5 8.5 7.5 7.5 6.5 6 5

51.5-46.5

""Shamk" stands for Shamkovich, "Liber" for Liberzon, "Korch" for Korchnoi, "Lutik" for Lutikov.