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Fischer - Tal [U.S.S.R 1960]

nhoinla
Aug 23, 2008, 3:22 PM 1

LEIPZIG OLYMPIC 1960 - FRENCH DEFENSE

No holds barred

Their first encounter after Tal became world champion proves to be an old-fashioned slugfest.  Typically aggressive, Fischer rapidly achieves a winning bind, but unwisely permits Tal to touch off "a dazzling array of fireworks" with 14...Nxe5.  The struggle seesaws for seven moves before settling in a perpetual check.

The quality of this confrontation left little doubt that, in time, Fischer would yet take Tal's measure.  He did just that less than a year later, after Tal had lost his return match with Botvinnik (Game 32).  Reading Tal's palm, Fischer predicted: "The next world champion will be...Bobby Fischer!"

Click on the move list to see variations.  Enjoy!

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