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Friday, July 12, 2013

Tahl vs. Simagin

   Tahl needs no introduction. His opponent in this game probably does. Vladimir Simagin (born Moscow June 21, 1919, died Kislovodsk September 25, 1968) was a Grandmaster and was Moscow champion three times (1947, 1956, and 1959) who made many significant contributions to opening theory. Simagin had a bold and imaginative style and he was an expert tactician with a style that has been compared to both Richard Réti and Bent Larsen. He died of a heart attack while playing in the Kislovodsk tournament. Simagin’s unusual opening got him in trouble early on and Tahl’s attack was quick and vicious. Right when it looks like Simagin might have survived the worst, Tahl segues into a won ending.

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