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I am in the process of moving, and in readying for the move I have been
going through some old boxes that have been stored away. In one of the
boxes (filled mostly with old Chess Life magazines) I found a
scoresheet with the following game (which I thought I had lost
forever):

Mikhail Tal - Geofrey Strayer [C77]
Software Toolworks, 26.11.1987
[Strayer,Geofrey]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Nc3 b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.d3 0-0 8.Nd5
d6 9.Nxf6+ Bxf6 10.Bd5 Qe8 11.0-0 Rb8 12.c3 Ne7 13.Bb3 Ng6 14.h3 Qe7
15.Be3 h6 16.Qd2 Kh7 17.Bc2 Be6 18.d4 c6 19.a4 b4 20.cxb4 Qb7 21.dxe5
Bxe5 22.Nxe5 dxe5 23.Bc5 Rfd8 24.Qe3 a5 25.bxa5 Qxb2 26.Rfc1 Nf4 27.Kh2
Bc4 28.Rab1 Qa2 29.Ra1 Qb2 30.Rab1 Qa2 31.Rxb8 Rxb8 32.Bd6 Re8 33.Qa3
Qxa3 34.Bxa3 Ne2 35.Rd1 Nd4 36.Bd3 Bb3 37.Rb1 Ra8 38.a6 Bc2 39.Bxc2
Nxc2 40.Bd6 Rxa6 41.Rc1 Nd4 42.Bxe5 Rxa4 43.f3 f6 44.Bxd4 Rxd4 45.Rxc6
Rd2 46.Kg3 Ra2 47.Rd6 Rb2 48.Rd5 Kg6 49.Rd6 Kh7 50.f4 h5 51.Kf3 Rb3+
52.Ke2 Rg3 53.Kf2 Ra3 54.Rd2 Kg6 55.Re2 Kf7 56.Re3 Ra2+ 57.Kf3 Kg6
58.Rb3 Rc2 59.f5+ Kg5 60.g3 Rc6 61.Rd3 Ra6 62.Ke3 Ra2 63.Rb3 h4
64.gxh4+ Kxh4 65.Rb7 Rg2 66.Rb8 Rg3+ 67.Kd4 Kxh3 0.5-0.5 -

Other than the obvious fact that this is probably my most memorable
game (due entirely to the identity of my opponent), which occurred
during my best tournament performance, I was a bit disappointed to
discover that, notwithstanding my halcyon memories, the game itself is
played at a rather low level by both players. Tal was ill and
definitely not playing at normal strength at this tournament and this
game is clear evidence of this, as he managed to let a winning position
slip by a series of inferior moves.

This game is probably of little interest to anyone but a rabid Tal
historian (and even then the historical value of such a game is
doubtful). However, since it hasn't made it into any of the databases
I know of, and since it is my only game against a really famous player,
I am going to preserve it for posterity on RGA. Any comments are
welcome.

- Geof Strayer

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Old May 27th 06, 07:34 AM posted to rec.games.chess.politics
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Always interesting to find these 'lost games' in the attic.
Thanks for sharing!

32. Bb6! looks winning for white.

32. Bb6 Rc8 33. g3 Ne6 34. Qc3 Ba6 35 Qxe5


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I am in the process of moving, and in readying for the move I have been
going through some old boxes that have been stored away. In one of the
boxes (filled mostly with old Chess Life magazines) I found a
scoresheet with the following game (which I thought I had lost
forever):

Mikhail Tal - Geofrey Strayer [C77]
Software Toolworks, 26.11.1987
[Strayer,Geofrey]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Nc3 b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.d3 0-0 8.Nd5
d6 9.Nxf6+ Bxf6 10.Bd5 Qe8 11.0-0 Rb8 12.c3 Ne7 13.Bb3 Ng6 14.h3 Qe7
15.Be3 h6 16.Qd2 Kh7 17.Bc2 Be6 18.d4 c6 19.a4 b4 20.cxb4 Qb7 21.dxe5
Bxe5 22.Nxe5 dxe5 23.Bc5 Rfd8 24.Qe3 a5 25.bxa5 Qxb2 26.Rfc1 Nf4 27.Kh2
Bc4 28.Rab1 Qa2 29.Ra1 Qb2 30.Rab1 Qa2 31.Rxb8 Rxb8 32.Bd6 Re8 33.Qa3
Qxa3 34.Bxa3 Ne2 35.Rd1 Nd4 36.Bd3 Bb3 37.Rb1 Ra8 38.a6 Bc2 39.Bxc2
Nxc2 40.Bd6 Rxa6 41.Rc1 Nd4 42.Bxe5 Rxa4 43.f3 f6 44.Bxd4 Rxd4 45.Rxc6
Rd2 46.Kg3 Ra2 47.Rd6 Rb2 48.Rd5 Kg6 49.Rd6 Kh7 50.f4 h5 51.Kf3 Rb3+
52.Ke2 Rg3 53.Kf2 Ra3 54.Rd2 Kg6 55.Re2 Kf7 56.Re3 Ra2+ 57.Kf3 Kg6
58.Rb3 Rc2 59.f5+ Kg5 60.g3 Rc6 61.Rd3 Ra6 62.Ke3 Ra2 63.Rb3 h4
64.gxh4+ Kxh4 65.Rb7 Rg2 66.Rb8 Rg3+ 67.Kd4 Kxh3 0.5-0.5 -

Other than the obvious fact that this is probably my most memorable
game (due entirely to the identity of my opponent), which occurred
during my best tournament performance, I was a bit disappointed to
discover that, notwithstanding my halcyon memories, the game itself is
played at a rather low level by both players. Tal was ill and
definitely not playing at normal strength at this tournament and this
game is clear evidence of this, as he managed to let a winning position
slip by a series of inferior moves.

This game is probably of little interest to anyone but a rabid Tal
historian (and even then the historical value of such a game is
doubtful). However, since it hasn't made it into any of the databases
I know of, and since it is my only game against a really famous player,
I am going to preserve it for posterity on RGA. Any comments are
welcome.

- Geof Strayer


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