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    1974 Telex Match - Mikhail Tal

    Hi,

    I am looking for details on a telex match held in 1974 featuring Mikhail Tal and some Australian players. The only game I have is vs William Jordan:

    [Event "telex"]
    [Site "telex"]
    [Date "1974.??.??"]
    [EventDate "?"]
    [Round "?"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [White "Mikhail Tal"]
    [Black "William Jordan"]
    [ECO "B33"]
    [WhiteElo "?"]
    [BlackElo "?"]
    [PlyCount "59"]

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6
    7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 Be6 9.Nc4 Rc8 10.Nd5 Bxd5 11.exd5 Ne7 12.Qd3
    Nexd5 13.O-O-O Be7 14.Bxf6 Nxf6 15.Nxd6+ Qxd6 16.Qxd6 Bxd6
    17.Rxd6 Ke7 18.Rd2 Rhd8 19.Bd3 Rc5 20.Re1 Rd4 21.c3 Kd6 22.Kc2
    Nd5 23.Kb1 Rh4 24.Be4 Ke6 25.c4 Nb4 26.a3 Nc6 27.g3 Rg4 28.h3
    Rxe4 29.Rxe4 f5 30.Rh4 1-0

    Does anyone have any more details on the match, like other games scores etc. I would like to hear from anyone that was involved in the match. I have read Damskys account in his 'Chess Records' book.

    Thanks

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    M Tal - W Jordan, Telex Match, 1974
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon
    Hi,

    I am looking for details on a telex match held in 1974 featuring Mikhail Tal and some Australian players. The only game I have is vs William Jordan:

    [Event "telex"]
    [Site "telex"]
    [Date "1974.??.??"]
    [EventDate "?"]
    [Round "?"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [White "Mikhail Tal"]
    [Black "William Jordan"]
    [ECO "B33"]
    [WhiteElo "?"]
    [BlackElo "?"]
    [PlyCount "59"]

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6
    7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 Be6 9.Nc4 Rc8 10.Nd5 Bxd5 11.exd5 Ne7 12.Qd3
    Nexd5 13.O-O-O Be7 14.Bxf6 Nxf6 15.Nxd6+ Qxd6 16.Qxd6 Bxd6
    17.Rxd6 Ke7 18.Rd2 Rhd8 19.Bd3 Rc5 20.Re1 Rd4 21.c3 Kd6 22.Kc2
    Nd5 23.Kb1 Rh4 24.Be4 Ke6 25.c4 Nb4 26.a3 Nc6 27.g3 Rg4 28.h3
    Rxe4 29.Rxe4 f5 30.Rh4 1-0

    Does anyone have any more details on the match, like other games scores etc. I would like to hear from anyone that was involved in the match. I have read Damskys account in his 'Chess Records' book.

    Thanks
    The Australian players involved were -

    Doug Hamilton
    Normand Maclaurin
    Max Fuller
    Richard Lilly
    Juan Kloostra
    Noel Craske
    Bill Jordan
    Abraham Sztern

    The scores of the games can be found on Ozbase via the ACF website as a pgn download. An easy way to locate them is to look at the chronological list.

    I was involved, being the ACTCA President or Secretary, probably the former, in organising the Canberra game played by Noel Craske, then resident here. It was played in a local department store JB Young's, then a well known local store but now defunct after a take-over years ago.

    The event being a telex simul the games took a long time and not all of them were finished. Noel's was one such which was adjudicated as a draw. I don't remember who did the adjudications but i think it was a Russian GM. Looking at the scores it seems that only the Kloostra, Jordan and Sztern games were played to a result, all others being adjudicated.

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    in his finger notes at fics ( vampyr ) the late noel craske states:

    6: Tal was Aust Vs USSR 1973 - adjudicated draw (Tal was LOST!)
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    [Event "Tal-AUS"]
    [Site "telex"]
    [Date "1974.05.14"]
    [Round "6"]
    [White "Craske, Noel Gregory"]
    [Black "Tal, Mihail"]
    [Result "1/2-1/2"]
    [ECO "B08"]
    [Annotator "Chessbase"]
    [PlyCount "50"]
    [EventDate "1974.05.14"]
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    [Event "Tal-AUS"]
    [Site "telex"]
    [Date "1974.05.14"]
    [Round "2"]
    [White "MacLaurin, Normand"]
    [Black "Tal, Mihail"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [ECO "E61"]
    [PlyCount "58"]
    [EventDate "1974.05.14"]
    [EventType "simul"]
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    [Event "Tal-AUS"]
    [Site "telex"]
    [Date "1974.05.14"]
    [Round "5"]
    [White "Tal, Mihail"]
    [Black "Kloostra, Juan"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [ECO "E61"]
    [PlyCount "57"]
    [EventDate "1974.05.14"]
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    The Tal simul

    The simul was the brainchild of the late John Engelander then VCA president. It was sponsored by Mc Ewans stores with associated companies in other states. It was an organisational nightmare. All traffic was between Melbourne and Moscow with the moves being redirected from Melbourne to the other venues. As Denis said it was slow. Slow to start and when the Telex traffic thickened up during the European day it became even slower. I was ACF secretary at the time [there was no president than] and I was heavily involved in the organisation but can remember little of it.
    Averbach was the arbiter and adjudicator.
    The simul started midnight Moscow time
    Tal send me a signed photo of himself [which I still have somewhere]
    Hamilton told me afterwards that he had enjoyed it
    The venue was the McEwans hardware store in Bourke Street
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrueBeliever
    The simul was the brainchild of the late John Engelander then VCA president. It was sponsored by Mc Ewans stores with associated companies in other states. It was an organisational nightmare. All traffic was between Melbourne and Moscow with the moves being redirected from Melbourne to the other venues. As Denis said it was slow. Slow to start and when the Telex traffic thickened up during the European day it became even slower. I was ACF secretary at the time [there was no president than] and I was heavily involved in the organisation but can remember little of it.
    Averbach was the arbiter and adjudicator.
    The simul started midnight Moscow time
    Tal send me a signed photo of himself [which I still have somewhere]
    Hamilton told me afterwards that he had enjoyed it
    The venue was the McEwans hardware store in Bourke Street
    GNH

    Thanks, Gerry, for the extra information - it brought back memories! I had forgotten whose idea it was but I'm not surprised to find it was John Engelander who was full of ideas and energy. He played at the StKilda CC where I also played until returning to Canberra in 1968.

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    Hi,

    Thank you all for posting such interesting information! A fascinating time I am sure, does anyone know of any of the Australian players recollections about the match?

    Regards

    Simon

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    I remember talking to Noel Craske a few years back at Elwood CC and he mentioned his game against Tal, (I had no idea Noel was such a strong player as a junior). I think he said the relay for his game was interrupted - he suggested (possibly facetiously) that it was due to his superior/winning position at the time.

    Am too dim to access the game myself (plus the reader is not working on my Mac for some reason) so maybe someone who can actually play can comment.
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