Pkrrb

An excellent defence which avoids two spectacular conclusions:

(a) 21 ... NXR 22 P-R5+ KXP 23 P-N4+ K-R3 24 Q-R2+ KXN 25 Q-R5+ K-B5 26 Q-B5 mate;

(b) 21 ... R-KR1 22 QXP+ K-R3 23 Q-K6+ K-R4 24 P-N4+ KXRP 25 N-B3+ K-R6 26 P-N5 mate.

Note that Black defends actively, not by seizing ever more material.

23NXP+ K-R2

25 P-K6

With the terrible threat of 26 P-R6, but Tal still continues to find ways out.

26QXQ PXQ

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