chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Robert James Fischer vs Mikhail Tal
"Playing Against Einstein's Theory" (game of the day Mar-09-2008)
Bled (1961), Bled YUG, rd 2, Sep-04
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1-0
ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 112 times; par: 81 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 12 more Fischer/Tal games
sac: 23.fxe5 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If you missed a Game of the Day, you can review the last year of games at our Game of the Day Archive.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE OF THIS GAME IS AVAILABLE.  [CLICK HERE]

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 11 OF 11 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Aug-29-12  TheFocus: This is game 32 in Fischer's <My 60 Memorable Games>.
Oct-18-12  pericles of athens: we miss you bobby! what a spectacular

game :)

Jan-17-13  duplex: Remember her was 18 years old when he played this, neither KARPOV nor KASPAROV have reached this level of maturity at this age..
Feb-25-13  Saltyplayer: tal's 13 move was a mistake i think. N next he gained antitempo cos he moved queen quick
Apr-01-13  leka: Dear Duplex.Fischer had a rating 2730 in 1961.Same age Kasparov had a 2757 rating.The truth about Carlsen Fischer Capablanca Karpov.The chess fans years 1858-1895 would had like players like Zukertort P.Morphy Ignaz Kolisch A.Alekhine Mikhail Tal and Kasparov and M.Chigorin.The chess fans do not give attention of technique of Fischer Karpov Capablanca and Carlsen.The chess fans 1858-1895 wanted the spectacular piece sacrifices.
Nov-21-13  Meaux: <pericles of athens: we miss you bobby! what a spectacular game :)> So very much!
Nov-21-13  Petrosianic: <Dear Duplex.Fischer had a rating 2730 in 1961>

There were actually no FIDE ratings until 1970.

Feb-17-14  mrbasso: Tal clearly botched up with the wrong move order here. He intended to play 6...a6 7.Bg2 Nf6 and played 6...Nf6. Happened to almost all lifelong tournament chess players in the World at least once. It was a very unfortunate moment to happen but he went on to win the tournament regardless.

Tal probably didn't play 8...e5! because it leads to a Sveshnikov type position. In 1961 the later called Sveshnikov Sicilian was widely regarded dubious. After move 8 Tal didn't have the slightest chance to save the game IMHO.

Feb-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: It was left to the intrepid Igor Ivanov to revive 8....e5, which had already seen its debut in B Kostic vs O Nedeljkovic, 1938.

What has long baffled me is Ivanov's willingness to enter this mess, as he allowed 7.Ndb5 twice in 1989.

Mar-02-15  Clodhopper: <Tal was a tough player. Here he absent mindedly makes a known opening mistake, but doesn't go down until move 47.>

Anybody but Tal could have resigned with good conscience after 25 bXh7

Mar-02-15  detritus: Doesn't the 37 Qxg3, 38. Rh1 Qg7 line lose immediately to the direct capture 39. Rxg7?
Mar-02-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: You are correct Detitus.

These errors happen when the lads don't add a diagram to their preview screen.


click for larger view

If 37...Qxg3 38.Rh1 makes it a simple win.

(We can now see at a glance that 38...Qg7 is silly.)

38...Qe5 Rh8+ and Rc8+ or 38...Qxc7 Rh8+ and Rh7+ is a book King and Pawn win which Fischer would have played perfectly.

Me on the other hand would have balls it up, got to here with White to move...


click for larger view

...and it's a book draw.

Mar-04-15  bennyvsfischer: one of my favorite....brillant..
May-10-15  Alan Vera: Que cojones que buena partida.
May-29-15  TheFocus: <It is difficult to play against Einstein's theory> - Mikhail Tal.
Jan-09-16  Joker2048: Fischer is the man..
Nicely done★★☆★★
Jan-27-16  yurikvelo: 8. ... Ne5?? and game lost.
9. ... Bc5?? and forced mate

16. ... Ra4? 18. ... Qc7? 19. ... Rxa2? 20. ... Ra6? 29. ... Qh6? - make Fischer win easy

http://pastebin.com/fevkAT7m

Feb-04-16  antonioaguilar: What about at move 20, after Kb1, instead of playing the passive Ra6 Tal didn't played Qa5!!.

I don't see a mate in 1 for white, and well, maybe white would defend with b3 opening his queen's diagonal, but Qa5 in my opinion is the best defense for black.

"The best defense is to attack"
-Me.

Feb-05-16  yurikvelo: <instead of playing the passive Ra6 Tal didn't played Qa5!>

+4,93 20. ... Qa5 21.b4 Qa4 22.Qc3 Kd8 23.Rhe1 d5
+6,53 20. ... Ra6 21.Bh5 d6 22.Rhe1 Qe7 23.Qh6 Kd8

Qa5 is a bit better, but doesnot help much, 21.b4! and only move is Qa4

+4,17 21. ... Qa4 22.Qc3 Kd8 23.Bd3 Ra3
+6,82 21. ... Qxb4+ 22.Kxa2 b6 23.Rd3 Qe7
+6,87 21. ... Qa7 22.Bh5 Ra1+ 23.Qxa1 Qxa1+
+6,87 21. ... Qa6 22.Bh5 Ra1+ 23.Qxa1 Qxa1+
+6,87 21. ... Qa3 22.Bh5 Ra1+ 23.Qxa1 Qxa1+
+6,87 21. ... Qa8 22.Bh5 Ra1+ 23.Qxa1 Qxa1+

For Qc3! black have a lot of options to resign :)

+4,44 22. ... Kd8 23.Bd3 Ra3 24.Qb2 f5
+5,48 22. ... Ke7 23.f5 Qxc2+ 24.Qxc2 Rxc2
+6,03 22. ... Qxc2+ 23.Qxc2 Rxc2 24.Kxc2 Rxg7
+6,07 22. ... Rxc2 23.Qxc2 Qxc2+ 24.Kxc2 Rxg7
+6,92 22. ... Qa8 23.Bxb5 Ra3 24.Qd4 Ke7
+7,24 22. ... Ra1+ 23.Qxa1 Qxa1+ 24.Kxa1 Rxg7

Feb-05-16  bobbyperez: 23.Qxe5+? is bad but Fischer played 23.fxe5!!.After 23.Qxe5+,23...Qxe5 24.fxe5 Rxg7 ,black equalized.
Jul-28-16  The Kings Domain: Highly impressive victory by the adolescent Fischer. His precise, aggressive play kept Tal on the defensive all throughout the game. It's strange to see The Magician fending off attack after attack when he's usually the propagator of such a style.
Jan-07-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  The Boomerang: "Remember her was 18 years old when he played this, neither KARPOV nor KASPAROV have reached this level of maturity at this age.."

Well Carlsen did....hit 2800 if Im not mistaken.

Apr-26-17  Mithrain: Great game by Fischer even though Tal didn't play his best game whatsoever. Nevertheless, the magician did win the tournament!!

Moreover, the line you were commenting 20. Kb1 Qa5 21. b3! is a good example of how powerful the Queen is as she's attacking the Black's king while defending his own king from mate!

May-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  The Boomerang: "Remember her was 18 years old when he played this, neither KARPOV nor KASPAROV have reached this level of maturity at this age.."

And yet he won the championship at 29, Kasparov at 22.....go figure...

May-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <The Boomerang: "Remember her was 18 years old when he played this, neither KARPOV nor KASPAROV have reached this level of maturity at this age.." And yet he won the championship at 29, Kasparov at 22.....go figure...>

Good point. And the loser of THIS game became World Champion aged 23.

Who was the oldest new champion? I suppose it was Botvinnik.

Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 11)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 11 OF 11 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.


NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
one of fischer's best
from kevin86's favorite games by kevin86
Castle right away
from Fischer's Best Games by edwinrcano149
blackkangaroo's favorite games: Bobby Fischer
by blackkangaroo
Matter and energy
from Chess History in 64 games by julillo
Fischer gets his first piece of the "Magician from Riga"
from PinkPanther's favorite games by PinkPanther
Queen sac enables superior winning position!
from MJCB likes those games by MJCB
barb's favorite games 2
by barb
Game 65
from On My Great Predecessors 4 (Kasparov) by Qindarka
3 mejores partidas de cada campeon del mundo
by afabian
Robert Fischer's Best Games
by Jaredfchess
PLAYING AGAINST EINSTEIN THEORY
from LULLABY NIGHT # 1 by LULLABY NIGHT
tedster's favorite games 3
by tedster
1057 23. playing against the Einstein theory
from Sharpen Your Tactics 1000-1125 by takchess
Paul Martin's favorite games
by Paul Martin
Fischer sacrifica dama ante TAL Y GANA
from Grandes juegos de grandes jugadores by jonico
F sarifica dama y alfil en 23rd
from Fischer Games by titoramia
Bled (Slovenia) 1961
from Bobby Fischer: Selected Games from 1955-1992 by wanabe2000
Robert Fischer's Best Games
by KingG
MasterOfChaos' favorite games
by MasterOfChaos
test
from Faves-Bobby Fischer by c95s011
plus 214 more collections (not shown)


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2018, Chessgames Services LLC