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Robert James Fischer vs Mikhail Tal
"Big and Tal" (game of the day Nov-15-07)
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Flank Variation (B87)  ·  0-1
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  offramp: Does anyone know which sports event had been canceled on the day of this game (according to Fischer in 60MG)?
Nov-05-12  HeMateMe: Harlem Globetrotters v. the West Berlin Reichsfuhrers?
Nov-05-12  Nerwal: After 8. 0-0, 8... b4 9. ♘a4 ♘xe4 is simply too dangerous as black is hopelessly behind in development after 10. ♖e1 d5 11. ♗f4 - the opening of the center lines would be instantly fatal. For instance in one of his books Gallagher gives 11. ♗f4 ♗d7 12. c4 bxc3 13. ♘xc3 ♘xc3 14. bxc3 , as ♗xd5 and ♘f5 threats are more than annoying; actually after the natural 14... ♗e7 15. ♗xd5 black is probably already lost. The study of Bc4 sicilian lines, and some Morra lines as well, shows that the seemingly nice e6-d5-♘e4/♗e4 constructions aren't that solid when the black king still stands in the center.
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  Joshka: <Hesam7> <It's interesting that Fischer did not consider 24. Qf6 in his annotation in "M60MG". Any thoughts?> Correct, but in his updated version from 2007 he writes, "I talked myself out of playing 24. Qf6 Rf8 25. Qxa6 Qb7 26. Qh6 Qd5 27. Qxh7 because I thought that after 24. Rxf7 Kxf7 25. Qe6+ Tal would have to go to g7. His upcoming 25th move was much better."
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  perfidious: The fiction continues......
Nov-05-12  TheFocus: ...and the world keeps on a'spinnin'.
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  harrylime: Tal was bust and he knew it..
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  AylerKupp: Yes, that's what made Tal different than Fischer. Tal was bust and he knew it. Fischer was bust and he didn't know it. LOL !
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  Joshka: <offramp> A soccer event.
Mar-09-13  justin2seo: Wow my favourite tal toys with fischer.
Sep-04-13  hudman653: Why didn't Bobby play b3 on move 18 and save the Knight. I have never seen an explanation for this
Sep-04-13  mojonera: 18 b3 Qg2 ++
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  morfishine: <DrMAL> Your comment here is only partially correct: <...By 1961 Tal was no longer Tal, his health was bad. He rematch with Botvinnik showed this> This was temporary as evidenced by Tal returning to form repeatedly, health permitting. For example, as late as 1982, Tal had ascended to #2 in the World


Dec-08-13  RookFile: A problem is that #2 is not #1.
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  RandomVisitor: A modern look at 22.Rae1:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.00] d=22 22...Kd8> 23.Rxe7 Bxe7 24.Qd5+ Bd6 25.Rf6 Rg6 26.Rxf7 Qb5 27.Qa8+ Bb8 28.Rf8+ Kc7 29.Rf7+ Kc8 30.Rf8+ Kc7 31.Rf7+ Kc8 32.Rf8+ Kc7 33.Rf7+ Kc8 34.Rf8+ Kc7 35.Rf7+ Kc8 36.Rf8+ Kc7 37.Rf7+ Kc8

[+0.00] d=22 22...Kd7 23.Qd5+ Qd6 24.Qb7+ Ke8 25.Qc8+ Qd8 26.Qc4 Rg7 27.Qxa6 Rxe1 28.Qb5+ Qd7 29.Qb8+ Qd8 30.Qb5+ Qd7 31.Qb8+ Qd8 32.Qb5+ Qd7 33.Qb8+ Qd8 34.Qb5+ Qd7 35.Qb8+ Qd8 36.Qb5+ Qd7 37.Qb8+ Qd8

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  RandomVisitor: After 15...Re7:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.89] d=23 16.c3> Bb7 17.Bh3 Rg6 18.Bf4 Bg7 19.Kh1 Nc6 20.Qd2 Ne5 21.cxb4 Nc4 22.Qf2 Kf8 23.Rac1 Qe8 24.Rxc4 Qxa4 25.b3 Qe8 26.Bg3 Re2 27.Qa7 Re7 28.Qg1 Kg8 29.Bf5 Re2 30.Rc7

[+0.79] d=23 16.Bxc8 Qxc8 17.Rf2 Rg6 18.Bf4 Re4 19.Bg3 Qb7 20.Qf3 Re7 21.c3 Qxf3 22.Rxf3 Rb7 23.b3 Nc6

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  RandomVisitor: After 12.Nxf5:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.76] d=23 12...Qc7> 13.Be3 Rg8 14.Nb6 Bb7 15.Ba4+ Kd8 16.Nxa8 Bxa8 17.Nh4 Nc5 18.Bb3 Qc6 19.Qd2 Nbd7 20.Rxf7 Be7 21.Nf3 Nf6 22.Rf1 Ke8 23.Rxe7+ Kxe7 24.Bg5 Nce4 25.Bxf6+ Nxf6 26.Qxb4 Rg4 27.Qa5

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  sfm: <hudman653: Why didn't Bobby play b3 on move 18 and save the Knight. I have never seen an explanation for this >

<mojonera: 18 b3 Qg2#>

Well, OK, but still...

Dec-10-13  TheFocus: Yeah, mate trumps winning a piece most days.
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  RandomVisitor: Tal could have played 12...d5, but would have faced unexpected complications:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.74] d=21 13.Ne3> Bg7 14.Nxd5 Bb7 15.Qf3 0-0 16.Qxe4 Bxd5 17.Qxb4 Nc6 18.Qg4 Bxb3 19.axb3 Qd4+ 20.Qxd4 Nxd4 21.Rf2 Rac8 22.Nc3 Rc6 23.g3 h5 24.Kg2 Nf5

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  RandomVisitor: ...including, after 12...d5, this queen sacrifice by black

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.85] d=23 13.Ne3> Bg7 14.Nxd5 Bb7 15.Qg4 Bd4+ 16.Be3 <Qxd5 17.Bxd5> Bxe3+ 18.Kh1 Bxd5 19.Qh5 Nd7 20.Rxf7 0-0-0 21.Qe2 Nf2+ 22.Rxf2 Bxf2 23.Qxf2 Rdf8 24.Qe2 Rhg8 25.Rg1 Kb7 26.c3 Rxg2 27.Rxg2 Rg8 28.cxb4

Jan-05-14  Eric Farley: Fischer: "1.e4. Best by test."
Mar-12-14  James Bowman: Fun and instructive never play the obvious when you can be creative instead.
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  Rookiepawn: What was wrong with

20. Qxc6 Nxc6
21. Bxe7 Bxe7
22. Rae1 ...

I think White has if not a winning, a very comfy game here.

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  Cemoblanca: What an explosion of ideas in this 1. Simply Wow!
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