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Robert James Fischer vs Mikhail Tal
"Gone 4-0 While" (game of the day Nov-05-09)
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  0-1
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Dec-01-11
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  HeMateMe: Killer pun; monster crush by Tal.
Dec-03-11
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  technical draw: <Killer pun; monster crush by Tal.>

Thanks <HeMateMe>. That's my pun...

Dec-16-11  palagalaako: Hmm its a sicilian game right? Can i ask a beginner's question about it? I try to play with sicilian as black and the first moves went like this:

1 e4 c5
2 Nf3 d6
then White goes
3 Bb5+ ...

What's the best reply for it?i tried 3 ... Nd7 4 Bxd7 Qxd7 and 3 ... Bd7 4 Bxd7 Qxd7 but always ended up losing.. Should i move a6 first before d6 to do the Najdorf or are there variations similar to the moves i did?

Dec-16-11  King Death: <palagalaako> You can play either 3...Nd7 or 3...Bd7, though ...Nd7 is a little more interesting. Here are games for each line: first 3...Nd7, J Curdo vs R Byrne, 1994 and 3...Bd7, Browne vs Quinteros, 1974.
Dec-16-11  palagalaako: Oh wow thanks for those games..i think i'm just intimidated as my friend exchanges early.. i dont feel comfortable that my queenside pieces were exchanged in the openings..i'l try to work out with .... Nd7, i think it fares better..
Dec-28-12
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  plang: This must be one of Fischer's worst games with 6 Bc4. After he omits 11 a3 his knights are chased to passive positions and after 17..d5 he is close to lost. Tal did avoid one nice Fischer trap: if 25..Bxg2? 26 Qxf4! and it is White who would have been winning.
Jan-11-13  talsqueen: The turning point is 11. ____ B4, after that White has a discernible expression of haplessness....and then smashed!
Nov-26-13  Meaux: <joelsontang: Fischer says white should play 10.f5 instead of 10.0-0?...any comment???> Wow, did Fischer really say that about this game? I thought it was wise. I do not feel like that was where he went wrong.
Nov-26-13  Meaux: < ChessYouGood: Fischer was american - americans can't play chess> Fischer became as UNAmerican as they come, God rest his soul.
Nov-27-13  Meaux: Oh my, after further review, castling there was where he went wrong.
Nov-27-13  Meaux: Bobby, I hope that you can hear me from chess heaven and forgive me: You were an American hero in 1972 and are still my hero today. I am reading ENDGAME and have a fresh perspective and a whole new theory regarding your behavior in the end. I just really miss you!
Dec-02-14  MindCtrol9: Fisher was outplayed in this game.Tal played solid the aperture in this Sicilian.Good coordination.This is an instructive game.
Dec-02-14  1d410: Not even close
Jan-29-15  auldoxon: Fischer got into a very bad position without an apparent blunder. I guess 11. f5 is the first mistake, followed by some inaccuracies. A credit must be given to Tal for his great play. He did make some inaccuracies late in the game but this didn't hurt because he already had decisive position.
Jan-29-15  auldoxon: Perhaps the variation that Fischer played is relatively weak.
Jan-30-15
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  RookFile: I'm not an expert on this, but I don't think Fischer usually put the queen on f3 in all those games he did win with this.
Mar-08-15  Uhohspaghettio: The queen does go on f3 in the main line of 6. Bc4. No guys these moves are all standard book and you won't be able to pick out the first inaccuracy made without a lot of research and likely a computer.
May-31-15  reenareena: Well done tal
May-31-15  reenareena: I am beginner can any body tell me what is sciscilian dragon how to play
Aug-09-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  jith1207: <reenareena> You can use opening explorer link in the games to view different variations and the games played in them.
May-05-16
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  naisortep: Video of the game where Tal pretends to play c6 is available here - although it might expire on Twitter. But its bound to pop up somewhere else on the internet.

https://twitter.com/OlimpiuUrcan/st...

Aug-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: I have done a new and revised video annotation of this game going into more of the hidden variations and details here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1C...

Cheers, K

Nov-14-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: So this is the one where 1...c6 became 1...5 =))

Not the other one that took place in Oct.

Fischer vs Tal, 1959

Nov-14-16
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  diceman: <WannaBe: So this is the one where 1...c6 became 1...5 =))

Not the other one that took place in Oct.>

Looks like it.

In the video you can see Benko playing
Petrosian. Benko opened 1.Nf3.

That and this game were round 13.

The game you listed is round 27,
in that round, Benko opened 1.d4.

(thank goodness Benko switched openings!)

Nov-14-16
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  WannaBe: <diceman> Yeah, and Tal went 4-0 against (young) Fischer!! =))
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