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Mikhail Tal vs Anatoly Karpov
"Pulling a Rabbit out of the Hat" (game of the day Jan-07-2010)
SWIFT Blitz (1987), Brussels BEL, Apr-26
Caro-Kann Defense: Accelerated Panov Attack. Modern Variation (B10)  ·  1-0


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Nov-06-02  refutor: what a splendid attacking game by tal! tal's first win v. karpov too...who among us would've played 13.Rxe6!?
Jan-02-03  ughaibu: It's surprising that at the end Tal's only two exchanges down, the game feels like sacrifice after sacrifice. Great game.
Feb-20-03  Spitecheck: I guess this is what one would refer to in boxing terms as the knockout?
Nov-24-03  mack: Yes, I agree - he just seemed to give nearly all his pieces away yet did seem to know where it was all going. To a mere novice, the final position cannot have been that concrete for Tal, it seems quite conditional.
Jan-09-04  ughaibu: Here, that's the function of this site.
Jan-09-04  Tigran Petrosian: Is there a site that has this game annotated
Jan-09-04  ughaibu: If you're going to delete your posts do a search yourself, take responsibility.
Jan-10-04  avramesh: Beating karpov in his favourite opening in 30 moves is indredible...was 12..Be6 that bad?
Feb-25-04  RonB52734: I think the database says this game is both kibbitzed and annotated. As far as the "annotated" part goes, does that refer to the fact that it's included in peoples' collections? Or are there actual comments throughout the course of the game that I need some particular viewer to be able to see? Thanks-- as you can see, I'm new to
Feb-25-04  PinkPanther: <avramesh>
Apparently it was that bad if Tal managed to refute it so efficiently and brutally. If that was some sort of home prepared novelty by Karpov, then I can't believe that he didn't see that exchange sacrifice.
Feb-25-04  RonB52734: <some sort of home prepared novelty by Karpov> Lol! It did give Tal exactly what he wanted, tho, didn't it?
Mar-03-04  731: Are you not human? "No.. I am Mikhail Tal..."
Mar-03-04  731: There's a thread which seems to run through most of Tal's games, occuring again and again, which is: 1. Tal know's no fear, and 2. Tal's opponents know no defence.
Mar-03-04  Whitehat1963: So much for "active prophylaxis." Seems to me that you have to be a mind reader when you play Tal.
Mar-03-04  731: yeah... what's active prohylaxis?
Mar-03-04  Prophylaxis: It's what happens when I go jogging.
Mar-03-04  731: and this helps you play chess?
Mar-03-04  Prophylaxis: Definitely.
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  bumpmobile: Busting out the beginning chess strategies book, it looks like Tal will have a pretty weak pawn center by move 6 with a single isolated center pawn. Then Karpov "lets him off the hook" with 6...♘xc3. Two moves later Tal's center looks strong again and Karpov looks undeveloped. Was there any payoff for Karpov in trading knights?
Mar-03-04  Shadout Mapes: <bumpmobile>
If 6...Nc6 7.d4 and white has transposed into the Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack (B14) where white has very good attacking chances.
Mar-12-04  731: I put this game through my computer chess program to check the significance and considerable alternative moves, it was interesting to see how Tal's rook sacrifice on move 24 put him at first at a rather large minus, so my first thought was "I guess it was a psychological situation, in which Karpov was too under pressure to find the correct defense, however... slowly... the minus crept up closer and closer to the zero, the computer analysis showed after some two minutes that there was no considerable blunder here by karpov and that there was no great defense.

I wonder what crafty says.

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  crafty: 24...♕xe1+ 25. ♔h2 ♗h6 26. ♗xh6 d3 27. ♗xd3 ♖f7 28. ♗xh7 =   (eval -0.19; depth 13 ply; 2000M nodes)
Mar-12-04  Lawrence: 731, do you use Junior? It's the only engine we've got (my son collects them like some people collect beermats) that shows 24.Ng3 as being the best move, and in just under 2 min. After 5 min. it shows that both Ng3 and Nd6 have 0.00 eval, much better than any other possible moves. Fritz 8 finds 24.Nd6 as best move in 1 min. 16 sec. but not the 24.Ng3 that Tal played. Hats off to Shredder 6, it does the same as Fritz 8 in just 35 sec. After 2 min. Crafty still doesn't like either of the two moves.

<no considerable blunder here by karpov>--you mean by Tal, right? No blunder at all, he played the best move--imagine finding it!!

Apr-15-04  woodenbishop: This game reveals the nature of Tal's exceptional talent for conjuring up sacrifices with extraordinary percision and beauty... one of the BEST games in chess history.
Apr-15-04  Cerebrate2006: this game along with any other game of tal's makes me sad that in 1992 i was only 5 and did not know about the game of chess and therefore have always missed the opportunity to see tal/tal's games in person.
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