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Mikhail Tal vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
"Tiger in the Tank" (game of the day Jun-20-12)
USSR Team Cup (1974)  ·  Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Quiet System Chigorin Line (B08)  ·  1-0
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Mar-12-14  RookFile: The two moves you look at are 22. Rxd7 or 22. Re6. The first is a clear win, the 2nd isn't quite as good. So, 22. Rxd7 it is.
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  morfishine: Straightforward forcing attack

22.Rxd7 Bxd7 (22...Qxd7 23.Qh4) 23.Bxf7+ Rxf7 (23...Kh8 24.Qh4+) 24.Qxf7+ Kh8 25.Re7 Qf8 26.Qxg6 Bf5 27.Nf7+ Kg8 28.Nh6+ Kh8 29.Nxf5

*Black must play 22...Bxd7 so his rook on <f8> can move to give his King room to escape, but its too slow anyways


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  agb2002: White has a pawn for a bishop.

Black threatens ... Nf6, ... Qg4, ... Bc6, etc.

The black knight can protect h7 after 22.Qh4 Nf6. This invites to play 22.Rxd7:

A) 22... Qxd7 23.Qh4 and mate in three.

B) 22... Bxd7 23.Bxf7+ Rxf7 (23... Kh8 24.Qh4+ Bh6 25.Qxh6#) 24.Qxf7+ Kh8 25.Re7

B.1) 25... Qf8 26.Qxg6 Bf5 (26... Qf5 27.Qxg7#; 26... Qg8 27.Qh5+ and mate in two) 27.Nf7+ Kg8 (27... Qxf7 28.Qxf7 Rg8 29.Qxf5 wins) 28.Nh6+ Kh8 29.Nxf5 Qf6 (29... Bxb2 30.Q(R)h7#) 30.Rxg7 Qxg6 31.Rxg6 + - [N+3P].

B.2) 25... Qg8 26.Qxg6 and the double threat 27.Qh5+ and 27.Nf7+ wins.

C) 22... b5 23.Bxf7+

C.1) 23... Bxf7 24.Rxf7 Bxb2 (24... Rxf7 25.Qxf7+ Kh8 26.Qxg6 Kg8 (26... Qg8 27.Qh5+ and mate in two) 27.Re7 and mate next) 25.Ree7 with two extra pawns and the crushing threat 26.Qh4.

C.2) 23... Rxf7 24.Rxf7 looks similar or transposes to C.1.

Mar-12-14  Lykos: 23...Rxf7

24. Qxf7+ Kh8
25. Re4! 1-0

(if 25... Bg4 then 26. Re8+ )

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  Once: Pieces hate having to do more than one job. Deep down, all chess pieces are probably male because they can't multitask. At least, that is what my ex-wife used to say.

In the starting position, white has two threats in the position - Qh4-Qh7# and Bxf7. For the time being, black is holding on. His Be8 and Rf8 are holding f7 and the Nd7 is ready to jump into f6 to protect h7. It ain't pretty, it ain't comfortable, but it just about holds. Think Rourkes Drift, Starship Troopers or Wocking Dead (apart from the endless camping in season 2).

Shaky defences, but everyone has only got one job to do.

So Tal unbalances the position with 22. Rxd7. Now the Be8 has two jobs to do. It has to stay on e8 to defend f7 and it has to get off e8 so that the black king has a bolt hole when the white queen comes a knocking via the h file.

A difficult if not impossible choice. Should I stay or should I go? If I stay there will be trouble. If I leave it will be double.

Kinda funny that Tal uses Petrosian's strategy against him - well, sort of. Petrosian was famous for defending against threats before the attacker had seen them. In this game, Tal defuses Petrosian's defences before he has time to put them in place.

Mar-12-14  Pedro974: @ Lykos: indeed! Simple and brilliant. Against Petrossian, the best defender of all times... But everyone has his moments of weakness...
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  agb2002: Instead of 23.Bxf7+ in my line C, it is much simpler 23.Qh4 as already pointed out by <Patriot>.
Mar-12-14  Lykos: Sorry, I had not Ra8 on the board. :-(

24. Qxf7+ Kh8
25. Qxg6 Bf5
(Kg8; Qf7+ Kh8; Re7 Qf8;
Qh5+ Bh6;Nf7+)

26. Nf7+ Kg8
27. Nh6+ Kh8
28. Nxf5 Qf8
29. Re7 Rd8
30. h3 1-0

Mar-12-14  Makavelli II: Petrosian gets caught Tal-gazing here :) From this position that's on the front page of the site on move 22 it's apparently a mate in 15 no matter what black plays.

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When Tal plays 22.Rxd7 Petrosian must recapture and he also must recapture with the Bishop freeing the e8 square. All in all this is one tidy little miniature.

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  whiteshark: There is only so much I can add here.
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  thegoodanarchist: A former World Champion gets "miniatured"? Must be playing Tal....
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  Penguincw: I thought 22.Qh4 would be the winning moves, but it looks like a sacrifice is better. :|
Mar-12-14  cyclon: I'd suggest forcing enough-line: 22. Rxd7 Bxd7 ( practically only move; 22. -Qxd7 23. Qh4 mates - other moves are equally useless ) 23. Bxf7+ Rxf7 ( 23. -Kh8 24. Qh4+ mates ) 24. Qxf7+ Kh8 25. Re7 ( 25. Qxg6 Bf5 ) and it's a curfew.
Mar-12-14  PJs Studio: After the easy to see 22.Rxd7 Bxd7 I was planning to play 23.Qh4... We all assumed that it's fine after 23...Rd8. True. But 23.Qh4 is not fine after 23...Re8!

The problem is the hanging rook on e1 prevents white from getting his queen to h7 without check. 23.Qh4 doesn't loose (see below) but it ain't mate. 23.Bxf7! Unavoidable mate is better ;)

A quick lead line for my friends here:
23. Qh4 Re8 24. Bxf7+ Kf8 25. Bxe8 Bxe8 26. Qc4 Bf6 27. Ne6+ Kg8 28. Nd8+ Kg7 29. Rxe8 Qxd8 30. Rxd8 Rxd8 31. Qxc7+ Kg8 32. Kf1 Rf8.

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  Gypsy: What is the cleanest finish?

After the

<22.Rxd7 Bxd7 23.Bxf7+ Rxf7 24.Qxf7+ Kh8>

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Black position looks ruined. And it seems that and either <Qxg6>, or <Re4>, or <Re7> should quickly deliver a checkmate. But there are niggling issues left to sort out; such as, say, 25.Re4 Bg4. Now, Black position really is ruined, and White should certainly win the endgame after, say, 25.Re7 Qf8 26.Rxd7 Qxf7 27.Nxf7+..., but isn't there a more decisive solution?

For me, the most incisive continuation starts

<25.Qxg6 Bf5>.

(Black has no choice, <25...Kg8 26.Re7> is certainly hopeless.) But now, we have this nifty knight maneuver

<26.Nf7+ Kg8 27.Nh6+ Kh8 28.Nxf5...>,

which cleans it all up.

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Mar-12-14  BOSTER: If looking at such pos.( diagram) ,you can see the well known pattern ( next diagram ), it is easy for you to understand in what direction to play.

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White to play 19.

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Mar-12-14  MountainMatt: Looks like 22. Rxd7 wins no matter what black does - if 22...Qxd7 23. Qh4 is a quick mate; if 22...Bxd7 23. Bxf7+ Rxf7 24. Qxf7+ is going to win...and that's all I feel like analyzing right now. :)
Mar-12-14  BOSTER: <Gypsy>. This is the forced line using your idea.

25.Re7 Qf8 26.Qxg6 Bf5 27.Nf7+ Kg8 28.Nh6+
Kh8 29.Nxf5

Mar-12-14  Patriot: <<agb2002>: Instead of 23.Bxf7+ in my line C, it is much simpler 23.Qh4 as already pointed out by <Patriot>.> Thanks <agb2002>--I'm honored! :-) But, you are consistently a better analyst!
Mar-12-14  Whitehat1963: Missed it. I saw the obvious 22. Rxd7, but I sure didn't see the need for 23. Bxf7+.
Mar-12-14  James Bowman: Didn't take long to see that the bishop was over worked with more tasks than he could handle. Force him to take back or lose a knight, defend the king or drop material. Oops wait a minute that makes material roughly even.

Of course the knight is also the potential defender h7 while the dark square bishop covers h8. Take away the knight before he can rescue the king and the queen delivers the mortal blow. Ok that is instructive on a slightly higher level and reveals my weakness of jumping to soon.

Mar-12-14  BOSTER: <Gopsy > Another variation 25. Re4 Bg4 26.Qxg6
if Bf5 Rh4 +
if Kg8 Re7
if Qg8 Nf7+
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  kevin86: Nice sac! Black is forced to weaken his position to submission.
May-15-14  phil6875: If Petrosian had declined the sacrifice this would have been the best line

19...Kh8 20. Qf4 Nc6 21. Nxf7+ Bxf7 22. Bxf7 Qf5 23. Qxf5 gxf5 24. Rd7 Bxb2 25. Rxc7 Rac8 26. Rxb7 Bc3 27. Be6 Bxe1 28. Bxc8 Bxf2+ 29. Kxf2 Rxc8 +1.23

Petrosian is only one pawn down and if there is a win for Tal it is some distance away.

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