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Mikhail Tal vs Vladimir Simagin
"Bounced Czech" (game of the day Nov-29-11)
USSR Championship (1956)  ·  Czech Defense: General (B06)  ·  1-0
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Nov-29-11  whithaw: This guy see's a lot...
Nov-29-11  Mimchi1: Was there any piece that Tal DIDN'T sacrifice in this game?!
Nov-29-11  Rook e2: There is nobody that played so many beautiful games as Tal did, pick a random Tal game, be enjoyed and you're day will be great!
Nov-29-11
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: What an amazing example of a Tal attack. One blow after another; one sacrifice after another; one check after another; Simagin somehow survives it all; but then he realizes that he can't save the endgame.
Nov-29-11  eSpade: 15. Rb1!!
The Magician at work :)
Nov-29-11  fisayo123: Unreal, the greatest attacking player ever, the magician from Riga!
Nov-29-11
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  scormus: <Mimchi1: Was there any piece that Tal DIDN'T sacrifice in this game?!>

I almost thought there was not going to be (44 a8=Q??? Rxh2#) But he was careful with his K

Great uninhibited attacking game!

Nov-29-11  knighterrant999: I wonder how deeply Tal saw that the a pawn couldn't be stopped.
Nov-29-11
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  Penguincw: ♕ vs. 2♖s The queen breaks through in the end.
Nov-29-11  SimonWebbsTiger: In <the Life and Games of Mikhail Tal> Cadogan 1997, p. 60), our hero remarked that it was only after finding 15. Rb1 that he decided to sac with 12. Nxf7; and after 19. Qb3 that Black has adequate material but White's development gives him an irresistible attack.
Nov-29-11  Whitehat1963: Tal must have been one of the most courageous players in history, constantly throwing caution to the wind. Either that, or he had incredible long-range calculating ability. Perhaps both.
Nov-29-11
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  kevin86: For a long time,black had a rook and two pieces for the queen. The pieces were uncoordinated and soon the ending was a queen vs two rooks.

Even then Tal played better and forced a pawn through.

Nov-29-11  drnooo: a perfect example of how Tal's opening was always the middle game. He usually startted around move ten or so, till then just maneuvering ala Petrosian till he could get a position that was unbalanced enough for a shot to start fooling around, often with something off kilter or a sac, everything after that frantic and unclear. In that sense, very much Lasker. Well, I'm not lost here, let's give it a go. In that sense thats how come Korchnoi called him a routine player. Though had Tal truly cared much about results I suspect he could have tamed down enough to be more than a battle for Korchnoi. He just never really bothered.
Nov-29-11  checkmateyourmove: This is a good example of why studying the games of the masters is as fun as playing the game of chess!
Nov-29-11  Petrosianic: I played this game over when I was rated 1400 or so, and it was a jaw dropper, with moves like Rb1. It's not quite as amazing now, but it's still pretty amazing.

And it's a good example of the advantage of mobility. If you count material, around Move 20, Black is fine. But his rooks are sitting in the garage, while White's pieces are all over. Take an aircraft carrier analogy. You can say "I have 100 planes, and the enemy only has 50". Yeah, but if his 50 are in the air, and your 100 are on the flight deck, you're in big trouble.

Nov-29-11
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  lost in space: Nice attack from Tal, but nothing what is super hyper exiting.
Nov-29-11  GlennOliver: Taltastic!
Nov-29-11  bischopper:


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mate in three who can solve?

Jun-28-12  alemoojen: Umas das mais sensacionais partidas de xadrez, vários sacrificios, vários temas do jogo, etc... Tal era brilhante, para mim, foi o maior de todos os tempos!!!!
Jul-09-12  celso chini: Alemoojen Boa Noite! Acabei 2055hs hora do brasil de reproduzir esta bela partida! Adoro os CLÁSSICOS! todos são belos exemplares de UM CÉREBRO EM PLENA FORMA...sem iphone ipad ribka fritz etc. Somente CÉREBRO! estratégia cálculos precisos ou intuitivos! Tal! Fischer! Petrosian! Spassky! Botvinnik!Smyslov (meu primeiro livro! ). Hoje ainda me divirto com Capablanca, Alekhine! A nova geração Carlsen, Karjakin, e a anterior Karpov! Kasparov! mediadas por Ivanchuck! Estou estudando atualmente Topalov! e Anand! entre eles Kramnik! O primeiro cruel e agressivo.....o segundo perigoso como uma cobra na escuridão.....e o último implacável estrategista que conseguiu quebrar o muro de concreto do Kasparov! Prazer em conhece-lo por aqui! Abraço
Apr-30-13  vasja: This is not Robatch (B06) as noted in TOC.
Apr-30-13
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  WannaBe: Then, please tell us what it should be.
Mar-21-14  LIFE Master AJ: http://www.angelfire.com/games4/lif...

My web page on this game ...

Jan-25-15
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  tpstar: <Tal is guided by instinct, judgment and an open mind as much as by any concrete combinative prowess that he possessed at the hight of his powers.>

The usual label for a Tal brilliancy is "murky" which means it went way over the commentators' heads, and way over our heads. =)

<Tal must have been one of the most courageous players in history, constantly throwing caution to the wind. Either that, or he had incredible long-range calculating ability. Perhaps both.>

Definitely both.

Jan-25-15  gars: <celso chini, alemoojen>: que surpresa agradável encontrar dois comentários em Português por aqui! Devo dizer que Morphy, Capablanca, Fischer e Tal me fascinam e que tenho planos de começar a estudar Karpov ainda este ano.

What a pleasant surprise to find two comments in Portuguese in this page! Let me say that the games of Morphy, Capablanca, Fischer and Tal fascinate me and that I plan to start studying Karpov's games this year.

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