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Mikhail Tal vs Vladimir Simagin
"Cavalry Never Retreats" (game of the day Feb-13-2017)
USSR Championship (1956), Leningrad URS , rd 3, Jan-14
Czech Defense: General (B07)  ·  1-0
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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
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  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.

Feb-13-17
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  al wazir: Where's the win after 32...Re7 ?
Feb-13-17  thinkjohn: The win may be 33. Rxe7 Bxe7 34. Qe6+ Kf8 35. Qxc6 and white would be up two pawns and have a queen for a rook and bishop.
Feb-13-17
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  lost in space: I wish I could delete my comment from 2011
Feb-13-17
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  HeMateMe: he's what, 18 years old here? Kasparov is the only other player who could do such a thing at that age.
Feb-13-17
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  perfidious: <lost in space: I wish I could delete my comment from 2011>

Don't I know it.

Been there, done <that>.

Feb-13-17
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  HeMateMe: what happened in 2011?
Feb-13-17  Ratt Boy: <HeMateMe: he's what, 18 years old here? Kasparov is the only other player who could do such a thing at that age.>

He was born in late 1936, so he was probably 19 (maybe 20).

Feb-13-17
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  perfidious: Tal was born in November of that year, so was barely nineteen at the time of this game.
Feb-13-17
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  morfishine: <lost in space> You can ask Daniel to delete it
Feb-13-17  newzild: <HeMateMe> Fischer had a few decent games under his belt at 18.

Not to mention knocking over today's hero:

Fischer vs Tal, 1961

Feb-13-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: Tal would have been a fun guy to play Double Bughouse with.
Feb-13-17
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  HeMateMe: I bought (I think) a three volume set of Simagin's work at a used book store or Goodwill, 20 years ago, long gone now. It was a three volume set to develop tactics, from easy stuff to really hard, 2400 level stuff. I think it was Simagin. Has anyone heard of these books?
Feb-13-17  sfm: Great game, not the least because of Simagin's tenacious defense, all the way to the end. Of course Simagin will have considered the obvious 12.Nxf7 as a response to 11.-,h6, but will have thought that he was plenty strong enough on the dark squares to have his king walking that way out. 15.Rb1! is nasty, White brings another attacker in with a tempo. Probably giving the queen is the best effort.

After 24.-,Ke4! (not 24.-,Kg6?? 25.Qe6+,Bf6 26.Qf5,Kf7 27.Qxe5) who would have thought Black would survive for another 20 moves?

Is there a defense for Black in keeping the a-pawn, and putting both his rooks on the 7th row? Probably not, keeping his h-pawn alive too (which he must) is probably not possible. Ah, Tal, the champion of unclear piece sacs (and some clear ones too).

Feb-13-17  YetAnotherAmateur: One description I've heard about Tal's incredible willingness to part with material: he felt that was the fastest way to get rid of his own pieces stopping up his attacks.
Feb-13-17
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  ChessHigherCat: Tal checked Simagin nine times in a row starting on move 20! I wonder what the record for consecutive checks is (not counting infinite repetitions)
Feb-13-17  RookFile: It's a lot more than that.
Feb-13-17  NightKnight: The famously awesome 15.Rb1!! Surprising this hasn`t been GOTD before, definitely deserves it. Tal Magic all the way.
Feb-13-17
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  YouRang: Does the pun has something to do with the claim (rumor?) that Tal had some sort of lingering thought in his head that knights could not move backwards?
Aug-26-18  balboa07: This game is on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5y6...
Nov-17-18  mckmac: Chessbase article by Nagesh Havanur features this game:

https://en.chessbase.com/post/mikha...

"The present generation of players knows Simagin only as the loser of this game. His own chess career was relatively modest as compared to leading grandmasters of the day. But Tal did not measure people in terms of their sporting success. He saw a genuine creative artist in Simagin. He used to tell others, “Simagin is the Don Quixote of chess.” The Russian film, “Grossmeister” (Grandmaster) (1972) is said to be inspired by his life."

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