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Mikhail Tal vs Vladimir Simagin
"Cavalry Never Retreats" (game of the day Feb-13-2017)
USSR Championship (1956), Leningrad (RUS), rd 3, Jan-14
Czech Defense: General (B06)  ·  1-0
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Feb-17-07  whatthefat: <extremepleasure>

It's a fair enough opinion; Tal did play some of his most brilliant games post-1960, and there are plenty of gems from the 1980s. Whether you prefer the swashbuckling young Tal (who simply astounds with his tactical vision), or the more sophisticated older Tal (who is perhaps less flashy, but has some grand conceptions) is really down to taste. My personal favourite is probably Tal vs Hecht, 1962, though the choice is difficult.

As to this game, I think what really impresses is how deeply calculated and intuitive, the "obvious" 12.Nxf7 actually is. to play the move with more than vain hope, one has to have not only seen the brilliant 15.Rb1, but also has to have assessed the position after Black's 22nd move. This gives some window into what a strong tactician Tal already was at this early stage in his career.

Feb-17-07  Archives: <swashbuckling young Tal>

Thats the Tal we all know and love!

Jun-06-09  VaselineTopLove: Isn't 24...Kg6 a better choice than Ke4?
Oct-13-09  WhiteRook48: 15 Rb1!!!!
Oct-17-10  apiana: 33 rook f3 looks like a draw for black
Nov-06-10  sevenseaman: Tal toys with Simagin!
Nov-29-11  sevenseaman: Incredible! Too much to foresee how the game would really reach a conclusion. I think Tal was simply fearless. He improvises as he goes along; and a weapon whose nature is unpredictable can be a very tough to fight against.
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  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
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  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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