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Boris Spassky vs Mikhail Tal
"Tal in Tallinn" (game of the day Jul-01-2016)
Tallinn (1973), Tallinn URS, rd 13, Mar-10
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation. Averbakh Gambit (E30)  ·  0-1
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Jan-12-14  Albion 1959: Spassky scored well with the Leningrad variation (Bg5). I can't help wonder why he never played it in his match against Fischer the previous year? To the best of my knowledege Fischer never had to face the Leningrad variation during his chess-playing career.
Mar-27-14
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  Richard Taylor: Apr-18-13
<Travis Bickle: What a Fantastic game by Tal!!>

Dr. Strangelove Dont Understand Kramnik Style Chess Bikkle - in this case - I - Professor Know All Richard Old Kiwi - agree with you...

Seriously though, Tal was the world champ about the time I started chess and I studied his games. That said Fischer was on the rise and we had his first book (before he was World Champion) but then in a few years Petrosian won. I think that I benefited later from studying Karpov as I used to sacrifice etc like Tal but Karpov's games helped me to get a feel for those aspects I have always found more difficult (strategic / tactical etc or dynamic to static etc)....

All that said Tal had a great ability to calculate dynamic attacks etc as you know............

Mar-27-14  scormus: What a great game by the Wizard of Riga. I don't think Spassky wasn't playing at all badly but he was completely overwhelmed at the end.

The position after 28 ... Qg5 was very tricky, W had to play h3 to give his K some air. After 29 Qb3? his goose was cooked, but it was a completely understandable choice OTB, considering where B's LSB was.

4.Bg5 didn't work here, maybe on this day nothing would have worked against Tal. But in tournaments with 3 points for a win nowadays it's well worth trying.

Sep-05-14
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  Garech: What an incredible game, I am amazed it had never been GOTD. I will think of a pun!

-Garech

Jul-07-15  SimplicityRichard: Ahhhh..... I had never re-played this stupendous game before! What an amazing game; it leaves one breathless...s...s..s......

An attacking daimon at work; sheer dynamism. A perfect demonstration of "position before material".

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Jul-01-16  waustad: I'll leave this to look at again in the morning. Wow.
Jul-01-16
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  al wazir: Doesn't black have a much, much easier win with 20...Bxa1 ? After 21. Rxa1 (21. Qb8 Rxc6) Qc3 21. Qd8+ Kh7, black is up a ♗. No wizardry needed.
Jul-01-16
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  mike1: 20 Bxa1. 21. Rxa1 Qc3. 22 Qd8+ Kh7
23. Be4+ and black will need some help
Jul-01-16  cunctatorg: Tal's play at this masterpiece reminds of Kasparov's play at his best!!

By the way Tal had to avenge his many losses to Spassky and after all Boris was going for it by keep playing the Leningrad variation of the NID for so many years!...

Jul-01-16  The Kings Domain: Brilliant attacking game by Tal. The sacrifices come like punches to the gut that barely relent. Spassky must have felt as dazzled and dazed as anyone who studies and appreciates this topnotch game.
Jul-01-16
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  offramp: Karpov was not the world's greatest gambiteer but he played the opening in a very similar way to Tal in Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978.

It was a Nimzo-Indian and in this position,


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...Karpov played 6...b5.

I believe Tal was on Karpov's team for part of that match. Who wasn't? The game ended up as a thrilling draw.

Jul-01-16
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  kevin86: Black is about to use white's rooks as an aid to walling in white's king.
Jul-01-16
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  al wazir: <mike1: black will need some help>. Oops. Thanks.
Jul-01-16
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  morfishine: Too famous of a game to pollute with yet another lame "tal" play on word

really pathetic

*****

Jul-01-16
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  Willber G: <mike1: 20 Bxa1. 21. Rxa1 Qc3. 22 Qd8+ Kh7 23. Be4+ and black will need some help>

Surely 22.Qd8 NxQ

Jul-01-16
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  Honza Cervenka: Tal played this game like Spassky at his best. His play was absolutely sound here and wery powerful.
Jul-01-16  mruknowwho: Mike1 is correct. After 20...Bxa1? 21.Rxa1 Qc3?? 22.Qd8+ Kh7 23.Be4+!, Black is in trouble. <Willber G> mike1 wrote 20...Bxa1 like a White move so there is an illusion that there is a knight that can take the queen. (No disrespect intended for mike1.)
Jul-01-16
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  Willber G: Yep, my mistake.
Nov-30-16  Albion 1959: Vintage Tal !!
Dec-24-17  anjumskhan: My name is Tal ... Mikhail Tal
Dec-25-17  ughaibu: Interestingly, if we look at the results of Spassky against Tal, over the period 1972 to 1992, we find that he did worse than he did against Fischer: around 36% versus Tal and 41% versus Fischer.
Dec-25-17  Eduardo Bermudez: I recommend take a look the score Spassky-Tal between 1954-1965: was only 9 to 2 in Spassky favour !
Dec-25-17  ughaibu: <I recommend take a look the score Spassky-Tal between 1954-1965: was only 9 to 2 in Spassky favour !>

But that wouldn't be much use for a comparison with Spassy's performance in his two matches against Fischer.

Dec-25-17  Eduardo Bermudez: ... in the sixties, Spassky beat Fischer comfortably 3 wins and two draws: 4 to 1
Dec-25-17  ughaibu: Again, let's make a comparison: over the period 1960 to 1970, Spassky scored 80% against Fischer and 67% against Tal.
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