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Mikhail Tal vs Pliss
Riga (1950)
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Chigorin Defense Panov System (C99)  ·  1-0


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  Calli: Not sure there is a draw because it looks like the king can reach h4.

35...Rd3! 36.Qg8+ Kh6 37.Qf8+ Kg5 38.Qe8 (38.Qg8? Qg6) Re2 39.d7 Kh4 wins with the threat of Rxh3 which is the point of Rd3.

Dec-06-03  technical draw: Well, either way Black missed a chance to beat the mighty Tal, and he probably never got another chance since this is his only game in the Database. Anyway he lived a life of Pliss.(sorry can't help it).
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  Calli: Well, maybe he never figured out the right line. In which case, ignorance was Pliss. ;->
Dec-06-03  technical draw: Calli, Calli, we are incorrigible. (Hows that for a nice Sunday word?)
Apr-30-04  ArchBishop: Why not 33. .. ♖xe8 ?
Aug-18-04  Peter Trujillo: tal played for complications. under a time limit this is not such a bad idea. maybe he would have lost if it were a correspondence game. personally, I don't like unsound sacrifices. Even though tals moves might not have been the best, I like the game. It offers good practice in tactical play.
Oct-19-04  ArturoRivera: Tal is the player with more cojones says a friend of mine, and i agree, Tal is for much my favorite player, Petrosian, Karpov and Kasparov are good too, Fischer was (i think) under kasparov and karpov but above petrosian. My point is that Tal played for the public, it is like the gloadtrotters but in chess. "While there is life, there is still the will of sacrifice..." Mikhail Tal
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  OneArmedScissor: I always wonder what's going on when Tal plays sacrafices, etc.
Nov-11-04  jjack: Partly Tal is just opening up lines with his sacs--very wily and strategic. But I think Black throws the game away with his gratuitous check at 25 and the frivolous taking of the pawn at 31--and just in general pressing the attack as Tal backs up almost to the starting position (as at 15), with the crucial difference that the bishops and knights are both paired up at 16, ready for coordinated use. And Tal's final moves are each full of threat--he has one winning combo after another open to him, and Black's every answer is inadequate. How perfect that the final move is a pawn stab at king and queen simultaneously! A thrilling game.
Jan-07-06  2 all chessplayerz: Tal was knowed to be a risky player, but man it works for him.
Jan-07-06  Whitehat1963: Doubling kingside pawns on the F or G files seems to be a Tal trademark. Here is yet another example I've found.
Jan-07-06  TalEl: Tal was a highly intuitive player. It is unlikely that Tal calculated the final position after playing 24 Rxf6. However this move compromises Black's King safety thus giving White a healthy attack. Tal's sacs are based more on positional judgement than thorough calculation.
Jan-08-06  shaikh123: Tal was one of the greatest chess players of all time.this game is another example of his skills.
Jan-08-06  Boomie: After 21. b3? Tal is in a world of hurt. Better is 21. Qf3 although black still has a clear positional edge.

21. Qf3 Nxe3 22. fxe3 Qc5 23. Rd1 Rce8 (-0.89/13)

27...Qf4 is better than 27...Qe2. The player with the initiative should not try to exchange queens unless it leads to a good endgame. However white is toast in either case here.

Pliss missed a nice tactic with the inaccurate 29...Rc2. Crushing is 29...Rg5. If 30. Rg1 Rc1! removes any doubts.

29...Rg5 30. Qe4

(30. Rg1 Rc1! 31. Qe4 Rxg1+ 32. Kxg1 Qd1+ 33. Kh2 Qxd5 (-4.45/14))

30...Rc2 31. Rg1 Rxa2 (-3.99/15)

Black's last chance to force the issue was with 30...Qh5.

30...Qh5 31. Qa7 h6 32. Qa8+ Kh7 33. Ne8 Qf5 (-3.06/14)

Still black is winning until the dreadful 33...Kg6. The simple 33...Rxe8 34. Qxe8 Qxd5 35. Qe3 a5 (-2.00/13) is decisive.

Although this is a poorly played game, Tal was only 13 at the time.

Jan-08-06  hayton3: Mikhail Tal simply took the Pliss in this game.
Jan-08-06  Steppenwolf: Stop plissing everybody, Hayton, nobody cares anymore.
Dec-02-07  zenmaster: BTW, Tal was 13 here! he didn't hit full stride for another 7 years!
May-11-11  DisAgree: 34:...Re2! . amenza mate in Dxh3!
May-11-11  alternative moves: DisAgree: 34:...Re2! . amenza mate in Dxh3!

No there is not! 34.... Re2 35. d7 Dxh3 36 gxh3+! (it is a check by the rook!) and white force mates in four. Variation by black taking with the rook on g2, white rook takes with check, black rook takes per force or looses the rook, queen on the white diagonal takes on g2 with a check ! and white promotes second queen on d8.

May-11-11  M.D. Wilson: Taking the Pliss.
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  tamar: If ignorance is Pliss
T'is Tally to be wise
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  NM JRousselle: 30 ... Qe3 looks like the clearest path to victory. Why did Black bother to take the a pawn? He already had enough material advantage to win. Black did not need to counter attack or secure more material. Black needed to consolidate and win. Even if 30 ... Ra2 turns out to be the best move, I discourage my students from such moves as they typically complicate the winning process.
Jun-01-11  lostgalaxy: I agree with Bishop.

Why not 33...Rxe8 34.Qxe8 Qxd5 whats left for Tal?

Tal must use dark magics sometimes. He kind of provokes his opponent, blur their judgement, intimidate them with his sacrifices, and push them to self-destruction.

But after all, he can't be blamed. Where's life, there's self-destruction.

But one can choose to sacrifice instead.

Jun-17-16  posoo: pliss dont hort me
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  thegoodanarchist: When Tal met his opponent he said "Pliss allow me to introduce myself."
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