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Mikhail Tal vs Sodell
URS (1950)
Spanish Game: Closed. Bogoljubow Variation (C91)  ·  0-1


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Dec-17-03  evertoexcel: Tal is down just one pawn, but resigns. My positional knowlege is poor, but I wonder why he didn't try to fight this one out, especially since he still has his queen. Time might have been a concern, but at move 23, would that be enough?
Dec-18-03  uglybird: In addition to having a rook, knight, and bishop against queen, Black will also soon create a passed pawn on the queenside, while Tal will really not be able to create counterplay as his broken up kingside pawns will be blockaded.
Jan-22-04  Gunnar Abelido: perhaps tal was simply had a date with someone and knowing that he could win this game anytime.
Jan-23-04  TrueFiendish: White has no breaks of his own and has no way of stopping the slow infiltration of black pieces onto inviting squares like f4 and d4. Black could play g6 and Kg7 and attack with his rooks on the h-file. How can white stop any of this?
Aug-13-04  ArturoRivera: Thin the game was very equal but Nf4 is somthing that will shurley breake Tals defenses
Dec-01-05  Dres1: White's position is totally unacceptable.
Jan-06-06  cpryob123: Tal is the best, How does he resign here, Down 1 pawn?
Aug-04-06  aazqua: White's position is atrocious. Tal was trying to be clever leaving the rook hanging and he ended up with egg on his face. What a clown.
Oct-18-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: well after more than a million nodes,crafty comes up with this,and evaluates this position at +3.31...24.Re4 Ndf4+ 25.Kh1 Rad8 26.Nc3 Rd3 27.Re3 Rfd8 28Qf1 Ng5 29.a4 b4 30.Rxd3 Nxd3 31.f4 Nxf4 32.Qc4 and gives double exclamation marks to 32.....Ngh3!!! of the strongest players to ever play this game just had a bad day,that's all
Oct-18-07  Aspirador: <one of the strongest players to ever play this game>I think that Sodell was the strongest player to ever play this particular game.
Jan-06-08  karik: <... and evaluates this position at +3.31> Surely it must be -3.31. Just to make sure no-one gets the impression that Tal resigned a won game.
Aug-06-10  charmitage: Bad day for Misha. Actually the play with the hanging rook worked like a charm. He ended up a queen up. However, I think he realized after he had done it that he didn't have the material or position to carry on. Tal loved to sacrifice. He just went too far here.
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  hesyrett: The only reasonable continuation I can see for White at move 17 is Qxf3, and then after 17...Qd4, 18.Nc3 would lose to 18...b4, so the 18.Qc3 is forced.  At this point White has the two bishops and a stronger center; if Black plays 18...b4 19.Qxd4 cxd4 20.Bb2 he'll probably lose that d-pawn soon.
Jan-12-13  talsqueen: Recklessness at its worst. what was the turning point for Tal? I think its 19. Bb2. A queen, a rook and a knight against two rooks, two knights and a bishop? Really!
Jan-06-16  Chironex40: What the????
Jan-06-16  Nosnibor: Tal was only 13 years of age when this game was played and not yet fully developed into the force he was to become.
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