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Mikhail Tal vs Visvaldis M Veders
"Daft Veder" (game of the day Oct-03-2013)
Riga (1951)
French Defense: Alekhine-Chatard Attack. Maroczy Variation (C13)  ·  1-0


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  Sneaky: Typical Tal. You gotta love it.
Jul-06-08  Whitehat1963: Looks like Veder dropped his light saber pretty early on in this one.
Jul-06-08  Jole: Maybe Tal told him that he is his father (and by implication, Luke's grandfather), whereby Veder just broke down and sobbed.
Jul-15-08  dehanne: Maybe Tal said prior to the game "Checkmate me and I shall become more powerful than you could ever imagine".
Oct-15-09  hedgeh0g: Daft Veder? :P
Sep-05-11  jackpawn: When I play over early Tal games I'm reminded of Spelmann's comment about Alekhine - that he could see the combinations as well as Alekhine could, but he couldn't get the postions Alekhine could. I'm the same way with early Tal games. I see his combinations fairly easily, but I can't get those positions. Of course as he got older his combinations were at a level I couldn't even dream of seeing.
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  perfidious: Simple but nice deflecting sacrifice at work here, and a POTD candidate.
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  offramp: Game of the day. Good pun and a superb game I hadn't seen before. Whenever I play through Tal's games I constantly am reminded that he was also a mathematician.
Oct-03-13  sorokahdeen: Great Game.

The prettiest and most mysterious thing about it is Tal's putting his pieces where they create latent threats that add up to an overwhelming attack that without Tal's tactical vision seems to come out of nowhere.

Oct-03-13  Tim Delaney: After 33... Qf8, White's position is so strong that practically anything wins outright. In addition to 34. Re8, all of the following win easily: Re3, h6xg7, and Nf6+.
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  al wazir: It's hard to see what 25. Bc2 was for.
Oct-03-13  Shams: <al wazir> Who knows what Tal was thinking, but even for Tal the simplest idea has to be the correct one sometimes, right? 25.Bc2 prepares Qd3 when Black's hippopotamus is mostly out of the marsh already. Hence Black's 25th and 26th moves, stopping White's battery.
Oct-03-13  Kikoman: position after 34. Re8

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  kevin86: White will force a queen or mate!
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  playground player: Tal's games are always such a pleasure--a welcome escape from the evils of these days.
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  Phony Benoni: <al-wazir> Perhaps Tal meant to follow 25.Bc2 with 26.Qd3, encouraging a weakness in Black's kingside. There are also possibilities of using the bishop on the a2-g8 diagonal. In any even, Black's sequence with ...Qc5+ and ...Qc4 discouraged those ideas.

It should be remembered that Tal was only 14 (or a very young 15) when this game was played. Polished perfection is not to be expected.

Oct-03-13  RookFile: Another way of viewing Bc2 is the following. Black's bishop on b7 is useless. Black may consider ...d4, giving this bishop something to talk about on the long diagonal. If white does not increase pressure on d4, black even gets to do it for free, i.e. he is not sacrificing a pawn. I think Tal also had a goal of keeping that bishop useless, by discouraging ...d4.
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  Penguincw: Great deflection move to end it.
Oct-03-13  PawnJockey: Perhaps Veders didn't want to give Tal the option of taking the queens off the board but after 18. h5, white's pawn needs to be blocked tout suite it seems to me.

18. ..h6 19.Qxc5 Nxc5 althought that line does look sort of drawish, I'd take a draw against Tal any day. (at rook odds :) )

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  al wazir: <Shams>, Phony Benoni>: Yes, I'm sure he had 26. Qd3 in mind. Thanks.
Oct-04-13  hedgeh0g: This pun brought to you by the h0g.


The h0g.

Nov-07-14  DaveK: I can't see why Verder doesn't take Tal's unprotected Bishop at 28. Can anyone illuminate me?
Nov-07-14  Jim Bartle: I think 29. Nh6+ would pick up the rook.
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  OhioChessFan: <DaveK> 28..Rxf5 29. Nh6+ and the g Pawn can't recapture as it's pinned by the g3 Rook, followed by the Knight capturing the Rook on f5 is a total disaster for Black.

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