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Mikhail Tal vs Straume
Riga (1953)
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Center Attack (C84)  ·  1-0
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Jul-24-04  suenteus po 147: Mikhail Tal was a god amongst men! It must have taken incredible nerve to play this way, on top of the genius!
Dec-07-04  chess man: Notice how Mikhail Tal just attacks black's king the whole game. Mikhail is always consistent in attacking the king which usally ends up for the unfortunate side.

WHAT A GAME!

Dec-07-04  InspiredByMorphy: <WHAT A GAME!> Couldnt have put it better myself. Tals 10.Qg4 and 21.e6 are very good moves.
Dec-07-04  Minor Piece Activity: Does black have any defensive lines after 13...Be6 instead? Try to either castle queenside or counterattack maybe. 14. f4 Bc5+ 15. Kh1 d4 16. f5 Bd5 is an interesting illustration of some of the counterattacking resources in black's position. 14. f4 f5!? also looks worth investigating, or is there a refutation I missed?
Dec-07-04  Shadout Mapes: "13...Be6 14.Bxf8 (not 14.f4 Bc5+ 15.Kh1 Qh4! 16.f5 O-O-O!) 14...Bxf8 15.f4 is unpleasant for Black." -Tal

Tal critisized himself harshly for 27.Qd5, as well as 41.Rh7. 41...a2 would have drawn for black.

Dec-07-04  Minor Piece Activity: 13...Be6 14. Bxf8 Bxf8 15. f4 does look better than the immediate f4 I suggested; thanks Shadout.
Dec-11-04  chess man: Thank you <InspiredByMorphy>
Jan-19-05  Hinchliffe: <suenteus po 147> worth visiting your superb collection of games for this beauty alone. Fantastic game from a truly excellent collection. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to compile such a monument to all that is wonderful about chess.
May-02-05  who: <InspiredByMorphy> In his book Tal seems to imply 10.Bb3 would have been better.
Mar-18-06  EricCartman: He was only 16/17 in this game. If I'd play like this now...
Aug-05-07  HannibalSchlecter: The spirit of Tal is alive and well in this game. The moves are so outrageously optimistic yet with a style that makes me smile.
Nov-08-07  Ulhumbrus: 14...Bb5 invites 15 c4 attacking the d5 pawn which keeps White's N out of e4, whereupon 15...dxc4 gives White's N access to e4 and thence to f6, depriving Black's King of the right to castle. 14...Bc6 gets ready for ...Qd7 and ..0-0-0
Jul-29-14  1d410: This is amazing!!!!
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