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Mikhail Tal vs Zigurds Pigits
URS (1953)
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Exchange Variation (B62)  ·  0-1


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Oct-06-03  Catholic Bishop: When sacs go bad
Dec-18-03  d4Nf6Bg5: no kidding
Oct-02-04  Spassky69: Does anyone know if this is the guy that was played in the Searching for Bobby Fischer. You know the Russian guy that Josh Waitzkin lost or beat in the park and then Tal Shaked beats him in the park. But anyways a guy was suppose to have beat Tal in 1953 and a minitature seems simple that he would have won Tal in.
Oct-02-04  Karpova: the guy in searching for bobby fischer - didn't he claim to have played tal in 1957?
Oct-30-05  soberknight: Looking at the final position, and considering that Tal lost as White in 19 moves, I can't help but think of the Vonage commercials where a guy breaks his leg trying to ski off a roof, then the screen says "People do stupid things" as the music goes, "Woo too, woo too too! Woo too, woo too too!"
Jul-11-06  kevindeane: nope! the sign clearly states "photo or game with man who BEET (sic) Tal 1953 $5.00"
Jul-11-06  RookFile: All this time, I thought he has won a game from Tal. Now I find out all he did was have him over for dinner and serve him beets?!!
Oct-17-06  Whitehat1963: A case of overconfidence?
Nov-19-06  PolishPentium: Dare PP presume to make a suggestion for the Wizard of Riga? Though the suggested move has its own perils, it seems that Tal would have been in less trouble later if he had played 13 0-0-0, rather than just moving the R to d1 as he did. Besides the obvious benefit of castling, the suggested move also unpins the e4 N. It's quite possible Black would still win the game anyway, but it seems White's chances improve slightly with the change...
Jul-04-07  fyad reject: hahaha welp
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  perfidious: Black in this game would have a fun matchup vs the 1970s California master John Hoggatt, who unfortunately has no games in this DB.
Oct-02-11  Ratt Boy: <PolishPentium>:
I don't think like a grandmaster, but it seems to me that after 13.O-O-O, dxe4 14.fxg7, ♕xg5 checks, winning the farm. This is in contrast to 13.♖d1, where after 13...dxe4 14.fxg7, ♕xg5 15.gxh8=♕ White has a rook for two bishops and some pressure still.
Oct-02-11  sneaky pete: After the game continuation 13.Rd1 .. white will end up with an extra queen after 13... dxe4? 14.Rd8+ Kxd8 15.fxg7+ Qxg5 16.Qd1+ ..
Oct-02-11  PaulLovric: one of the worst game ever played by Tal, even i would not have played 9. Bb5
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  whiteshark: Played at the Latvian Championship, semifinal (<LAT-ch sf>).


Oct-02-11  sneaky pete: The line I gave after 13.Rd1 .. (copied from notes in Complete Games of Mikhail Tal by Hilary Thomas) is nonsense. Black can safely play 13... dxe4 14.Rd8+ Kxd8 15.fxg7+ Ke8 16.gxh8=Q Qxh8 17.Qxe4 Rb8

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Even after 15... Qxg5 16.Qd1+ Ke7 17.gxh8=Q Qxg2 white is in big trouble.

The other suggestion (after 13... dxe4) 14.fxg7 .. can be met with .. exf3+.

Maybe white should have tried 13.O-O-O .. after all. If then 13... dxe4 14.Qxe4 Qxe4 15.fxg7 Qf4+ 16.Kb1 Qxg5 17.gxh8=Q ..

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black may be better, but there is still a game going on.

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  kamalakanta: Rattboy is correct; 13.Rd1 is better than 13.0-0-0 It seems that Tal is lost already!
Jul-23-16  joddon: 9B-b5 is MagnussCarlesns best move!! hello people where the heck do u get by attacking a pawn with a bishop??never seeen thsat before!!
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