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Mikhail Tal vs Konstantin Klaman
"Klaman Through the Bathroom Window" (game of the day Jan-17-2011)
USSR Championship (1957), Moscow URS, rd 15, Feb-11
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Modern Variation (B61)  ·  1-0


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Jan-17-11  W O C E: He's Klaman through your windows, he's snatchin' yo' people up. Tryin' to r..
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  kevin86: Open king vs protected king-white wins this one.
Jan-29-11  gourav27: The main theme of this game:when opponent king fails to castle,attack him by opening central files
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  Mating Net: I often wondered why Tall didn't play 28.Qxf8+? The Rook falls with check, so what gives.

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The answer is that Tal has to think about his own King's safety. His back rank is weak and all his pieces are loose. If he had taken the f8 Rook and the f6 pawn, there was no defense to the cunning 29...b3!!

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This killer move has two deadly double threats: that can't be answered: 30...Qxa2# and 30...Qxe8#

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  Penguincw: 51st day of 2016. Wow, that was quick. How's 2016 going so far you guys?

Anyway, Saturday puzzle, I saw the idea of rather opening up the e-file or the e8-h5 diagonal. That counts, right?

I should stop trying to solve these puzzles...

Feb-20-16  Steve.Patzer: 33. ...Rd8 would survive a little longer?
Feb-20-16  scholes: Black position seemed like a impenetrable fortress,in four moves tal turned into a tomb.So that Black has to give a rook to create space for his king
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  al wazir: I counted six different candidates for white's 23rd move. Six candidates are too many for me to choose from.
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  jith1207: <Mating Net>: Thanks for showing that important aspect of Black's tricky attack Qa5.

If I may add another interesting point as a follow up :

Tal not only buries the double attack planned by Black, but also does three different outcomes:

1. Closes the possibility of double attack by one move, Nb3. 2. Best form of defense is attack. the knight move attacks queen back and forces to move. 3. Gains tempo back and takes the Bait Rook by giving a check and also takes the pawn as well.

Guess who's standing Tal in the end!

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  patzer2: There seems to be two good candidate solutions to today's Saturday (23. ?) puzzle, as at least one popular Chess program initially prefers 23. Bh5 to (+2.06 @ 32 depth, Komodo 9.02) over Tal's 23. Bxf5! to (+1.42 @ 32 depth, Komodo 9.02).

Tal's 23. Bxf5! gets difficult when Black improves over the game continuation with the stronger defense 23...Qc5! (diagram below).

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Looking at Tal's move and playing it out move-by-move with Deep Fritz 15, White secures a strong advantage with winning chances after 23. Bxf5! Qc5 24. g4! exf5 25. g5 Kd8 26. g6 Bf6 27. g7 Bxg7 28. Qxg7 Kc7 29. h4 (+1.47 @ 21 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

White also gets a good game after the computer suggestion 23. Bh5! when play might continue 23...Qc4 24. Qh6 Rc5 25. Be2 Qd5 26. Nb3 Qc6 27. Nxc5 Qxc5 28. Kb1 Ba4 29. Rc1 Bd7 30. Bh5 Kd8 31. h4 Qc6 32. c3 to (+2.25 @ 21 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

For a Black improvement, the computers indicate Black should have avoided the weak move 22...f5? in favor of 22...a5 = (0.00 @ 25 depth, Houdini 4).

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  patzer2: By the way, I went down in flames on today's Saturday (23. ?) problem. Forgetting I'd seen the game almost 10 years ago, I went for 25. Nxf5? exf5 26. Qh4?? (diagram below),

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when Deep Fritz 15 indicates I'm completely busted after 27...Be6! (-6.52 @ 18 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

Feb-20-16  Nick46: The happy hiker usually chooses the Talweg.
Feb-20-16  mel gibson: My computer finds that the best reply to
23 Bxf5 is not
23...Pxf5 but
23... Qc5.
24 Bg4 Bf6

In this case it ends up as a draw.

Feb-20-16  clement41: I have to admit that going through the game quickly I missed Nb3! preventing the ...b4 continuation. I enjoyed 32 Qd4 in view of ...Bxb3?? cxb3+ 1-0 (QxQ?? BxQ 0-1) which is a pretty good resource, especially in blitz
Feb-20-16  The Kings Domain: I couldn't help but smile at this puzzle. Tal's combinative imagination is unparalelled, perhaps only matched by Anderssens from an earlier age. I missed the text move, having the knight capture the pawn on f5 instead of the bishop, but it was a delight analyzing the results.
Feb-20-16  The Kings Domain: It's also nice to have a pun on one of my fave Beatles songs. :-)
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  PawnSac: < Penguincw: 51st day of 2016. Wow, that was quick. How's 2016 going so far you guys? >

It is said time flies when you're having fun, but for me it just seems like time flies...

< Anyway, Saturday puzzle, I saw the idea of rather opening up the e-file or the e8-h5 diagonal. That counts, right? >

sure! ANYTHING counts. The problem with saturday puzzles is that they follow friday night! LOL

< I should stop trying to solve these puzzles... >

come on... you know you can't resist! <g>

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  PawnSac: yea ..Kd7 Nc5! is a thing of beauty alright. It's not just the obvious fork, but EVERY SINGLE BLACK PIECE is forked! that's a classic chess picture.

The final position.. white's Q+N looks like two queens on the board. One would not expect after 28.Nb3 that this would end up being such a strong square!

How did Tal seduce his opponents into such positions?! Did the Wizard of Riga drop potions into their beverage? <chuckle>

Feb-20-16  wooden nickel: nice puzzle and pun... looks like he wasn't protected by a silver spoon!
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  kevin86: Two sacs win the game!
Feb-20-16  Timi Timov: It was not so difficult because it's Tal playing, so you know for sure that it's a sacrifice
Feb-20-16  RandomVisitor: After 22...f5

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+1.79/42 23.Bh5 Bf6 24.Qh6 Bxd4 25.Rxd4 Qc5 26.Rxe6+ Bxe6 27.Qxe6+ Kd8 28.Rxd6+ Kc7 29.Qe7+ Kb8 30.Bf3 Qg1+ 31.Rd1 Qb6 32.Qe5+ Rc7 33.Qd5 Rcc8 34.a4 Rfd8 35.Qe5+ Qc7 36.Rxd8 Rxd8 37.Qxf5 Rd2 38.Qb5+ Kc8 39.Be4 Kd8 40.Qxb4 Qd6 41.Qa5+ Ke8 42.Bd3 Rd1+ 43.Ka2 Qe6+ 44.Ka3 Ra1+ 45.Kb4 Qe7+ 46.Kb3 Kf8 47.Qa6 Kg7 48.Qc6 Qd8 49.Qc3+ Kg8 50.Qc5 Qb8+ 51.Qb4 Qc7 52.Qb5 Kf8 53.Be4 Rd1 54.Qb4+

+1.50/42 23.Be2 d5 24.Bh5 Bf6 25.Qxf5 Ke7 26.Qxd5 Rh8 27.g4 Kf8 28.Qe4 a5 29.Re2 Bc6 30.Qxc6 Qxc6 31.Nxc6 Rxc6 32.Rd7 Rh7 33.Ra7 Rd6 34.Re1 Rd2 35.Kb1 Rxh2 36.Rxa5 Rf2 37.Ra4 Be7 38.Rd1 Rxf4 39.a3 Kg7 40.Rd7 Kf6 41.Ka2 Rh8 42.axb4 Rxb4 43.Rxb4 Bxb4 44.Rxf7+ Kg5 45.c3 Ra8+ 46.Kb3 Bd6 47.Rg7+ Kf4 48.Kc2 Be5 49.Re7 Ra6 50.Bf7 Kg5 51.Bxe6 Kf6 52.Bc4 Kxe7 53.Bxa6 Kf6 54.Kd3

<+1.38/42 23.Bxf5 Qc5 24.g4 exf5 25.g5> Kd8 26.<g6> Bf6 27.<g7> Bxg7 28.Qxg7 Kc7 29.Qf6 d5 30.h4 Qb6 31.Qg7 Qg6 32.Qe5+ Qd6 33.Nxf5 Qxe5 34.Rxe5 Bxf5 35.Rxf5 Kb6 36.Kb1 Rg8 37.Rfxd5 Rg4 38.h5 Rxf4 39.R5d4 Rxd4 40.Rxd4 Kc5 41.Rh4 Rh8 42.Kc1 f5 43.h6 Rh7 44.Kd2 Kd5 45.Ke2 Ke5 46.Ke3 a5 47.a4 bxa3 48.bxa3 Kf6 49.Kf4 Kg6 50.Rh1 Rxh6 51.Rxh6+ Kxh6

Feb-20-16  devere: 23.Bh5 Qc4 24.Qh6 looked to me like a straightforward way to win, and the computer confirms that it is. After 24...Rc5 25.Be2 Qd5 26.Nb3 White wins the exchange, and the rest is technique.

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Tal's 23.Bxf5 is also very good, but Black should reply Qc5! preparing an escape for his King, and then it gets very complex, with White holding the advantage. After 24.g4! exf5 25.g5 Kd8 26.g6 Bf6 27.g7 Bxg7 28.Qxg7 Kc7 29.h4 White has good chances to win by advancing the h pawn.

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  Honza Cervenka: Whole line after 23.Bxf5 exf5(?) 24.Rxe7+! Kxe7 25.Re1+ Kd8 26.Qh4+ f6 27.Qh6 I have found quickly but I was puzzled what to play after 23...b3!? or 23...Qc5!? which both looks like a more promising defense of black.
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  Honza Cervenka: Of course, the idea of 23...b3!? is that after 24.cxb3 exf5 white cannot continue like in the text due to weak back rank.
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