Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Alexander Koblents vs Mikhail Tal
"The Luck of the Draw" (game of the day Jul-11-2006)
Riga (1957)
Dutch Defense: Classical. Ilyin-Zhenevsky Variation General (A97)  ·  1/2-1/2


explore this opening
find similar games 7 more Koblents/Tal games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can change the color of the light and dark squares by registering a free account then visiting your preferences page. Or, you can change it with the "SETTINGS" link in the lower right.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Jul-11-06  Confuse: wow i commented on this game in may? when i look at it again its still impressive. thanks for the insight <whatthefat>, i never actually came back here, my humble apologies : (
Jul-11-06  dakgootje: Very impressive draw this is! what i wondered: if 21. Qxa5 then probably Bd4, but isnt that still playable after 22. Be3?
Jul-11-06  Castle In The Sky: A story about Tal and Koblents, is that Tal enjoyed having Koblents sing to him when Tal trained for his championship matches against Botvinnik. This was one reason that Botvinnik chose the location of his room more carefully for their second world championship. During the first match, they were stationed on the same floor.
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: Tal and the Dutch Defense-a wild and exciting combo.

Here,even his opponent gets into the action. Once he lent a rook-then regained it. Tal comes back with a near rook sac-its capture meant immediate mate.

The ending was a meager rook and two pawns vs a rook and two pawns-similar to lead after the radioactivity of the uranium has used itself completely.

Jul-11-06  ARTIN: ug, I don't think 26...Kh8 does it. What about 27. Qd4. I don't see how black can get out of it.
Jul-11-06  ughaibu: ARTIN: Yes, that looks strong.
Jul-11-06  bumpmobile: <Tal and the Dutch Defense-a wild and exciting combo> Amazingly, Tal never lost when he played the Dutch.
Jul-11-06  Shajmaty: <al wazir: 11...Qxe4 12. Nh4 Qxh4 13. gxh4 Bxh4. Black has ++ vs. . It doesn't look hopeless.> Right: 14. Be3, Nc6; 15. d5, Ne5; 16. dxe6, Bxe6; 17. f4, Nxc4; 18. Bd5 and the position is even.

<dakgootje: if 21. Qxa5 then probably Bd4, but isnt that still playable after 22. Be3?> 21...Bd4? 22. Be3! and Black has not enough compensation for the pawns. But Tal, definitely, should have played 21...Rxf2!!

<ARTIN: ug, I don't think 26...Kh8 does it. What about 27. Qd4. I don't see how black can get out of it.> 27. Qd4, Rd3! Maybe <ughaibu> was right...

Jul-11-06  ARTIN: Shaj, I think black can at most get a draw after 27. Qd4 Rd3. I mean for sure after 28. Rxh7++ white gets at least a draw. Though it's not unlikely that 28. Qxe4 is also good for white
Jul-11-06  blingice: I'm a bit confused. I think I'll go stumble off in a daze.
Jul-11-06  randytaylor2006: I have what must be a dumb question...why doesn't black play QXe4 on move 11?
Jul-11-06  whatthefat: 12.Nh4 and the queen is trapped.
Jul-11-06  randytaylor2006: After that though, QXd4 is covered by the knight.
Jul-11-06  whatthefat: Huh? 11...Qxe4 12.Nh4 and where does the queen go?
Jul-11-06  randytaylor2006: Queen takes d4, covered by the knight.
Jul-11-06  ARTIN: well, randy, you can't exactly take the rook on e4 and play nc6 at the same time ;-)
Jul-11-06  randytaylor2006: LOL....good point....guess thats why i cant get above 1500........and thanks whatthefat for trying to enlighten me.
Jul-12-06  Ultra: 12 Nh4 is met by ...BxN. Queen is not trapped.
Jul-12-06  randytaylor2006: Bravo to you.
Jul-12-06  whatthefat: <Ultra>
You mean: 11...Qxe4 12.Nh4 Bxh4 13.Bxe4 ?
Jul-15-06  blingice: That's EXACTLY what he meant.
Jul-18-06  Shajmaty: <ARTIN: Shaj, I think black can at most get a draw after 27. Qd4 Rd3. I mean for sure after 28. Rxh7++ white gets at least a draw. Though it's not unlikely that 28. Qxe4 is also good for white> 28. Rxh7+, Kxh7 leads to a draw (no more!), but after 28. Qxe4, Rd2 I prefer Black. 26...Kh8 is also playable in such a position, definitely!
Mar-18-09  WhiteRook48: LUCKY, hear? :D
Aug-13-10  TheRavenPK: In "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal", this game is called "Three rooks sacrifice".. It was a training game between young Misha and his trainer, Koblents...

I consider this game to be such great that I immediately after seeing it learned to play the Dutch :D Not strong, but interesting opening...

Aug-13-17  MarkBuckley: Dutch by transposition:
Taimanov - Tal 1969 1-0 Taimanov vs Tal, 1969
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
The Luck of the Draw
from Draws!: Stories of awe, bizarre and ingenuity by syracrophy
Hincho's favorite games
by Hincho
from tacticmania by Portusboy
remembering Tal
by Yopo
multiple sacs end in a draw
from wild games by old coot
1. d4! Compiled by Lau
by fredthebear
July 11: The Luck of the Draw
from Game of the Day 2006 by Phony Benoni
Game 10
from Life and Games (Tal) by isfsam
Koblents vs Tal 1/2-1/2.
from One has to have at least two plans .... by arielbekarov
Uneventful, everyday, dull draws
by SwitchingQuylthulg
Teacher vs.Student
from andrewjsacks' Games of Note by andrewjsacks
from Kevin's Collection by kevinludwig
Hidden Skillz's favorite games
by Hidden Skillz
50 games better than that other Tal game.
by CheckMateEndsTheGame
50 games better than that other Tal game.
by JoseTigranTalFischer
The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal
by newfiex
from Mikhail Tal's best games 1956-1961 by whatthefat
3 rooks sacs : insane draw
from DrChopper's study games 2 by DrChopper
Game 10
from Life and Games (Tal) by Qindarka
Who Says All Draws Are Boring?
from Favorite Games by Isolated Pawn
plus 19 more collections (not shown)

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC