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Mikhail Tal vs Alexander Koblents
"Mikhail's Navy" (game of the day Jun-03-09)
Riga ;MAINB (1957)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B63)  ·  1-0
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Oct-05-11  Xeroxx: In the navy.
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  Sastre: <Comejen: please someone tell me if i am wrong but i think that after 21....Nd3+ 22.Axd3(orTxd3)AxA+ and white loses his queen>

After 21...Nd3+, White can play 22.Kb1 Kf8 (22...Nxf4 23.Qh8#) 23.Bxd6+ Qxd6 24.Qxd6+ Rxd6 25.Bxd3.

Oct-09-11  kitbitzer31: This game is one of the most complicated games I have ever seen.... It was the first master game I played through(from the book, The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal). After playing through the game, I was immensely sad for I now thought that to be a good chess player, one must be able to understand such a mind-boggling game. Btw, it still is one of my most favourite games of all time(I still don't get most of the moves but the game is very pleasing to the eye.)
Nov-05-11  indoknight: why not 21...Ng6 ? i think this is the best black defense...
Jan-15-12  Garech: Superb from Tal!


Jun-27-12  reisanibal: Typical Tal game. The complications start with an unsound sacrifice. Then somehow his opponents fall right into his traps and favorable variations. Maybe beacuse of psychological pressure or just trusting Tal. If you put an excellent defensive player like Karpov as black in this game after the moves 21, 27 or any other critical move, Tal would certainly get crushed. But then again, his opponents were no Karpov and hence we have such beautiful combinations.
Jul-18-12  andyatchess: <SirChrislov> there's no need to try and get him banned just because he has an opinion, down with fascibitzing!
Sep-24-12  kitbitzer31: Tal the genius at work!
Sep-24-12  kitbitzer31: I just don't understand what is happening in this game at all... It seems that almost all the moves are blunders but they turn out to be sacrifices!
Jul-08-13  Xeroxx: insane.
Jul-08-13  Mudphudder: I'd have to agree with kitbitzer. This could be the "deepest" Tal game I've ever seen. His sacrifices & tactics are plenty brilliant on the surface already. But some of Tal's moves here are just plain confusing.....and even after some deeper thought the moves are still picasso-esque. LMAO
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  RookFile: Tal said there were two kinds of sacrifices: correct ones, and his.
Jul-09-13  Xeroxx: there were also incorrect ones?
Jul-20-13  20MovesAhead: this guy was scarily good

were it not for his ill-health he may have been called the greatest ever

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  parisattack: The second pawn sac - 19. e5 - was very typically Tal, allowing another piece (here, the Queen) to enter the attack.
Nov-22-13  Hiatus: WTH is this game???
Feb-01-14  Travis Bickle: What a genuis, Qxg7!! I'm sure Tal worked out that attack quite a few moves back.
Feb-01-14  Strelets: This is dizzying even by Tal standards. He just never runs out of attacking resources or releases the pressure.
Feb-22-14  tranquilsimplicity: <I want this game to be played at my funeral.>

Ha.ha..ha..he! Who said Chess players are humourless geeks?#

Apr-28-14  Rookiepawn: Tal makes chess look like martial arts, some Bruce Lee or Jacky Chan stuff... You never know the next move.
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  Mating Net: The Bishop b5 is en prise for 7 moves. Clearing the back rank was more important than the cleric.
May-13-14  MountainMatt: No rhyme, no reason, no matter.
Jun-08-14  crazyim5: Without a shadow of doubt, one of the greatest games of chess ever played. I get such pleasure analyzing this game.
Jul-07-14  WJW147: <Sastre: After 21...Nd3+, White can play 22.Kb1 Kf8 (22...Nxf4 23.Qh8#) 23.Bxd6+ Qxd6 24.Qxd6+ Rxd6 25.Bxd3.>

Well put. I'm sure Tal would have foreseen the possible ramifications of 21...Nd3+

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  MindCtrol9: I stop on move 21....Kf8.Why not 21...Ng6 like indoknight says? This Ng6 move is defending and attacking at the same time at least momentarily.Perhaps there is something bad about it, but I don't see it right now.
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