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Mikhail Tal vs Alexander Koblents
"Mikhail's Navy" (game of the day Mar-24-2018)
Riga ;MAINB (1957)
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B63)  ·  1-0


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  kingscrusher: reisanibal: Do you have any idea of Mikhail Tal's FIDE ratings even 10 years after he became world chess champion?!

Check out:

He is rated the same as Anatoly Karpov here on this list. This is more than ten years after he was World chess champion. And yes he has crushed Karpov on occasion.

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  perfidious: Tal would ascend to yet greater heights, becoming one of very few in those days to attain 2700:

Jul-24-16  schachtourist: reisanibal. Sad...
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  offramp: <schachtourist: reisanibal. Sad...>

Dear schachtourist, welcome to There is much fun to be had here and lots of intelligent comments. I am sure you will enjoy yourself.

I have some bad news, though. Shortly after he posted his comment User: reisanibal left and returned to Turkey. In fact he now lives in Anatolia.

Jul-24-16  Eusebius: Consequent approach towards g7. And erasing everything around which supports this square active or passive.
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  offramp: <Eusebius: Consequent approach towards g7. And erasing everything around which supports this square active or passive.>

Also proving that the left minor crochet is of no utility in a minor right oblique refused.

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  perfidious: Franklin K Young would have been aghast at this game, had he lived to see it.
Sep-09-16  SpiritedReposte: Complications much? Good grief, would like to see how strong computers evaluate this one.

Games like this make you realize how crazy chess is. How to possibly see through all those variations??

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  whiteshark: "I'm pretty sure this is the most complicated game ever played by Mikhail Tal :)" -->
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  Honza Cervenka: 32.gxf5! was better than the text, and if 32...exf5 or 32...e5, then 33.Qxg8+! Kxg8 34.Bc4+ with mate on h8 coming soon. Other moves like 32...dxe3 or 32...axb5 are followed by 33.fxe6 with threat Qxg8+ and mate on h8, and after 32...Rd5 white can play simply 33.Nxa7. After 32.Bg5 axb5 33.R1h6 black could have played 33...Qxc6, and black is still alive. 34.Rf6+ seems to lead just to a draw after 34...gxf6 35.Bh6+ Rg7 36.Bxg7+ Ke7 37.Bxf6+ Kd6 38.Be5+ Kd5 39.Rxa7 Qc4 40.bxc3 Qxc3 41.Qxg8 Qe1+ 42.Kb2 Qb4+ etc.
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
Sep-29-17  gsg: somehow 21. ... Ng6 felt very intuitive to me at first look.
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  ChessHigherCat: You can see why they call him a magician, he has such a unique imagination that his moves seem to defy logic. I wonder what the "Guess the Move" scores would be on that game?
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  Check It Out: So weird: on my phone I see the main CG page with this pun labeled as: "Mikhail's Navy (by tpstar)"

Program glitch?

Mar-24-18  WorstPlayerEver: Not to be too mischievous, but I know the guy is called Koblenz.

You know why? He wrote many books under that name. But it seems cg fell for the Dutch Disease: spelling words differently each other day.

For God's sake: KOBLENZ was the trainer of TAL.

Mar-24-18  Nazmul Lincoln: Really nice game
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  morfishine: According to Burgess, this was a training game between Tal and his trainer Aleksandrs Koblenz (who worked directly with Tal from 1955 - 1979)

In any case, the only way this lame game title has the slightest chance of being effective is if Tal was playing Ernest Borgnine

conclusion: another sad word-play torpedoed and sunk


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  tpstar: <another sad word-play torpedoed and sunk>

Game Collection: Get Thee to a Punnery!

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  thegoodanarchist: After about 20 moves, I was disappointed that Tal had only sacrificed a pawn.

After that, the game got VERY entertaining!

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  penarol: Tal moved his LC bishop for the first time only in move 25, but Koblenz never moved it...
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  morfishine: <tpstar> This link only proves that whoever decides the best "pun" doesn't even know what a pun truly is

This game title is best removed/erased so we can stop misleading humanity with falsehoods

conclusion: another sad word-play torpedoed and sunk


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  catlover: There were various pieces floating en prise, starting with move 25. Maybe that accounts for the "navy" in the pun.
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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

1. = (-0.14): 17...Nce5 18.Qh2 Ng6 19.Kb1 Nf6 20.Rg5 Ne8 21.Rh5 Bf6 22.Ne2 d5 23.Nf4 dxe4 24.Rxd8 Bxd8 25.Nxg6 Qxh2 26.Rxh2 fxg6 27.fxe4 Bc7 28.Rd2 e5 29.Nc5 Nf6 30.c4 Bb6 31.cxb5 axb5 32.Bxb5 Nxe4 33.Bc4+ Kf8 34.Rd5 Nxc5

2. = (0.14): 17...Bf6 18.Qxd6 Qxd6 19.Rxd6 Bb7 20.Rd1 Rac8 21.Be2 g6 22.Rhh1 Ba8 23.Kb1 Ncb8 24.a3 Ne5 25.Rxd8+ Rxd8 26.a4 Nc4 27.Bxc4 bxc4 28.Na5 Rc8 29.Rd1 Be5 30.Bd4 Nd7 31.Ne2 Kg7 32.Bxe5+ Nxe5

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  tpstar: Rest day entertainment!

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Kenneth S Rogoff (kibitz #204268)

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