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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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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
Jul-08-13  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???
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  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.
Apr-28-14  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+

May-31-15  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.
Feb-19-16  peterh99: I'm just a club player but I have to applaud Koblents' defense. Even if he missed the best move here and there, who wouldn't? And he found a lot of resources to last as long as he did.
Feb-20-16  scholes: Engines think 21 ..Ng6 gives black advantage
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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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