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Mikhail Tal vs Sviridov
"Touchdown!" (game of the day Feb-06-11)
Stuttgart simul (1969)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Early deviations (B75)  ·  1-0
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Feb-06-11  hedgeh0g: I'd have expected the "Wizard" of chess to at least smoke a bong before games or something.
Feb-06-11  KingV93: Wow. Two great attacking games today, I hope the big one follows suit. At first I thought 18.Kd8, g8=Q+ 19.Kc7 gets black out of it (I haven't had a cup of coffee yet) but 19...Qxc8+ and it's all over.

<Check it Out "Take away the booze and cigs and you may not have had the Wizard of Riga. Could go either way."> Absolutely! ;-)

<irasta "He wouldn't have had a perfect record. but if anyone could beat the computer, it was Tal."> Now THAT I agree with.

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  johnlspouge: < <Phony Benoni> wrote: "Good morning, students. Today's lesson will be The Zwischenzug." >

LOL. Are you ever serious? :)

Thanks for the pointer to Dodge vs J R Houghteling, 1904, truly a gem.

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  Eduardo Bermudez: Pawn h2-h4-g5-f6-g7-g8 !! Amazing !!
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  AylerKupp: How many of us would have automatically responded to 15...Rxh1 with 16.Rxh1?

Out of curiosity I entered the position after 15...Rh1 into Rybka 4 and it came up with 16.gxf6 in less than one second, eventually suggesting the following as best for both sides, but with a [+2.81] (lost for black) evaluation at d=20: 16.gxf6 Rh7 17.fxg7 Rxg7 (another fianchettoed rook, it seems to be a recent recurring theme) 18.Nb3 Qd8 19.Rh1 Rg8 20.Nd5 Be6 21.Bb6 Qd7 22.Nd4 Nc6 23.Nxe6 fxe6 24.Ne3 Nd8 25.Qb4 Nf7 26.Qb3 g5 27.a3 Ne5 28.Rh7 Rf8 29.Nc4 Rf7 30.Rh5 Ng6 31.Rxg5

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Houdini 1.5 also found 16.gxf6 in less than 1 second sith a similar evaluation ([+2.83] at d=20, but increasing) and suggested the following even more convincing continuation as best for both sides, although it looks like black is getting some play at the end: [+3.39], d=24: 16.gxf6 Rh7 17.fxg7 Rxg7 18.Nb3 Qd8 19.f4 Nc6 20.Rh1 Rg8 21.Nd5 Be6 22.Bb6 Qd7 23.Rh7 Rf8 24.Bd3 g5 25.Bf2 gxf4 26.Nb6 Qc7 27.Nxc8 Qxc8 28.Qxf4 Nb4 29.Be1 Nxd3 30.cxd3 Kd7 31.Nd4 Rh8 32.Rg7 Rh1

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I wonder how long it took Tal to see 16.gxf6? But I think it was Sviridov who should have knocked off the booze and cigs. Playing a Sicilian Dragon against Tal in the late 60ís?

Feb-06-11  gars: <penarol>: this is game number 35 in "Tal since 1960", by W. H. Cozens, and Tal's opponent name isn't mentioned.
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  chrisowen: Spike g4s early thrusts o crate Sviridov exchangen flange lip groove g5s and one bear Mikhail h4-xf6 frozen g7b pattern tick rush bull receive a grounded jaw den. 9th wha all the clocks time kb1. Out h5s it screen Soltis hawk Wolff vs Kiril Georgiev, 1993 white rooks ubafullt.
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  thegoodanarchist: The name is appropriate for Superbowl Sunday, the second biggest day in sports next to the World Cup final.
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  scormus: I couldnt get the pun, never mind the puzzle. Oh of course, American football. Touchdown, though it isnt touched down, not like in rugby how its meant to be. That explains it .... or does it? No? I give up then.

OK, game. If there one thing I know about the dragon, its when things get really desperate, B has to sac the Nf6 on e4. It might not win, it might not draw, but its the only chance of staying in the game. Then again, anyone who plays the dragon against the great master from Riga .... well, perhaps he was on drugs at the time.

Then again, if it had gone 1. e4 1-0 we'd have been deprived of one of those Tal classics. I'll never cease to wonder at his genius, its as though he made a deal with the pieces so they'd do just what he wanted them to do. Only way I can explain it.

BTW, I got most of the moves today, shame they were all in the wrong order. At least I wont have that trouble tomorrow ;)

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  chrisowen: Isn't it Hakim i loin h5 sore gum a fro I enditer in black defence neck crack anti ooooh chess I analyze paper cat 13C6xd4 brave ne5 works afer rote castling.
Feb-06-11  WhiteRook48: this is a nice one, the bishop-knight formation
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  Knight13: Black did not calculate when he played 15...Rxh1.
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  Domdaniel: Pretty. Several of my favorite motifs, all wrapped up in one combination. There's the *Excelsior* pawn, relentlessly munching its way forward via hxg5xf6xg7, with seeming disregard for events elsewhere on the board. Then there's the *non-automatic recapture*, a variety of Zwischenzug or intermezzo. And even a pseudo-Queen-sac to wrap it up. Dim echoes of an Alekhine-Bogolyubov encounter in the Dutch, where Alekhine was on his 3rd queen by the end.

I actually got to play a dim mirror image of the recapture theme earlier today, in a routine English opening. My opponent played BxNf3 and then BxBg2, while a White pawn simultaneously ate his Queenside. All I got was a won ending, though.

And one must remember to be careful. I recall planning a Zwischenzug against an IM: if he took my Rook I had a pawn check instead of the automatic recapture, and would emerge with an equal game. So he had a long think while fluffy thoughts went through my head. Then he moved, suddenly, taking the Rook -- just at the precise moment when the fluffy thought was "I'd better start moving faster". And, to my horror, I watched my hand make the automatic recapture instead of the Zwischenzug. I lost that one.

Dragon enthusiasts will note that this whole Black line against the Yugoslav - where Black doesn't castle - is pretty much busted. There's no need for Tal's 10.Kb1, though it's perfectly good. But 10.g4 at once and Black is almost lost already.

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  Domdaniel: <Johnlspouge> -- <LOL. Are you ever serious? :) >

<Phony Benoni> is serious 29% of the time, humorous 41%, and somewhere in the middle for the other 30%.

The stats can be found in *Phony Benoni Explorer*, an invaluable resource for CG users.

Feb-06-11  checkmateyourmove: pawn gets to endzone , you can have that queen..:)
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  HeMateMe: I wonder how fast Tal played a game like this?
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  kevin86: White's SUPER passed pawn cannot be stopped.
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  HeMateMe: The goal line stand failed!
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  lost in space: How petty! And how elegant! How easy looking! Like french language!

Most probably I am simply too stupid for playing games like this.


Aug-25-11  americanlala: That queen on c2 is looking so silly,she cant eat nothing. c2 pawn and bishop on e2 are protected by knight on d4 which is protected by bishop on e3 which is protected by knight on d1 which is protected by bishop on !!!!
Jul-02-12  lemaire90: Fabulous game !
Oct-06-12  master of defence: Who needs of a queen and a rook when you had a pawn?? And what pawn!
Feb-13-13  sorokahdeen: Oh this game is wrong, so wrong...

I'd so hate to have been Tal's vict... uh, I mean, black.

Mar-13-13  copablanco: Playing Tal if you were "out of book", you were out of luck.
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  cornflake: Mikhail Tal RIP. They'll never be another player like him. What an amazing player he was.
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