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Milko Bobotsov vs Mikhail Tal
"Crying Over Spilt Milko" (game of the day Jul-11-08)
Varna (1958)  ·  King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Bobotsov-Korchnoi-Petrosian Variation (E81)  ·  0-1
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Jul-13-08  patzer2: Another missed opportunity might have been 17. Bxa6 =. After 17...Bxd4! ,with a pawn and the exchange as added compensation, Tal has a clear and nearly decisive advantage.

With 20...c3! Tal begins a clearly decisive attack against the weak Queen-side castled position. And with 29...Rc1+! he initiates a mate-in-three.

Jul-20-08  TheKingOfSpades: I love Tal. Such a pleasure to watch always.
Jul-20-08  efrain chavez: That is self confidence!... and knowledge of the possibilities. The black bishop in g7 pointing at white's king castle proved to be worth the material sacrifice... but it has to be done. Great demonstration, again, by Tal.
Aug-09-08
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  PinnedPiece: Guess the move score = 48. Pathetic, but on the other hand I'm no good at catching eels barehanded, either.

Trying to guess Tal's moves, one comes to appreciate his over-the-horizon tactical vision, and his total comprehension of the opponent's strike capabilities.

Aug-17-08  speedmerchant 49: Again, Tal is to this day the ultimate Doctor of Chess. If PhD. were given out for chess playing he certainly earned it.
Sep-12-08  champsylove: Another one of those brilliant games by Misha. What I love about this is the sacrafice is deeply speculative, but at every point you get this sense that that Tal can just about see the wood from the trees and then to emerge with a finish like that.
Dec-06-08  ChessYouGood: I love cyruslaihy's simple comment on july 11 '08: "i don't think the q sac is justified". Of course that is precisely what Bobotsov thought when he accepted it and as Tal went on to thoroughly dismantle him with superior play. Like cyruslaihy, Bobotsov (who was, unlike cyruslaihy, the Bulgarian champion the year this game was played) couldn't provide a defensive line either. Brilliant and accurate game by Mr T.
Nov-05-09  theodor: < Jimfromprovidence: Great match, but white had his chances to blunt the attack. 15 Qc3 looks pretty good. > also 21.Nxc3 looks good.
Oct-24-10  fgh: <theodor>: That's a joke, I hope.
Nov-15-10
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  sevenseaman: Was the Q sacrifice an opiate. It certainly affected Bobotsov!
Dec-05-10  theodor: <fgh: <theodor>: That's a joke, I hope.> you're wright, this move is losing too.
Feb-06-11  ZeejDonnelly: Sound or not, the milk's gone sour.
May-04-11  Llawdogg: Wow! Great queen sacrifice by Tal. It's cool how much natural talent Tal had and how much he learned from Nezhmetdinov. What a tactical terror he was over the board.
May-04-11  bronkenstein: Actually , Tal And Bobotsov played THE VERY SAME Q sac variation in one of the informal blitz games the very previous day , after the tour was over .

It was student´s olympiad @ varna , and the crowd was much less informal and relaxed than older , ´serious´ GMs would be .

So , the story goes that Bobotsov , after losing the game said ´OFC its a blitz , you wouldnt play that in a serious game´ ... Tal offered him a bet ... and the rest is history :)

May-04-11  sergeidave: GM Roman Dzindzichashvili talks about this game, specifically the queen sac and the theory that came out of it, in one of his very interesting chess lectures at Chess.com.

I had been looking for this game for ages!!

May-04-11  sergeidave: Actually, Serendipity!!

GM Roman Dzindzinchashvili just uploaded that video today!!

I had listened to him talk about it not at chess.com, but in one of his DVD's.

Sep-27-11  DrMAL: Fabulous Q sac performed before another amazing similar one (on move 12) in Sicilian Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962. Roman Dzindzi covers both in DVD Roman's Lab #2 highly recommended. Apparently, 10...b5 was thought to be bad, losing a pawn with worse position via 11.Nd5 Qxd2 12.Nxe7+ intermediate move. Thanx <bronkenstein> for the great story behind this timeless beauty!
Sep-27-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @<DrMal>

you might be interested in the page of the late

Leonid Yurtaev

Check out the post dated Feb-18-04 by <WMD> because it has a selection of Q sacs for 2 pieces

Sep-27-11  Wyatt Gwyon: Tal. lol. wow.
Jan-21-12
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  Eduardo Bermudez: It is a splendid combination but no a Queen sacrifice !!
Feb-24-12  reilouco: Poor Tal. Bobotsov didn't let him to promote a bishop delivering mate.
Mar-29-12  Norbi506: Good Stuff! :)
May-06-12  jaume19592: Probably we need to remember that Netzmetdinov played two years before a game where he made a sacrifice almost the same feature as such. It's the game Zamikhovsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1956
Sep-12-12  sushijunkie: The Wizard is my favorite player, but I hadn't seen this game. So I ran it through my free engine, and it's pretty solid play by both right through the exchange sac, with small inaccuracies by both, more by White. But it all stays in the fractional pawn range. Then right around move 22, White starts to go off the rails, giving up a pawn in value, then two. Then he blunders his way into a quicker defeat move after move, with Tal just crushing with hyper-accurate play. It's as if the other guy couldn't see that they were almost even, but that Tal had something up his sleeve, and you can just...see...him...wilt. The exchange sac by Tal wasn't winning in of itself, but it psychologically froze his opponent. I just bet he was giving that piercing stare the whole time...

Tal probaby would have lost to Fischer post-WC, as well as Karpov, and then again Kasparov, but @#$%*!& was his play electric. It's ironic that electricity itself would have ruined his play, as the silicone monsters aren't frightened, and certainly don't make inaccuacies.

If machines would have ruined Tal, then, I think, they have ruined Chess. For Tal embodied everything beautiful about our holy pursuit.

Oct-09-12  gars: Please compare this game with D. Byrne vs Fischer, Rosenwald Coup, 1956. Here Tal makes a somewhat speculative sacrifice. There, Fischer's 17th move wins the game!
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