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Milko Bobotsov vs Mikhail Tal
"Crying Over Spilt Milko" (game of the day Nov-04-2017)
WchT U26 fin-A 05th (1958), Varna BUL, rd 2, Jul-??
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Bobotsov-Korchnoi-Petrosian Variation (E81)  ·  0-1


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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

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, 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  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.

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  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!
Nov-29-14  MindCtrol9: Tal was like an alien for his opponents where the unknown is yet, a kind of mystery.I review games from the most famous chess players, but Tal games are the ones I enjoy more.I get inspired every time I see those unpredictable moves.
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  Mating Net: Black plays his Knight to d4 with the idea of blocking out the Bishop's line to the pawn on b2. However, try as he might, any capture of the pawn by the King would have resulted in some devastating discovered attacks.
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  thegoodanarchist: Bobotsov plays the Bobotsov variation. And it ends badly...
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  Gypsy: ...

I also saw how Tal defeated Milko Bobocov. The day before, after Tal finished his main-event game, he played speed chess, one game after another with Nikola Padevsky, all of those games were with Black pieces, so that he could play over and over the same variation, which made everybody -- and Tal most of all -- giggle, because it was a variation where Black -- that is Tal -- always at the same place sacrificed his queen for two light pieces, just so, as if for not apparent reason at all, just so that there was some good entertainment. Of those speed games, Tal won some, lost some -- of course, he was a good chunk of queen behind -- and everyone around was taking it as such a clever jest, a form of handicapping self. Tal clearly wanted to amuse himself, and thus he 'sacrificed' his queen game after game. There was much mirth about it all around, even a swim guard was watching the circus, and a Bulgarian woman player, a beauty in tiny bikinis, with which Tal played speed chess the day before under the unusual rule that gave him a win only when the game was a draw.

Among the many spectators that laughed merrily about those funny games between Tal and Padevsky was also Bobocov. He too had a great time watching it all. The next day came the time for their 'serious game' Bobocov-Tal which was a part of the match USSR-Bulgaria. The opening was a King Indian and it was played in a lightning speed; it was clear how eager was Bobocov to find out what had Tal prepared instead of that funny queen sac. And, right away, the position on the board was the one from yesterday speed games; and, right away, Bobocov played that Nd5 and spectators gasped: Tal, without a flinch, grabbed the knight and sacrificed his queen, just the same as in all those crazy speed games of the day before. Even Bobocov did not quite believe his eyes. He gave a bit embarrassed side-way smile and took the queen. The rest of the game lasted only a few moves -- and Bobocov did not get to play much.

Jiri Vesely, <White-and-Black Memories>

Jan-30-17  ColeTrane: Great pun/game.
Sep-19-17  Magnus Kasparov: Definitely one of Tal's greatest games.
Nov-04-17  Ironmanth: Fantastic, vintage Tal! Thanks for this one.
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  Sularus: There are two types of sacrifices... :)
Nov-04-17  rune ohlsson: Well, well!
After 14. Qe1 cxd4 15. Nf4 Ne3 16 h4! We have a totally different game, with good chances for White.
Nov-04-17  ColeTrane: so a full year hasn't even passed before reusing the pun smh
Nov-04-17  orbisignis89: them tactics
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  Honza Cervenka: Milko called Tal's bluff and was spanked.
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  kevin86: It was milko who cried after this one. Black's attack wins out in the end.
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