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Mikhail Tal vs Vasily Smyslov
"Tal Tales" (game of the day Apr-10-05)
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)  ·  Caro-Kann Defense: Breyer Variation (B10)  ·  1-0
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Mikhail Tal vs Vasily Smyslov (1959)

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Sep-29-11
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  sevenseaman: Tal is a bottomless fount of ingenuity, a personification of the game itself.

<Amazing. Fritz 12 has black slightly better after move 13, and takes 5 minutes to find 14.Qh4 as a drawing or better move.>

Thank heavens the analysing machines do not know its <Tal> who is playing. Their lack of concern for identity lends fairness to their output.

Sep-29-11  DrMAL: < FSR: A.J. Goldsby in his site on D. Byrne-Fischer notes that in <The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games> Nunn, Emms and Burgess give the game 13 points out of a possible 15. They only give two games a perfect 15, and three games a 14. Soltis ranks the game No. 28 in his book <The 100 Best Chess Games of The 20th Century, Ranked>. I'm guessing that there aren't any games by 60-year-olds playing in the Barnet League in those books.> LOL. Seems to me number scores are better for wine. That way, drunk on numbers one can start rounding, get a few backwards or forget altogether.
Sep-29-11  andrewjsacks: Smyslov is probably the most underestimated World Champion, and this is one of the ten best games ever played. So there. If Tal had stayed healthy, he would have been World Champion a long time.
Sep-29-11  andrewjsacks: Thank you.

Interesting.

A lot of mysteries in this life....

Dec-31-11  Dymdez: Why doesn't Smyslov check on move 20 by taking rook? That's an even game?
Dec-31-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <Dymdez> Either way, Black emerges down an exchange.
Jun-09-12  vinidivici: dude, whats up with black 15...g6?
Jun-09-12  Octal: <vinidvici>: It seems as though 15 ... g6 16 Bc3 threatens 17 Rxd7 Bxd7 18 Qh6 gxf5 19 Ng5.
Jun-10-12  vinidivici: <octal> wow thats deep.
Dec-14-12  standingtal: It's strange seeing things in the cold light of computer analysis. A dazzling array of attacks is diminished to the simple blunder of 18. Nf6 where things would have remained equal with Bf6, had Smyslov seen the queen sac.
Feb-01-13  itsdroyo: If 15...g6 ,then what?
Feb-01-13
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  Shams: <itsdroyo> Your question was answered just a few posts before you asked it.
Feb-01-13  itsdroyo: Oh goodness, I didn't even see that. Thx.
Aug-02-13
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  Zhbugnoimt: Tal missed 12.Bxf7+! which is almost winning according to Houdini
Aug-02-13  DoctorD: <Zhbugnoimt>: "Tal missed 12.Bxf7+! which is almost winning according to Houdini"

Doesn't look winning to me. Analysis?

Aug-02-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Two players with a total of nearly 2 years World Championshipness between them.
Aug-12-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  lost in space:


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12. Bxf7?!

deep shredder 12, d=23/64

A: +0,05; 12...Rxf7 13. Nxf7 Kxf7 14. Kb1 Qb6 Qf4 Kg8 16. Rhe1

12. Bxf7 is just = with less chances to continue the attack. Not the best in this position and not enough for Magic Mika

Aug-12-13
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  lost in space:


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Position after move 13 Nf5, Black to move. He played 13...Bd8.

What is wrong with 13...Bc5 14. Qf4 bxc4 15. Bc3 Re8. Looks pretty much =


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for example 16. Rxd7 Bxd7 17. Nh6 Kf8 18. Bxf6 Re6 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 20. Qxf7 Kh8


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Aug-12-13
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  lost in space: Most probably there is nothing wrong, it is just not Smyslov's style.
Aug-20-13
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  Zhbugnoimt: Houdini analysis is 1,000,000 times better than deep shredders. Number one. Number 2, instead of 14.Kb1 14.Rhe1! And I've seen some good lines though I'm not sure whether they're right. More details soon
Oct-21-13  bkpov: if you are against a solid player like Smyslov, go for unprecedented move- you open up so many unchartered possibilities that they get rattled.
Mar-11-14
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  keypusher: <gars: <FSR> and <perfidious>: I quote from page fifteen of Levy's book: "In my opinion, however, the game, attractive though it is, can in no way be held in such high exaltation. It was merely the fact that the combination was created by a thirteen-old boy that brought the game so much publicity. Had it been played in the Barnet League between two sixty-year-old men it is doubtful whether it would have been considered worthy of publication".>

If that game was played by two sixty-year-olds in the Barnet League nowadays, the winner would get strip-searched. Well, actually, people would just wonder why the geezers were replaying D. Byrne-Fischer, but you get the idea.

Jul-02-14
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  parisattack: Open lines and superior development in the opening - the recipe for a Tal combination.
Jul-31-14  Penguincw: Analysis for this game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-0S....
Jul-31-14
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  Mating Net: I love the picture! Both champs are dressed like gentlemen and have an intense look on their faces.

19 White to move is such a typical Tal position. His Queen is hanging, Knight is hanging, his King is about to get checked, but he has everything under control.

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