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Mikhail Tal vs Theodor Ghitescu
"In Soviet Russia, Bishop Takes Pawn" (game of the day Mar-14-2012)
Asztalos Memorial 6th (1963), Miskolc HUN, rd 4, Jul-??
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Smyslov Defense (C93)  ·  1-0


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  Once: It's a double bishop sacrifice - 19. Bxc5 and 35. Bxg6+. It's rare to do that, separated by so many moves.
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  HeMateMe: Its a little bit of everything. Great game.
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  Check It Out: Tal's games are magical.
Mar-14-12  wareopening: <And of course I've missed the profundity the pun, unless it goes beyond chess and has a political overtone.>

<All of Smirnoff's original "In Soviet Russia" jokes made use of formulaic wordplay that carried Orwellian undertones>

What comes between a Political Overtone and an Orwellian Undertone?

Mar-14-12  Qxf7: @ hehateme: In Soviet Russia, the pun recalls you!
Mar-14-12  paavoh: Pun explained - many thanks!
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  Garech: Great game from Tal; even with the best defensive moves white has full compensation for the piece and the monster pawn centre is ominous. For example black can try 20...Kg8:

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where one line line goes 21.f4 Bg7 22.Nxd7 Nxd7 23.d6 Nd6 24.e5 Qh4!?

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and white retains the initiative with 25.Be4! E.g. Rac8 26.Bxc6 Rxc6 27.Qd5 Rb6 (Rec8? e6!) 28.Ne4

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and it's very difficult for black to obtain any active play without giving back the piece and leaving white with a powerful passed pawn. As always, amazing positional judgement from Tal.

I take it the pun is esoteric, but I like it all the same. Cheers,


Mar-14-12  hedgeh0g: In capitalist Britain, bank robs you!
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  Penguincw: Crazy game, where Tal ends up ahead two pawns.
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  kamalakanta: According to some sources, Tal's inspiration for this game came from one of Bronstein's games:

Bronstein vs E Rojahn, 1956

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  kevin86: It's like the joke about the person so smart that he can follow you in a revolving door and come out first.

Tal sacs two bishops and ends a pawn ahead!

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  kevin86: White threatens the bishop and a fork at e6;black will lose EVEN more material.
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  playground player: Why does it always seem like Tal has a reserve of extra pieces that nobody else has?
Mar-14-12  srag: <Sacrificial King> Thank you! I like the jokes a lot.
Mar-14-12  srag: <kamalanta> is right. In "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal" Tal himself states that 19) Bxc5 was Bronstein's idea and quotes the 1956 game against Rojahn.
Mar-14-12  ajile: I ran 2 engine match games from 19..dxc5 with 10 minutes per side and Black won one and drew the other.

Rybka 3 vs Rybka 3

So it appears Black has resources. But over the board in a tournament situation this piece sac gives good practical chances.

In both games Rybka played ..Kg8 followed by ..Bg7 after the sac was accepted.

I tried copying the games to text file but it's a mess of moves mixed in with evals.


1...dxc5 2.Nxe5 Kg8 3.c4 Both last book move 3...Bg7 -0.24/11 17 4.Rad1 0.05/10 17 Qb6 -0.11/13 16 5.Nf3 0.01/13 0 Rad8 -0.13/13 20 6.e5 0.05/14 0 Nh7 -0.11/12 7 7.Bd3 0.08/13 1:19 Nf8 (Rb8) -0.27/14 0 8.Ne4 (a3) 0.00/11 7 8...Bc8 -0.10/13 17 9.Nd6 (Qe3) 0.00/13 0 9...Rxd6 -0.12/14 30 10.exd6 0.00/16 0 Qxd6 -0.12/16 1:13 11.cxb5 -0.11/15 0 axb5 -0.12/16 1:01 12.Bxb5 -0.11/17 0 Rd8 -0.32/15 52 13.Re3 (Bc6) -0.17/16 0 13...Nf5 -0.33/13 12 14.Re2 (Re8) -0.18/15 31 14...Bb7

Mar-14-12  scormus: <sevenseaman: Its rare to see Tal playing with so much patience.>

You've been reading my mind? I was just about to post exactly the same thing ;)

<Garech> Yes, a tremendous game by Tal, beautifully conceived and executed.

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  offramp: At the time of this game Tal was watching The Outer Limits and it affected his mood...
Mar-15-12  lostgalaxy: I think Tal was trying to play like his pal Petrosian.

You know Petrosian played like Tal sometimes.

Mar-15-12  King Death: < lostgalaxy: I think Tal was trying to play like his pal Petrosian. You know Petrosian played like Tal sometimes.>

There's no surprise in this, top grandmasters are skilled in all phases of the game.

Mar-15-12  LoveThatJoker: What a great game from Tal. Phenomenal chess once again.

<lostgalaxy> I agree: Tal and Petrosian would sometimes play like each other.


Aug-11-12  Abdel Irada: <playground player: Why does it always seem like Tal has a reserve of extra pieces that nobody else has?>

Tal had an active account with the Transtemporal Bank of Moscow, and withdrew pieces from the future as needed.

Mar-16-14  Strelets: Very good game, full of tactical-positional subtleties. The only problem is that Miskolc is in Hungary...
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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada: Tal had an active account with the Transtemporal Bank of Moscow....>

We should all be so lucky!

Dec-03-14  MindCtrol9: 40.Qxg7+ Kxg7 41.Ne6+ is an easy win, too.
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