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Freysteinn Thorbergsson vs Mikhail Tal
"More Tal Kombat" (game of the day Aug-02-2017)
Reykjavik (1964), Reykjavik ISL, rd 10, Jan-28
King's Indian Defense: Four Pawns Attack. Normal Attack (E77)  ·  0-1
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Aug-13-04  who: 37.Bxg6 WHY?!
Aug-13-04  gollum70: Threat is 37.-Bg4+ 38.Ke4 f5 mate.

If 37.Bg3 Qe3 mate.

If 37.Bc1 Qg4+ 38.Kf2 Qg2+ 39.Ke1 Qg3+ 40.Ke2 Bg4+ 41.Kd2 Qe3 mate.

If 37.Bh6 g5!

Looks like a composition !

Aug-13-04  ughaibu: Hilarious game, great stuff.
Aug-17-04  who: <gollum70> all of your lines are convincing. Still 37.Bh6 g5 38.Bxh7+ Kh8 39.Bf8 and all the pieces get out (and if 39.Bxg5, white still gets two pawns for one piece not one pawn for 2) is better than what happened.
Aug-17-04
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  tpstar: 1) 37. Bh6 Qg4+ 38. Kf2 Qh4+ & 39 ... Qxh6 is simplest, however Black also has 37. Bh6 f5! renewing the mate threat and now 38. Kf4? Qe3#, or 38. Qf2? Qg4#, or 38. Qe2? Bg4+, or 38. Qd2 Qg4+ 39. Kf2 Qg2+ 40. Ke1 Qg1+ 41. Ke2 Bg4#. White's best is probably 38. Bxf5 Bxf5 similar to the game.

2) 37. Bc1 is decisively answered by 37 ... Bg4+ 38. Ke4 f5+ 39. Kf4 g5+! 40. Kxg5 Bd1+ winning the Queen. Note 37. Bc1 Qg4+ 38. Kf2 Qg2+ 39. Ke1 Qg3+!? 40. Qf2 avoids mate, then 40 ... Qxd3 41. b3 with slim swindling chances.

Jun-09-09  ToTheDeath: Awesome speculative attack by Tal.
Aug-04-09
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  whiteshark: Frank Boyd annotated the game:

<12...Ra7!>,
<18...Bd4!>,
<20...Ng5!>,
<25...Re3!>,
<27...Nf4!>,
<35...Bh3!>.

Nov-29-14  SpiritedReposte: Tal's pieces just dance around the white king.
Nov-29-14
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  morfishine: The exchange sac combined with the swarming Knights reminds me of this Nez gem: Y Kotkov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1963

Diabolical attacks

*****

Nov-29-14  sakredkow: Pawn sac, rook lift, a couple of exchange sacs, final piece sac, go home with another win. This game is so easy.
Aug-02-17  thegoldenband: OK, that pun got a chuckle out of me. Well done.
Aug-02-17
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  ChessHigherCat: I like the pun, too, although it's not very "game-specific".

I've never figured out how to play "guess the move" but I'm sure I'd get a negative 90% on this one. How does he ever see all that stuff?

Aug-02-17
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Actually, never enough Tal kombat.
Aug-02-17
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  takchess: nice pun agreed never enough Tal Kombat.
Aug-02-17
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  playground player: The promo for Guess the Move used to say, "Can you play like Tal?" Could anyone say "yes"?
Aug-02-17
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  AylerKupp: I could say "Yes" to "Can you play like Tal's opponents?"
Aug-02-17  tamc1977: This is so 'nimzovichian' (if that's a word).
Aug-02-17
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  ChessHigherCat: I can play exactly like Tal: I grasp the pieces between my thumb and index finger using the same patented technique, but unfortunately they don't seem to end up in the same places on the board.
Aug-02-17
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  catlover: <ChessHigherCat><How does he ever see all that stuff?>

I wonder that frequently when I'm going over one of Tal's games.

Aug-02-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <catlover> He's one of the few chessplayers who's ever made me interested in reading his biography (along with Steinitz and Morphy), because he seems to have a sort of "parallel logic" that would give him a good sense of humor and make him a generally interesting person instead of your average wood-pusher (not to mention the fact that my grandmother came from Riga, too).

Does anybody happen to know of a good Tal biography (not limited to his actual games/technique) that's available as an e-book?

Aug-02-17  jrsanpedro: Hello!ChessHigherCat.The Life and Games of Mikhail Tahl, written by Tahl.
Aug-02-17
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  ChessHigherCat: < jrsanpedro: Hello!ChessHigherCat.The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal, written by Tal.>

Thanks a lot, I just bought it on your recommendation, but I'm always a little skeptical of auto-lie-ographies, all the more so in this case since great chessplayers are generally great liars, too.

Would anybody recommend "The World Champions I Knew" by Genna Sosonko? https://www.amazon.com/World-Champi...

Aug-02-17
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  catlover: <ChessHigherCat> I have not read "The World Champions I Knew" but I have read Tal's autobiography that <jrsanpedro> recommended.

When you've read "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal" let us know what you think of it (maybe on Tal's page here at Chessgames.com).

Aug-03-17  RandomVisitor: After 22...Rxe7 white has 23.f5! and an even game:


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Stockfish_17072711_x64_modern: <11 hours computer time>

<0.00/59 23.f5 g5 24.Ne1 Qe8> 25.Bd2 Nf6 26.Nf3 Ng4 27.Re1 Rxe1+ 28.Nxe1 f6 29.Nf3 Nhf2 30.b3 Qh5 31.h4 Nxd3 32.Qxd3 Ne5 33.Nxe5 dxe5 34.hxg5 Qh3+ 35.Kg1 Qg4 36.gxf6 Bxf5 37.Qf1 Qxg3+ 38.Qg2 Qxg2+ 39.Kxg2 Kf7 40.Kf3 Kxf6 41.c5 Bg6 42.c6 Bf7 43.Ke4 Bg6+ 44.Kf3

Aug-03-17  RandomVisitor: After 11...a6 why not sacrifice a pawn for a better game?


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Stockfish_17072711_x64_modern: <20 minutes computer time>

<+0.21/44 12.Nc3 Nxc3 13.bxc3 Bxc3> 14.Rb1 Bg7 15.h3 Bf5 16.Bd3 Bxd3 17.Qxd3 Nd7 18.Qc2 Qe7 19.Re1 Qd8 20.Bd2 Re8 21.Qa4 Nf6 22.Ba5 Rxe1+ 23.Rxe1 Qf8 24.Kh2 Re8 25.Rxe8 Qxe8 26.Qxe8+ Nxe8 27.g4 Kf8 28.Kg3 Ke7 29.Kf2 Bb2 30.Ke3 Bc1+ 31.Bd2 Bxd2+ 32.Nxd2 h6 33.a4 f5 34.gxf5 gxf5 35.Nf1 Kf6 36.Kf2 a5 37.Ne3 Kg6 38.Kf3 Nf6 39.h4

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