Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

register now - it's free!
Mikhail Tal vs Bent Larsen
"A Bent Pin" (game of the day Apr-28-10)
Tal - Larsen Candidates Semifinal (1965)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Tal Variation (B82)  ·  1-0
To move:
Last move:

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 100 times; par: 58 [what's this?]

Annotations by Iakov Damsky.

explore this opening
find similar games 38 more Tal/Larsen games
sac: 16.Nd5 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can display posts in reverse order, by registering a free account then visiting your preferences page and checking the option "Display newest kibitzes on top."

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with the default chess viewer, please see the Pgn4web Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 11 OF 11 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Apr-04-11  redorc19: truthfully an unsound sac.
May-04-11  kingmundi: aw1988 posted a more complete quote of OMGP II, but I wanted to requote one particular line again. Kasparov OMGP II, p 450, gives several variations saying the knight sacrifice was unsound. There are 3 lines, but the third one is

3) 18. Rde1! (the most menacing) 18...Bd8 19. Qh3 Ne5! (but not 19...Bb6? 20. Bxg6! fxg6 21. Re7) 20. Qh6 Bb6! 21. fxe5 (21. Bxb6? Nxd3+ 22. cxd3 Qxb6 23. h4 Bg4) 21...Bxd4 22. Re4! Bf2! (22...Qa7 23. Rh4 f5 24. exf6 Be3+ 25. Kb1 Rxf6! 26. Re1 Bf5 27. Rxe3 Rf7 28. Re1 Qf2, and in this variation by Burgess Black has the advantage: 29. Rc1 Bxd3 30. cxd3 Qd2 31. Rh3 Re8 32. Qh4 a5) 23. e6 (23. Rf1?! Qa7 24. e6 fxe6 25. dxe6 Bb7 26. Rxb4 Rae8 and wins) 23...fxe6 24. dxe6.

May-04-11  kingmundi: However, I wanted to point out that most computers actually suggest moving the other rook to the open file. 18. Rhe1 Bd8 19. Qh3 Ne5 20. Qh6 Bb6

And one crazy line leading to a draw is...
21. f5 gxf5 22. Bxb6 Ng4 23.
Bd4 Nxh6 24. gxh6 f6 25. Re7 Rf7 26. Re8+ Rf8 27. Re7 Rf7

And another is...
21. f5 gxf5 22. Bxb6 b3 23.
axb3 Ng4 24. Bd4 Nxh6 25. gxh6 f6 26. Re7 Rf7 27. Re8+ Rf8 28. Re7 Rf7

Premium Chessgames Member
  Eduardo Bermudez: I like it like that !!
Oct-02-11  Rook e2: Nd5 is a nice move on the board, but I doubt the '!' in the notation. Fritz' openingsbook gives Nd5 a '?'
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Tal taking advantage of the absolute pin on the ♖ on f8.
Mar-23-12  Jafar219: Nice game.
Premium Chessgames Member
  talisman: <Rook e2> yep, but it him 20 years! <Jafar2129> understated?????
Aug-15-12  Manoloo: CruyffTurn: <sfairat: Not to brag or anything, but even as a much lower rated player I think there is no way Tal would win this game against me.> Sorry, but I'm peeing myself with laughter at this comment. This has to be the most ridiculous thing I've ever read, on any site, ever. Calm CruyffTurn, maybe sfairat is Magnus Carlsen... who knows??
Aug-19-12  Conrad93: It's amazing how accurate Tal was.

Most players could not have made this sacrifice work.

Aug-21-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Tal vs Larsen, 1965.
Your score: 75 (par = 58)


PS. Par is now 59.

Aug-23-13  Conrad93: Bent Larsen was a very strong chess player. One of the best.

If the sacrifice worked against him, it could work against anyone.

Feb-19-14  Reapaaa: 34. Bc5 is there to divert the queen away from g6 in the event of h6 after the check
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Comment on 16. ♘d5 from David Levy's book "Sacrifices in the Sicilian":

"Assessments of the merit of the sacrifice have varied between !? (Nikitin), ! (Shamkovitch) and !! (Chess Review). Three years after the game was played there was still some controversy over what should have been the correct result. Now it appears Tal's idea qualifies for half a point at the very least, but in a variation as complex as this it is necessary to take into consideration the immense practical difficulties facing the defending player."

Premium Chessgames Member
  Mating Net: The assessments on the merits of a sacrifice are made in the calm serenity of a Sunday morning, not when the clock is ticking and the magician from Riga is staring you down. Oh yeah, no take backs and touch move is in effect.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Cheapo by the Dozen: Larsen was a great tactical player himself. I'd can't quickly think of any non-world-champion better qualified to defend the position than he.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Mating Net: <Cheapo by the Dozen><Larsen was a great tactical player himself. I'd can't quickly think of any non-world-champion better qualified to defend the position than he.> Very true, Larsen tends to be under appreciated because he didn't play in a WC match. He fought tenaciously in this game, worthy of a brilliancy.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Cheapo by the Dozen....I'd can't quickly think of any non-world-champion better qualified to defend the position than (Larsen).>

Korchnoi would probably get a vote or three.

Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: Reshevsky.

Keres vs Reshevsky, 1953

Oct-04-14  Conrad93: The nice thing about humans is that the machine would never consider sacrificing material in order to complicate a position. Their focus on perfection is more of a flaw, rather than a gift.
Oct-09-14  N0B0DY: If you’re a competitive person and you commit yourself to something, you have no choice but to endure.
Oct-26-14  SpiritedReposte: Straight out of a fortune cookie with that one lol.
Jun-17-15  poorthylacine: Vonzi, a miracle occured: it's still possible to watch this video!! Unbelievable!! But true!!
Premium Chessgames Member
  LABVL: Now this is an excellent game by Tal!
Oct-03-15  bagramian: Isn't this opening officially called Matanovic Variation of Scheweningen?
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 11)
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 11 OF 11 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. Don't post personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
sicilian defense
from benjobench's tal games by benjobench
TheGadge's favorite games
by TheGadge
Tal= the master of sacrifice
by vikram2791
getting a feel for the openings (B)
by fourier
Knight sacrifice is used to manipulate the position.
from cookiearm's gallery of tactical masterpieces by cookiearm
Sicilian, Scheveningen - brilliant
from Monster Tal by Geronimo
Saipun Besigup
from Caturanga's favorite games by Caturanga
34. Bc5!
from Weakened Back Rank by patzer2
Insane Tal
by Naja
16. N5!!
from Positional Sacrifices by patzer2
Tal's invisible barrier piece sacrifice.
from Fluxcapacitor's favorite games by Fluxcapacitor
Arcus' favorite games
by Arcus
Brilliant 'Tal sacrifice' 16.Nd5!?! in the must win final game.
from Mind games and tactical gems by whatthefat
Tals Amazing ATTACKS!!!
by Zhbugnoimt
interesting games
by Rimrock
Sacrificial Mating Attacks
by samikd
zwischenzug's favorite games
by zwischenzug
by lazintata
Game collection: Tal
by johncross
gm 10 1965 canidates sf
from The Canidates Matches by Poisonpawns
plus 250 more collections (not shown)

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2015, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies