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Mikhail Tal vs Udo Tarve
"O, Grave! Where Is Thy Victory?" (game of the day Apr-30-2016)
Riga (1965), Riga LAT, rd 3, Mar-??
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0


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Feb-21-07  popski: My friend like to play this variation as black and I always wondering where to put my ♕ after 7...♕f6!? Fischer decided to put it back on 8.♕d1, Tal as we can see here on 8.♕a3, Nezhmetdinov on 8.♕c7, but surprisingly is taking on 8.♕xf6 good, at least by statistics...

So, what do you guys think about white 8th move?

Apr-13-16  Bruce Graham: This game is dying for a pun. Grave Error, Digging his own...
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  perfidious: From <Elegy Written In A Country Church-Yard>:

The paths of glory lead but to the Grave.

Apr-30-16  RookFile: Strange defense. After 7....Qf6 white gets the advantage after almost any queen move.
Apr-30-16  AlicesKnight: <popski> Levy and Keene vote against 8.Qxf6 (gives Black easy equality) and go for Qd1, suggesting that the line taken here (Black going for the White KP) is advantage to White - but it's an old book.....
Apr-30-16  Bruce Graham: Risen from the Grave! He got his day of fame.
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  offramp: Tal was superb as White against the Sicilian. So was Karpov! They show the two ways that one can play against that enigmatic defence!

Advice for beginners: never play the Closed Sicilian or the Bb5+ Sicilian. You might think you are side-stepping theory but you are really just stunting your development.

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  Honza Cervenka: 10...Qxc2?? loses after 11.Nd5.

23...Bb7 was a mistake. Instead of that 23...d4 with idea 24.g4 Ne3 25.f5+ Kd5 26.f6 gxf6 (26...Kxc5!? is playable too) 27.gxf6 Nxd1 28.f7 Be6 29.Rxa8 Bxf7 30.Bxd4 exd4 31.Kxd1 a5 leads to roughly equal ending of R+4P vs B+N+3P.

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  thegoodanarchist: < Bruce Graham: This game is dying for a pun.>

I like that one :)

Apr-30-16  sneaky pete: Sorry folks, but Hilary Thomas (Complete Games of Mikhail Tal 1960-66) has the unpunnable <Tauve> as the name of the second player.

The game is from round 3 of the 1965 Latvian Championship. Another player there was Grant. Maybe Grave is a mix of his name with Tauve.

Apr-30-16  Bruce Graham: <sneaky pete> So Tauve not Grave? This is a killer of puns and fun.
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  kevin86: now white is trying to push a second pawn down...and will.
Apr-30-16  RookFile: Even after 8. Qxf6 (which I wouldn't play), white still has a big plus in games played in this database.
Apr-30-16  RookFile: 1 Corinthians 15, from the venerable King James version:

"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Apr-30-16  The Kings Domain: The magician weaves another spell. Tal's boldness and imagination is dazzling and inspiring.
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  morfishine: Grave got buried
Apr-30-16  tjipa: <sneaky pete> Sorry, but the Latvian chess magazine Sahs, issue 1965/9, on p.4 has the crosstable of this tournament, and there is, indeed, P. Grave who finished last. There is also R. Grants, finished 11th, but no Tauve. Btw, Grave does not mean anything in Latvian.
Apr-30-16  Bruce Graham: <tjipa> That's a relief. There could have been grave consequences.
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  eternaloptimist: <RookFile> Amen!
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  Domdaniel: O grave, where is thy victory?
O Sting, where is thy death?
May-01-16  tjipa: PĒTERIS GRAVE (1921.- 2003.) - ārsts un šahists. No 1960. gada strādājis Strenču Psihoneiroloģiskajā slimnīcā. Ilgus gadus Pēteris Grave bija viens no Valkas puses un lauku sporta biedrības "Vārpa" spēcīgākajiem šahistiem. Strenčos notiek Pētera Graves piemiņai veltīti šaha turnīri - Translation: Doctor and chessplayer. Since 1960, he worked at Strenci Psychoneurological hospital. For many years, Grave was among the strongest chessplayers of Valka region and rural sports society Varpa. In Strenci town, Grave memorial chess tournaments are regularly held.
May-02-16  The Kings Domain: tjipa: Thanks. Before the info you shared he seemed like some ominous, mysterious figure from the distant past.
May-02-16  Pulo y Gata: In fact, Grave is some ominous, mysterious figure from the distant future.
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