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Mikhail Tal vs Eduard Gufeld
"Gori Violence" (game of the day May-13-2014)
Gori (1968), Gori GEO, rd 3, Nov-??
Pirc Defense: Byrne Variation (B07)  ·  1-0
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Aug-29-07  zev22407: After the 22 move ,the position remind us Morphy's famouse "Opera game"
Apr-20-11
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  wordfunph: typical Tal 20.Nxb5!
May-13-14
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  morfishine: Tal's horse maneuvers left White saddled with a hopeless position
May-13-14  kereru: Clinical performance by Tal, Gufeld never had a chance after that dubious 12...h4?!

20.Nxb5! isn't just "typical Tal", it is absolutely correct and leads to the forced win of two pawns (as Tal no doubt saw).

May-13-14
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  Domdaniel: Gufeld deserves some kudos for his imaginative play, even though he ends up giving Tal excellent chances. In games like this, it takes two to tango.
May-13-14
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  offramp: What's the frequency Eddie?
May-13-14
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  kevin86: Instead of sacrifice Tal ,we see endgame Tal and that was great too! Lucky black's pawn wasn't two squares further forward, then black would win:


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black wins by a3!

May-13-14
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  ChemMac: <kevin86> Not with the Black King where it is, In your position, ...a3 is answered by Na4 a2; Nc5+ and then Nb3 and Na1. Black can capture the N on a1, but he is a move too late because the White K stalemated him.
May-13-14  celtrusco: Black's gori gori song.
May-13-14  SirChrislov: Here Gufeld's doom was perhaps his insistence on harassing the bishop with 11...h5(?), I understand his desire of the bishop-pair advantage and he gets it but at too high a cost. So ...h4 was most probably inaccurate (but he was sometimes a hard-headed man. I knew him briefly.) And I don't like 8...Ng4 to begin with. I would've chosen to bring out the queen side or even Castle instead of Ng4. I feel like ...Ng4 "robs black of his own goods".
May-13-14  Bishoprick: Why 41. Nc6? Why not d8 (Q) and on the take, then Nc6? Just looks a lot simpler.
May-14-14  kereru: @Bishoprick only difference is d8=Q gives black more choices where to place his king before Nxb4.

I went over this game with an engine and concluded that Tal's play was faultless.

May-14-14
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  kevin86: it's funny, I left the king as they were in the actual position. <Chem Mac> is right, white can check and stop the pawn.
May-15-14  Bishoprick: Thanks, kereru.
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