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|Aug-25-11|| ||APatzer: exciting finish !|
|Aug-25-11|| ||sevenseaman: To me the Q sac looked somewhat blunt till I grasped the whole picture. A stunning insight even for the incomparable Tal! Not a resource in sight.|
|Aug-25-11|| ||whiteshark: Sejer on the other Side|
|Aug-25-11|| ||BiteByBits: the key is that white's pieces are threatening mate and black's pieces are all uncoordinated and doesnt do much|
|Aug-25-11|| ||al wazir: 23...Bxf3 would have spoiled the whole combination, but Holm obligingly played 23...Qh6 instead.|
|Aug-25-11|| ||Elrathia Kingi: I saw this same combination earlier this morning in Victor Henkin's "1000 Checkmate Combinations." Nice to see the lead up moves!|
|Aug-25-11|| ||Elrathia Kingi: <al wazir: 23...Bxf3 would have spoiled the whole combination, but Holm obligingly played 23...Qh6 instead.>
23...Bxf3 24.Nxf4 Bxe2 25.Nxg6 hxg6 26.Bxf8, so white wins the exchange and disrupts black's pawns, which should be an easily won endgame.|
|Aug-25-11|| ||sfm: 'Sejer' is a scandinavian word meaning 'victory'. While not quite a Tal, he was a feared attacking player in Scandinavia, with a taste for complications. |
S Holm vs Larsen, 1960
He was Danish champion in '65 and "Nordic" (=Scandinavian) in '75
In this game he tastes his own medicine. 26.Qe8!!, what a lovely move. It is extremely rare that a player not in check can not escape a backrank mate at any cost, but that is the case here.
|Aug-25-11|| ||coolchess1: Hats off to the great Tal! Only the great man could do magical stuff like this...What a player! Tal's games gives you so much joy to replay...|
|Aug-25-11|| ||Sem: Not a ghost of an initiative for Black, he just trots behind his master.|
|Aug-25-11|| ||twin phoenix: A lovely game! Tal at his best. took me 4 minutes to even understand the queen sac which was one of the prettiest i've seen.|
|Aug-25-11|| ||howlwolf: al wazir, 23 Bxf3 Nxf4 24 Bxe2 Nxg6+ followed by Rxe2 would havee left Tal with a definite advantage where he should be able to win, just not brilliantly as in the game.|
|Aug-25-11|| ||jussu: This must be the weirdest unpreventable mate in one ever :D|
|Aug-25-11|| ||kevin86: How about this one? A back rank mate by discovered check!!|
|Aug-25-11|| ||DrMAL: French with Nf3 is typically focused on early K-side attack and in this unusual variation 11.b3 was consistent with that. But with 13.c4?! the obvious (only) move for equality was 13...Nf4 black's passive 13...Nce7 gave white a clear advantage. 15...Bc7 was better than 15...Bb8 and, while 17...Ng6 attempts to keep a defending piece near the king, 17...Nc6 was probably better with more active placement (preventing 18.c6!).|
18...bxc6?! was poor, getting the badly placed bishop on b8 active via 18...Bf4 to counterattack was best. Tal's 20.Bd4! was strong but 21...Qf4? (instead of simply 21...Qxc6) was a losing blunder. 22.Bxf8 also easily wins. After 25...Bxc1? the finish was pretty indeed.
|Aug-25-11|| ||castledweller: I just gonna guess - but I think that Tal started thinking about a back rank mate around move # 19, when he forced Black's queen away for guarding the e8 square. his moves after that seem to center around eliminating that rook!|
|Aug-25-11|| ||FSR: <jussu: This must be the weirdest unpreventable mate in one ever :D>|
Indeed very strange, although it's actually mate in three since Black will be able to throw away his bishop with Be8 and his knight with Nf8 after White checks.
< kevin86: How about this one? A back rank mate by discovered check!!>
Yes, it's bizarre how Black has no way to prevent it, since his knight and queen are blocking his h and g pawns. He can't even throw his queen away with something like ...Qxh2+ followed by ...h6, since White has moved the pawn to h3.
|Aug-25-11|| ||TheTamale: Just unbelievable. It took me a while to convince myself that mate is unavoidable. It's fairly obvious, really, but still I couldn't believe it.|
|Aug-25-11|| ||maxi: What a way of fighting for the initiative! I am speechless (thank goodness not writeless). I see now why some people call him Tal the Magician. What imagination!!!|
|Aug-25-11|| ||sozinattack: Most beautiful thing I saw today including some women.|
|Aug-25-11|| ||Lil Swine: the magician from riga|
|Aug-26-11|| ||lost in space: Very nice and especially a' la Tal|
|Nov-28-11|| ||OhioChessFan: <cd: I just gonna guess - but I think that Tal started thinking about a back rank mate around move # 19, when he forced Black's queen away for guarding the e8 square.>|
I agree. I think Tal was happy to see 20...Bg4 instead of the obvious Bd7.
|Aug-16-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:
Tal vs S Holm Petersen, 1970.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF TAL.
Your score: 53 (par = 47)
PS. Par is now 48.
|Apr-21-17|| ||clement41: Wow! I have never seen before such a back rank weakness combination.
It is concrete chess: made possible because black's h6 and g6 pieces prevent from making any luft there. Tal had to check carefully that after ...Rxe8?? white indeed has a forced mate, else he's dead. So, a double-edged, from a practical standpoint|
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