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Mikhail Tal vs Fridrik Olafsson
Las Palmas (1975), 11, Apr-05
Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto (B06)  ·  0-1

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May-19-04  Kefka: 25. ..Qd6 26. Rxa7 Qb6 (loses the rook or gets mated) 26. Rc7 Qa3 (loses the queen or gets mated)
May-19-04  Kefka: If 26.Rc7 Qxa5
May-19-04  mikejaqua: kevin86 thanks for that. I just did not see the Knight taking back at d2 for whatever reason. Probably the same reason that I lose so many games. :)
May-19-04  ruylopez900: <artemis> Yes, I realized this after being shown the move, quite interesting. Has anyone disproved my idea of Rfd8 to win the Knight (although not as good as the text move, I do believe it works.)
May-19-04  AntonioSonoQui: <kevin86> Thanks for the correction, <Lawrence> thanks for the warm welcome... I usually visit this site and look at the puzzles but just decided today to participate -- fun stuff!
May-19-04  cjhasbrouck: I immediately recognized that the Queen could be threatened for an easy checkmate, but failed to find the incredibly simple Qg5.

Embarassed =(

May-19-04  JeffM70: <ruylopez900> In regards to your Rfd8 sugestion, f3 seems to blunt your attack.
May-19-04  ruylopez900: <JeffM70> Good suggestion. Bxf3 gxf3 Qxf3 seems to leave Black with an attack, but he's lost a pawn (so It's not as good as I thought it was :))
May-19-04  Calchexas: Nice puzzle. I immediately saw that White's Queen had to be taken care of, but I spent too long looking for a way to interpose the rook.
May-19-04  misguidedaggression: let's make it 5 new kibitzers!
I found 25...Qg5 but I actually missed 26...Qxe7 :P
I like my line better anyway:
25...Qg5 26.Qb4 Qb5 27.Qc3 Qc5 28.Qd2 Qxc2
Unless I missed something...
May-19-04  misguidedaggression: BTW just saw 29.Qe3 Be2 snags the knight, too.
May-19-04  misguidedaggression: Oops, I see what I missed!
26.Qxb5 Rxe1 27.Qf1 loses the exchange,that line only works against 26.Qc3 i.e. 26...Qc5 27.Qd2 Qxc2 28.Qe3 Be2
In my defense I originally analyzed the line with 26.Bh3 g3 thrown in first, where 27.Qb4 Qb5 28.Qxb5 Rxe1 29.Qf1 Rxf1# But I tried to modify it when I saw 26.Bh3 f3 defends. In the future I'll try to analyze more before I post. Sorry.
May-20-04  Lawrence: <misguidedaggression>, thanks for helping set a new world record. Welcome.
May-20-04  paultopia: duh. :-) I'm an idiot sometimes. and THIS would be why I lose games. "oh, what's wrong with hanging the queen?"
Apr-16-05  sfm: Real fine play by Olafsson. Maybe 20.Rxc7 was the decisive error, but the pinned knigts are not easy to free anyway. Especially I like 23.-,Rf8!, a silent move, saying "Your problems remains!" to White.
Sep-04-07  Peter Johnson Ng: Black Queen on g5, end of the game for white. Sui???
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  Some call me Tim: If 26. Qb4 Qxe7 seems to seal it.
Jul-21-08  RandomVisitor: After 18...Qd6
1: Mikhail Tal - Fridrik Olafsson, Las Palmas 11 1975

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp : <20-ply>

<1. (-0.06): 19.Rcc1> Rad8 20.h3 Be6 21.Nb3 Qe7 22.Re1 Qb4 23.Rxc7 Bd5 24.Nbd2 a5 25.Rb1 Qd6

<2. (-0.09): 19.Rc2> Rad8 20.Re1 a6 21.h3 Be6 22.e5 Qb6 23.Rec1 Re7 24.Rc6 Qb2 25.R6c2 Qb5

3. (-0.20): 19.Rdc1 Bh6 20.Rc6 Qd8 21.R1c2 Bf4 22.h3 Bd7 23.Ra6 Rb8 24.Rxa7 Bb5 25.Qe1 Qf6

Jul-21-08  RandomVisitor: same analysis as above, but <23-ply>

1: Mikhail Tal - Fridrik Olafsson, Las Palmas 11 1975

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp :

1. (-0.07): 19.Rcc1 Qf4 20.g3 Qd6 21.Kg2 Qd7 22.Nb3 Bh3+ 23.Kg1 Qe7 24.Re1 Bg4 25.Qe3 Rac8

2. (-0.09): 19.Rc2 Rad8 20.Re1 a6 21.h3 Be6 22.Qe3 Qd3 23.Qxd3 Rxd3 24.Rxc7 Bxa2 25.e5 a5

3. (-0.29): 19.Rdc1 Bh6 20.R1c2 Bxd2 21.Qxd2 Rxe4 22.Rxc7 Bxf3 23.gxf3 Rd4 24.Qh6 Re8 25.Kg2 Qd8

Dec-08-08  thebribri8: Does everybody have this listed as "A00"? I don't understand.
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  whiteshark: <thebribri8>

[Date "1975.04.05"]
[Round "11"]
[Eco "B06"]

Dec-10-08  thebribri8: Hmm. That's weird. I will give it five seconds of thought. .......... Okay. Now I am going to get on with my life.
Dec-02-10  sevenseaman: Olafsson leaves Tal with a bitter pill to swallow.
Apr-25-13  Everett: < Honza Cervenka: Nice game of Olafsson. By the way, 24...Qg5! was possible too.>

Yes, and even more beautiful for coming a move earlier. The Q engages three pieces: en prise to the Q and N, and attacking the Re7. If either N or Q capture, then back rank mate begins with Rd1+, because both Q and N are needed to interpose on e1. With either capturing on g5, they lose contact with the e1 square.

A fantastic example of back rank mate, decoying and double-attack.

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  diagonal: Video annotation of that fine game at Las Palmas:

Theme: REMOVAL OF THE GUARD (because it involves attacking a defender) that is combined with a DOUBLE ATTACK, quote from <notyetagm>

Tournament: Las Palmas International 1975 (4th edition), young Ljubomir Ljubojevic won a second time; followed by 2.-4. Tal, Mecking, Andersson; then 5.-6. Hort, Olafsson; 7. Petrosian; 8. Tatai; etc.

History: Las Palmas is the capital of Grand Canaria in the Canary Islands which hosted 1971 the Candidates Quarterfinal Match Bent Larsen vs. Wolfgang Uhlmann 5½-3½, the Interzonal Tournament of 1982 (won by Zoltan Ribli), the PCA Candidates Final Match Viswanathan Anand vs. Gata Kamsky 6½-4½ in 1995, and a series of very strong, today called supertournaments which were organised between 1972 and 1996, sometimes parallel with an Open. The last big GM invitation event in 1996, won by Garry Kasparov will surely be remembered as one of the strongest tournaments of all times.

The Las Palmas invitation tournament winner list includes amongst some others Petrosian (twice), Karpov, Kasparov, Korchnoi, Geller (twice), Stein (last international tournament of Leonid Stein who died a few months later in 1973 at age of 38), Vaganian, Tukmakov, Portisch, Sax, Ljubojevic (twice), Topalov, Timman, Miles, Morovic (twice plus several times in the Open, in the GM 1993 above Anand, Khalifman, Jussupow, Adams), and Kamsky (one of his finest hour at a very top tournament, winning in the GM 1994 as clear first, undefeated over runner-up Karpov, followed by Topalov, Lautier, Judit Polgar).

Larsen (and his Scandinavian compatriots Andersson and Olafsson), Panno, Mecking, Hübner, Hort, Bronstein, Beliavsky, Polugaevsky, Ivanchuk, Shirov, as well as the World Champions Tal, Smyslov, Kramnik, and Anand all played - but failed to win at the invitation tournament of Las Palmas! (of course, not necessarily as reigning champ)

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