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Mikhail Tal vs Fridrik Olafsson
4th Ruy Lopez Memorial (1975), Las Palmas ESP, rd 11, Apr-??
Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto (B06)  ·  0-1
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Sep-14-17
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  morfishine: Nice deflection of the overloaded piece

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Sep-14-17
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  malt: Looking at the puzzle, I had left out the e4 pawn, 25...Be6 was to block off the e7 rook and play 26...Qa4 deflection but 26.Re2 spoilt it

<25...Qg5 26.e5 Bf3 27.g3 Q:e7>

Sep-14-17
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  malt: <ChessHigherCat> I had missed 26.Re5 Q:e5!
Sep-14-17
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  takchess: Duh...It is blacks move.....
Sep-14-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <malt: <ChessHigherCat> I had missed 26.Re5 Q:e5!>

No big deal, that's the type of move that would only be played by a blitz hustler keeping his fingers crossed anyway :-)

Sep-14-17
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  perfidious: <fake1900player: Easy one today. Too easy for a Thursday it seems.>

Oh, for a player of your surpassing genius, this hardly qualified as an exercise worth getting out of bed for.

Sep-14-17  leRevenant: I concur with <diagonalley> remarkably easy for a Thursday, if I got it, which I did.
Sep-14-17
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  Nosnibor: 27..Rxd2 would have prolonged the game After 28 Rxe8+ Kg7, 29 Nxd2 Bd1 30 Rb2 Qd7 Black is still in the game.
Sep-14-17  leRevenant: PS. Not TOO easy CG, you have to give us GENUINE patzers encouragement from time to time. Thanks.
Sep-14-17  Walter Glattke: malt: 26.e5 Qxe7 not really saving.
Sep-14-17  rajaonn: Tal is Tal. he is not coached/inspired with g3/Nf3 and such rubber openings. he is a Lion going for the kill. At times , a lion may be killed by buffalo or elephant, still the Magestic King of Chess
Sep-14-17
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  kevin86: I, immediately saw this one. The queen-rook fork works because the white queen is tied to the defense of the knight at e1
Sep-14-17
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  Fusilli: <perfidious: ... Oh, for a player of your surpassing genius, this hardly qualified as an exercise worth getting out of bed for.>

<perfidios> has little patience for b.s. Sometimes he speaks for those of us who are a bit too polite.

This is one of those puzzles that become easy only when someone tells you "black to play and win" and you start looking. Of course, that doesn't happen in real life play, and most of us posting here would probably miss it if (as is the case in a puzzle) this elegant shot just happened to be available without us having worked to create it.

Sep-14-17
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Sep-14-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <Fusilli:
This is one of those puzzles that become easy only when someone tells you "black to play and win" and you start looking. Of course, that doesn't happen in real life play, and most of us posting here would probably miss it if (as is the case in a puzzle) this elegant shot just happened to be available without us having worked to create it.>

I'm just the opposite: I'm always seeing miraculous combinations that aren't really there!

Sep-14-17  BOSTER: What about Qf6 and Qa1?
Sep-14-17
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  keypusher: After this game a few years earlier you'd think the guy playing White here would know he's got to watch his back rank.

F Olafsson vs Tal, 1971

Sep-14-17  widjaja70: So in this game, Olafsson beat Tal in Tal's own style !
Sep-14-17  JohnBoy: Sorry to be the contrarian, but I found yesterday's king walk straightforward. Today's baffled me - I spent several min trying to make either ...Bf3 or ...Rxe1 w ...Rd8 work. It was clear that the white Q is overworked. When I saw ...Qg5 it was trivial, but I had to get there.
Sep-14-17
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  keypusher: <BOSTER> 25...Qf6 seems like it works, eg 26.Rxa7 Qa1 27.Kf1 Rb8 threatening ...Rxe1+ and ...Rb1, or 26.Rc7 Qb6 (another deflection) 27.Qc3 Qxc7 (another).

But 25....Qg5 is a lot cleaner.

Sep-14-17
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  ajk68: The puzzle succumbs to logic. Black threatens a back rank mate. The queen defends. The queen needs to be deflected. First thought is to put the black queen on the 5th rank as those are the only dark squares requiring the white queen to move. But white can respond by moving the queen to b4 or c3. So something more is needed. Combining the idea of the deflection sacrifice with an attack on the e7 rook overloads the queen while forcing the queen to move.
Sep-14-17
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  ajk68: I should have mentioned, that if the rook is interposed between the queens on the 5th rank, the white queen is still overloaded in defense; black can take the rook with impunity.
Sep-14-17  BOSTER: Thanks <keypusher>.Agree.
Sep-14-17
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  morfishine: I agree that <Fusilli> is correct in his comments, without question

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Sep-21-17
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  perfidious: <chc>, lmao--I think we have all been there--I <know> I have!

As far as <Fusilli>'s remarks go, he is surely right that it is far easier to see this sort of stuff when it is a puzzle, rather than actually sitting at the board with the clock mercilessly ticking at one's side.

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