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|Mar-12-04|| ||chessfected: Brilliany play by Unzicker - Tal outplayed by a raging attack such as he has inflicted on others numerous times. but then, he did get into a terrible tangle in the opening after 16.e5! |
|Mar-12-04|| ||drukenknight: nice finish; wasnt this during a period when Tal was really strong? |
|Mar-12-04|| ||chessfected: Not as strong as he was in the 60's I think... |
|May-06-06|| ||think13: Tal just got Tal'ed!
White's play looked exactly like Tal's sacrificial style.
|May-06-06|| ||notsodeepthought: 29 Q:h6 was a really nice touch, which I missed, figuring white would exchange queens and then play B:a8. But that would have only led to an endgame with a pawn advantage.|
|May-06-06|| ||chessmoron: I got it. A nice win for Unzicker against the king of sacrifice, the great Mikhail Tal.|
|May-06-06|| ||SlashZ: Too difficult to me... I will continue with mondays puzzles ;P|
|May-06-06|| ||Jatayu: really, really brilliant. A good Tuesday puzzle might start after move 31.|
|May-06-06|| ||al wazir: <CG>: are you sure that Tal had the black pieces, not the white? Black is in big trouble, and I bet there were multiple ways for white to win.|
For example, my move: 24. Bxg5. If 24...Bxg5 then 25. Nxg5 Qxg5 26. Qxg5 hxg5 27. Bxc6+ Ke7 28. Bxa8; white has + vs. .
|May-06-06|| ||EXIDE: Very nice. I considered the first two moves but could not see the follow up moves. Why 31. ..Qc7 ? White is up 3 pawns anyway so Tal may not have looked closely enough.|
|May-06-06|| ||pwrstick: I really enjoyed 32. Qxe5+. That was the icing.|
|May-06-06|| ||Mendrys: Wow, very nice. Didn't come close. I thought about 24. Rxf7 Rxf7 25. Qxg6...figured the knight was going to f6 and got lost from there. The bishop on g2 seems to be the hidden resourse. At least to patzers like me. I saw the fork but couldn't see how to really utilize it. Certainly not while working on my 8th beer....|
|May-06-06|| ||Mendrys: Yeah, Qxe5+ was pretty. This would almost be a monday puzzle if white was not already ahead. Of course looking at the puzzle position we can see why white has such a nice combination. White's bishops enjoy fine diagonals while blacks are stuck behind their own pawns. Black does have a centralized king but the white knight is really more effective, ready to strike the king d6. The position of the rooks speak for themselves. The position is really ripe for a sacrifice if you could call it that.|
|May-06-06|| ||percyblakeney: My solution began with Nxg5 and ended with disappointment.|
|May-06-06|| ||numbersguy70: Doesn't 27...Bd7 give Black a bit more of a fighting chance. I have it reducing fast to a double bishop endgame with White up a pawn. At least the massacre of the kingside pawns can be avoided.|
|May-06-06|| ||dzechiel: My very first thought was 24 Rxf7 followedc by Qxg6. I saw that black would be forced to play 25...Qg7, but didn't see how to follow it up, so gave up on that line.|
Then I looked a an initial knight check on f6 or d6 opening up the long diagonal for the capture on c6 by the bishop and then picking up the rook, but I couldn't get that to work to my satisfaction.
After about 10 minutes I finally decided to see how the game ended. Turns out I should have put my two ideas together! I'll try to do better tomorrow.
|May-06-06|| ||Mateo: <numbersguy70: Doesn't 27...Bd7 give Black a bit more of a fighting chance. I have it reducing fast to a double bishop endgame with White up a pawn. At least the massacre of the kingside pawns can be avoided.> Then 28. Qe6 Kd8 (28... Kf8 29. Qd6, White wins; 28... Be7 29. Qd7, White wins) 29. Rf7 (stronger than the simplest 29. Qd6) Be6 30. Bb6 Kc8 31. Bb7 Kb8 32. Rg7, White wins.|
|May-06-06|| ||Summum Malum: hehe.. I only got the rook-move.. Must be the hangovers.. oh my god the hangovers..|
|May-06-06|| ||RandomVisitor: 24.Rd1 Bb7 25.Bd4 is a nice continuation that could lead somewhere. 24.c3 threatens 25.Bd4.|
|May-06-06|| ||Eggman: If you think that 32.Qxe5+ was pretty check out the reminiscent finish of Short vs Vaganian, 1989, which does not arrise as the result of a blunder as here.|
|May-06-06|| ||patzer2: Unzicker's brilliant 24. Rxf7!! is a decoy, which sets a pin (24...Rxf7 25. Qg6) to deflect the Black Queen away from the action (25...Qg2) in order to spring a clearance sacrifice (26. Nd6+!) and prepare a double attack (26...Bxd6 27. Bxc6+) that on the surface appears to win only a pawn.|
However, after 27...Ke7 28. Rxf7 Qxf7 Unzicker springs the surprise in-between-move (a.k.a. Zwischenzug or intermezzo) 29. Qxh6! Now if Tal tries to save his Rook with 29...Rb8?? (diagram below),
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[After 29...Rb8??, White to mate-in-two (30. ?)]
he falls victim to an obvious two-move mate.
So Tal had to leave his Rook en prise (exposed to capture), enabling Unzicker to win a third decisive pawn after 29...Be5 30. Qxg5+ Kd6 31. Bxa8 . Tal made it even easier for Unzicker with 31...Qc7 (31...Qf6 puts up a bit more resistance but still loses), allowing the immediately decisive skewer combination 32. Qxe5+! Kxe5 33. Bf4+ .
This combination involves so many tactics (decoy, pin, deflection, clearance, double attack, in-between-move, mating threat, skewer) that I decided to put it into my combined operations collection.
P.S. My solution was the simpler clearance pseudo-sacrifice 24. Nxg5! Fritz 8 analyzes this win as follows:
24. Nxg5! Bd7 (24... Bxg5 25. Bxg5 Qxg5 26. Qxg5 hxg5 27. Bxc6+ ) 25. Be4! (an essential quiet move in this combination) 25...Bxg5 (25... Rg7 26. Rxf7 Rxf7 27. Qxg6 ) 26. Bxg6 Qxe3 27. Bxh7 (+1.94 @ 15 depth).
|May-06-06|| ||patzer2: <al wazir> I also looked at 24. Bxg5! as an interesting possibility. Black is winning per Fritz 8 after 24. Bxg5! Bd7! 25. h4! 0-0-0 26. Rd1 Qa5 27. g4! (+1.56 @ 14 depth). However, the play is complicated and finding winning moves like the odd looking 27. g4! (diagram below) would be difficult over the board.|
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[White (27. ?) to move and win after 24. Bxg5! Bd7! 25. h4! 0-0-0 26. Rd1 Qa5]
|May-06-06|| ||outplayer: Marvellous play by Unzicker crushing the attack King and perfect comments by <patzer2>. 29...Rb8?? 30.Bg5+ Qf6 31.Qf6#|
|May-06-06|| ||TrueBlue: I almost got it. Only thing I missed was I expecting black to play 27.. Kf8, which might be a little stronger move, but still loosing few pawns.|
|May-06-06|| ||TrueBlue: and 31 .. Qc7 not the best more :)|
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