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Mikhail Tal vs Robert Huebner
Montreal (1979), Montreal CAN, rd 13, Apr-28
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0


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Apr-16-06  JBF: Nice combo from the gratest ever and flawless week, but why my game strength does not follow the same path? :-)
Apr-16-06  goldenbear: In my opinion, 15.Ng4 had to be tried. Its looks like the only way to play e5 or f5.
Apr-16-06  goldenbear: It turns out there is only one game in the database where the active continuation 15.Ng4 is played. Ironically, it is none other than Petrosian himself (as Black) against Geller! It really must be the only way!:)
Apr-16-06  jmelton: I saw the combo based on the pin right away, but it took me a while to see how to win material with it. I'd probably have found this over the board more easily than in a puzzle, because naturally I expected that White would be winning more material than he did. But White achieved a dominant enough position that it wasn't long before he won more material.

15...Ng4 shows up in 5 games in the database, with 2 wins for White and 1 for Black.

Apr-16-06  Parriotblue: It's difficult to agree whith 17...c5. Black gives White the opportunity for oppening the d file and get the c file oppened with the Queen in front of the King. With 19.Rh4 Tal gives Black a huge problem: keep the Queen in front of the King or the King in the same diagonal of the Queen. In the first case, Rc4 wins. In the second, which was choosed, Bf4 made the work. It was better play 17...Bd6
Apr-16-06  PizzatheHut: Tough puzzle to spot.
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  kevin86: Happy Easter,everyone!! I enjoyed the cartoons of the bunny and the egg-thanks,cg.

Tal may be the best at sacrificial combination play. Today,an unsupported pin was the ticket.

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  Sneaky: That Easter Bunny should go seek professional help for it's crack addiction ;-)
Apr-16-06  Jim Bartle: Taking away his egg would be a good start.
Apr-16-06  jperr75108: A nice puzzle today! Thanks to tal the magician.
Apr-16-06  Nomen Nescio: Not as decisive as I'd dreamed.
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  khense: I heard that Tal was shouting out these moves while he was playing tennis.
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  Richard Taylor: I found the first three moves but I thought that Tal should have played 23 N:f7 which I think is a quicker win than what he played.
Apr-17-06  EmperorAtahualpa: A true gem of a puzzle, finally winning the g-pawn. Excellent stuff, but way above me still!
Apr-18-06  Gantastic: <United33: according to my anylisis and Fritz9, this puzzle have 2 answer with the same result (u will get 1 pawn). 20.Bf4 or 20.Rc4>

Good to know that at least Rc4 is still winning. Vindication!

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  patzer2: Tal's 20. Bf4! is an excellent illustration of using a tactic (in this case a pin) to gain a decisive positional advantage. Huebner plays well enough to break the pin, but it costs him a precious pawn and allows Tal to slowly increase his advantage until Black has no counterplay.
Jan-26-08  talisman: <23 Nf7> 23 Nxf7? 23...e5. B takes,Q takes,25.B takes d6 Q takes a2. Huebner might have been hoping for Nf7.tal and the caro-kann...always interesting.
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  vonKrolock: <17...c6-c5> This game is a very persuasive argument against this treatment...

<19...♔b8>?! Even so, the <Foguelman Treatment> 19...♖d5!? etc should yet be discussed, cf. Geller vs Foguelman, 1965

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  whiteshark: Position after <19.Rh4>

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[Event "BEL-ch"]
[Site "Westerlo"]
[Date "2004.07.08"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Dgebuadze, Alexandre"]
[Black "Claesen, Pieter"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B19"]
[WhiteElo "2552"]
[BlackElo "2392"]

<1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bf4 Qa5+ 12. Bd2 Qc7 13. O-O-O Ngf6 14. Ne4 O-O-O 15. g3 Nxe4 16. Qxe4 Nf6 17. Qe2 c5 18. dxc5 Bxc5 19. Rh4> Qb6 20. Ne5 Rd4 21. Nc4 Qa6 22. Rxd4 Bxd4 23. Ba5 Bxf2 24. Qxf2 Qxc4 25. Qxa7 Qa6 26. Qc5+ Qc6 27. Qd4 b5 28. Qa7 Qb7 29. Qc5+ Kb8 30. Bc3 Ng4 31. Be5+ Nxe5 32. Qxe5+ Ka8 33. Qxg7 Rc8 34. Qxh6 Qa7 35. a3 Qc5 36. Qd2 Qxh5 37. Qg2+ Kb8 38. Rd6 Qc5 39. Rd3 Rg8 40. Kb1 f5 41. Rd7 Qb6 42. Qh1 Rc8 43. Qe1 Qc6 44. Rd2 Kb7 45. b3 Rc7 46. Qe5 Rd7 47. Re2 Rd6 48. Kb2 Kb6 49. Qf4 Kb7 50. g4 fxg4 51. Qxg4 Qd7 52. Re5 Ka6 53. Re4 Kb7 54. a4 bxa4 55. Rxa4 Rb6 56. Rd4 Qc7 57. Qe4+ Kb8 58. Ra4 Qg7+ 59. Ka2 Qb7 60. Qe5+ Kc8 61. Rc4+ Kd7 62. Qg7+ Ke8 63. Rc7 1-0

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  vonKrolock: <19...♕b6> The <Verstraten-Treatment>
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  whiteshark: <vonKrolock> Do you have a <Treatment>-name for each reasonable move in this position? <19...Qe7> came from my engine department. :D
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  vonKrolock: <whiteshark> Maybe we would agree that <19...♔b8> is a <?!> move, and could be improved
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  whiteshark: <vonKrolock> Yes, we can! :D
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  perfidious: One way for Huebner to commit seppuku was pointed out by commentators: had he tried 23....e5 to break the pin, this would have been met by the decisive rejoinder 24.Bxe5 Re6 25.Bxc7 Rxe2 26.Nb6+, a tactical fine point which justifies Tal's splendid conception.
Nov-26-16  Grbasowski: Wonderful!
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