Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Mikhail Tal vs Florin Gheorghiu
Riga Interzonal (1979), Riga URS, rd 13, Sep-23
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations. Anti-Qxd4 Move Order Accepted (B50)  ·  1-0


explore this opening
find similar games 6 more Tal/Gheorghiu games
sac: 11.Nd4 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can learn a lot about this site (and chess in general) by reading the Chessgames Help Page. If you need help with premium features, please see the Premium Membership Help Page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-11-03  Alchemist: A triumph for the minor peices in the endgame. Sharp and fascinating sideline to the sicilian. I wonder if it's any good?
Jan-29-06  whatthefat: Joe Gallagher in "The Magic of Mikhail Tal" annotates the opening thus:


What is the point of this move? Why doesn't Black just play 3...cxd4 and get on with whatever variation he is intending to play? Why allow White the additional option of 4.dxc5? Well, the move order with 3...Nf6 is designed to avoid the variation 3...cxd4 4.Qxd4 (the variation 3...cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3 is also ruled out). Black's point is that after 3...Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Qxd4 White has 'prematurely' blocked his c-pawn. This doesn't matter after 5...Nc6 6.Bb5, which just transposes to the main line of Qxd4, but is more relevant after 5...Bd7 or 5...a6 as against these moves White normally aims for a Maroczy Bind set-up. This, of course, involves an early c2-c4.

But why is Black even bothering to rule out a variation which is supposed to be harmless anyway? Well, the Romanian Grandmaster is a pretty nervous character at the best of times and I suspect that his choice was influenced by the following game, one of only two occasions where Tal played 4.Qxd4.

[The game Tal vs R Byrne, 1976 is given]


In fact, most White players just play 4.Nc3 here but Tal decides to 'exploit' Gheorghiu's move order.


After the defeat suffered by Black in this game, 4...Qa5+ became more popular...

Apr-08-07  Grega: Is this variation (funny 3d move) playable and adaptable to the tournament play or is it useful only at blitz?

Have anyone tried this hypermodern variation anh what conclusions did he draw?

What do youguys suggest for improvement in the opening, because Gherghiu is already worser after 20 moves?

Apr-08-07  Grega: Man, there's a breathtaking sequel: I A Nataf vs M Vachier Lagrave, 2006
Apr-08-07  larsenfan: < Grega: Is this variation >

Grandmaster Suba has used this move order regularly for many yearse, so at least he thinks it is not just for blitz, take a look to his games if you feel like

Nov-03-10  sevenseaman: Tal makes his opponent work even for a scrap.
Jun-25-11  Al2009: Why 11. Nd4?
White doesn't need to sac the exchange.
After 11. Rd2! it seems that White is winning and Black is almost helpless against White's attack, and its huge development advantage. For instance:
a)11...Nb4 12. Bb5+
b) 11...Bg6 12. Bb5 b1) 12...Nxb5 13. Nxb5 (13...Qxd5 14.Nc7+ Rd8 15. Rxd5+ Kc8 16. Nxa8 ) b2) 12...Qb6 13. Re1! ( 13...e6 14. Bxd6 Rd8 15. Rxe6+! ) b3)12...Rc8 13. Rhd1

It seems that Tal could have won much before 64 moves....

Jun-25-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @Al2009

Tal annotated this game in Informator 28/407. He awarded 11. Nd4 an exclam and thought 11. Bb5 interesting

He gave 16. Bb5 Re7 17. Rd1 as better than 16. Bc4

Jun-25-11  Al2009: @SimonWebbsTiger

I got the Informator 28 and Tal's analysis.
However Tal did not analyse at all 11.Rd2! as I suggested, he just analysed 11.Kxc2??, and 11.Bb5 and (of course) 11.Nd4 as he played in the game.

But 11. Rd2! seems the best move

Premium Chessgames Member
  sfm: I love 58.Kg6!! For Tal's razor-sharp calculation a one-single-tempo win is no problem. From the comments I conclude that 10.-,Bxc2 in fact loses, fastest to 11.Rd2 Fine game, tough defense by Black, who "almost" made it.
Jun-25-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @Al2009

ah, great stuff.

I popped the silicon on (Fritz 12) and she liked 11. Rd2 too. She also suggested 12...Qb6 13. Ne5 Ba4 as a better defence than Tal's note with 13...Bh5. I'm sure a complete computer assisted analysis can discover more.

Mind you, that said, one has just got to love Tal -- he would play moves like 11. Nd4 and 13. Nxe7.

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Riga izt 1979 Rd.13
from Mikhail Tal, Interzonal Tournament, Latvia 1979 by wanabe2000
Interzonals 1979: Riga
by capybara
Mikhail Tal - Underrated Endgame Artist
by Benzol
The Magician, supplemental
by Yopo
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations. Anti-Qxd4 Move Order
from MKD's Sicilian Defense White by Patca63
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations. Anti-Qxd4 Move Order
from MKD's Sicilian Defense White Compiled by MKD by fredthebear
my favourite endgames
by obrit
hartkoka's favorite games (good attack n calcula
by hartkoka
16. An Interesting Opening And A Long Ending
from The Magic Of Mikhail Tal by Benzol
by whiteshark
Riga Interzonal 1979
by Tabanus
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations. Anti-Qxd4 Move Order
from MKD's Sicilian Defense White by MKD
50 games better than that other Tal game.
by CheckMateEndsTheGame
Mikhail Tal's Best Games
by KingG
50 games better than that other Tal game.
by JoseTigranTalFischer
52 games better than that other Tal game.
by ughaibu
50 games better than that other Tal game.
by Retarf

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC