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|Aug-09-05|| ||GreatGrecosGhost: <Gregor Samsa Mendel>|
After 26...Rg8 27. Rxd6! and black is forced to give up material to stop white's attack
If 27...Rb7 28 Rdxf6! Rxf7 29. Rxf7 and black now has serious problems. If the light square bishop moves just about anywhere here, black runs into 29. Bxg7 Rxg7 (only move) 30. Rf8 forking the king and queen.
29...Be6 leads to 30. Rxg7 Rxg7 31. Qf6 where the queen is forced to abandon the defense of the bishop to aid the rook, 32. Bxg7 Qxg7 33. Qxe6 and white is in a won endgame 2 pawns up with a queenside and king side majority.
27...Be6 28. Rxg7! Rxg7 29. Qf6 is a similar variation except it ends up as a queen and rook ending rather than just a queen ending.
27...Qe8 28. Bxg7+ Rxg7 29. Rxg7 Kxg7 30. Qxf6+ Kg8 31. Qg5+ Kh8 32. Qxg4 and we're in the same won endgame as the Be6 variation.
27...Bh5!? Qxh5 Rb7 29. Bxg7+ Rxg7 30. Rfxf6 leaves black two pawns down with all the pawn structure pitfalls but keeps all the major pieces on the table which might complicate it enough to drag the game on the longest, but it's still a lost endgame.
|Aug-09-05|| ||Gregor Samsa Mendel: <GGG> Thank you for resolving a long-standing question.|
|Aug-09-05|| ||GreatGrecosGhost: Black's best defense was probably 26...Qe6 27. Bxg7+ Kg8 28. Rxf6 Bxd1 29. Rxe6 Rxe6 30. Bf6 leaves white up a queen and a pawn for two rooks. White has the initative.|
If 28. Bxf6 Qxf7 29. Qxg4+ Qg6 Qxg6+ hxg6 31. Rxd6. The variation is almost entirely forced and leave white with 2 pawns for the exchange and the advantage because of his superior pawn structure.
White retains an advantage in these variations but they are not forced mates and do offer material equality and a good deal of counterplay.
|Aug-09-05|| ||Averageguy: <Gregor Samsa Mendel> I think that there's been a bit of misunderstanding. When <Chess Addict> said that black shouldm't have taken the bait, I assumed that he meant the offer of the knight at 24.Nf6. In that case, white's knight attacks the Re8 and joins in the attack with the Qg3 on the Bg4. In that position, it is a fork, so black must take the knight. <Chess Addict> might have meant a different point of the combination, in which case I apologise for all the confusion and misunderstanding.|
|Aug-09-05|| ||Andrew Chapman: <Marvol:I also don't see the point of playing (17)...c5, giving the vital square d5 to white> to prevent 18.c5 which would have opened up the files for white's rooks.|
|Aug-09-05|| ||John Doe: After white's 24th move, if black does not take the knight, but rather opts to nab the rook, White gains a mating attack with Qh4. I think|
|Aug-09-05|| ||Whitehat1963: God how I wish Tal could have played Morphy in a few 24-game matches. Who knows, chess might even be a little less drawish today.|
|Aug-09-05|| ||woodenbishop: One of Tal's very best games ever! His simplistic and immediate sight of the board is truly amazing. GREAT GAME!|
|Aug-10-05|| ||feripe: I have 2 questions about this game...
1) If Black played 8 ... d6 and 9 ... Bd7, why taking the Knight with the pawn? and why donīt play Rb8 earlier if b is open?
2) Why play 12 ... f6? this move doesnīt close the way to the kingīs side and locks the bishop?
|Aug-10-05|| ||Averageguy: <feripe> <I have 2 questions about this game...
1) If Black played 8 ... d6 and 9 ... Bd7, why taking the Knight with the pawn? and why donīt play Rb8 earlier if b is open? 2) Why play 12 ... f6? this move doesnīt close the way to the kingīs side and locks the bishop?>
I am no expert but I think I can answer your questions: 1)If white plays Nd4xc6 in a more or less open sicilian, black usually responds with bcc6, as this opens the b-file and strengthens his centre. 2)I believe black played f6 because white's Qg3 was pressuring g7, thus making developement of the Kings Bishop impossible. By playing f6, black hopes to play Kf7, to guard the g7 pawn, so then the bishop can develop at e7. Once that is done, black can play KR-f/e8, and drop his king back to g8. A good plan, but there wasn't enough time to implement it fully.|
|Aug-10-05|| ||Marvol: So basically, 9...Bd7 is a mistake and black should've played 9...Be7 to be able to castle should white play Qg4 (as in the game).|
Is that correct?
|Aug-10-05|| ||Averageguy: <Marvol> I think so. However, that is just my humble opinion.|
|Aug-10-05|| ||feripe: I saw that f6 intends to create a free square to the king to protect g7, but playing g6 and then Be7 or Bg7 (I think the first is better) he would keep the possibility of castling, develop his bishop faster and keep a way open to the kings side.
And I agree that 9 ... Be7 is a lot better.|
|Aug-10-05|| ||Parisien: at the end of the game ,(24) Tal is like a snake intering in a bird bed...fascinating !|
|Aug-15-05|| ||patzer2: Tal's 24. Nf6! is a fascinating demolition of pawn structure sacrifice, giving White good practical winning chances.|
However, it may not be the best or most solid move in the position. Fritz 8's recommendation of 24. Rfd1!, dominating the open file, seems to give White a win with far fewer complications. A move-by-move analysis with Fritz 8 goes:
24. Rdf1! Bh5 (24... h6 25. h3 Be6 26.
Bxh6 Bxf7 27. Bxg7+ Bxg7 28. Rxf7 Bh6 29. Qg6 Be3+ 30. Nxe3 Rg8 31. Qh7#) 25. Bh6 Qg4 26. Qxg4 Bxg4 27. Nc7 Rec8 28. Nxa6 Ra8 29. Nc7 Rab8 30. Be3 Be2 31. R1f2 Bh5 32. Rd7 Bg4 33. Rxf8+ Rxf8 34. Rxd6 (+2.22 @ 14 depth). White has sacrificed the exchange for an avalance of passed Queenside pawns.
Tal's sacrifice at first glance looks overwhelming. However, after 26...Qe6!? Black can put up a fight with drawing chances, as the following move-by-move look with Fritz 8 indicates:
26... Qe6!? 27. Bxg7+ Kg8 28. Rxf6 Bxd1 29. Rxe6 Rxe6 30. Bf6 Kf7 31.
Bd8 Kg8 32. Kf2 Bc2 33. Ke3 Bb1 34. Bc7 Rbe8 35. Qg4+ Rg6 36. Qd1 Bxa2 37. Qc2 Re7 38. Ba5 Reg7 39. Qxa2 Rxg2 40. Qa4 h6 41. Be1 Rb2 42. Bd2 Rg2 43. Qe8+ Kg7 44. Qe7+ Kg8 45. Qe6+ Kg7 46. Qd7+ Kg8 47. Bc3 Rxb3 48. Qe6+ Kg7 49. Qd7+ Kg8
50. Kd3 Rxh2 51. Qf5 = (0.00@ 13 depth). White has a forced draw in the final position here, but not more.
|Mar-05-06|| ||patzer2: Tal's 27. Bxg7+!! is the solution to number 1155 in Informant's 1980 "Encyclopedia of Chess Middle Games," and is classified there as an example of a decoy combination (spelled in this multi-language tome as "dicoying"). |
Note that the actual decoy in the combination is the follow-up 28. Bh8!, forcing the Black King to capture either the Bishop for mate-in-one or the Rook for mate-in-two.
P.S. At http://www.angelfire.com/games5/che... the definition of the term is "Decoy: A sacrifice with the purpose of luring an enemy piece to a particular square."
|Apr-26-06|| ||chancho: This game is mentioned in David LeMoir's book, "How To Become A Deadly Chess Tactician, Chapter 3 The New Romantics."|
|Jul-05-06|| ||russian bunny: wonderful game!
very logical, simple and beautiful from the first till the last move.
Tal is a true genius!
|Jul-05-06|| ||RookFile: I preferred black's game out of the opening, but Tal then outplayed the guy.|
|Jul-05-06|| ||russian bunny: Actually black made several inaccuracies in the opening.|
As a result Tal got the better development, control of the center, and a clear plan of attack. He also disrupted Black's development and weakened his kingside.
Black's inactive bishop pair is clearly no compensation.
IMO 8. - Qc7 is a better way for black to equalize.
|Jul-05-06|| ||RookFile: Ok, but you forgot to mention black's central pawn majority. 17... c5 was terrible on black's part, almost anything else would have been better. I think I like 16....Rb7, in view of what happenned, having a rook with control of that rank is useful - also, if black plays ....Qc7, the queen is on a protected square (which could be useful in some tactical variations vis a vis the queen on g3).|
|Jul-05-06|| ||russian bunny: This pawn formation usually arises in the Sicilian Paulsen variation. In particular in positions where White played 6. g3 and later played Nxc6. |
Though it gives black a firm control of the center, it's considered as a weakness, in any case where white can put his pawns on e4+c4, atack on the D file, and eventually threat c4-c5.
Maybe 17. - c5 wasn't the best move, but even after 17. - Rb7 18. c5 dxc5 white simply has to double his rooks on the d file, and black is strategically lost!
Black's whole set-up starting from his eight move was wrong, because it's too passive. Especially against Tal.
|Jul-05-06|| ||RookFile: I was saying 16.... Rb7, not 17...Rb7. White doesn't have c4 in yet. One factor is, by this move order, maybe the h8 rook doesn't go to e8 - you move the queen first and it goes to d8 instead.|
Maybe something like 16...Rb7 17. c4 Qb8 18. c5 dxc5 19. Nxc5 Bxc5 20. Bxc5 Rd8
|Jul-05-06|| ||RookFile: Thanks for pointing out c4 and c5. That effectively neutralizes black's pawns.|
|Jul-05-06|| ||russian bunny: OK, your suggestion may save black from losing material immediately, but strategically it changes nothing. |
In your variation white continues: 21. Rd6 Be8(forced) 22. Qd3! black is lost.
The Control of the d file and the active position of his pieces, secures white the win if he plays c4-c5.
But as you can see c6-c5, doesn't solve anything either.
Therefore, i return to my initial argument: Black made several mistakes in the opening, which allowed white to obtain very quickly a won position.
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