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Mikhail Tal vs Gennadi Lvovich Zaichik
Tbilisi (1988), Sep-??
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Matanovic Attack (B82)  ·  1-0


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Apr-29-08  KingG: 14.Nd5!? is slightly reminiscent of Tal's famous Nd5 sac against Larsen, Tal vs Larsen, 1965. It's just a shame his opponent didn't try and keep his extra piece, as it would have made for a more interesting game.
Oct-24-17  ghani121: So difficult to find the contunation after B×f6
May-11-19  NBZ: I saw the game continuation up until 29. Qxa8, but did not think it was that clear of a win. The end result is White winning a pawn and disrupting Black's king safety, which is good enough to make me play Bxf6, but not (by itself) good enough to win.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: When did Tal ever *not* sacrifice a Knight on d5 v. the Sicilian? Personally, would have tried to hold onto the extra piece as my best chance of achieving a sort of negative immortality.
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  perfidious: Another POTD featuring two former opponents, even if the great man showing his hand at combinative play was only faced in a fun sesh of blitz, many moons ago.
May-11-19  drollere: i got the first few moves, up to the Q check, but everything after that was amazing. it is delightful to see tal play on cheerfully with his K in peril of a first rank check. the N blocking the Q on c6 gave white the extra tempo, and the sequence of checks starting at 31 was genius. i love tal's games!
May-11-19  groog: Echo that drollere, Tal was an amazing player.
May-11-19  The Kings Domain: Tal puzzles are always fun and a challenge. Good game.
May-11-19  nalinw: Isn't this a little easy for a Saturday? It also helps to see that White is Tal so you KNOW there is an exchange sacrifice somewhere.
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  PawnSac: < groog: Echo that drollere, Tal was an amazing player.

The Kings Domain: Tal puzzles are always fun and a challenge. Good game. >

He was called "The Wizard of Riga" for good reason. He once stated “There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones, and mine.” Even when his moves were not the "best" (after GM and chess engine analysis), he had a way of presenting problems over the board that drove his opponents bonkers.

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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for a bishop and a knight.

Black threatens Bxc3.

The first move that comes to mind is 25.Bxf6:

A) 25... Bxe1 26.Qh5

A.1) 26... h6 27.Qg4

A.1.a) 27... g6 28.Bxg6 fxg6 (28... Kf8 29.Bf5 wins) 29.Qxg6+ Kf8 30.Qxh6+ Ke8 (30... Kf7 31.Qg7+ and 32.Qxc7 wins) 31.Qh8+ Kd7 32.Qxa8 wins decisive material.

A.1.b) 27... Kf8 28.Qxg7+ Ke8 29.Qg8+ Kd7 30.Qxa8 looks good for White. For example, 30... Qxf4 31.Nc5+ Kc7 (31... Kd6 32.Qf8+ Kc7 33.Ne6+ fxe6 34.Bd8+ Nxd8 35.Qxf4 wins) 32.Qb7+ Kd6 33.Be7+ Nxe7 (33... Ke5 34.Qc7+ wins) 34.Qb8+ wins.

A.2) 26... g6 27.Qh6 wins.

A.3) 26... gxf6 27.Qxh7+ Kf8 28.Qh8+ Ke7 29.Qxa8 looks good for White.

B) 25... gxf6 26.Qg4+ Kf8 (26... Kh8 27.Qf5 Kg8 28.Qxh7+ Kf8 29.Qh8#) 27.Re3 looks very good for White.

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  messachess: Very nice from the genius.
May-11-19  Stale.Mate: That Tal guy knew how to play chess!
May-11-19  mel gibson: I saw the first 3 or 4 moves straight away.

Stockfish 10 says:

25. Bxf6

(25. Bxf6
(♗c3xf6 ♗b4xe1 ♕f3-h5 g7xf6 ♕h5xh7+ ♔g8-f8 ♕h7-h8+ ♔f8-e7 ♕h8xa8 ♗e1-b4 ♗d3-b5 ♘c6-d8 ♕a8xd5 ♘d8-e6 f4-f5 ♕c7-c2 ♕d5-d7+ ♔e7-f8 ♕d7-d3 ♕c2xd3 ♗b5xd3 ♘e6-c5 ♘b3xc5 ♗b4xc5 g2-g3 ♔f8-g7 ♗d3-c4 ♗c5-d6 ♔h1-g2 ♗d6-b4 g3-g4 ♗b4-e1 ♔g2-f3 ♗e1-d2 h2-h3 ♗d2-b4 ♔f3-e2 ♗b4-d6 ♔e2-e3 ♗d6-c5+ ♔e3-d3 ♗c5-f8 ♔d3-d4 ♗f8-e7 ♗c4-d5 ♗e7-d6 ♔d4-c4 ♔g7-h6 ♔c4-b5 ♗d6-b4 h3-h4 ♔h6-g7 ♗d5-c4 ♗b4-e1 ♔b5-b6 ♗e1-b4 ♔b6-c6 ♗b4-e1 h4-h5 ♗e1-d2 ♔c6-b5 ♗d2-e1) +1.65/46 97)

score for White +1.65 depth 46

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  Scuvy: Like Marshall, Tal was an excellent (and underestimated) endgame player.
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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 28 dpa done

1. = (0.00): 15...Na7 16.axb4 Bd8 17.c4 Rb8 18.Kh1 Bg4 19.Qg3 Bd7 20.Bc3 Nh5 21.Qf3 Nf6 22.Qg3 Nh5

2. = (0.01): 15...Nb8 16.axb4 Bd8 17.c4 Nbd7 18.Bc3 Nb6 19.Na5 Bg4 20.Qg3 Bd7 21.b3 Rb8 22.Bb1 Re8 23.Rxe8+ Nxe8 24.Re1 Nf6 25.Kh1 Kf8 26.Qf3 Nc8 27.h3 Ne7 28.Kh2 Qb6 29.g4 Kg8 30.g5 Ne8 31.f5 f6 32.h4

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  HeMateMe: why does black give back the piece, early in the game? It seems to lead to an even worse position.

I think world champions excel at everything in chess. Tal was just known most for attacking so that facet of his game got a disproportionate amount of attention.

May-12-19  The Kings Domain: PawnSac: True.
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  Fusilli: <perfidious> you played blitz with Tal? Nice!
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