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Mikhail Tal vs Alexander Beliavsky
"Topping It Tal Off" (game of the day Feb-19-2012)
Chess for Armenia (1989), Oslo NOR, rd 1, Jun-07
Sicilian Defense: Classical Variation. General (B56)  ·  1-0


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Sep-01-03  Tigran Petrosian: It is amazing how tal comes up with such strong attacks with moves that look like blunders
Jul-03-08  tenorhighc: Right! such beautiful tactic at 14 Nh4, then 15 Qf3
which I thought was ? blunder with Queen/rook
on same diagonal. Black makes the happy move of 15....Bg4 and then goes for the rook and feels rewarded. But...

Tal gives up rook for fast hop with 17Nf5 forks with Mate threat and bishop slay. After Nxe7+ the damage Tal does with his Knight so deep in Black's belly is awesome!!!

Jul-14-09  WhiteRook48: why did he play d5 at all?
Jun-24-10  darogeta: White simple treath is 27.Be6 fxe6 28 Qg6 ,Kh8 29 Qh6#
Nov-02-10  pom nasayao: This may have been the continuation: 27. . Bd7 28. c4! (providing a checking square for the WBishop, and a brief mating attack as well). The only way Black can prevent this is by capturing the WKnight. Therefore: 28. . Rxe7 29. Qxe7 Qd8 30. d6, the attack will be overwhelming
May-15-11  Rubenchik: wow wow 15.Qf3 Tal !!
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  al wazir: How would Tal have played after 17...Nh5 ?
Feb-19-12  villageboy: On 17. ...Nh5, the sequence 18.Ne7+, Kh8 19.Qd3 should win easily
Feb-19-12  AlphaMale: <Tips for Writing Good Puns


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Feb-19-12  Samagonka: <Tigran> That's what distinguishes a Grand Master from a regular player.
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  Garech: Fantastic game from Tal, and one that shows incredible chess understanding and vision. Even Fritz thought black was better (albeit only for a few moves) after winning the exchange. Not only that, but the subsequent play is virtually forced, so Tal must have calculated this whole line very deep.

Where is Beliavsky's mistake?

It seems that 14...Qc5 may have been slightly inaccurate, with Qc7 (maintaining protection of the Be7, which Tal's tactical eager eyes immediately zoomed in on) being better. But, other than that, it's an almost perfectly played game by both sides. Perhaps Beliavsky should not have risked playing the Sicilian against Tal!


Feb-19-12  erniecohen: <<Garech> Where is Beliavsky's mistake?>

His mistake was taking the exchange. 16...♔h8 =

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  Penguincw: Another classic by Tal.
Feb-19-12  johnkpond: On move 26 if black would have played Qc7 instead of d5 I believe he would have been able to prevent the defeat by taking whites knight and be on top of the game with 2 rooks to whites rook and bishop.
Feb-19-12  sleepyirv: <johnkpond> Still mate 26... Qc7
27. Bxe6 Qxe7 or Rxe7 (fxe6 28.Qg6+)
28. Bf5+ Kg8
29. Rg3 and Black is lost
Feb-19-12  Llawdogg: Wow! Tal was still so strong so late in his career.
Feb-19-12  Mudphudder: I love how Tal's queen so gracefully tiptoes into black's fortress. This game is full of classic Tal-style tactics, yet much more finesse than the typical barbaric Tal.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <johnkpond: On move 26 if black would have played Qc7 instead of d5 I believe he would have been able to prevent the defeat by taking whites knight and be on top of the game with 2 rooks to whites rook and bishop.>

<26. Qc7> would not have held, as these variations show:

26...Qc7 27.Bxe6 Qxe7 (Of course, not 27...fxe6 28.Qg6+ Kh8 29.Qxh6#) 28.Bf5+ Kg8 29.Qxh6 f6 30.Rd3 Rf7 (30...Qg7 31.Rg3 ) 31.Rg3+ Rg7 32.Be6+ .

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  Peligroso Patzer: <sleepyirv>: White's Rook is on d1 in the position where <johnkpond> suggested <26. ... Qc7>, so at move #29, your <29. Rg3(+)> is not possible.

Because the White Queen on f6 is attacked by the Black Queen (which is on e7 after <26. ... Qc7 27. Bxe6 Qxe7 28. Bf5+ Kg8>), White must play <29. Qxh6> (threatening 30. <30. Qh7#>) before <30. Rd3> (preparing 31. Rg3[+]).

Feb-20-12  johnkpond: thanx for detailed explanation Peligroso Patzer
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  kevin86: Another brilliant win by Tal!
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