|Apr-29-04|| ||AdrianP: Tal plays the Smith-Morra Gambit
20. Qxc5! if ...Nxc5?? then 21. Nxf6+ and 22.Rd8+ forces mate.
|Apr-29-04|| ||panigma: yep, I got burned by it not too long ago...it hurts when that knight check comes because you realize how simple the gambit is, and yet how long your opponent has been setting you up.|
I feel used........
|Sep-28-04|| ||aw1988: Play the sicilian vs Tal? Good lord. |
|Oct-20-04|| ||notyetagm: Wow, what a great move <20 xc5!!>, vintage Tal. The <weakness of the backrank> (the Black Bc8 blocks his first rank) is the point of the combination. The reason why Black cannot take the queen is the following principal variation:|
20 Qxc5!! Nxc5 (Black can't block a backrank check on f8)
21 Nxf6+ gxf6 (Black has no support to block on e8)
22 Rd8+ Re8
This beautiful mating combination is why Black bailed out with 20 ... xd5.
|Jul-24-06|| ||notyetagm: Here Tal shows you that for a blocking square that is controlled N times by the enemy, <N+1 friendly pieces controlling that blocking square is the same as loose>, i.e., minimally defended.|
|Nov-11-06|| ||HoopDreams: wow..i cant belive tal didnt play 11. Bxe5! dxe5 12. Bb5+! .... omigod omigod... but i guess his opp was a noob anyway...|
|Mar-28-07|| ||chessamateur: Black was lost when he sat down to play, but 1...c5 just made it worse.|
|Apr-24-07|| ||Magician of Riga: I don't understand the logic behind "what a fool that guy was for playing such and such opening against god himself" what would you expect the guy to do? Should he play an opening that he didn't know as well because he was so busy soiling himself with fear that he should have resigned before making his first move anyways? That attitude is rather self defeating|
|Apr-25-07|| ||chessamateur: <Magician of Riga> I agree with you. However don't take everything said around here too literally. Somethings are said just in jest.|
|May-20-07|| ||Paladin88doug: You guys that make Tal out to be a demi god, I understand he was very strong, but you still need to try your best. If the guy plays 1.c5 normally, then he was simply in his own book lines. However, we should be proud of any time we get a chance to play someone with such understanding! I would love to lose to Tal!|
|Nov-18-07|| ||sweeviltree: What a fool to play this way against Tal!!
These poor guy's egg cracks open when his manly sausage of courage dries up. Look, it dries up when he retreats the knight. Then his mistake of 15...e5 was the sound of his egg of victory cracking open. Look, 15...e5 renders him totally passive and he can do nothing but wait for the end. What good are his other moves here? Maybe 15...Nc5 this may lose a piece, yet he can survive and still fight on.
So why do I think he was a fool? Look, if you play sicilian against Tal, then it means you will have to counter. So this guy was a not smart to accept the second pawn. He was also not developing well. Look, his queen was not safe on c7, so why move there just to move her again? He thinks "Let me give Tal two moves, and try to defend against his kingside attack." Not such a good strategy. He hands Tal the initiative with the first tempo, and his head with the second.
I agree that he was not a fool to play the sicilian against Tal, I say that he was a fool for not countering when he had the chance. And look, if you think a check is an adequate counter, then think again. What a foolish check he plays, 18...Bc5+. That takes the cake of stupidity and shoves it up his nose hair.
|Dec-16-08|| ||blacksburg: ummmm...ok.....manly sausage of courage? rly?|
|Mar-06-09|| ||BKITU: My next "Rock Band" name is going to be "Manly Sausage of Courage."|
|Jul-22-09|| ||newzild: I once needed courage to eat a sausage in Manly, but that's another story.|
|Jul-15-10|| ||transpo: After 6.Bc4, correct is 6...a6 because of tactics on f7. The White N
cannot go to b5 because of the pawn on
on a6. Also Black should never move ...Nf6, as in this game, prior to ...a6 because of e5 by White. Once again the Black pawn on a6 prevents the standard tactical shots by White.
|Jul-15-10|| ||The Famous Chess Cat: <HoopDreams:wow..i cant belive tal didnt play 11. Bxe5! dxe5 12. Bb5+! .... omigod omigod... but i guess his opp was a noob anyway...>|
Doesn't that move just lose material for minimal dynamic compensation? I mean, Black can quickly castle kingside. And, axb5,Qxb5+, and Bd7 to block the check, Tal must move his Queen out of danger or sacrifice more material. Am I missing something?
|Nov-08-11|| ||LucrativePath: "The Famous Chess Cat: <HoopDreams:'wow..i cant belive tal didnt play 11. Bxe5! dxe5 12. Bb5+! .... omigod omigod... but i guess his opp was a noob anyway...>'|
Doesn't that move just lose material for minimal dynamic compensation? I mean, Black can quickly castle kingside. And, axb5,Qxb5+, and Bd7 to block the check, Tal must move his Queen out of danger or sacrifice more material. Am I missing something?"
One possible idea of 12) Bb5+
11) Bxe5 dxe5
12) Bb5+ axb5
13) Nxb5 Qb8?
14) Rc1 ...
Now White can attack with Nc7+ forking the King and Rook also preventing Black from castling Kingside. Black has no defense at this position.
12) Bb5+ is just another loaded weapon White can unleash upon Black.
However, the correct response from Black would be ...
11) Bxe5 dxe5
12) Bb5+ Nd7
White cannot advance his Knight to b5 due to his Bishop. Nd7 allows Black time to castle King side.