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Mikhail Tal vs Anthony Miles
"I Can See for Miles" (game of the day Feb-15-13)
Porz GER (1982)  ·  Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Modern Variation Kasparov Attack (B17)  ·  1-0
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Jun-19-08  mezzieh: Well, let's have a look on it again. Hmm... OK, I see some alternatives for Black:

1) 12...a6!? this prepares a pawn sacrifice (13...b5) to deflect White c4 pawn for controlling d5. If this square is going to fall into Black's hands (with ...Nd5 later) Miles will stand quite well, despite minimal material disadvantage. For White, there is no point at exchanging on b5 as both Black Rook and Bishop will spring to life.

2) 12...Nf8. My previous suggestion. It may be followed by 13...Ng6 14...Bf8 15...Qe7 and ...e5 later. Double-edged plan, but if Black can centralize all his forces before going for ...e5, he might at least equalize at the process.

3) 12...b5!? right away. Looks bizarre, but at least it fights for a control over d5. Also, the open lines on Q-side can be used by his Rooks and his Queen gets possibility of jump on a5.

4) 12...Qc8 with not bad idea of redeploying the Bishop to c7 via d8 and later placing King's Rook on d8. It may also boost ...c5 advance if it's going to be played.

Any comments on these? I figured it out myself, so some plans may be rubbish, but I believe at least two of them are tempting.

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  whiteshark: I would have expected <17.Nh5!! > from Tal.

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  perfidious: This is a Tal attack in the style of his early career.

Here's another vote for GOTD/POTD.

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  parisattack: Flashy game! Quick and efficient development can be a wondrous thing...
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  FSR: Not to be confused with <I can c4 Miles>, Igor Ivanov vs Miles, 1982 or <I Can c4 Miles>, Plaskett vs Miles, 1986.
Feb-15-13  PaulLovric: beautiful
Feb-15-13  crazyim5: Greatest Chess Artist our world has ever seen! Tal is such a beautiful mind!
Feb-15-13  sevenseaman: Like a Shakespearean play reaching its dramatic conclusion in a theatre; what a pleasure, to read such a game!
Feb-15-13  morfishine: <FSR> Yes, the pun '<I can c4 Miles>' is applicable since these are related to chess.

But today, the pun is weak if not downright lame since there's no relation to chess, unless I'm missing something.

Nice song by the 'Who' though

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  RookFile: Black plays the queen to b6 and the bishop to b7. Do they do anything? Yes - they help Tal get excited about the kingside attack.
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  Travis Bickle: What a brilliant genius Tal was!!
Feb-15-13  Balmo: Terrible pun. Poor Miles. One of the first great English GMs and his legacy is to be author of a load of games all named variations of "I can c4 Miles" "I can see for Miles", "Miles ahead".

In other news great game. Well played Misha Tal.

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  Abdel Irada: White's 6. Ng3 is a bit passive, so one would expect Black to be able to equalize fairly quickly thereafter.

I play only *against* the Caro-Kann, so am not a specialist, but in such positions I've encountered more difficulty with 7. ...Qc7 than with 7. ...Be7. In this case, after barring the counterpunch ...Nd5 with 10. c4, White was able to develop his bishop on f4, putting unaccustomed pressure on Black's queenside, which in turn probably led to Miles' positional concessions. None of this would have been possible had Black taken the more flexible alternative on move 7.

Again, however, I am not a specialist....

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  Castleinthesky: Tal makes Miles look almost as bad as myself! Although Miles fully redeemed himself in this classic Karpov vs Miles, 1980
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  Jimfromprovidence: I loved the quiet 20 Qf3.

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It prevents 20...Bxd7?, as that leads to 21 Be3, below, attacking and winning the queen, because of the additional threat Qxf7+.

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  kevin86: After all of the simplification,white is left a piece and two pawns least.
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  FSR: <morfishine: <FSR> Yes, the pun '<I can c4 Miles>' is applicable since these are related to chess.

But today, the pun is weak if not downright lame since there's no relation to chess, unless I'm missing something.>

I didn't understand it at first, either. I think the idea is that Tal can see miles ahead in analysis, thus making him understand moves like 17.b4!! that are incomprehensible to us mortals.

Feb-15-13  schnarre: ...Love the day's pun!

...I was a bit puzzled by Black playing 13...bxc5 (I keep thinking there's a better move for Black than that).

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  FSR: <Abdel Irada: White's 6. Ng3 is a bit passive, so one would expect Black to be able to equalize fairly quickly thereafter.

I play only *against* the Caro-Kann, so am not a specialist, but in such positions I've encountered more difficulty with 7. ...Qc7 than with 7. ...Be7.>

I would adhere to the McDonald's maxim "you deserve a break today" and play 7...c5. Opening Explorer (Recall what happened to poor Akobian, who never played ...c5. The World vs Akobian, 2012)

Feb-15-13  RandomVisitor: Black might try something like 10...Qc7 11.Ne5 Bd6 12.Bf4 Bb7 and better dampen the attacking chances.
Feb-15-13  morfishine: <FSR> I actually understood 17.b4, but sadly, I'm still a mere mortal...
Feb-15-13  LastDaysofSaloFlohr: 7...Bd6 seems better. 7...Be7 is quite passive. And I play the Caro-Kann. Miles took a few liberties here and got crushed by Tal. I don't find these games especially instructive - one side plays badly, the other punishes it. (This isn't a criticism of Tal by any means, by the way. He was a genius.)
Feb-15-13  Moszkowski012273: Actually 17.b4 was not the correct move for the position, Qc2 or Nh5 are much preferred. To hold on Miles should of played pxp instead of the losing Bc1.
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  David2009: Tal vs Miles, 1982: Here's the position at move 15:

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(Tal vs Miles 1982 15?) with a link to Crafty End Game Trainer: After 15.Bxh7+ Nxh7 16.Rxd7 the patient robot defends with 16...Nf6. Over to you - can you pilot the White side to victory against the EGT without silicon assistance? I couldn't: I got to an ending a Pawn up with N against B + central Pawn mass, then slipped from a level or perhaps better positon into a loss, missing a simple tactic. Have fun trying!

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  DarthStapler: Go Tal!
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