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Mikhail Tal vs Garry Kasparov
"Swan Song" (game of the day Jan-24-2014)
Moscow Blitz Tournament (1992) (blitz), Moscow RUS, May-28
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  1-0
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Jan-24-14  Ferro: Estoy decepcionado
Jan-24-14  Ferro: "Honey pie"
Jan-24-14  Eduardo Bermudez: I am very disappointment with this game, too !
Jan-24-14  Pantagruel: This game is more like a TV dinner than a swan song.
Jan-24-14  Dr.Vulcan: Another premature desistance of Kasparov, unless he had no more time to continue.
Jan-24-14  morfishine: <FSR> I remember Tal winning a great game in his last year, but I can't recall the exact game. Could be one of these: Tal vs V Landero, 1992 or J Eslon vs Tal, 1992 or maybe this one: Tal vs Akopian, 1992

But it definitely wasn't this one

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Jan-24-14  Dagdale: I have seen the score of this game. It certainly went well beyond 17 moves. Tal caused such complications Kasperov lost on time, but K. went on to win the return game. Tal left his hospital bed to compete in this tournament. See that Tal died a month after this tournament, I had thought it was sooner - mistaken. Cannot recall source that gave full game score.
Jan-24-14  King Sacrificer: Tal gets himself into a losing position and Kasparov can't find the win. What about Ain't That A Shame from Fats Domino instead of Swan Song.
Jan-24-14  thegoldenband: In the Youtube video it looks like two people are keeping score:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6nU...

From what I understand, Kasparov gives the first 18 moves in his book "from memory", so perhaps he doesn't precisely remember the rest, but (don't call me) surely there's a full score out there.

May-15-14  1d410: Tal has the last laugh by spanking Kasparov in 17 moves. This disproves the idea that Tal was only good in his twenties. Maybe the middle of his life was a low point for Tal as is agreed by many, but later in his life Tal was making a serious comeback including this game. Perhaps part of the reason he died was that this flight to what should have been a second world championship took a physical toll on him, resulting in tragedy. Tal and Botvinnik share the reputation of all time greatest chess players for me.
May-15-14
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  perfidious: <1d410....This (game) disproves the idea that Tal was only good in his twenties....>

Tal had two nice unbeaten runs in the 1970s and may well have played his best chess at that time.

<....later in his life Tal was making a serious comeback including this game....>

This is just a blitz game, played one month before Tal died, and is therefore scanty evidence indeed upon which to draw such a conclusion.

<....Perhaps part of the reason he died was that this flight to what should have been a second world championship took a physical toll on him, resulting in tragedy.>

This statement is clearly rubbish-Tal was never in the pink of health and his body finally gave out after all the years of physical problems.

Jul-22-14  dante1234: Kasparov lost to himself which Tal benefited.
Sep-15-14  goldenbear: Tal's chess is to beauty what Jerry Springer is to journalism...
Dec-01-14  gmelfranco: es el hipnosis de tal para sus oponentes!!!
Mar-10-15  Zwischenzug420: Tal was certainly looking at the big picture during this game which Kasparov overlooked.
Aug-16-15
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  thegoodanarchist: I can create just as many complications as Tal could.

Unfortunately they are mostly in favor of my opponents...

Aug-17-15
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  perfidious: An unfortunate tendency-rather reminds one of the old phrase: in sowing the wind, he reaped the whirlwind. Bet we have all been there, though.
Jul-07-16  Mikhail1962: It is not Swan Sonb
Sep-06-16  RookFile: Tal won but there's no way that it only lasted 17 moves. I would see Kasparov taking 2 minutes maximum to play these 17 moves.
Dec-31-16
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm9....
Jul-18-17  dannygjk: I bet what happened was there were more than 17 moves played and Kasparov got into a lost position and when he realized it then deliberately let his time run out. People often do that so afterward they can say, "Yeah I lost but I lost on time.".
Jul-18-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  ChessHigherCat: It would be easy to lose on time as black in this position in 5-minute blitz. Say black was contemplating 18...Rg8, he has to think if 19. Nxd6+ then Bxd6 20. exd6 and I have to worry about e7+ or Rd1, both of which pose serious threats. Okay, a computer can find the refutations but in a blitz game against Tal it may not be so obvious.
Apr-02-19  Weeping Warrior: Tal Won 13 Of His Last 19 Games In 1992. Simply Amazing Considering All Of His Ailments And His Age. One Of The Greatest Chess Players Of All Time In My Humble Opinion.
Aug-07-19  charlesdecharemboul: So a rough pun!
Aug-12-19  Chesgambit: Kasparov missed Rg8! is winning move
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