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Mikhail Tal vs Istvan Bilek
Amsterdam Interzonal (1964), Amsterdam NED, rd 13, Jun-06
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  1-0

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Jul-23-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: Classic Tal. Poor old Bilek.
Jul-23-04  Cyphelium: If 23.- Qd7, then 24. Rxf4! wins. A crushing win!
Sep-23-09  birthtimes: Again, the attack on e6 is given the green light by the white queen being able to traverse the d1-h5 and h5-e8 diagonals, by the white rooks being able to occupy the open central files, and by the black forces being partly undeveloped and scattered with its king in the center...
Oct-20-10  igiene: 11..e5 is horribly wrong, Black had to castle
Mar-05-11  Brandon plays: Reading the art of attack and then looking at Tal's game makes a nice combination. Tal lived for breaking open these focal points.
Jun-23-11
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  nezhmet: Can't Bilek just take the piece?

15...fxe6! 16. Qh5+ Kd7 17. dxe6+ Kc6 and black is better. Was this a bluff?

Apr-13-14
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  zydeco: 23....Qd7 24.Rxf4 exf4 25.Re1+ and if 25....Kf8 26.Re7 or if 25....Kd8 26.Qh4+. Very pretty.

If 15....fxe6 16.Qh5+ Kf8 17.dxe6 Bf6 (e.g.) 18.Rd7!

But I really like Nezhmet's suggestion of 16....Kd7! -- the kind of thing people didn't often have the nerve to play against Tal. The king passes through the center of the board en route to b6, a7, and maybe b8. White can play 17.dxe6+ Kc6 18.exf7 and has a pawn on the seventh and ideas like Rd3, Qg6+, and Bd5+ which give him a real initiative for the piece but nothing obviously winning.

Nov-27-14  gmelfranco: interesante como se sacrifica el caballo maestro y por un pen que increible!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan-24-15  Conrad93: <23....Qd7 24.Rxf4 exf4 25.Re1+ and if 25....Kf8 26.Re7 or if 25....Kd8 26.Qh4+. Very pretty.>

Meh. 25. Qe5+ and the rest is child's play. No need fr tricks.

Win the rook and it's game over.

Dec-02-16  LM1844: Always Castle.
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