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David Bronstein vs Mikhail Tal
"Exch Sac Sacs Ex Ch" (game of the day Feb-12-2015)
6th Soviet Team Cup (1968), Riga URS, rd 2, Dec-12
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Charousek Gambit Main Line (C32)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: A clever semi-palindromic pun, but that's not the point here. It's a fine game to look at.

I quite agree with playing aggressive lines against aggressive players, Tal excelled in all phases of the game, of course, but if you had a choice you surely wanted him on the defensive.

Of course, there is always the chance that your attack will fail and the retribution on your now exposed position will be swift and merciless. Well, there are worse things. Like suffering through a pawn-down grind-it-out ending where Tal beats you while half asleep.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Starting with 17.Bc4, every move White makes consists of a threat against a piece or check until 29.b3. An amazing display of the power of the initiative.
Feb-12-15  morfishine: A mesmerizing game despite <DrGridlock>'s excellent post. It looks like Nezhmetdinov is playing Nezhmetdinov
Feb-12-15  pedro99: Pillsbury-Lasker 5-5 with only 4 draws

Pillsbury would have been a viable challenger if he hadn't contracted syphilis in St Petersburg

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  offramp: The pun is based on that famous film, "Earth Girls Are Easy".
Feb-12-15  scoplon: This is one of the most remarkable games - played between 2 giants from the Soviet Chess machine.
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  offramp: <scoplon: This is one of the most remarkable games - played between 2 giants from the Soviet Chess machine...>

So you think these players are products of a machine?

Feb-12-15  Everett: <Feb-12-15 RookFile: There was some guy named Fischer, too. I heard he could calculate.>

You mean that guy with the chess pathology? He better be able to calculate, since he spent his entire development on it.

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  yiotta: I'm ashamed to say how many pawns I would have won while misplaying either side of this wonderful game.
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  Alex Schindler: Wow, I don't recall the last time I've been so lost trying to keep up with the tactics. I'm going to give this game another try tomorrow...
Mar-16-15  Strongest Force: This game is like Muhammed Ali vs Joe Lewis: both near their prime.
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  Alex Schindler: I'm glad I took another look in a more conscious state. The attacking here is relentless. I still find the first exchange sac from bronstein a bit puzzling ; I didn't see what compensation he could be assured of for it at that point.
Jul-29-15  Conrad93: This is a very Morphy-esque game.
Reminds me of the rook pseudo-sacrifice in the game Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858.
Jul-29-15  Conrad93: <So you think these players are products of a machine?> Most definitely if you consider "chess culture" a machine.

Just ook at the state of American chess compared to its European counterparts like England, France, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, etc.

Dec-13-15  Dutchpatzer: Neil McDonald in his "The Giants of Power Play" gives a wondeful anecdote about this game. Afterwards Paul Keres, who was an eyewitness, asked Bronstein if he didn't think 15.Re1+ wasn't the stronger move (after 15..., Kd8 16.g3 black can't even afford to take the rook according to McDonald). Bronstein looked at Keres as if he'd gone mad. Playing a move like 15.g3 against Tal was a once in a lifetime chance and not to be missed!
Dec-25-17  Saniyat24: Such a beautiful two master painters together drawing a masterpiece...!
Dec-26-17  WorstPlayerEver: Unno, I think 14. d6 looks far more sexy.

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It's weird if one thinks Tal is known for their saccies. Or were it ciggies? Not sure.. if Tal just had sacced back? So to speak.

16... 0-0-0

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Now we are tolkien!

Dec-27-17  Saniyat24: Tal's 32nd, 33rd, and 34th move almost made a game out of not a good position, only Tal can show that kind of bravery, but Bronstein was ahead in the pawn race, and he didn't mind giving up his Rook at that position...amazing game...!
Mar-02-21  SpiritedReposte: A complicated fight between two mad lads.
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  perfidious: This old main line looks to offer depressing prospects for Black; small wonder 3....e4 has now gone into the shades and been supplanted by 3....exf4 and 3....c6.
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  moronovich: I still recall how surprised I was when I first saw 3..exf4.But hey,it works ! Once again : Reality and experience beats priciples.
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  perfidious: <moronovich>, my preference was generally the gambit accepted, with Becker's 3....h6, intending to head for the Classical without allowing White the Kieseritsky, but I also played the Falkbeer with 3....c6 in one game.
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  moronovich: <perfidious>

It is extremely interesting how many lines and deviations there are in many openings. The move order and all the strategy behind it
which often only the player himself know.

I found out that f4-e5 2.fxe5-d6 3.e4-dxe5.
4.Nf3 was fine for white-Jänisch reversed-and I scored very well with it.Black seemingly disapointed that his opponent deviated from the usual patterns of Froms gambit. Untill a certain Peter Heine showed me that 4-Nf6 is ok/fine for black :)

Rome wasn´t build in one day !

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  perfidious: <moronovich>, I had a game on the Black side of that in 1986 with John A Curdo. He wound up with a terrible pawn structure in an ending with all the heavy pieces and I eventually converted the full point.
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  moronovich: Sounds like great memories <perfidious> !

But I should be more precise.In the above mentioned Froms declined it is 3.Nf3 and not 4.Nf3 of course.

As said : the move order means something :)

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