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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 LAT, rd 2, Dec-12
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Charousek Gambit Main Line (C32)  ·  1-0



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Feb-27-14  tranquilsimplicity: Oh..yes indeed my friend. I even thought about Rashid but couldn't recall his active years as he died young. But then again he was once Tal second in a march; so yes. And Rashid Nezhmetdinov. Awesome combinatorial player.#
Feb-27-14  tranquilsimplicity: Interestingly, after some "investigation", it seems to be that the oft-repeated line "Nezhmetdinov died young.." is a sort of Chess circle cliche.

And I am guilty of engaging in it as can be seen from my previous post. However, this hackneyed phrase is meaningless because Nezhmetdinov died at 61, which in the first place, is not really 'young'. Secondly, we never say "Tal died young"; yet Tal expired at 55, six years younger than Nezhmetdinov.

Note to self: I'll make a point to avoid cliched comments.#

Feb-27-14  john barleycorn: This guy may serve the cliche

Leonid Stein

Feb-27-14  tranquilsimplicity: Spot on <john barleycorn>!

Leonid Stein; he is one to talk about who died young and in his prime. I believe he was 39 at the time of death.

Stein was a brilliant player. And I have enjoyed playing his King's Indian Defence games, and also King's Indian Attack.#

Jul-05-14  Conrad93: Why hasn't this been GOTD yet?
Aug-31-14  Olsonist: GOTD? It needs a pun, no?

Exch sac sacs ex ch.

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