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Mikhail Tal vs Roman Dzindzichashvili
Blitz Match (1991) (blitz), New York, NY USA
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0



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Oct-03-05  like a GM: What an attack! And it was blitz!
Jan-10-06  woodenbishop: If ever there was a true chess genius, a master who saw what no other saw, a magician whose tricks take our breath away, it was none other than the late, GREAT, Mikhail Tal.

Jul-11-06  kevindeane: brilliantly planned attack. and I thought sicilian was able to counter any onslaught. Tal was bananas!!
Jul-11-06  RookFile: Fortunte favors the bold, dynamic, attacking player.
Jul-11-06  madlydeeply: Like Napoleon and Alexander!
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  ToTheDeath: 23. Rxg7 lights out. Very nice, esp for blitz.
Sep-04-07  notyetagm: <like a GM: What an attack! And it was blitz!>

Masterful handling of the IQP position by Tal.

Does anyone know what <blitz tournament> this was? Thanks.

Sep-02-08  pom nasayao: the threat after 25. Q h3 was 26. Bf4+ Kg8 27. Qg3+ Kf8 28. Nf6+
Dec-24-10  jeremyh20man: Why not 24...Kxh6?
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  chancho: 25.Nxf7+ forking King and Queen.
Dec-24-10  jeremyh20man: Simply Nxf7+ taking Queen?
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  thegoodanarchist: Dzindzi is a tough, talented GM and specializes in blitz. here he looks as a child compared to the former champ.
Jun-27-15  dchrist: Black needs to get his queen active and begin a counterattack.

22... a6? (better is ..Qb6)

25... Ng8?? (..Qb6 imperative)

Sep-05-21  notyetagm: <notyetagm: <like a GM: What an attack! And it was blitz!> Masterful handling of the IQP position by Tal.

Does anyone know what <blitz tournament> this was? Thanks.>

Wow, I made this comment exactly 14 years ago to the day.

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  0ZeR0: <RookFile>

Dzindzichashvili was a bold, dynamic, attacking player as well. But players' fortunes are often not so favorable when they run into the brilliance of a magician. Simply adding to the choir: really amazing stuff by Tal, especially for blitz. As I've learned to expect.

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  kingscrusher: Guys I have found something beautiful behind the scenes here. The game is brilliant but also I stumbled on this variation:


255: Mikhail Tal - Roman Dzindzichashvili 1-0 0.0, Blitz Match New York, NY USA 1991

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Analysis by Stockfish 14:

1. +- (2.10): 18...gxh6 19.Qd2 Qb4 20.Rg3+ Kf8 21.Qxh6+ Ke8 22.Qh8+ Bf8 23.Kf1 Rac8 24.b3 Qd2 25.Rg7 Rd7 26.Nxd7 Nxd7 27.Qg8 Qf4 28.Bxd5 Rc1 29.Bf3 Rxe1+ 30.Kxe1 Qc1+ 31.Bd1 Qc3+ 32.Ke2

In particular this is amusing:

18.Bxh6 gxh6
19.Qd2 Qb4
20.Rg3+ Kh7

and now the SHOCKER !!!

255: Mikhail Tal - Roman Dzindzichashvili 1-0 0.0, Blitz Match New York, NY USA 1991

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Analysis by Stockfish 14:

1. +- (#4): 21...Kxh6 22.Nxf7+ Kh5 23.Rg5+ Kh4 24.g3+ Kh3 25.Bf1# White mates

(Gavriel, 19.09.2021)

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  Dionysius1: Very nice indeed! Great stumble.
Sep-19-21  AlexPomor: As Botvinnik - Keres in FIDE World Championship Tournament 1948: 19.Bc1, 21.Rxg7+ etc. Botvinnik won in 23, Tal in 26.
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  perfidious: I was lucky enough to sit across the table from both these players.
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  0ZeR0: <perfidious>

That’s incredible. I’d give up a kidney to be able to say the same. Do you have any interesting stories with them that you remember and would be willing to share? And more importantly how did your games against them go? Do you still have the score sheets?

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  OhioChessFan: 24...Kxh6 has to be better. Might as well resign as play Kh7.
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  kingscrusher: I blogged about it here:

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