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Mikhail Tal vs Efim Geller
4th Soviet Team Cup (1964), Moscow URS, rd 2, Oct-13
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C92)  ·  1-0



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  Gypsy: Tal had an incredible gift for creating havock around kings. After <27...Nxb2> Geller was a pawn up and his defenses looked hard to crack ... Should Black king head the other way, 33...Kf8 instead of <33...Kh8>, then White h-pawn would walk to queen, I reckon.
Dec-24-04  cade: Should be 37. Qh7#
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  nasmichael: The formations (see position after 16...c4 and again after 21...Nb7) show that teams are in formation and are developing together--in preparation for attack. Organized, they are quite dangerous.
May-02-06  whatthefat: In this game, Tal seems to be using a technique called "launching", that he advocates in his final book, "Attack with Mikhail Tal". In short, the idea is that of throwing pieces (in this game, the knights in particular) into the vicinity of the enemy king, with an as yet poorly defined purpose. This gives the <potential> for future combinational possibilities, while also psychologically affecting the opponent. If you like, it is essentially a method of generating tactical motifs.
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  Breunor: According to Stockfish, white is losing until the very end. After 31 Qe3, Stockfish evaluates the position as -4.26. However, Bf8 is listed as the correct move. After Bxg4, black 8s still up, -1.64.

The losing move is 34 ... Rg8, which gives white mate in 5. Stockfish recommends 34. Bxh5, giving the piece back, but still evaluates at -1.15 in favor of black.

But it does give an example that attacking and putting pressure against a human, even as great a player as Geller, can be beneficial as these defensive moves can be hard to find.

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