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Mikhail Tal vs Boris Gulko
Exhibition (1969) (exhibition)
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Tal Variation (B82)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: Amazing!!
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  Sneaky: On 22 ... Kxg7 I think the best continuation is 23. Rg1+ Kf8 24. Qg3
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  Doctor Who: I don't know about that, Sneaky... instead of ...Kf8? how about Kh6! I think White then has nothing better than a perpetual.
Jul-03-02  borgianus: 22... Kxg7 23. Rg1+ Kh6 24. Qf4+ Kxh5 25. Dg3 with mat both in g7 or h4
Dec-23-02  GregorMendel: Rxg7+! That's incredible!
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  Doctor Who: borgianus is right, Kh6 doesn't work... I retract my exclamation point. Tal is a genius!!
Jan-02-03  mdorothy: I think Sneaky's line is very correct. Black cannot escape mate on g7 or g8, even if he checks by 24...Bxb4+ to get the bishop out of the way, he cannot get rid of the knight to stop protecting the only way out, for the 'material sacrific', if it can be called that, Qxd5 wastes just too much time and is mated at g7.
Jun-23-03  Shadout Mapes: Boris Gulko was born in 1947...
Jun-23-03  huflix: so he played very good for a two year old child. :)
Jan-03-04  Benjamin Lau: Maybe the exhibition was in 1959 or sometime else? Typo?
Jan-05-04  mymt: 26.Nf6+Kf8.27.Rf7# Outstanding game.
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  nasmichael: If I had been shown this game along with other queenside castling possibilities early in my chess exposure, I would always want to castle long. Powerful!
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  nasmichael: I am curious about the actual date. What did we find out?
Jul-28-04  misguidedaggression: I missed 25.Rf1+! I would have played 25.Rf7+ Ke8 (Kg8 26.Rg1+) 26.Rxh7+ Kf8 27.Rxh8+ Kg7 28.Rxd8. But Tal's line wins a lot faster!
Dec-03-05  DeepBlade: The Final Position:

26.Rff7 Qxd5 [to prevent 27.Nf6++] loses to 27.Re8++

26.Rff7 Qxe7 Nxe7++

Tal is amazing, with his silent 20.Rhg1, and of course his 22.Rxg7 Queen sacrifice.

Dec-22-05  Eatman: Btw this I believe was from GMs vs Masters (which Gulko was at the time) training tournament. It was a pretty serious affair actually.
Feb-12-06  MoonlitKnight: The line <borgianus> gave on jul-03-02 is slightly wrong. After 25.Qg3, there is a defence with 25...Bxb4+! 26.K(any) Bd6 and white has nothing better than a draw with 27.Nf4+ Bxf4 28.Qf3+!

On move 25, white must check first: 26.Qf3+ Kh6 27.Qg3 when there is no stopping the mate.

Sep-23-06  Hannibal: Rg7!!
Jan-12-08  PAWNTOEFOUR: this game was a joy to play over!...we all wish we could play like that
May-20-08  ChessYouGood: Tal really demoralizes his victims. I love it!
Nov-03-10  sevenseaman: A visionary or a very brave man! Its a quality of courage that underpins Tals play; and that is what keeps one spell-bound. A very talented chess player, this Tal.
Nov-14-11  Mudphudder: This has to be one of my top 5 favorite Tal games of all time. Sacrafices the queen at just the right time!
Dec-18-13  chesssalamander: 22. Rxg7!

This is the sort of game that makes Tal my favorite player of all time.

Oct-22-14  TheBish: I was surprised this wasn't listed under Tal's "Notable Games" on his main page. Of course, Tal probably has 20 or more other games of this quality that aren't on the list either!
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