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Mikhail Tal vs Dmitry Gurevich
Wch-blitz (1988), Saint John CAN, rd 1, Feb-19
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0



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Feb-26-08  cuppajoe: Isn't there a collection of multiple queens games that this belongs in?
Apr-03-08  Poisonpawns: Calling all Chessgames members!! This game is calling for your comments and observations.Mine are not enough and will not do it justice.I never knew of this game until today,but it is one of the greatest Kingside attacks played.At move 25 who thought whites e and f pawns would become queens! and the a-1 bishop would have an open diagnal.Tal,38 years removed from the title and at 51 years old plays so efficiently,that it seems like he has more pieces than his opponent!I admit i saw the sacrifices,but the accuracy to complete the mission inspite of tenacious defense and counter attack by the opponent is amazing to me.thank you M.TAl rip
Apr-03-08  Riverbeast: Funny that Gurevich was so shell shocked he played it out down a full queen for a while....
Apr-03-08  DarthStapler: Added to my collection, great game
Apr-03-08  imag: After 35.f5:

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Rybka 2.3.2a, 19 ply

1. (-1.67): 35...Rg8 36.e6 Be3 37.e7 Bxg1 38.exf8Q Rxf8 39.Kxg1 Bxf5 40.Bc3 Kg6 41.h3 Be4 42.a5

2. (-0.95): 35...Rg4 36.e6 Nxe6 37.fxe6 Be3 38.e7 Bxg1 39.Kxg1 Rxg2+ 40.Kf1 Rg8 41.b5 Kg6 42.bxa6

3. (-0.31): 35...Rg7 36.f6 Rd7 37.a5 Bd5 38.axb6 Bd2 39.b5 axb5 40.Nxb5 Be3 41.Rd1 Bxb6 42.Nd6

4. (0.00): 35...Rg5 36.e6 Rg8 37.f6 Ng6 38.f7 Rf8 39.Re1 Bd5 40.Bc3 Ne7 41.Kg1 Kg6 42.Kf2

So basically, Black had four rook moves to choose from and he played the worst one :)

But even after 37.f6 Black could save the draw (BTW there is an error in the pgn: it should not be 37.f6+, there is no check) :

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18 ply

1. (-0.08): 37...Ng6 38.f7 Rc8 39.Re1 Bd5 40.Bc3 Nf4 41.e7 Bxf7 42.Nf5 Bg6 43.Nxh6 Nd3 44.Re6

2. (0.29): 37...Bd5 38.f7 Rg4 39.e7 Bxf7 40.Rf1 Bd5 41.Nf3 Bc6 42.b5 axb5 43.axb5 Be8 44.exf8Q

3. (0.32): 37...Nxe6 38.Nxe6 Rg6 39.h4 Bd5 40.Ng5+ Bxg5 41.hxg5 Rxg5 42.Kh2 Kg6 43.a5 bxa5 44.bxa5

Apr-04-08  mistreaver: Why doesn't black take that knight on 22... ♔h7. And why black played 29... ♖g8?
Apr-04-08  itsankush: <mistreaver> i can answer one part of your question. If black takes the knight on move 22nd then 23Qxh5 black cannot take white queen by its pawn on g6 coz it is pinned by bishop at c2.
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  Honza Cervenka: <mistreaver> 29...Rg8 is evidently played with intention to press against g2. It seems to stop immediate threat 30.Nd4 due to 30...Qxg2+ 31.Rxg2 Bxg2+ 32.Kg1 Bf3+ winning the Queen back.
Apr-04-08  itsankush: <Honza Cervenka> Thanks for explaining the second part.
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  whiteshark: <Riverbeast: Funny that Gurevich was so shell shocked he played it out down a full queen for a while....>

Another explanation is

<... in 1988, at the age of 52, he [Tal] won the famous World Championship in <Blitz> in St John's, Canada, in a 32-player field that included Kasparov and Karpov. The first prize was $50,000.>


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