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Garry Kasparov vs Mikhail Tal
SWIFT Tournament 2nd (1987), Brussels BEL, rd 11, Apr-24
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bishop Attack Classical Defense (E48)  ·  1-0



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Apr-14-13  Patriot: I would like to play 20.Nh5 but 20...Qg5 is a problem. But in that line I suppose 21.Qf3 holds everything together while threatening 22.Rg4. For example, 20.Nh5 Qg5 21.Qf3 f6 22.Rg4 Qxh5 23.Rxg7+ and 24.Qxh5. Also, 21...g6 22.fxg6 fxg6 23.Nf6+ . 20...Qe7 21.f6 Qe3 22.fxg7 Qxd3 23.Nf6+ Kxg7 24.Nxe7 looks interesting. 20...Qd8 21.Nxg7 Kxg7 22.f6+ Kh8 23.Qh5 looks winning for white.

Well I'm too tired to look at this any more tonight.

Apr-14-13  Patriot: On my last line, I meant "23.Qh4 looks winning for white."
Apr-14-13  Patriot: <vinidivici> Nice line! :-)
Apr-14-13  M.Hassan: "Insane"
White to play 20.?
Exactly equal forces.
Not difficult to see:

20.Nh5 Qg5
<IMO, this is the highlight of the puzzle: if...Qxh5 22.g4 and Black Queen is trapped, hence, Black not likely to take h5>

<if....Kxg7 23.f6+ and Black Queen is gone>

23.Rg4 Kf8
24.Qf4 Qf6
25.Nh5 Qh8
26.Qxd6+ Ke8
27.Re1+ Kd8
Black has lost a Knight and a pawn and has become weaker. White's win is imminent now. 1-0
Time to check

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  HeMateMe: I got the first two moves,and the general idea.
Apr-14-13  uldinch: often wednesdays seem more of a challenge than today's one. unless my last night's night-cap is to collect all the credit...
Apr-14-13  morfishine: First Look: White has no checks & no captures so we are looking for a positional move

I like <20.Nh5> Forcing the Black Queen to move and putting White's f-pawn in motion

*And thats as far as I got as I had: 20...Qg5 21.Nxg7 Qxg7 22.f6 Qh8 23.Qg3+ Kf8 24.Raf1 Re6 25.Rh4 Rae8 26.Qf4 Ne4 27.Rxh6 Qg8 28.Qh4 Rxf6 29.Rfxf6 Nxf6 30.Rh8 Re1+ 31.Kf2 Re4 32.Rxg8+ Nxg8 33.Qd8+ Kg7 34.Qxd7

PM: I have to be happy finding 20.Nh5 and the subsequent sac on g7; Trying to figure out what one GM is going to do is hard enough; but figuring out the moves for both Kasparov and Tal...thats just way too much! :)

Apr-14-13  peterjam: First 21 Qg3, Qg5 22 Rg4,Qe3+ lets black off the hook. After 20 -, Qg5 21 h4, its cute that the knight cannot be captured and 21 - ,Qd8 gives the game continuation with a difference as 22 Qg3 is then decisive.
Apr-14-13  Marmot PFL: This is very bad opening play by black. He loses time and misplaces most of his pieces, especially the queen. 20 Nh5 Qd8 21 Nxg7 Kxg7 22 f6+ then 23 Qh4 and the game is already over.
Apr-14-13  morfishine: <Patriot> Nice Post! You dissected this like a surgeon!
Apr-14-13  Marmot PFL: <mistake?> Why? 7 Ne2 supports Nc3, avoids Bg4 pins and doesn't block the f-pawn.
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  chrisowen: I having in general mind blip one 20.nh5 the neat rim shot at heads up in to g7 20...qg5 will trap,

the majesty a spent force in after h4 and be a 21...Qxh5 allow ground in g4 so goofball 20...qd8,

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his tomb in for 23.f6 look it a gift horse g7 ment,

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  whiteshark: easy pic♔s
Apr-14-13  devere: No one rated above 1800 could miss Nh5, so this "problem" is hardly even difficult, let alone "insane". As for Tal's 10...Bxc3 it's difficult to believe from a former world champion. Is it possible he did throw the game on purpose?
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  agb2002: The material is identical.

White has four pieces and a pawn ready to attack the black castle. The first idea that comes to mind is 20.Nh5 to play f6 and to press g7 (20.Rg4 g5 21.h4 looks too slow):

A) 20... Qe7 21.Nxg7 wins an important pawn (21... Kxg7 22.f6+; 21... Qe3 22.Nxe8+).

B) 20... Qd8 21.Nxg7 Kxf6 22.f6+ Kh8 (22... Kf8 23.Qh4 wins) 23.Qh4 Re1+ 24.Rxe1 Qf8 25.Re5 followed by Rh5 wins.

C) 20... Qg5 21.h4

C.1) 21... Qxh5 22.g4 wins the queen.

C.2) 21... Qd8 22.Qg3 (22.Nxg7 has the problem that Qh4 is impossible) 22... g6(5) 23.fxg5 looks winning due to the threats Nf6+ and gxf7+.

C.3) 21... Qe7 22.Nxg7 as in A.

Apr-14-13  JustAnotherPatzer: <devere> if you click on 'about our puzzles' underneath the POTD it says:

<The first move is not always the most difficult move to see. Sometimes, the initial move in the sequence is somewhat obvious, but the real solution to the position lies in the follow-up moves. In order to solve our puzzles, you must see enough moves to demonstrate that the initial move is correct. Simply guessing the first move, without understanding why it works, is not solving the puzzle.>

Apr-14-13  James D Flynn: Material is equal White has a backward pawnar c3 on a semi open file however he has atacjing prospects on the K-side with Nh5 nad f6, 20.Nh5 Qg5 21.h4 Qd8(not Qxh5 22.g4 wins the Q) 22.Nxg7 Kxg7 23.f6+ K h8(if Kf8 24.Qg3 and Black must play Qxf6 to avoid mate but after Rxf6 White’s material advantage of Q for N is overwhelmimng) 24,Rg4(threat Rg7 and Rh7+) Bxg5 25,Qf4 Re1+ 26.Rxe1 Qf8 27.Qxg4 Re8(if Ne4 28,Bxe4 dxe4 29.Rxe4 and White’s extra 2 pawns . dominance if the centre and Black’s perilous K position leaves White with a winning endgame.)28.Rxe8 Nxe8 29.Qf5 Qg8 30.g4 Nd6 31.Qf4 Qf8 32.g5 and White wins the Black h pawn for hxg5 hxg5 enables White to mate at h7.
Apr-14-13  talsqueen: this wasnt insanely difficult? or am I getting better!
Apr-15-13  stst: Try:
20.Nh5 Qg5
21.f6 gxf6
22.Nxf6+ Kh8
23.Nxe8 Rxe8
24.Rxf7 Nxf7
25.Qxf7 Qg7
26.Qh5 Qg5
27.Qf7 Qg7 (may lead to perpetual),OR
28.Qxg7 Kxg7 and White got more pawns to win.
Jan-01-15  karthick2229: Any one please tell me .Where did tal made mistake so far i see Tal is a fine tactical player but here even i dont see afight in these game. where black miss the chance to equal the game? Please please please
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  Plaskett: I watched this game being played alongside two spectators who were players in the tournament but had finished their games early; Lyuboyevic and Timman. Each was in little doubt that it was being thrown. Neither was too condemnatory: "It´s not these guys. It´s guys in Moscow". David Goodman was to write that two years later Lyubo apparently went bananas after he and Kasparov tied first in the Barcelona tournament of the World Cup series, shouting and screaming in a restaurant for some ten minutes about how connivance amongst Soviets had swindled him out of a deserved sole first place in Barcelona.
Dec-26-19  Olavi: Kasparov scored 2½/4 against other Soviets in Barcelona 1989... Ljubo did get angry when the organizers pretty much ignored him at the prize giving and concentrated on Kasparov, while Ljubo scored the most World Cup points.
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  Knighthawkmiller: BL 27. ... Qxa3 Tal tries to move from defense to offense and leaves an insecure king. 28. Nf5 is simply a great move using the pieces already in the attack. BL's Q rook is of no help. The clean moves by white secures the win quickly. No wonder, Tal writes books on attack, not defense.
Jun-29-20  W Westerlund: In this case, I believe that Plaskett is correct: this is far below Tal's standard.
Jun-29-20  RookFile: I have to agree that 10...Bxc3 was surprising.

10...Bd6 doesn't cede the bishop pair and has the sort of aggressive looking intentions you would expect from Tal.

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