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Mikhail Tal vs Lhamsuren Myagmarsuren
"Capi-Tal Punishment" (game of the day Mar-07-2019)
Olympiad Qualifying Group 1 (1974), Nice FRA, rd 7, Jun-13
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  1-0



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Jun-15-04  Erwin: i don't understand,what the heck is tal doing here,i didn't see any advantages after 15)Rxe6 ?!,i'm very sure if tal facing computer,this kind of Saq will end in failure,let's see now black should move 16)....Kh8 right?
Jun-15-04  Catfriend: 16..♔h8 17.♘g5! winning the game. Don't rush to condemn the Magician:)
Aug-16-04  Shadout Mapes: The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal gives the move order 6...dxc4 7.Bxc4 O-O 8.O-O Nbc6

<Erwin> Tal's sacrifice was completely sound and winning on all variations.

Nov-13-05  Neurotic Patzer: Why is the final position lost? Did black run out on time?
Nov-13-05  iron maiden: White has two pawns for the exchange and is about to win a third, and probably more material after that once he continues the attack on the exposed Black king.
Nov-13-05  TalEl: absolutely wonderful! Tal is my hero
Jan-02-10  ToTheDeath: In Tal's notes to the game he says he rejected 13.Ng5! Ng6 because he could not find a decisive line- but here 14.h4! is very strong.

He also rejected 17. Qh7! because of 17...Ng6! 18.Qxg6?! Qf6 forcing a trade of queens. But after 18.Qg8+! Ke7 19.Qxg7+ white has a decisive attack here also.

Jan-02-10  zanshin: <Neurotic Patzer: Why is the final position lost? Did black run out on time?>

White had an advantage - not sure it was time to resign though.

Rybka 3 on final position:

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[+1.96] d=16 35...Bg6 36.Nb5 Qc6 37.Nc7 Rd8 38.Nd5 Rxd5 39.cxd5 Qxd5 40.Qxh6 Qd1 41.Kh2 Bf7 42.Bg5 Kd7 43.Qh8 Qd6 44.g3 Bd5 45.Qd8 Ke6 46.Qe8 Kf5 47.Qh5 Ke6 48.h4 Qf8 49.Bf4 Qc5 (0:18.02) 61068kN

Jan-02-10  zanshin: <Erwin: i don't understand,what the heck is tal doing here,i didn't see any advantages after 15)Rxe6 >

I was wondering the same thing. White to play move 15:

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It seems to be a good move - Rybka 3 recommended - but does not give a decisive advantage.

[+0.64] d=17 15...Nxd4 16.cxd4 Bxf3 17.Qxf3 fxe6 18.Bxe6 Kh8 19.Bb2 Ng8 20.d5 Qg5 (0:06.20) 24454kN

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  laskereshevsky: This isn't the only rook sacrifice in e6 made by Tal...

The first who came to my memory, without checking the database is Tal vs Portisch, 1965

Just a slight difference: Vs. Miagmarsuren the bolt flashed at the 15th move, against the Magyar player at the 16th instead...

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  laskereshevsky: P.S.: One day, thanks to the knowledge of this 2 games, I founded the bravery to made a ♖xe6+ sacrifice in one of my games, resulting the winner after a lot of complications...

In that moment i was in trouble, after loosing a whole pawn for just 1-2 tempi advantage in the development, but that was absolutly not enough... my only advantage was his black ♔ still in the center facing the ♖♖ in E1-D1...

After the game, before he made me a fair-play compliments, and then my opponent asked me: <How came to your mind this move, ... to me was like a bolt from the blue...>

..<<Unfortunatly is not one of my own>> I answered.. <<I show U something!...>> and putting the pieces in the position just before the sacrifice with Portisch i showed him where that "idea" came from...

Jan-02-10  ToTheDeath: Incidentally Myagmarsuren still plays in the 5 minute pool on ICC- I've been matched with him several times. His skill has diminished with age but give him props for staying in the game!
Feb-17-11  Crocomule: If anyone ever asks you why we love him: 18...Nd5 19.Qg8+ Ke7 20.Nf5+ Kf6 21.d:e5+ K:e5 22.f4+ Ke4 23.Nd6+! Q:d6 24.Qh7+ ...
Feb-17-11  sevenseaman: 32. h3? Tal did arrive at an end position where he was not about to be embarrassed by a base line mate.
Jul-16-14  DanielBryant: According to The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal, Tal wanted to wrap this game up quickly so he could watch the opening game of the World Cup between Brazil and Yugoslavia. He mentioned that a number of other players in the Olympiad were amenable to quick draws, and that Mecking forfeited his game (on board 1) so he could watch his home country.
Jun-10-16  Howard: Oh, so that's why Mecking forfeited that game. If I remember correctly, the captain of the Brazilian team booted him from the team for the rest of the event.
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  HeMateMe: Is My-mar that 6-7 guy from Romania? Really tall dude? Tal v. tall?

Great game. Looks like black could have played on a bit but the h pawn is lost. Black would have been miserable until an exchange of Queens. He then has the only Rook on the board, which affords some chances. He could scoop up some white pawns. Perhaps myma should have made a go of it?

Mar-07-19  Muttley101: No, he's Mongolian. The info is available on his player profile if you click on his name.
Mar-07-19  indiaropetrick: Tal’s play is like AlphaZero’s, going for long-term dynamic advantage in exchange for material.
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  woldsmandriffield: The opening game of the World Cup Brazil vs Yugoslavia ended 0-0. The top three teams in the group Brazil, Scotland and Yugoslavia drew all their games against each other and so qualification for the 2nd round depended on the results against Zaire. Yugoslavia won 9-0, Brazil 3-0 but Scotland could only manage a 2-0 victory (in their opening game) and so were eliminated. As any Scot will tell you, they were the only team in this World Cup not to lose a match.

Anyway, the chess was a lot more eventful than the Brazil game on 13 June 1974.

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Tal could have blown Myagmarsuren away here with 19 Bxh6! Rxe6 (19..Nf3+ 20 Nxf3! Rxe6 21 Qxg7+ Ke8 22 Bg5 is also curtains since 22..Qc8 fails to 23 d5) 20 Bxg7+ Kxe8 21 dxe5 Nxe5 22 Bxe5

In the game, Black could have resisted with 24..Qd7 but maybe the kick off was approaching and Myagmarsuren wanted to be sure of a good seat in the hotel TV room.

Mar-07-19  Saniyat24: Tal is like a orchid gardener...who transforms magically the chess board into a blooming garden of destruction, yet it is beautiful...!
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  offramp: Today's GoTD title, "Capi-Tal Punishment", can only be described as a drive-by punning.

It is a child of the cerebrum of User: InTheBotvinnikOfTime:

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Mar-07-19  InTheBotvinnikOfTime: <Today's GoTD title, "Capi-Tal Punishment", can only be described as a drive-by punning. It is a child of the cerebrum of User: InTheBotvinnikOfTime:

Member since Jan-23-19
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What about now, offramp? :)

I am quite new to this site; still working out all the features, but I'm more of a guy that just likes to look at the games and submit corny puns than kibitz.

Mar-07-19  Fanques Fair: It seems that Caissa decided that some kinds of incredibly reckless sacrifices would only be possible in Tal's games. The number of such ocasions was incredibly high . To sacrifice a whole rook for 2 pawns in the opening and be able to keep the rollercoaster sequence of attacking moves for 10, 15 even 20 moves , to arise at the ending with the exact advantage to extract a full point, requires a superb intuition that only he had at this level. Tal's games are aesthetic objects , art , masterpieces.
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  offramp: <InTheBotvinnikOfTime> LOL! Very well done. I hope you enjoy using the site and have many more of your puns used.
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