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Mikhail Tal vs Alexander Shabalov
Jurmala (1985), Jurmala URS, rd 7, Sep-05
Queen Pawn Game: Symmetrical Variation (D02)  ·  1-0

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Dec-28-03  shr0pshire: This is an excellent tactical battle by two notorious atttackers. Very impressive mating combination. There are destructive sacrifices in this game, long tactical combinations, and lucid foresight. Awesome game!!
Jul-18-05  InitiativeCheck: Tal that stuff shouldnt even be legal.
Dec-15-06  whatthefat: What a frightening performance from Tal! As with a lot of his games, I find it fun to try and work out while going through the game, how far ahead he must have seen. Just incredible how many tactical motifs he spots.

As an aside, 4.Qb3 was an unusual move for Tal, usually preferring 4.Nc3, or sometimes 4.e3. Given that Shabalov was his student and therefore would have known his play better than most, he may have wanted a 'fresh' game. Well, he certainly got one!

Jul-14-09  WhiteRook48: great tactics

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