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Mikhail Tal vs Nigel Short
"The Tal and the Short of It" (game of the day May-05-2011)
SWIFT Blitz (1987) (blitz), Brussels BEL, Apr-26
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Main Line (C09)  ·  1-0



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Oct-28-04  Knight13: Black MUST be forced to get a checkmate.

Master attacks by Tal is amazing!

Nov-10-04  Saruman: 32.-gxf5 33.Rg3+ Qg5 34.Rxg5# a pretty ending.
Mar-30-05  CivilChess: Tal stands tall in this game. But who wouldn't? His opponent is Short!
Mar-30-05  RookFile: Shows you how fearless Tal was
about entering complications.
Aug-10-05  lentil: blitz game?
Feb-28-07  woodenbishop: Absolutely incredible chess by Tal!
Feb-28-07  Plato: Game of the Day: Better Tal than Short.
Jul-16-07  jdoliner: I'm actually surprised this hasn't been to Game of the Day yet, It's really exciting, and the opportunity for puns is almost endless.
Jul-16-07  computer chess guy: 26 .. Qc4+ actually helps White, by "making" him clear a path for the Rook. 26 .. Qxc3 is a better defense - whether fully adequate I am not sure.

Jun-05-10  SpiritedReposte: Lol yes this game is just bursting with puns. Great game too.
May-05-11  apexin: very nice game
hard to say where black went wrong
maybe ...Re6 should have been played a move earlier.
28.Rh1 was also winning
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  HeMateMe: very thematic way of aiming pieces at a finchettoed King. A little tricky, when you only have 2 pawns left on the board, and black's Queen is right nearby.
May-05-11  sevenseaman: Through the wonders of the game Tal leads Short like a small kid on a visit to a big fair, by the finger.
May-05-11  APatzer: Entertaining play by Tal.
May-05-11  Jamboree: apexin: "hard to say where black went wrong"

Actually, Short's attack didn't really have much of a chance at succeeding right from the get-go, so the place where he went wrong is easy enough to identify: When he sacced a piece on move 14 with 14. ... Qd6?

Tal just takes the piece and continues his own attack on Black's king, but now a piece up.

Doesn't really matter that Short got two pawns for the piece, because the game is obviously never going to go to an endgame anyway.

With a spare piece in hand, Tal has many more options to continue his attack, because now he could sac back with impunity and still remain with material equality.

Even after Short's sac, it was Tal who had the more aggressive position. I don't see any way that Short could have brought his own aborted attack to any successful fruition.

Thus, I say that he went wrong on move 14 and was basically already lost after that.

An example of a player "showing his youth" -- being too eager to do something aggressive when the position did not justify it.

May-05-11  apexin: <Jamboree>
thats is right,i didnt think of it at the time.a was doing a quick analysis with Rybka and it thinks that black could have defended later,even after 14...Qd6, but Short was psycholicaly lost and positianally too since computers defence is at very high standard these days,much better than human.
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  FSR: This is the 13th Game of the Day pun I've submitted, all since December 14, 2010. Game Collection: Puns I submitted
May-05-11  sofouuk: <the place where he went wrong is easy enough to identify: When he sacced a piece on move 14> you may be surprised to know that rybka thinks its even or prefers black from move 14 until 23 ... Qc8? (Qe7! 0.00) - black quite clearly got enough material and positional compensation for N and B. And I'm sorry, but <Tal just takes the piece and continues his own attack on Black's king> and <the game is obviously never going to go to an endgame anyway> are simply ridiculous comments that make no sense whatsoever. what on earth are you talking about?
May-05-11  shakespeare: Beautiful chess!
May-05-11  apexin: <sofouuk>yeah but read what i said rybka defends better than any human,i think he was talking about a psychological mistake.
May-05-11  Nina Myers: Tal took a shortcut.
May-05-11  sofouuk: <apexin> rybka does, but the point is that before the mistake 23 ... Qc8 black is not defending, and the exposed kingside means that white's position is decidedly tricky, in spite of having two minor pieces for rook and pawns. <Jamboree> clearly believes white was objectively better, if not simply winning, after 14 ... Qd6 (<With a spare piece in hand, Tal has many more options><it was Tal who had the more aggressive position>, etc), and there is absolutely nothing about psychology in his post! Of course some chess positions are easier than others for humans to play, but I really don't think you can use that to explain why black lost this game. On the contrary, if WHITE had lost the game no doubt some wiseguy would have blamed 15 g4 ('ultra-materialistic', 'what on earth was Tal thinking, didn't he know you're supposed to keep your king safe?', blah, blah)


May-05-11  Tigranny: One of the greatest games of Mikhail Tal.
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  Penguincw: Nice game by Tal. Short didn't play that bad either.
May-05-11  Nilsson: I think the position after 20.Kxf1 is
unclear,like many positions with R+2pawns against, in this case, B+N Interresting game and nice kombination by Tal,in the end of the game. /JN
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