Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Mikhail Tal vs Josif Israel Zilber
Riga (1949)
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Chistyakov Defense (C07)  ·  1-0



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 117 times; par: 47 [what's this?]

Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 4 more Tal/J I Zilber games
sac: 12.Bf6 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If you register a free account you will be able to create game collections and add games and notes to them. For more information on game collections, see our Help Page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Jan-03-07  ianD: Tal was 12 yoa and Zilber 15 yoa when this game was played.
Sep-18-07  MindCtrol9: Everytime I review any of Tal games,it gives me an unbelievable inspiration.I felt his physical death,and I say phisical because he lives forever in the minds of player like me.Tal,you will always be around your fans and teaching chess for unlimited generations to come.This writing is from Jose Octavio Salazar Batista,from Holguin,Cuba,who is 100% honest in every aspect of his life.

Nov-28-07  Judah: Here's what Tal wrote about this particular 'sacrifice' in the Life and Games of Mikhail Tal:

<I am absolutely sure that my opponent's move came as a surprise to me, and so, much as I would like to, I cannot place this game in the category of 'intuitive' or 'Tal' sacrifices.

13.♔-N1 PxB>

The situation has changed 'somewhat'. Black has an extra bishop, for which I now do not see any compensation at all. On the other hand, it was not difficult to detect that the black king's pawn cover had been weakened. White continues as if nothing has happened. ...>

Jul-01-08  Jabroni: "Gameoverziggy: I think that Fischer in his time was head and shoulders above everyone else much more so in his time than Kasparov/Karpov were in their time" not really, the only player fischer feared was tal, so how was fischer stronger? Tal brought attacking to a new level with inspirational sacrifices to blow your mind to a whole new level
Jan-08-09  chocobonbon: I like Mate in five: 27.♘e6+, ♔xf7; 28.♕g7+, ♔xe6; 29.♖h6+, ♗g6; 30.♖xg6, ♕f6 and (rather than capturing the ♕), 31.♕d7#. Or alternatively: 27.♙f8(♕)+, ♖xf8; 28.♘e6+,♔f7; 29.♕g7+, ♔xe6; 30.♖h6+, ♖f6; 31.♕d7# Once Tal cooks up one of these positions, you can play it a lot of ways but I prefer Mate in 5 moves to 8 moves. Did I miss something? It wouldn't be the first time (or last).
Jan-09-09  ILikeFruits: chocobonbon...
do you...
play at...
Jan-12-09  chocobonbon: <Ilikefruits> I played online briefly a few years ago but it wasn't Yahoo. Don't recall my handle but it wasn't Chocobonbon although equally silly. On the site you chose the desired level of competition. I caught a few ringers and rang off. Then I discovered & have been happy ever since. LOL
Oct-16-10  sevenseaman: White himself was on the brink. But Tal expertly side-steps the interference from the Black Q and B, the only two opposing forces of consequence in the end game.
Nov-03-10  checkmateyourmove: 13 years old and playing nasty already. Tal is offically my favorite to bad illness, slowed him down at certain periods, a loss for chess fans no doubt.
Nov-02-11  Mysteriod: Fischer was a great player no doubt, but he quit chess when he was at the top so that everyone would assume he was the best. For instance when Fischer was to play a challenge (Karpov) he set rules which made it almost impossible for the challenger to win fairly, and when FIDE declined he forfeited his title. In my opinion that was a move of a coward, not the best player of all time.
Premium Chessgames Member
  blazerdoodle: Not true. Steinitz, Kasparov and Karpov played under the same rules Fischer said he'd play under (albeit different number of games). He said he'd play under those rules that Karpov would reject with Fischer but accept with Kasparov a few years later. Or do I got it wrong?
Jun-28-12  ughaibu: You've got it wrong.
Premium Chessgames Member
  blazerdoodle: has the info and this is where I got it from. Fischer rejected a number of conditions for a number of reasons, and finally accepted certain rules - rules he said he'd actually play under, only to have them turn around and let him have it for a change. But it's true that he actually agreed to a certain format, which is the same format Kasparov - Karpov played under in 83 (84?), albeit a different number of games. The info is so easy to find on here. Personally, I think those rules for the 84 match were the best, and Karpov had only to win one single game, but Campomane's pulled the plug because the communists baby Karpov appeared peaked. That's how I've read it on, on their official site, not some blog. I'd like to hear if they've changed it.
Jun-29-12  I play the Fred: Again, the rules aren't the same if the wins requirement is different. Fischer himself confirmed this when he refused to play the first-to-six format.
Jun-29-12  Petrosianic: <I think that Fischer in his time was head and shoulders above everyone else much more so in his time than Kasparov/Karpov were in their time>

Yeah, because they weren't head and shoulders above each other. Kasparov faced Karpov while Fischer didn't.

But if you take Karpov out of the equation, have a look at the 1990 Rating List. When Fischer retired, he had a 120 point edge over the next player. In 1990, Kasparov had that exact same 120 point edge over everyone except Karpov. And Kasparov's edge over Karpov was a little more than Fischer '72's edge over Karpov '78 (70 points). So yeah, Kasparov achieved about the same level of dominance that Fischer had in 70-72, but maintained it for 20 years.

Jun-29-12  Petrosianic: <I play the Fred>: <Again, the rules aren't the same if the wins requirement is different. Fischer himself confirmed this when he refused to play the first-to-six format.>

You're basically right. The FORMAT is the same, but the actual rules are different.

There are four basic formats: Wins Required, Points Required, Wins and Points Required, and Wins OR Points Required.

Fischer's original aims were to replace the Points Required Format with the old Wins Required format, and to abolish the champion's advantage. He succeeded in the first objective, but then changed his mind and decided he wanted to keep the champion's advantage after all. The problem is there was no way to do that in a Wins Required Format without taking the unprecedented step of forcing the challenger to win by 2 points. There were actually a few old matches played under that format (like Tchigorin-Gunsberg, I think), but not title matches. Most people, including most people in the West thought that was unfair, so it didn't happen. But it's doubtful Fischer would have played even if he'd gotten it. He agreed to play Gligoric and several others under that format and then walked out on each match at the last minute. It wasn't until 1992 that he could bring himself to play anyone again.

Jun-29-12  Akshay999: 11. h3 would have been a great move.. wonder why TAL didnt play it
Jul-23-13  Dr Lados Mangrov: Wow, I am breathless.
May-17-14  Tal1949: I love the way Tal looked back at this game and admitted that he played horrible. Correct play by black and he would have been in heaps of trouble!
May-17-14  Tal1949: Akshay99- Tal did say in his book that he cannot believe that he played 11 0-0-0. It was the mistake of schoolboy chess. 11 h3 was clearly the correct move which Tal himself found later on.
Nov-07-15  JIRKA KADLEC: 8...Nge7 ( 8...Nf6! ) 9. Bg5?! ( 9. Qe2! ) 9...Qg4? ( 9...h6! = / ) 10. Qd3 ( 10. Bd3 ) 10... b6?? ( 10...h6 ) 11. 0-0-0?! ( 11. h3! ) 11...0-0? ( 11...f6! ) 12. Bf6?? ( 12. h3 ) 15... Qf4?! ( 15...Nb4! ) 18...Nb4 ( 18...Rd8! ) 19...e5? ( 19...h6! ; 19...Bb7 ) 20...Bf5? ( 20...Kh8 ) 21. h5 Kg7? ( 21... Be7 22. hxg6 Bxg6 23. Nxh7 ) 23. Bxf7! ( 23. Rxh6! )
Dec-19-16  dehanne: Tal on 11.0-0-0??

<Such a critical assessment is by no means a sign of the sceptical attitude of a venerable grandmaster to his young inexperienced namesake. If I had had to annotate this game 25 years ago, the verdict would have been the same. It is difficult to believe that white should miss the chance to win the game immediately using 'artihmetic': 11.h3 Qf5 (11...Qxg2 12.Rh2) 12.g4 Qg6 13.Nh4 Ne5 14.Bb5+ or 14.Qe2>

Oct-02-18  jonjoseph: I see the word sac quite often . What does it mean?
Oct-02-18  jonjoseph: Oh yes. It`s a poor ,short version of sacrifice. It is not meraviglioso as a replacement.
Premium Chessgames Member
  fredthebear: Here is agadmator's video link:
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 3)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Best of Tal
by dwesturner9580
Checkmate 1940-1949
by Chessdreamer
From: The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal
by JNP2064
French Tarrasch. Chistyakov (C07) 1-0 Spearhead hits ugly def
from French dxc5 by fredthebear
knight sac
from Combinations by wwall
Tal Fries the French
from The Tal Man by BishopofBlunder
remembering Tal
by primero
French Tarrasch. Chistyakov (C07) 1-0 Spearhead hits ugly def
from Youngbloods Like to Listen to Fredthebear by fredthebear
From: The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal
by JackobG
Game 1
from The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal by Retarf
Hincho's favorite games
by Hincho
the magicians
by ducksarevil
Tal at twelve
from Tal - The Safe Cracker by Baby Hawk
Bishop sac initiates complex beautiful attack!
from MJCB likes those games 20th century by MJCB
Game collection: tal
by pokerram48
Troldmanden fra Riga
from Troldmanden fra Riga by Roslind
by pokerram48
French Tarrasch. Chistyakov (C07) 1-0 Spearhead hits ugly def
from yFredthebear's Pawn Mowers & Trimmers by trh6upsz

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC