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Mikhail Tal vs Mark Pasman
"Passers and Pasman" (game of the day Apr-23-2006)
LAT-ch (1953), Riga LAT
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B93)  ·  1-0



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Apr-23-06  peyote: <offramp> "I wonder if you can play like that if you don't have a sense of humor"...I still laugh out loud when I play through some of his games 60 years later.
Apr-23-06  MTal: I read a funny story involving Tal and young Kasparov. They both participated in a high-level Soviet tournament, possibly the Soviet championship. Kasparov was only 16 at the time and played some respected GM. He had an impressive game that ended in a draw, in which Kasparov could have made a speculative, high-risk sacrifice. In the post-game analysis it became clear that the sacrifice would have given Kasparov the victory. Young Kasparov said in his defense "Well, I could not calculate everything." Then Tal put his hand gently on Kasparov's shoulder and said, "Garik, you first sacrifice and then calculate!"
Apr-23-06  Bobwhoosta: That's a great story. My favorite stories about chess involve the off the board commentary. Siegbert Tarrasch is one who had all kinds of non-sequiters. Tal was another, perhaps even better to read because his games reflect his stories!
Apr-23-06  whatthefat: <MTal>
Do you have a source for that?
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  Eggman: Incidentally, I very much dislike it when a player plays a move and then resigns before his opponent can reply. There's something aesthetically displeasing about the contradiction of both moving and resigning. Plus, there's something kind of poor-sport about it. Why couldn't Black just wait a minute for Tal's reply?
Apr-23-06  CapablancaFan: <Eggman: Incidentally, I very much dislike it when a player plays a move and then resigns before his opponent can reply> Kasparov did that to Petrosian. Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1981
Apr-24-06  ughaibu: I guess you people know about time controls and adjournments.
Apr-24-06  MTal: I read that story a couple of months ago on one of these web sites, can't remember which one:, or I will try to search for it.
Sep-02-06  Nikita Smirnov: This is the second game i have seen Tal playing vs/or Najdorf.
Apr-20-07  Themofro: My all time favorite chess story involves i'm pretty sure it was Nimzovitch (might have been Rubinstein or the like though, not 100% sure). anyway...

It was in the middle of the game and Nimzo was playing white, he had just played a very deep calculation and went to the restroom. His opponent also ended up going to the restroom before making his move. Nimzo comes back, and sits down at black side of the table, he's in such deep concentration apparently over his last move that he doesn't realize he's on the wrong side, and he plays a move for his opponent! his opponent then comes back, sees what has happened, before saying anything else, examines the board, then shakes Nimzo's hand and says thank you i had missed that!

There's also the Nimzovitch story where in the middle of the game he jumps up onto the table, throws his arms out, and yells: "Why must i lose to this idiot?" LOL.

Oct-18-08  jazzy: <Themofro: here's also the Nimzovitch story where in the middle of the game he jumps up onto the table, throws his arms out, and yells: "Why must i lose to this idiot?" LOL.>

It was nimzo and the 'idiot' he was refering to was Saemisch when he played the Saemisch variation of the nimzo-indian! :D

Apr-04-09  WhiteRook48: why did Black resign just after moving? I think he should at least let White play 41 Qxd3+ before resignation.
Dec-04-09  donehung: Anyone with an inkling of how to play chess must admire this masterpiece.
Aug-30-10  sleepyirv: The game that impressed Tal so much that he tried the 6. f4 variation in this game: Ravinsky vs G Ilivitsky, 1952
Jun-02-11  lostgalaxy: 31.Kh2!
Jun-02-11  DanielBryant: I don't see anything wrong with moving then resigning. If having moved helps you see further enough to realize you are completely lost with no further opportunity, the correct thing to do is to resign regardless of who played last.
Dec-01-11  fetonzio: damn, at one point he leaves himself with one piece!
Dec-01-11  fetonzio: and as someone pointed out, resignation comes at move 40. so he didn't move and resigned 5 seconds later, but rather before the game was resumed.
Jan-22-12  syracrophy: According to Tal in his own analysis on his book "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal", in the following critical position:

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Black could have done better with the defensive idea 27...♕e6!. Now both 28.♕h5+ ♕h6! and 28.♖f5 ♘f6! were winning for black <29.♕g5?? ♘ce4>

Jan-22-12  ughaibu: MTal and Whatthefat: here's the game and the story: Kasparov vs Bagirov, 1978
Jun-04-12  Whitehat1963: What an amazing game!
Jul-25-12  ZeejDonnelly: My first time seeing this game. Wow, some serious fireworks from the teenage Misha. Having only left my teenage years fairly recently (in relative terms), I'm constantly astounded by the ability of young people to be so good at such a difficult game.
Oct-15-13  isemeria: Mikhail Tal's Best Games of Chess (1961) by P. H. Clarke has the end of this game as <41.Qxd3+ Kf2 42.Qd6 1-0>

But I don't know which one is correct, the book or the game score in CG database.

Oct-15-13  isemeria: From the same book, p. 1: <"In 1953 Tal achieved his first major success when he won the 10th Latvian Championship. As a result he was awarded the title of candidate master, and, just as important, the way lay open open for him to compete in All-Union events.">

So if I understand correctly, Tal was untitled, 16 years old boy when he played this game.

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  SteinitzLives: Black's 30th and 31st are the two mistakes that give Tal the game.

Pasman had been in time trouble per Tal, and these two moves reflect it. 30 . . . . Rd8 would keep the 8th rank locked down and activates the last inactive black piece consolidating. 31 . . . . . .Qd2 with long range defense and offensive threats would keep black up by 2.2 per fritz.

Love white's 32nd Rh3 deactivating one knight, followed by 33. Rd3 deactivating black's Q, and 34. Qxe4 simplifying and destroying at the same time.

Had black any time to think, he probably would have seen the win and resigned on move 34. but played on through momentum to the time control on move 40., while Tal was no doubt contemplating the elementary 41 Qxd3+. Pasman gave up rather than play on.

Tal also beats Saigin in 1954, in an 18 move miniature: Tal vs V Saigin, 1954

and Shmit in Latvia 1972:
Tal vs A Shmit, 1972

with this same Najdorf Amsterdam variation, playing white, though these games are quite different, they are still enjoyable.

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