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Anatolij Bannik vs Mikhail Tal
Latvian Championship (1954), Riga URS
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1

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Nov-12-04  Nezhmetdinov: What can you say of the exceptionally slow plan Qf3 and c4 against Tal? Bannik was holding a knife to his own throat. Nice to see he got a win aginst Misha in the end (Game of the day 12/10/04).
Feb-18-05  Gowe: Excellent move 18.C4 menacing puhilidor's mate.
Jan-13-09  battleaxe: Incase you were wondering about the move 18. c4 ...it looks as if black is hanging his own pieces but wait a minute, if whites queen takes the knight on b4.. there is 19. Bf8 trapping the queen. That was easy but here comes the best part.. what happens if whites pawn takes the bishop on a6 (move 19) ?

Black has a nice little plan to sacrifice his queen to trap whites king.

19. Qc5+ 20. Kh1 (Kf1 is mate next move) 20. Nf2+ 21. Kg1 21. Nh3+!! 22. Kh1 22. Qf1+!! 23. Rxf1 23. Nf2#

That is why 19. h3 is played, to open way for the king to run from the Nf2 check. Pherhaps it was the best defence, rather than Kf1 followed by Re2, but even so it wasnt enough to parry the explosive wave the move C4 sent accross the board.

Jan-13-09  battleaxe: Actually 19. Bf8 will not trap the queen but force it off the diagonal and back to its only safe square. This will make way for the queen c5 check that is winning.

Even if the white queen takes the knight on b4 and then takes the bishop on f8 to then take the bishop on a6 with the pawn, to gain three pieces for its queen, black will still be winning as this hasnt altered his plan.

Jan-13-09  TheaN: <battleaxe>

This is a pattern known as Philidor's legacy, or smothered mate, and by it being famous Bannik saw it coming in time. It's depicted with some variations here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smothe... Still a very nice game by Tal here though.

Jan-13-09  MostlyAverageJoe: Why did white resign the game?

26. Bg2 c3 27. bxc3 Be2 28. Rxe2 Qxe2 29. Ng1


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and now what?

Jan-13-09  bachus: 29..Qd1 should win a piece leaving black an exchange up and white cramped.

Or not?

Jan-14-09  TheaN: <bachus: 29..Qd1 should win a piece leaving black an exchange up and white cramped.

Or not?>

Take note Black is down a pawn and two pieces for a Rook, and Qd1 will not win a full piece... Rybka gives 30.e5 after Qd1 with the edge, even if small, to WHITE.

<MAJ: Why did white resign the game?>

Good question: most moves of both colors are forced (albeit a few minor, but certainly not immediately losing, alternatives for White; Black is pretty entangled), and in the variation depicted, Rybka gives:

<29....Qf2 30.Nh3 Qe2 31.Ng1 Qf2 32.Nh3 Qe2 33.Ng1 1/2>

So, good question...

Jul-19-09  totololo: The main idea is that Bannik ends up with the exchange down with now compensation.... A possible continuation 26. Bg2 Nxe1 27. Nxe1 c3 28. bxc3 Bf1 29. Ndf3 Bxg2 30. Nxg2 Qxf3
Jul-19-09  ughaibu: In this line white can capture on f1.
Jul-20-11  Brandon plays: Uggh, this is painful to watch. What was white thinking?
Oct-05-11  Cemoblanca: 26.Bg2 [26.Kh1?? and white can pack his trunk quickly, e.g. 26...Nxe1 27.Nxe1 c3!]

26...c3! 27.bxc3 [27.Rg1? cxd2 28.Bxd2 Nxa1 29.Qxb5! [29.Rxa1? Be2! 30.Be1 Qb6! 31.e5 Bxf3! 32.Qxb6 Rxb6 33.Bxf3 (33.b4?? Bxg2 34.Kxg2 a6! 35.Rb1 Bf8!) 33...Rxb2+ 34.Kh3 Rc8]

27...Be2! 28.Rxe2! [28.Ba3? Rxd2! 29.Bc5 Bxf3! 30.Bxf2 Nxe1 31.Bxf3 Rxf2+ and black has enough compensation for the lady.]

28...Qxe2 29.Ng1! The redemption!

29...Qf2 [29...Qd1 would be worth a try, e.g. 30.e5 Rxd2 31.Bxd2 Qxd2 (31...Nxa1? is not good, because of 32.Bxa8 Qxd2+ 33.Bg2)]

30.Nh3! Qe2 31.Ng1 Qf2 32.Nh3 and they could seperate peacefully!

May-04-20
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  carpovius: <battleaxe: Black has a nice little plan to sacrifice his queen to trap whites king.

19. Qc5+ 20. Kh1 (Kf1 is mate next move) 20. Nf2+ 21. Kg1 21. Nh3+!! 22. Kh1 22. Qf1+!! 23. Rxf1 23. Nf2#> Somebody here can explain this guy how the pieces move in chess. Please!

May-04-20  Muttley101: <carpovius: <battleaxe: Black has a nice little plan to sacrifice his queen to trap whites king. 19. Qc5+ 20. Kh1 (Kf1 is mate next move) 20. Nf2+ 21. Kg1 21. Nh3+!! 22. Kh1 22. Qf1+!! 23. Rxf1 23. Nf2#> Somebody here can explain this guy how the pieces move in chess. Please!>

Apart from the comment being 11 years ago, he obviously meant the smothered mate with 22 ... Qg1+ 23. R:f1 Nf2#. People mistype co-ordinates all the time, not the biggest thing in the world.

May-04-20  sudoplatov: I can't find anything better for either side than a repetition of moves after the 29.Ng1 line.
Aug-23-21
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  kingscrusher: An interesting blunder by Tal at the end with Qf2+ instead of the absolutely crushing Nxe1 which carries the crushing tactical idea of Ra6

Anatolij Bannik - Mikhail Tal 0-1 0.0, LAT-ch Riga URS 1954


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Analysis by Stockfish 14:

1. -+ (-6.57): 26.Nxe1 Ra6 27.Qxb5 Qxb5 28.axb5 Rxa1 29.Nef3 Rc8 30.Bxc4 Rxc1 31.Bb3 R8c2 32.f5 Rxb2 33.fxe6 Kf8 34.exf7 Rc3 35.Kh3 Rbxb3 36.Nxb3 Rxb3 37.Ng5 Rxb5 38.Ne6+ Ke7 39.Nxg7 Kxf7

Perhaps Tal's general priority for getting his Queen next to the opponent's king may have influenced the blunder. Qf2+ seems far too optimistic.

Anatolij Bannik - Mikhail Tal 0-1 0.0, LAT-ch Riga URS 1954


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Analysis by Stockfish 14:

1. = (0.00): 26.Bg2 c3 27.bxc3 Be2 28.Rxe2 Qxe2 29.Ng1 Qf2 30.Nh3 Qe2

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