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Mikhail Tal vs Roberts Skuja
"Roberts Rules of Disorder" (game of the day Jan-23-2019)
LAT-ch (1955), Riga URS
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Fianchetto (E67)  ·  1-0



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Feb-18-05  Gowe: Excellente, just Excellent. Art.
Feb-27-06  bitko: Is there a theorethical chance for draw if black plays ... 22 Qxd7 ?

I noticed an interesting possibility ..
In my variation after 23 xd7 Re7 24 Bxb4
and then black can play e4 WITH DOUBLE ATTACK !

Can someone with engine or program check if Skuja missed a tie?

Feb-27-06  bitko: Now looking again, perhaps this resource even turns the table, am I wrong ?

Anyway, excellent battle.

Feb-27-06  siggemannen: if you mean 21... Qxd7, i think after 22. exd7 Re7?! Bxb4 after e4 white have Bxe7. 22... Rd8 maybe be interesting though, but i'm too tired to analyze it myself
Feb-27-06  aw1988: Good grief. I feel like lying down after seeing this...
Feb-27-06  bitko: Yeah, black mustn't play 22 .. Re7 but 22 ..Rd8 and stands better I believe.

Good game; Tal is so creative.

Thanks for correction.

AVE Tal!

Sep-21-06  ToTheDeath: Classic Tal. His pieces always cooperate like notes in a symphony.
May-23-09  remolino: Superior understanding of chess
May-23-09  veigaman: <Superior understanding of chess> The best way to define this game, good quote
May-23-09  jackpawn: Typical early Tal. Very entertaining, but I'm not sure anyone should use Tal as a model. He was a combinational genius, practically nobody can duplicate what he did. I feel the average player can learn much more from the clear logical style of Fischer or Capa.
Sep-03-09  WhiteRook48: why does he keep his knight en prise
Sep-03-09  Jason Frost: If you are talking about 17...cxb4, black plays it since it at first looks like a very good move which attacks both white's queen and bishop.

If you are talking about Tal's bishop then the answer is because he is a baller. Also because black's bishop is hanging, but mainly because he is a baller.

Sep-16-09  WhiteRook48: if black knew who he was playing...
Oct-22-09  WhiteRook48: 37...b3?
Jan-15-11  leroquentin: If 32. Bh6, what black can do? o.O
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  Sastre: If 32.Bh6, <32...Ra1+ 33.Bf1 Rxf1+ 34.Kxf1 Qb1+ 35.Kg2 Qxe4+ 36.Kf1 Kg8> is winning for Black.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: More of the famous head-spinning madness of Tal in his early years. Might Black have improved with 24...Qxa3; 25.Rxg7,Qxa2? Or even 24...Rxa3?
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  OrangeTulip: Chess from outer space
Jan-23-19  Saniyat24: "AVE TAL"
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  offramp: "Barbi Tal".
Jan-23-19  Ironmanth: Amazing game that is a treat to see, for the very first time. Misha, we miss you.
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  Breunor: It looks like the game score has changed since the comments form 15 years ago.

However, there does seem to be the same key points - move 22 seems to be where black went wrong. However I think with some of these Tal games, saying the position is 'won' or 'lost' to a computer may not be that meaningful when playing a human and a lot of pressure is being put on the position; a single misstep can change the game wildly.

But with that caveat, at black's 22, the computer says:

1) =0.00 (25 ply) 22...Kh8 23.fxe8=Q+ Rxe8 24.Rc1 Qxa3 25.Rcc7 b3 26.Ng5 b2 27.Be4 Qb4 28.Kg2 Qxe4+ 29.Nxe4 b1=Q 30.Nd6 Rf8 31.Rxg7 g5 32.a4 g4 33.Rgf7 Rxf7 34.Nxf7+ Kg8 35.Nh6+ Kf8 36.Nxg4 Qg6 37.Nxe5 Qe4+ 38.Nf3 h6 39.a5

After 22 Kf8, we have:

1) +1.92 (22 ply) 23.Rad1 Bf6 24.fxe8=Q+ Kxe8 25.R7d3 Rxa3 26.Rxc3 bxc3 27.Ra1 b5 28.Ne1 Ra6 29.Nd3 Rd6 30.Nb4 e4 31.Bxe4 Rd2 32.Rc1 Bd4 33.Nd5 Rxf2 34.Kh1 b4 35.Nxb4

Note that in the line above, if black tries to save the rook say with 23 Rc8, then 24 Ng5 leads to a forced mate in 3.

So here with black's 24, on black's Qxa3, we get:

1) +4.97 (22 ply) 25.Rxg7 b3 26.axb3 Qxb3 27.Rf1 e4 28.Nd2 Qe6 29.Nxe4 Kf8 30.Rxh7 Qe5 31.Rxb7 Ra4 32.Re1 Ra1 33.Reb1 g5 34.h3 Rxb1+ 35.Rxb1 Qd4 36.Nxg5 Qe5 37.Ne4

Similarly on R x a3,

1) +3.96 (24 ply) 25.Ng5 Bf6 26.Ne4 Qc6 27.R7d6 Qxd6 28.Nxd6+ Ke7 29.Nc8+ Kf8 30.Rd7 Rxa2 31.Bd5 Ra6 32.Rf7+ Ke8 33.Rxb7 e4 34.Bxe4 Bd4 35.Rxb4 Bc5 36.Rb8 Ra1+ 37.Kg2 Ra2 38.Nb6+ Ke7 39.Rb7+ Kd8 40.Bc6 Rxf2+ 41.Kh3 Bxb6 42.Rxb6 Kc7 43.Ra6 Kd6 44.Bb7+ Ke7 45.Rb6

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  ChessHigherCat: <Sastre: If 32.Bh6, <32...Ra1+ 33.Bf1 Rxf1+ 34.Kxf1 Qb1+ 35.Kg2 Qxe4+ 36.Kf1 Kg8> is winning for Black>

This line wins for black, too, doesn't it?:

32. Bh6? Qb1+ 33. Bf1 Qxe4 34. Bg7+ Kg8

Great pick as GOTD, by the way, never saw it before.

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