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Janusz Szukszta vs Mikhail Tal
"In the Tal Grass" (game of the day Jun-01-2008)
Uppsala (1956) (blitz), Uppsala SWE, Apr-??
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E86)  ·  0-1



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Dec-13-08  ozmikey: I think the best move after 14.Kxe3 is not 14...Ng4+, as given by <patzer2> above, but 14...Bh6+. After that I don't think White can survive:

(1) 15.Ke2 Qxd4 and Black's attack is surely unstoppable, (2) 15.Kd3 bxc6! with the double threat of 16...c5 and 16...Ba6+, (3) 15.f4 Ng4+ 16.Ke4 (otherwise 16...Qxd4 as before) Nf2+ 17.Ke3 Bxf4+! 18.Kxf4 Qxd4+ 19.Kf3 Bg4+ 20.Kg3 Qe3+ 21.Kh4 g5 mate (a line given by Len Barden).

Dec-14-08  patzer of patzers: whoops, i neglected to look at other people's kibitzes :(, however <ozmikey> gave me what i needed, thanks!
Dec-15-08  Tal73Student: Nc6 is not a mistake, its a clearance sacrifice the point of which is seen on Tal's 20 ...Re8+. The fact the QR comes in with check wins it for black.
Mar-03-09  WhiteRook48: e2! Where pieces come to be sacrificed!
Jun-16-09  remolino: Unbelievable. I also had not seen this game, as if it was nothing for Tal to compose such a brilliancy.
Aug-24-09  Verklarte Nacht: this is what it says of this game at OlimpBase:
"This game was NOT a tournament game, rather a friendly blitz. Jotted by Euwe and then published in the world press it became one of most widely known Uppsala-related episodes."
Nov-05-10  sevenseaman: Like a man picking up his best possessions and throwing them into a raging fire with apparent unconcern - and still arriving at an alchemy of the desired result. Recondite methods!

Perhaps the game is rightly cut to size of perspective by the fact it wasn't played in a proper competition. But there it is; the genius for all posterity to marvel at! As chess aficionados we have an ancestor of an evergreen genre to be proud of.

Aug-19-11  atarw: for Nc6, all i have to say is you've got to be kidding me!
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  Fusilli: As a cute detail, both black rooks were sacked on e2, both checking the king face to face.
Sep-24-11  gourav27: Tal, you are the king of chess
Oct-03-11  pom nasayao: the game is pure entertainment!
Feb-12-12  screwdriver: It seems like Mikail Tal didn't follow the rules and principles of chess. He was somewhat of a law breaker. But chess aficionados don't see him as a law breaker, but the law maker!
Feb-24-12  reilouco: Yes. 11...Nc6 is a blunder.
Even he knew that a great part of his sacrifices were unsound.

This was one of them. But of course he is still a great player.

Mar-12-12  screwdriver: A standout performance by Mr. Tal.
Apr-13-12  palagalaako: Amazing game! Did he really had everything thought out since his Knight sac at c6? I wish I could play sacrificial chess games too...
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  Albertan: Note the two players followed the moves from the game A Zaruba vs J Marsalek, 1954 until White's 11th move.
Jun-24-12  LoveThatJoker: Stunning! This was a blitz game!!


Nov-14-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

J Szukszta vs Tal, 1956.
Your score: 39 (par = 28)


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  kingscrusher: Blimey
Sep-05-14  fisayo123: This was the first Tal game I ever saw as a kid. It was in Bill Robertie's book. Safe to say, it made a strong impression on me.
Feb-26-15  Cactusjuice: One of the Tal's masterpiece
Sep-07-16  ughaibu: The idea of meeting the Saemisch by blowing open the centre, with c6 and d5, while white is behind in development, seems to have first been played in Euwe vs Pirc, 1938, with a precursor in L Abramavicius vs A D de Groot, 1937.
Jan-30-17  ColeTrane: And this is why Tal is there OG
May-16-17  clement41: It looks like black's attack is flowing easily, stemming from the ...Rxe3! exchange sac to own the dark squares, but in fact it's more subtle. For ex, after Kxe3 Ng4+ white doesn't have to take the knight, which complicates the calcs, and even in case of fg Qxd4+ Ke2 (Kf3?? is mated easily) Bh6!! (Mating) is best and easy to miss due to the overwhelming attraction towards the natural ...Bxg4+. If the latter is played, then after Ke2 Re8+ Ne2 black has to find ...Qe4! (Preventing Qc2) ; while of Be2 instead of Ne2 then black has to find ...Qd3! taking away c4 to the white Q while threatening ...Bxc3+ (...Qe3? is natural but fails to Qc4). Note how much ...Nc6!! earlier was key in blossoming the ensuing attack: not only did it evacuate the 8th rank for the Ra8, but it also opened the d file for the queen! Remarkable blitz play by Tal (I trust he saw every detail OTB, ?)
Aug-08-19  Degerman: An entertaining game, but far from correct from Tal. 11 - Nc6 is a huge blunder, but obviously good enough to bluff the white player. 13 0-0-0 (instead of Kf2) is clearly winning for white. 13 - Rxe3 14 cxb7 and black lose a piece without compensation.
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