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Mikhail Tal vs Lev Aronin
"A Very Sharp Tie" (game of the day Oct-03-2005)
USSR Championship (1957), Moscow URS, rd 17, Feb-15
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  offramp: <After Tal's mistake on move 22, the attack started to fizzle out. On move 25, desperate to keep it going, Tal tried 25. h5??. Both sides missed 25...Red8. The point behind 25...Red8 is that Black can safely recapture on g6 with the f-pawn. In the game after 25...Rad8?? 26. hxg6 Rxd3 27. Rxd3, Black cannot recapture with the f-pawn because of the fork 28. f7+. There would have been no fork had Black played 25...Red8.>

I think that would lead to a draw, after Red8:
26.Qxd8 Rxd8 27.hxg6 Rxd1 28.Rxh7 Rd2+ 29.Kb1 Rd7 30.g7 Rd1+.

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  offramp: Lev Aronin is renowned for his wonderful, Pat Healy-esque clothing.
Oct-03-05  Uranium: This game wont be the most exciting draw, but its more entertaining than Kramnik draws.
Oct-03-05  PaulLovric: 29...Rc6 has balls
Oct-03-05  lopium: Me gusta.
Oct-03-05  rya: I like balls

Tal rocks

Oct-03-05  EmperorAtahualpa: A nice pun for a very interesting game of the day! Normally I hate watching drawn games, but this one is great!
Oct-03-05  Saruman: What if 27.gxh7+ Kh8 28.Rxd3? Now if 28.-Rd8 29.Rxd8 Qxd8 30.Nxf7 is mate. So if Re8 leaves the back rank then white can always play Rd8 winning.

After Rxd3 my plan as white would be to play f3, then Rhd1 intending Rd8. These are merely my thoughts but what about them?

Oct-03-05  Saruman: Be6 seems annoying in some variations though...
Oct-03-05  Zembla: <offramp> Who is Pat Healy?
Oct-03-05  Averageguy: What a game! Furthur illustration to the point that draws need not be dull!
Oct-03-05  kevin86: I think this one was drawn too early-I think Tal has some play for a win after the b pawn falls. A great fight up to then,however.
Oct-03-05  Koster: If Tal takes a draw it's a draw, unless he is losing. This one looks like a likely repetition, Kc5 Rc6+, Kd5 Rb6 etc.
Oct-03-05  CeeFoR: Wow!!
Oct-03-05  fgh: What is so spectacular about this game?
Oct-04-05  RookFile: Well, Tal did sac a queen.
Oct-04-05  fgh: And? I have already sacked my queen in a winning sacrifice which took me only 1.5 seconds to calculate, while Shredder 8 needed 1 minute to find it.
Oct-13-05  aw1988: <On move 14, the computer suggests the bizzare maneuver 14. cxd5 exd5 15. Kd2!?!? and claims that White is almost up +1.00.>

Dumb computers...

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  offramp: Pat Healey is the man played by Matt Dillon in There's Something About Mary.
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  WCC Editing Project:

<Tal> reports that he got a "special prize" for this game:

<"...I played a game which brought me half a point, enormous satisfaction, and a <<<special prize.">>>>

-Mikhail Tal, "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal" (Cadogan 1997), p.64

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  sbevan: Good comments on the game at:

Nov-25-14  MindCtrol9: 30.Rg7+Qxg7(otherwise the black King has to move to h8 followed by Nxf7+ Qxf7 where black is losing the Q.)31.fxg7 f6 and a different endgame.
Nov-25-14  MindCtrol9: But Tal saw the endgame was better for black and he played the right and active move.30.Rxf7
Oct-04-16  ewan14: Great game
Dec-24-21  Mathematicar: I am Capablanca fan, but this Magician from Riga deserves so much credit!
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