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Alexander Koblents vs Mikhail Tal
"The Luck of the Draw" (game of the day Jul-11-2006)
Riga (1957)
Dutch Defense: Classical. Ilyin-Zhenevsky Variation General (A97)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Nov-15-03  Shadout Mapes: Wow, even the draws between these two were absolutly insane.
Nov-16-03  ughaibu: I wonder if this was a training game.
Nov-16-03  ughaibu: What happens if black plays 26......Kh8? Tal's play with his queen-bishop (Bc2 and Bd3) is great and it's fun the way he uses his resources on the queenside to promote his kingside attack.
Dec-23-03  MoonlitKnight: You're quite correct, ughaibu. It was a training game.
Mar-02-04  morphynoman2: http://chess.commentary.net/view/ch...
Aug-26-04  Whitehat1963: Exciting game! Is 11...Qxe4 playable?
Aug-26-04  acirce: It loses material after 12.Nh4 and there is hardly much compensation.
Aug-26-04  Whitehat1963: But taking the rook and the knight in exchange for the queen is just the sort of thing that Tal can make work for him. Besides, after 12. Nh4, Qxh4 13. gxh4, Bxh4, the exchange is even.
Aug-26-04  I sacrifice like Tal: <Whitehat1963>

Positionally black would be lost. He's not developed enough and white can easily devise an attack on any side of the board rapidly which black would be unable to handle. (IMHO)

Aug-26-04  acirce: Well, it is not yet losing, but I don't think there would be enough in such a position even for Tal.

<Besides, after 12. Nh4, Qxh4 13. gxh4, Bxh4, the exchange is even.> Only almost, and White looks better after 14.Be3. White gets a little initiative and Black gets trouble with his development.

Maybe it's 'playable' but hardly good.

May-03-05  aw1988: Another Dutch immortal. I don't think any other opening creates as much.
May-10-06  Confuse: tal and koblents make chess so complex, i wonder if they had a friendship? they produced some very sweet games.
May-10-06  whatthefat: <Confuse>
Koblents was Tal's trainer for much of his career. They did produce some very complex games together.
Jun-21-06  kakhander: This is how a genious like Tal made a draw with another genious, amazing game!!!
Jul-11-06
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  al wazir: <Whitehat1963: Is 11...Qxe4 playable? <acirce: It loses material after 12.Nh4 and there is hardly much compensation>>

11...Qxe4 12. Nh4 Qxh4 13. gxh4 Bxh4. Black has ♖+♘+♙ vs. ♕. It doesn't look hopeless.

Jul-11-06
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I suspect they were both astonished that this game ended in a draw.
Jul-11-06
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  offramp: I always find it amazing when a hugely complicated tactical free-for-all winds up in a drawn rook ending. A bit like Spassky vs Fischer, 1972.
Jul-11-06  Confuse: wow i commented on this game in may? when i look at it again its still impressive. thanks for the insight <whatthefat>, i never actually came back here, my humble apologies : (
Jul-11-06  dakgootje: Very impressive draw this is! what i wondered: if 21. Qxa5 then probably Bd4, but isnt that still playable after 22. Be3?
Jul-11-06  Castle In The Sky: A story about Tal and Koblents, is that Tal enjoyed having Koblents sing to him when Tal trained for his championship matches against Botvinnik. This was one reason that Botvinnik chose the location of his room more carefully for their second world championship. During the first match, they were stationed on the same floor.
Jul-11-06
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  kevin86: Tal and the Dutch Defense-a wild and exciting combo.

Here,even his opponent gets into the action. Once he lent a rook-then regained it. Tal comes back with a near rook sac-its capture meant immediate mate.

The ending was a meager rook and two pawns vs a rook and two pawns-similar to lead after the radioactivity of the uranium has used itself completely.

Jul-11-06  ARTIN: ug, I don't think 26...Kh8 does it. What about 27. Qd4. I don't see how black can get out of it.
Jul-11-06  ughaibu: ARTIN: Yes, that looks strong.
Jul-11-06  bumpmobile: <Tal and the Dutch Defense-a wild and exciting combo> Amazingly, Tal never lost when he played the Dutch. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
Jul-11-06  Shajmaty: <al wazir: 11...Qxe4 12. Nh4 Qxh4 13. gxh4 Bxh4. Black has ++ vs. . It doesn't look hopeless.> Right: 14. Be3, Nc6; 15. d5, Ne5; 16. dxe6, Bxe6; 17. f4, Nxc4; 18. Bd5 and the position is even.

<dakgootje: if 21. Qxa5 then probably Bd4, but isnt that still playable after 22. Be3?> 21...Bd4? 22. Be3! and Black has not enough compensation for the pawns. But Tal, definitely, should have played 21...Rxf2!!

<ARTIN: ug, I don't think 26...Kh8 does it. What about 27. Qd4. I don't see how black can get out of it.> 27. Qd4, Rd3! Maybe <ughaibu> was right...

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