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Mikhail Tal vs Alexander Koblents
"Mikhail's Navy" (game of the day Mar-24-2018)
Riga ;MAINB (1957)
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B63)  ·  1-0



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Mar-24-18  morfishine: According to Burgess, this was a training game between Tal and his trainer Aleksandrs Koblenz (who worked directly with Tal from 1955 - 1979)

In any case, the only way this lame game title has the slightest chance of being effective is if Tal was playing Ernest Borgnine

conclusion: another sad word-play torpedoed and sunk


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  tpstar: <another sad word-play torpedoed and sunk>

Game Collection: Get Thee to a Punnery!

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  thegoodanarchist: After about 20 moves, I was disappointed that Tal had only sacrificed a pawn.

After that, the game got VERY entertaining!

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  penarol: Tal moved his LC bishop for the first time only in move 25, but Koblenz never moved it...
Mar-24-18  morfishine: <tpstar> This link only proves that whoever decides the best "pun" doesn't even know what a pun truly is

This game title is best removed/erased so we can stop misleading humanity with falsehoods

conclusion: another sad word-play torpedoed and sunk


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  catlover: There were various pieces floating en prise, starting with move 25. Maybe that accounts for the "navy" in the pun.
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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

1. = (-0.14): 17...Nce5 18.Qh2 Ng6 19.Kb1 Nf6 20.Rg5 Ne8 21.Rh5 Bf6 22.Ne2 d5 23.Nf4 dxe4 24.Rxd8 Bxd8 25.Nxg6 Qxh2 26.Rxh2 fxg6 27.fxe4 Bc7 28.Rd2 e5 29.Nc5 Nf6 30.c4 Bb6 31.cxb5 axb5 32.Bxb5 Nxe4 33.Bc4+ Kf8 34.Rd5 Nxc5

2. = (0.14): 17...Bf6 18.Qxd6 Qxd6 19.Rxd6 Bb7 20.Rd1 Rac8 21.Be2 g6 22.Rhh1 Ba8 23.Kb1 Ncb8 24.a3 Ne5 25.Rxd8+ Rxd8 26.a4 Nc4 27.Bxc4 bxc4 28.Na5 Rc8 29.Rd1 Be5 30.Bd4 Nd7 31.Ne2 Kg7 32.Bxe5+ Nxe5

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  tpstar: Rest day entertainment!

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Spank the Booty!

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  Messiah: Insane game, I like it very much.
May-19-19  N.O.F. NAJDORF: Couldn't black have tried 36 ...Ke7 ?
May-19-19  Imran Iskandar: A candidate for the most complicated game ever.
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  beatgiant: <N.O.F. NAJDORF> If nothing else, after 36...Ke7 37. Qxg8 wins back the piece while keeping strong threats on Black's king. What did you have in mind for Black?
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  andrewjsacks: This wild game will never get old.
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  HeMateMe: I tried to follow all the combinative activity here but my brain shut down, over loaded. Has anyone else ever won a game with his Queen trapped in the corner for 15 moves? to have worked this out OTB seems impossible.

I wonder if the 'bots found a defense for black? Not all Tal sacrifices were sound...

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  NM JRousselle: See Chigorin Tinsley Hasting 1895. The White queen was on a8.
May-20-19  sudoplatov: After 32.gxf5 doesn't Black win after 32...Rxa2. (It's a question; can't use the ? as that would be ambiguous.)
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  keypusher: <sudoplatov>

After 32.gxf5, ...Rxa2 is unplayable.

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  carpovius: Random moves... 25...axb5 26. Nxb5 Qb8 27. Bxg7+ Rxg7 28. Qxg7+ Ke8 29. Qxg8+ Bf8 30. Re1 Qxb5 31. Rxe5 Qb4 32. Rxe6+ Bxe6 33. Qxe6+ Kd8 34. Qd7#
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  carpovius: Little smart pun for this extraordinary game))
Aug-13-20  Albion 1959: Mind-blowing chess ! 25: Bxb5!! Where did that one come from ?
Aug-13-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Imagine deciding to do a book of Tal's best games in 1961 (that is 1961 BC - Before Computers - or updated, Before Corona).

This is what Peter Clarke decided to do in 1961 and it is a very good book. This game is not included, though Kolenz (sic) as Tals' coach since 1949 gets a mention or two and his problem how to quieten Tal's style without curbing his imagination.

I'm thinking perhaps Peter tucked the score of this game somewhere he could not find it. He does an excellent job of noting up the Tal games but this one would have driven him to the brink of insanity.

Soltis in his 1990 book skips this game as well. (too hot to handle.) It is in Tal's 'Life and Games' but only lightly noted. Maybe best left that way, you do not analyse this type of game too deeply, just say 'it's Tal'.


Sep-14-20  Viking707: What is interesting is that with move 21 Tal has a N captured in exchange for a pawn, and yet he eschews this advantage to check the K, and create numerous complications. To Tal winning wasn't as important as winning spectacularly.
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  carpovius: Just amazing!
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  dhotts: This game is certainly exciting, but that's because there were so many major mistakes starting with 20.Bf4, when 20.Qh2 wins a piece for 2 pawns and the Black king is under major attack....Then there is 25.Bxb5? Black should simply take 25...axb5, why did Black move 25...Rf7?...From here on out there are major misses by both sides...It's almost like a real life battle where guns and cannons are blazing, causing confusion and chaos, very exciting!
Nov-29-20  Chesgambit: Tal miss Ng4 and played Nd4 Be8 wins
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