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Mikhail Tal vs Harry Golombek
13th olm final A (1958), Munich FRG, rd 8, Oct-19
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation (B12)  ·  1-0

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May-11-03  Ribeiro: I like this variant played by Tal!
May-12-03  mdorothy: CHASE THE KING!!!!! I love playing that game! Kd5 Qxc5+ Kf4 Qf5#
Apr-13-05  Poisonpawns: Tremendous attacking by Tal I didn`t know of this game until today! 30.Rf4!! is awsome enough only to be followed by the deflecting 31.Rh4!!
Apr-02-06  popski: <mdorothy> You mean: Ke4 Qe5#
Apr-02-06  who: Botvinnik said that one of Tal's strengths was attacking the uncastled king. Seems Botvinnik was right.
Apr-02-06  coolzadar: Amazing how in completely equal positions Tal somehow finds a way to play compelling moves!
Apr-02-06  lentil: time, space and momentum!
any physicist will tell you that mass * velocity = momentum; mass * velocity^2 = energy. in chess, mass =material and energy = threats... this means that lesser material creating greater threats, wins. tal has said (i approximate) "i like to take my opponent into a deep, dark forest where 2+2=5 and the path out is only wide enough for one".

notice also that although B has material advantage for much of the end of the game, a lot of his 'stuff' is 'way too far away to be of any use. the 'true' material count is what you find around the king.

Apr-02-06  drukenknight: okay think about this: how many moves to get a result in a pretty good chess game? about 40 or so, (yes many games on far longer) How many pieces of material does each side have, 39 pts not counting the K. So 1 pawn = 1 move??
Apr-02-06  ganstaman: <lentil: time, space and momentum! any physicist will tell you that mass * velocity = momentum; mass * velocity^2 = energy. in chess, mass =material and energy = threats... this means that lesser material creating greater threats, wins.>

I love physics and I love analogies, but what are you talking about? If we substitue in, we get material*velocity^2=threats, which means what exactly?

Also, material is dead even at move 26. Tal then gives up a pawn (move 27) and then a knight (move 30), and then a rook (move 31) so that he can mate several moves later. When you see the forced mate beginning on move 32, it really doesn't matter how much material you have. It is a pretty ending.

Apr-02-06  drukenknight: NO, no, the number of moves is like the potential energy in the position. Both sides have like 78 pts of potential energy and this translates into so many moves...
Apr-03-06  coolzadar: I don't think that you can only read physics principles into chess.Chess is far too deep for that!
Apr-03-06  Organizer: Tal proves again and again that he was one of the most imaginative and biggest risk takers in the chess game.

He might have had a better record if he was more conservative but chess would have not had gems like this one.

Jul-30-10  krakukas: After <30.Rf4!> Black is lost. However, Golombek didn't choose the best possible defence. 30...dxc5 from the game allows White to force checkmate few moves later. I think the most stubborn try is <30...Nd5> in attempt to get rid of f6 pawn.

<31.Rxh4 Nxf6>

Black takes and gets two possible escape squares for King: e7, g7. Still, White's attack is decisive:

<32.Qxf6 Rxh4>
<33.Nxe6+>

and Black would resign shortly. Golombek just gave up the hopeless struggle.

Jul-30-10  Kazzak: I guess we can take it that at 28. Qe3, Tal had this all worked out.
Jul-30-10  maelith: Brilliant game by Tal.
Sep-26-13  shakespeare: at move 26 Golombek was slightly better but had no feeling for the danger to come - a critical point to switch to the "defensive mode" Rh7 and Nd5 no matter in which order and the king is safe
Mar-08-15  rwbean: Fascinating - in "World Champions I Have Met" Golombek wrote "I lost but went down not without honour since it was a hard-fought contest."

Stockfish 6 suggests Black has an advantage of 0.92 after 27... exf5 28. ♕e7+ ♔g8 29. ♕xb7 ♘d5.

28... b6?? is the fatal error - Black must play either ♘d5, ♖h7, or ♖h5.

Mar-08-15
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  Mating Net: 29 White to move is Sunday puzzle material.
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