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Mikhail Tal vs Fridrik Olafsson
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 18, Oct-07
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C92)  ·  1-0



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  Richard Taylor: great postitional sac by Tal - he seems to create attacks.
Jun-18-08  mate2900s: tal would take piece for three pawns anyday
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  zydeco: What's interesting about the sacrifice is that it has a purely positional basis. White wants to control c5 with pieces and needs to get the bishop off the c-file. The only safe square on the b1-h7 diagonal is h7 so Tal 'tucks' the bishop there, with the assumption that ....g6 fails. Olaffson is under no obligation to trap the bishop, but he's out of ideas now that he can't play .....c5. Maybe 21.....a5 is possible, with the idea of.....Nxb2. 21....f5 might be worth a look.
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  naresb: Blacks intention of Queen side attck with two Knights were paralysed with the absence of c5 pawn, c5 pawn is must when u wish to overrule white's d4 pawn influence. Only when u r off that d4 pawn influence, Black can with the advantage of both the Bishops+rook+Queen to its command can think to penetrate into white's queen side teritory.
Nov-29-15  Mehem: The third game in a row between the two players where Olafsson didn't hold the tension and after 30th move he was completely confused in an equal position. 30... Nf4?, 31... Nh3+?! 32...Bg4? and it's all over.
Jan-09-18  ColdSong: Tal's position can easily be obtained in practical play even after 17,18 quite logical and simple moves but who would dare,even knowing this game,find out that the sacrifice is the best solution and replay it?
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