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Aleksander S Nikitin vs Mikhail Tal
USSR Championship (1959), Tbilisi URS, rd 17, Feb-07
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  0-1



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Feb-12-06  bumpmobile: I am particularly impressed with 31...Bg5, keeping the rook out of the rest of the game. That is a positional move that proves (as if anyone needed proof) that Tal wasn't just a tactical player (i.e. 22...Nxc3!)
Jun-21-08  mate2900s: smooth win by Tal
Jun-04-09  traction: <chessgames> bit obvious tittle for gotd but i think it'd go pretty well for this one "Tal's Nikitin"
Aug-02-10  dondiegodelavega: Wow! This game deserves way more comments! Awesome stuff!
Jan-04-11  humpysanjose: infamous but amazing game!
Jan-04-11  ughaibu: "Infamous" probably isn't the word you're looking for.
Jan-04-11  DarthStapler: I'm afraid I don't see the win
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  Sastre: 44...Be5 45.Kd2 d4 46.cxd4 Bxd4 47.Kc2 f2 48.Rf8 e3 49.Kd1 c3 50.Ke2 Kc6 51.Ra8 Kb5 .
Sep-16-11  indoknight: yeah, tremendous but infamous...
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  jessicafischerqueen: This live video footage is likely from this game, played at the USSR Championship in <Tbilisi 1959>:

Dec-04-11  indoknight: after 29.Rc3+ yes, white is take back his material . but black have another advantage! 31...Bg5! white bishop and rook is become frozen, and black king have strong defense , it make black pawns and king can also be used to attack and defense in the same time. good game by Tal!
Dec-04-11  indoknight: in the middle , Tal is looks like Kasparov .in the ending , Tal is looks like Karpov
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: 24...Nd7! (Houdini) would have won much faster...

click for larger view White's queenside counterplay is stopped in its tracks and g2 can't be adequately defended.

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  zydeco: Very proud of myself for finding 21....Nxe4 and 22....Nxc3 on Guess-the-Move. Play through enough Tal games and you start to sense where the sacrifices are going to be (although I'm sure I never would have looked into it if it were one of my games).

<SwitchingQuylThulg> It's very hard to imagine a human being playing 24....Nd7, good as it may be. First, you give up a queen, then you move backwards....

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