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Mikhail Tal vs Vasily Smyslov
"Tal Tales" (game of the day Apr-10-2005)
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 8, Sep-18
Caro-Kann Defense: Breyer Variation (B10)  ·  1-0

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Mikhail Tal vs Vasily Smyslov (1959) Tal Tales


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Dec-21-15  yurikvelo: Smyslov lost game after 10. ... Qa5 (following 11. ... b5 minor mistake). But Tal, playing 12.Bd2 give Smyslov chance for 3-rep draw, which Smyslov didn't see (18. ... Bc7 or 18. ... Bf6 lead to repetition possibility).

If consider neither Tal nor Smyslov see this deep tactical draw possibility - 18. ... Nf6 is not a blunder, game was lost due to weak Smyslov opening play: 4. Nd7?
10. Qa5?
11. b5?

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Dec-21-15
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  offramp: I play the Caro-Kann, because it is Mt Rushmore-like in its solidity.

So my admiration for Tal is colossal; who else could get a position like this


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at move 7 in a Caro-Kann? Against Smyslov??! Total wizardry.

Apr-27-16  johnkr: 18...Nf6 definitely a mistake. As acirce found, 18...Bf6! better. Is it a great game or just a great combination? I favor the latter.
May-02-16  Johnnysaysthankyou: Pardon my ignorance but after Bc6, what, pray tell prevents 19. Bxc6 and after 19...Nxc6 then Qxf7 still? The rook is still pinned, Re8 still leads to smothered mate. Does Bc6 really hold? The alternative being gxf6, what happens on a move such as this? It looks like white can play Nxf7 or rook lift and black's getting mated pretty quick. Someone explain?
May-02-16
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  Retireborn: <Johnny> After 18...Bf6 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.Qxf7 Black can just play 20...Bf5 or 20...Ba6; then the black rooks are connected, which makes all the difference compared to the game.
May-02-16  Johnnysaysthankyou: Okay then, so why not Ng5? I don't see a way that black can defend the threat. I think Ng4 might be the best move after Bf6 if the bishop takes we're back to square one with a mate threat. Bxg5 Qxg5 Nf6 Ng4 etc.
May-02-16  Johnnysaysthankyou: Scratch Ng4, try Rd6 instead. Winning for white.
May-02-16
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  Retireborn: <Johnny> After 18...Bf6 19.Ng5! Bxg5+ 20.Qxg5 Black should not play 20...Nf6 which loses straight away to 21.Qxf6. Instead after 20...f6! 21.Qg3 Ne5 the position is just unclear, I think.
May-02-16  Johnnysaysthankyou: Or just play back to h5. 21. Qh5 gxh7 22. Qxh7 and then black loses on either Rf7 or Rg8. 22...Rf7 Rhe1
22...Rg8 Rxd7 Bxd7 Bxf6+
May-03-16
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  beatgiant: <Johnnysaysthankyou> On 18...Bf6 19. Ng5 Bxg5+ 20. Qxg5 gxh6 21. Qxh6, Black can try <21...Qa1+> 22. Kd2 Qa6. Black threatens to consolidate with ...Bb7 or ...c5, and meanwhile White's own king is getting exposed. What is White's follow-up?


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May-03-16
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  beatgiant: <Johnnysaysthankyou> Sorry I left out a couple of the moves, the line is 18...Bf6 19. Ng5 Bxg5+ 20. Qxg5 <f6> <21. Qh5> gxh6 22. Qxh6 Qa1+ 23. Kd2 Qa6. Resulting position is in the diagram above.
Feb-25-17  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: I play the Caro-Kann, because it is Mt Rushmore-like in its solidity.>

Here's what Tal thinks of solidity:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81T...

Jun-04-17  skemup: I can see only one small inaccuracy(?) in Tal's play here, why he did not play simple 22 Nh6+ spoiling pawn structure ?
Jul-29-17
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  Sneaky: <skemup> Moves like that often make nice zwischenzugs but in this case Tal intentionally wanted the enemy king on f7 to set up the Ne5+/Nxc6 maneuver.
Aug-17-17  Saniyat24: This is a mesmerizing game...such bravery, such domination...that too played in a Candidates match...just incredible chess by Mikhail Tal...!!
Aug-17-17  RookFile: 10.... Nb6 would have been ok for black. White probably has to play 11. Nxc8, not such a glorious end for this advanced knight.
Jan-15-18
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  tpstar: <I love the picture! Both champs are dressed like gentlemen and have an intense look on their faces.>

And the old school demonstration board up top.

Marvelous game.

Jan-15-18  ChessHigherCat: <Eyal: Thanks, <Archives>. That certainly looks like an improvement on the first edition. I'm still unconvinced by the analysis, however... after 13...Bc5 14.Qf4 bxc4 15.Bc3:

Analyzing 15...Qxa2 here is doing the same "trick" of choosing a crappy move for Black which allows for spectacular wins by White. What about 15...Re8! (which is also good, btw, in case of 14.Qh4) - how can White win then?>

I was wondering about 13...Bc5, too, and I had to wade back 4 pages to find your posts, which were very interesting but you didn't analyze 16. Nh6+!, which seems to work:

A) 16... Kh8 17. Qf5 Ne5 18. Nxe5!! Bxf5 19. Nexf7#

B) 16....Kf8 17. Rxd7 Bxd7 18. Bxf6 gxf6 19. Qxf6 Be6 20. Ng5 threatening Nxh7#

C) 16...gxh6 17. Qxh6 Re6 18. Ng5 Qb6 19. Nxe6 fxe6 20. Rxd7 Bxd7 21. Qxf6 Bf8 22. Qh8+ Kf7 23. Qxh7+ Ke8 24. Qh5+ Kd8 (24...Ke7 25. Rd1 Rd8 26. Qh7+ Ke8 27. Qg6+ Ke7 28. Bf6#) 25. Ba5 wins the queen

Mar-16-18  ACMEKINGKRUSHER: Howdy,
Comparing FISCHER & TAL is Impossible. They are Both Greats! TAL's record against Smyslov is 3W, 4L, & 21D. While SMYS has a very Slight edge, I would say that they are more a bit Less TIED! TAL was a good friend of Bobby's. Have you ever seen the photo of Bobby & TAL playing CHESS in TAL's Hspital Bed? BOTH will go down as GREATS in CHESS History! ACME KING KRUSHER
Jun-11-18  Monocle: When grandmasters sat down to play Tal, did they want to keep the game quiet and boring to stifle his creativity, or did they want to encourage him to sacrifice on the grounds that, often as not, it would be unsound?

I can only imagine, after going for a solid opening, Smyslov would have had that sinking feeling around move 14 or so - "Oh, it's going to be one of THOSE Tal games..."

Aug-14-18  Caissa04: This is the guy who called Tal's chess style just "tricks"? Well I guess he just got "tricked"!
Apr-05-20  Sunrise: It's amazing how Tal at his best was able to found complicated positions where he was seemingly lost at first sight, but really always able to slip away safe. E.g. after 13..., Bc5 White seems bad, but it's only a mirage: 14. Qf4!, bxc4; 15. Bc3!, Nh5; 16. Qg5!, f6; 17. Qxh5 [ ±] (or 15..., Re8; 16. Bxf6!, Nxf6; 17. Nxg7!, Be7; 18. Nxe8, Nxe8; [ ⩲])
Apr-05-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: The magic of Tal.
Jun-29-20  Saul Goodman: This game roughly coincides with the moment that Tal passed Smyslov to become the best player in the world.
Jun-29-20  Howard: What about Botvinnik and Keres ?
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