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Mikhail Tal vs Alexander Koblents
Riga (1961), Riga LAT
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  1-0



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Nov-15-03  Shadout Mapes: These two really had some interesting games. Here's an all-out slugfest. Three queen sacs.
Nov-16-03  ughaibu: It's a great game, if Kasparov had played it, it would be downgraded as homework, why's that?
Nov-16-03  Benjamin Lau: On a similar issue, the thing I find the most interesting is that homework gets downgraded at all. You would think that people would appreciate and admire a player like Kasparov who took the time and effort to diligently analyze and study so many positions in the opening, creating many novelties in the process that, according to rumor, will likely never be used anyway. I don't look fondly upon Kasparov's occasionally childish attitude nor his (currently) mediocre performance against computers, but it puzzles me that so many would consider homework dishonorable, even disgraceful.
Nov-16-03  ughaibu: Especially if one compares the attitude to Kasparov's homework with the adulation of Fischer, the archetypical homeworker.
Nov-27-03  AdrianP: The idea 13. exf6!? (or ?!) comes, it seems to me from, Keres vs Fischer, 1959

Keres apparently dreamed up this queen sacrifice idea on a fishing trip with some Russian GM I cannot remember. They called it the "Fishing Trip Variation" and decided to save it as a surprise for Fischer (knowing that he'd play the Najdorf). Much to Keres' chagrin, obviously, Fischer refutes it over the board!

Mar-18-04  Jim Bartle: My impression is that Kasparov is criticized not simply because he prepares variations at home, but because he supposedly has a whole team which spends its time looking for new lines. This supposedly gives K an unfair advantage. (I remember the same criticism of Karpov when he was champion, that he had the whole Soviet apparatus helping him.) Valery Salov complained about this bitterly a number of years ago. I have no idea whether this criticism is justified, but it does occur to me that when a player sits down at the board, he's all alone.

Is this game from a tournament or is it a training game? Koblents was Tal's coach and good friend, and they must have played hundreds of games...

Mar-18-04  Drstrangelove: Actually I heard that was completly false. I heard that he has a select few that he works with and in actuality he comes up with most of his lines on his own. And to say that this is an "unfair advantge" isn't logical, for anand, kramnik, and someother super elite could hire a team if they wanted too, which they do,they all have seconds. Kasparov just had a crazy amount of motivation to stay on top, which is ironic because it seems that he lacks motivation nowadays.
Mar-18-04  jaime gallegos: Anand, Kasparov, etc are professional players ... they use computer programs and are helped by other players to find new lines , openings, whatever ... somebody spoke about Polugaevsky lately as an excellent player who study few lines to develop on tournaments ... now with chess programs like Shredder or Fritz ( to quote few of them ) we can learn and develop better chess ! I think this is not wrong ...
Mar-18-04  drukenknight: 26 Bxc3?
May-26-04  ughaibu: Hinchliffe: Chessbase has 12 examples of the position after white's 13th move, 5 white wins, 4 black wins and 3 draws.
Sep-29-04  RisingChamp: My goodness-this is higly spectacular even by Tals standards!!I love this type of chess and I hope the future produces more ppl like Tal instead of those who think like Kramnik(I think Kramnik is so good he could play almost like this if he wanted but he doesnt).
Jan-25-05  linmaica: I had the opportunity to ask Mijail Tal himself about this wonderful game; he told me it was a training game, and he thought it was very incorrect. In any case, itīs a masterpiece of art
Mar-02-05  Gowe: Linmaica, very interesting your post. How did you meet him? do you know any interesting histoty about him?
May-03-05  aw1988: This has absolutely got to be a training game. I know Tal's play was mad, but this is ridiculous. Koblents and Tal even made some insane draws together!
Jul-16-05  lopium: ahahazzz!! I can't believe it! No kibitzes yet, but this game merit them! Come on!
Jul-16-05  aw1988: This is a kibitz.
Jul-16-05  Shokwave: OMG....Tal just destroys his trainer, in a game featuring a Queen sac and a promotion to a Knight over an extremely long sequence...amazing.
Jul-16-05  halcyonteam: I support you<lopium>

This is another fantastic (crazy) game by TAL featuring a queen sac, for a pwan promotion, eventually winning the endgame.

So easy the way he does it.

Jul-16-05  ughaibu: The kibitzing is on the duplicate: Tal vs Koblents, 1961
Jul-24-05  A.Alekhine: Wow.Tal truly demolishes his trainer and his insight is amazing on the way he handled the whole game
Feb-01-06  Chess Classics: This game is in the database twice! The only difference is that Tal promotes to a queen this time, in the other one he promotes to a knight.


Feb-01-06  talisman: wonder why he broke from the "maestro"?
Oct-02-06  ghaiethe: wonderful "end or not" game
Aug-11-07  xeroxmachine: Ah here it is finally. Probably my favorite game ever. Thanks to ughabaoi, for refinding it through the "50 games better than that other Tal game." collection.
Jun-23-08  mate2900s: these are my kind of games a slugfest no 15 move draw reminds me of "Rumble in the Jungle.
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