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Mikhail Tal vs Yuri Averbakh
"Tal Dark and Handsome" (game of the day Jan-05-2009)
3rd Soviet Team Cup prelim (1961), Riga LAT, Oct-??
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1-0



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Nov-05-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: losing to tal,back in '61,was no disgrace!..most GM'S fell to the 'wizard from riga' far as those stories are concerned....keep telling more of 'em..i find 'em quite entertaining
Dec-23-07  enoughsaid05: Tal, the humanity at best! A man with an open heart, who played and win without pride but lose with natural dignity.
Jan-05-09  spikester2848: Its always a pleasure to go through Tal's games.
Jan-05-09  DarthStapler: Great game by a great player
Jan-05-09  Andrijadj: Well,there we see the quality difference between Nezmetdinov and Tal...Nezmet was also able to produce brilliant attacking games,but his score vs Averbakh was horrendeous...Meanwhile Tal was able to do this to Yury...It indicates that Tal was a complete player,and not only an attacker,and Rashid lacked positional sense and technique...
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  Bishoprick: To be able to play like Tal. . .
Jan-05-09  Ryan Razo: ...would indeed be a Tal order. :-)
Jan-05-09  Ryan Razo: Instead of the Ng3 line of this opening variation (which seems more common), Tal somewhat prefers Ne3, possibly to take control of the d5-square.
Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: this must be a Tal-like style of play. But seriously, what's the follow-up to ...Nxd8?
Jan-05-09  Ryan Razo: After Nxd8, poor Yuri will lose his ♕
Jan-05-09  Ychromosome: I agree with Iron Maiden. The analysis should be in an annotation at the end of what was played.
Jan-05-09  furrer: Shouldnt it be Rd8# and not Rd8+
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  kevin86: A usual brilliant finish for Tal
Jan-05-09  Chessmensch: <furrer> It's not mate at that point.
Jan-05-09  cydmd: Although not mentioned, it's interesting the finish for 28... Kg8.

29.Rd6! threatening 30.Rg6#
29... Be6 (the only defense)

Now, it follows a sequence of forced moves.

30.Rxe6!! fxe6 31.Bxe6+ Rf7 32.Qg6+ Kh8 33.Qxf7 threatening 34.Qg8#

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34... Ne7 (the only defense)
35.Qf8+ Kh7 36.Bf5+ Nxf5 and finally 37.Qxc5 winning the black queen.

Note that Averbakh rejected that king position on move 27. Playing 27... Kh8, he would have reached the same position after 28.Qh6+ Kg8.

Jan-05-09  Extremophile: Whe I see one of Tal's games, I can't take myself of watching a few more of his games. They are quite inspiring.
Jan-05-09  champsylove: I too played Averbakh in a classic sicilian dragon. I lost by a fiery breadth. But then Fischer appeared danced around the board and told me to concentrate on my Nadjorf, whilst Magnus Carlsen started playing Matt Damon, claiming he was his long lost brother. All the while Misha Tal was pouring me a glass of brandy whilst listening to Kasparov talk about Russian politics. Would you believe it?
Well I did, untill I woke up. :)
Jan-05-09  whitebeach: <furrer: Shouldnt it be Rd8# and not Rd8+>

No, because black has . . . Nxd8. But then white takes black's queen on b6 and has a purely routine win.

Jan-05-09  talisman: and this man said tal had no character? 8-0 in a-- whuppings.
Jan-05-09  patzer2: Tal's deflection 23. Bxc5!! removes the guard and exposes Black to a decisive Kingside attack after the surprise follow-up 26. Bd3! .
Jan-05-09  xrt999: Does 28...Ke8 help? It leaves the e7 square open for the queen and therefore 29.Rd5 doesnt do as much. Qh8 is met by ...Qf8, etc. Seems like something to look into further.
Jan-07-09  cydmd: I don't think so, <xrt999>. Look at this:

28... Ke8 29.Rd5 Qe7 30.Qxc6+ followed by 31.Qxc8 (30... Bd7 31.Qxb7 winning the rook)

Jan-08-09  furrer: My fault, I missed Nxd8...
Aug-27-20  tessathedog: This is absolutely superb! So, Tal is sitting there contemplating his 20th move. Of course, ...h6 is threatened. Most of us think "ok, gotta save the knight", but Tal, like good players do, manages to look at what HE might do, rather than just be dominated by the threat. Nothing special yet. So he looks at 20 Be3. Not too hard to glance at, because it's a move you would want to play. Develops the bishop, brings to Ra1 into play, and hits the pawn on c5. I can imagine glancing at 20 Be3 myself. But then to play it!? Because he's got to go all the way to move 26 and find the relatively quiet move 26 Bb3! with two strong threats against f7 and g6. Otherwise, 20 Be3 is nonsense. To see 26 Bb3! when contemplating 20 Be3!! is great vision.
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  fiercebadger: I would be drawn to Bb3 because of the associated patterns (qxg6+) perhaps even seeing Rd3 ideas, but i would be aware i was a piece down! Tal pushes the calculation further and sees to a finish as Qf8 and Rb7 both return the piece,
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