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Mikhail Tal vs Gedeon Barcza
Varna ol (Men) fin-A (1962), Varna BUL, rd 11, Oct-09
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: Black lags behind in development and Tal sacrifices his way to Black's King.
Jul-23-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: There are 2 versions of this game on the site: this one and another of just 25 moves, which strangely does include move 27, but not moves 25 and 26.
Sep-26-08  Sem: Why not 21...Ba1 threatening Qb2 checkmate, to have at least some counterattack?
Sep-26-08  ughaibu: White takes the rook and black will soon have to play Kf6, white then takes the bishop.
Jan-23-12  drukenknight: why not 13...Qxa2?
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  GrahamClayton: <drukenknight>why not 13...♕xa2?

13...♕xa2 14. c3 ♕b1+ 15. ♗b1, and Black has placed his Queen out of the game, while White's multiple threats still remain.

Jan-31-12  drukenknight: 15...Bf8 and if

16. Rd4 h6

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  Chessical: <Qxa2> was taken at the time to be refuted by <Qe5>; the position is complex much to the taste of Tal:


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(a) 14. Qe5 Kf8 15. Nxe7 Kxe7 16. c3 h6 17. Bb1 Qa4 18. Be3 Rhc8

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19. Bc5+ Ke8 20. Qd6 Rxc5 21. Qxc5 Qf4+ 22. Re3 Rc8 23. Qd4 Qxd4 24. Rxd4

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; and White is the exchange for a pawn up with good attacking prospects.


(b) <14. Nxg7+> Kf8 (if <14... Kd8> then 15. Qe5 wins) 15. Qe5 Rg8 16. Nxe6+ Qxe6

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17. Qf4 Rxg5 18. Rxe6 Nd5 19. Rxe7 Nxf4 20. Rxd7 Nxd3+ 21. R1xd3 Rxg2 22. Rf3; and White will win the <f> pawn to double his Rooks on the 7th.

Jan-31-12  drukenknight: If one does not like complicated positions it is hard to understand what he is doing at a chess board in the first place.
Jun-10-12  thickhead: I would have continued with 25 c3
Dec-17-12  parisattack: <Chessical: Black lags behind in development and Tal sacrifices his way to Black's King.>

I fancy this was one of Tal's 'little secrets.' He'd get a lead in development early and by the time his opponent caught up - combo time!

I see many games where he lets his opponent initiate an exchange which helps Tal's development... In the hands of the Magician from Riga, a couple of those is all it takes for the other player to land in hot water.

Aug-07-13  leka: There are the other version of this game. 24.Rg3 Qe5 25.f4 Qe2 26.Kxb2 a5 27.Rd7!
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