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Mikhail Tal vs Hans-Joachim Hecht
"Misha Impossible" (game of the day Aug-29-2016)
Varna Olympiad Final-A (1962), Varna BUL, rd 9, Oct-06
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  1-0



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Aug-29-16  morfishine: And a special Brilliancy prize should be awarded to: <Davolni: WOW!!!!!!

what a game... GOD!!!!

B E A U T I F U L!!!!!> for his infectious enthusiasm imparted while describing this game, combined with his keen ability to avoid using the worn-out and thoroughly trampled on adjective 'amazing'



Aug-29-16  kupton: Tal easily disposes of Mr Hecht in the 2 other games they played.
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  kevin86: Poor black where to go!
Aug-29-16  HaydenB: Amazing number of Tal brilliancies seem to end with the mushroom cloud parting only to reveal a stock won endgame.
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  Eggman: This gem was never game of the day until now?? Gosh!

It's a shame that Black didn't play on a few more moves, because the finish would have been quite pretty:

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49...Rxg5 50.Kxg5 d3 51.g7 d2 52.g8/Q d1/Q 53.Qb3+, trading queens and winning the pawn ending!

Aug-29-16  Ironmanth: Agree with so many of the comments already here. A truly brilliant game. I kept saying, merely, "wow" throughout. Bravo, Misha!
Aug-29-16  jith1207: Amazing!
Aug-29-16  tonsillolith: <Whitehat1963: I can't believe I've never seen this Tal brilliancy before. Is it me, or does Tal love to present his opponents with "simultaneity problems"? That is, "If you threaten this, I'll threaten something of yours that's even bigger, while at the same time giving you two targets to choose from, both choices being bad.">

In go they have a term for similar situations: <miai>. What it refers to precisely is two locations A and B on the board, so that if either one of the players plays at A, then the other will play at B, or vice versa, and each possibility has (roughly) equal result.

Often miai will remain on the board for many moves, since neither player has the need to collapse the wave function yet. Perhaps it's comparable to the tension present in a 2x2 square of 4th and 5th rank pawns in a chess game.

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  PawnSac: yes agreed. Game of day is great.
but whats with the player of the day? If someone is worthy enough to be player of the day, can't we dignify him/her with a picture?

shouldn't there be a rule?... one can't be made player of the day without a picture! I mean, if you contact said player and tell him you wish to honor him as "player of the day" i'm sure most would be willing to provide a photo.

Aug-29-16  morfishine: BTW: There's nothing "amazing" about this game. "Enchanting" yes....


Sorry, as usual, a resounding: NO


Aug-29-16  newzild: I remember seeing this many years ago in Tal's book "Life and Games".

It was just as astonishing today as it was back then.

I love the fact that Tal's extraordinary attack peters out into an endgame where he has a positional advantage (Black's weak pawns), which is nicely converted.

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  offramp: <Eggman: This gem was never game of the day until now?? Gosh!>

Incredible isn't it? Never once before, apart from the time I mentioned.

Sep-01-16  Moszkowski012273: Black played most of this game quite well.....
Nov-05-17  Andresiano: Why not 16... Qxc3?
Nov-06-17  Nerwal: <Why not 16... Qxc3?> This looks possible but very risky. White has a choice between 17. ♘c4 (17... ♕xd3? 18. ♖d1 +-) and 17. ♗a6!?.
Nov-06-17  RookFile: Black played a good game too. Very interesting game.
Nov-30-17  Senk: Annotations by Hans-Joachim Hecht (in German) can be found in Helmut Pfleger's book "Partien deutscher Schachgroßmeister" (1983). Hecht's autobiography "Rochaden - Schacherinnerungen" (2015) has this game with comments by Hecht and Tal (also in German).
Oct-16-18  jonjoseph: A very absorbing game but it was spoiled by the double moves when I pressed the play button and when I switched back to check what had happened there were some moves where 4 pieces jumped at once. Certainly not the way to see such a complicated brilliant game by Tal Pieces moving in sync on distant parts of the board can lose the flavour of the game. The youtube version does not stop to consider when I do , but it resisted 4 piece moves at once .
Oct-18-18  jonjoseph: When I looked to see if there was a Logic Puzzle to compare with Brexit it seemed to me that there is something equally illogical about too many references to computers when analysing Chess . It`s more about right and wrong (just like on an internet forum ) than appreciating the game as a human activity .Computers calculate millions of possible combinations and most of those combinations are wrong too .Humans can make a few mistakes in a 30 move game . A computer can make several million wrong moves and very fast so I don`t think I want to be a computer .
Nov-21-19  krishnakonan: Here is what Hecht has to tell about the happenings in this actual game. Taken from the book "The Magic Tactics of Mikhail Tal".

However, I almost jumped out of my
chair at this reply, because I had only
been reckoning with 19.'Qb3. But that
was not all. Suddenly a large demonstration
board became free on my right
and our position was quickly set up on
it. Avid for sensations, most spectators
streamed towards our board. In addition
Tal's fellow team members were
standing round the board like the pipes
on an organ.

And here the temperamental Miguel Najdorf, who was watching the game, ame up to me and kissed me. This move has something in common with the well known game Lilienthal-Capablanca, Has tings 1934/35, in which the young master quickly forced the capitulation of the ex-World Champion. ‘Hecht made his reply without thinking', is how Tal saw the key scene in the game, the crowning point of which will be a positional queen sacrifice . . .

Here my composure finally left me. It
took minutes before I was in any fit
state co calculate the following variations.
Tal considered this game to be
one of the most beautiful in the Olympiad.
For me it is a wonderful example
of harmonious piece coordination. In
any case I still had enough nerve left to
find the best defence."

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  keypusher: <krishnakonan> Thanks for sharing that great anecdote! Hecht was a good sport and a good witness.
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  keypusher: <This move has something in common with the well known game Lilienthal-Capablanca, Has tings 1934/35, in which the young master quickly forced the capitulation of the ex-World Champion. >

Lilienthal vs Capablanca, 1935

There's also

Lasker vs E Delmonte, 1906

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  carpovius: After 21.Bf5 three Tal's pieces an a pawn are under attack. Gush!
Apr-27-20  Albion 1959: More Tal magic ! The most striking feature about this queen sacrifice, is that does not lead to a forced checkmate, nor does it win material, not even a pawn !! Indeed after the smoke has cleared, Tal emerges a pawn down ! But has more activity for his pieces and has saddled Hecht with six isolated pawns that were too weak in the endgame. This was enough for Tal. This is the type of sacrifice that I doubt if the strongest chess programs would play, because and the end of it, white is a pawn down and would therefore reject it. Vintage Tal ! This Tal classic did not even find it's way into Irving Chernev's The Golden Dozen, where Tal was featured, but not this game!
Nov-09-20  Soob: Tal was an amazing player. He could play such deep moves!
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