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Mikhail Tal vs Dieter Mohrlok
"Mohrlok Next Time" (game of the day Jul-31-2009)
Varna Olympiad qual-1 (1962), Varna BUL, rd 4, Sep-19
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B63)  ·  1-0



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Nov-23-05  DanRoss53: A relatively unknown masterpiece by Mikhail Tal. When Black resigned, the best available move was 31... ♘g8; after 32. ♗xh6! the Queen must be sacrificed with either 32... ♕f6 or 32... ♘xh6 33. ♖gxh6 ♕xh4 to avoid Mate.
Jul-22-07  petemarkou: You are forgetting that the queen is already threatened. The queen should go to c7 or d7 but then white plays 32 RxN
Jun-03-09  totololo: GREAT MUSIC!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I wonder if 20...Nc4 was a stereotyped move that failed to take the specific position into consideration. After 21.Bxd4,bxc4; 22.Nd4, the Nb3 is back in the game (and would eventually end it), while an active Knight has been removed by a passive Bishop. What of 20...Nf7, which hits the Rg5 and prevents the future Rh1-h6? If 21.Rxg7!?,Bxg7; 22.Rg1,Nh8 allows the Queen to protect the Bishop whilst preparing ...Nh8-g6 to block the file.
Jul-31-09  solskytz: a very amusing pun!
Jul-31-09  malbase: This game is well known. It appeared in the NY Times, Chess Life and Chess Review, and probably a whole lot of other newspapers. It also appeared in Mikhail Tal's own Chess magazine in a game collection.
Jul-31-09  nuwanda:
I like this game very much, because its such an "normal" game from Tal, no magic moves. Just giving a pawn for open lines on blacks king, and then simply increasing the pressure... one can easily imagine to play such a game oneself (i wonder why i never do...)

maybe 27...h6 was the decisive fault by black, from then on Rxf6 was always in the air, and when Tal managed to control e7 with his knights, 30.Nc3, 31.Nc6, this was decisive.

i wonder if black shouldnt have grabbed the opportunity and play 26...c3


Jul-31-09  kevin86: A brilliant game by Tal,despite its lack of stormy flair. He can win NORMAL games too.
Jul-31-09  Crocomule: One of the first great g6 sacs: Boleslavsky-Spassky '58; Tal-Stoltz '59.
Jul-31-09  True2theGame: A nice tight game... No Riga-rous antics, just a straight forward pummelling!!! Impressive all the same.
Jul-31-09  WhiteRook48: the Mohrlocks
H. G. Wells. the time machine
Jul-31-09  DarthStapler: The pun should have been a reference to The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
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  Sneaky: No, the pun should have been a reference the famous MURLOC, those half-man half-fish people that inhabit the World of Warcraft. Maybe the pun could have been RwlRwlRwlRwl !!!
Jul-31-09  ounos: I'm looking what seems to be a better defense for Black: 25. ...e5 26. Nde2 Be6 27. f4 Ke8

Looks pretty safe. Of course I'm not sure for almost any move :)

Jul-31-09  cydmd: There's no defense for the threat 32.Rxf6+ because the black queen must leave the diagonal d8-h4.

31... Qc7 32.Rxf6+ Kg8 (32... gxf6 or 32... Kxf6 then 33.Qg6#)

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33.R6xh6 threatening 34.Rh8+ Kf7 35.Qg6#

33... Qxc6 (forced) 34.Rh8+ Kf7 35.Qg6+ Ke7 36.Nd5+

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36... Kd8 37.Rxf8! Rxf8 38.Bg5+ Re7 (38... Kd7 39.Qe6#) 39.Bxe7+ Kd7 40.Qe6+ Ke8 41.Nf6+ Rxf6 42.Rh8+ Rf8 43.Rxf8#


36... Kd7 37.Rxf8! Rxf8 38.Qe6+ Kd8 39.Bg5+ Rf6 (39... Re7 40.Qxe7#) 40.Rh8#

Another response to 33.R6xh6 is

33... g5 34.Rh8+ Kf7 35.Qxg5 (threatening 36.Qg6#)

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35... Qxc6 (forced) 36.R4h7+ Bg7 37.Qxg7#

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  beatgiant: <ounos>
It looks risky to open the d5 and f5 squares with <25...e5>, with possibilities like 25...e5 26. Nf5 Qb8 27. Nd5 Nxd5 28. Rxh7.
Jul-31-09  felixd: Nc3!!!
Jul-31-09  vijaymathslpjz: the point is the king is in grave danger altho it looks safe!!
Sep-27-12  wordfunph: "This was the only game I played in 1962 which I felt satisfied about."

- Mikhail Tal

Source: Modern Chess Brilliances by Larry Evans

Sep-27-12  ughaibu: The games mentioned by Crocomule: Tal vs Stoltz, 1960 and Spassky vs Boleslavsky, 1958
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  perfidious: <wordfunph> Hard to believe that Tal vs Hecht, 1962 did not please him.
May-22-14  Zugzwangovich: A mating sequence given by <cydmd> goes 31... Qc7 32.Rxf6+ Kg8 33.R6xh6 Qxc6 34.Rh8+ Kf7 35.Qg6+ Ke7 36.Nd5+ Kd8 37.Rxf8! Rxf8 38.Bg5+ Re7 39.Bxe7+ Kd7 40.Qe6+ Ke8 41.Nf6+ Rxf6 42.Rh8+ Rf8 43.Rxf8#. Very nice, but what is White's follow-up after 41...gf6 instead of Rxf6?
Dec-24-16  clement41: Nice 15 g6! line-opening pawn sac! Because the position is heavily tempo-based. I must confess I fully failed to spot 30 Nc3!! although I did notice black's king's precarious position

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