Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

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



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 29 times; par: 37 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 1 more Tal/D A Mohrlok game
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: As you play through the game, you can get the FEN code for any position by right-clicking on the board and choosing "Copy Position (EPD)". Copy and paste the FEN into a post to display a diagram.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
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!
Premium Chessgames Member
  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


Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  DarthStapler: The pun should have been a reference to The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Premium Chessgames Member
  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#)

click for larger view

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

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

click for larger view

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#)

click for larger view

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

Premium Chessgames Member
  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!!
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Direct attacks
by TheDestruktor
Sacrifice and Initiative (Sokolov)
by Ziiggyy
July 31: Mohrlok Next Time
from Game of the Day 2009 by Phony Benoni
from elixab's favorite games by elixab
from The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal by phillipecorrente
Game 46
from The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal by MoonlitKnight
Tal collection of tactical games
by vedimitrov
Game 46
from Life and Games (Tal) by isfsam
Tal plays white against sicillian defense
from Playing White Against Sicilian Defense by In The Soup
A flashpoint finish
from sevenseaman's favorite games by sevenseaman
Mikhail's 1 of the best.
from Ahedres 101 by Lemon69
Sicilian Def: Richter-Rauzer. Classical (B63) 1-0 Stockfish
from Reduced to Richter-Rauzer by fredthebear
Preliminary Round 4- USSR vs West Germany
from Tal at the Varna Olympiad 1962 by jessicafischerqueen
Game 46
from The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal by nakul1964
fav Tal & Topalov games
by guoduke
scilian defense
from benjobench's tal games by benjobench
The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal
by newfiex
game of the day
by shakespeare
Game 62
from Modern Chess Brilliancies (Evans) by Qindarka
Sicilian Def: Richter-Rauzer. Classical (B63) 1-0 Stockfish
from 1960s- The Rise of Fredthebear & Fischer King by fredthebear
plus 18 more collections (not shown)

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us

Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC