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Mikhail Tal vs Robert Byrne
Havana Olympiad Final-A (1966), Havana CUB, rd 2, Nov-14
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation Nezhmetdinov Attack (B69)  ·  1-0



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Jul-24-05  ughaibu: Eaxactly the kind of game one would expect in Chernev's "most instructive".
Mar-16-06  zev22407: A fine game,Tal starts with pressure on the e6 than he ocupies the d5 point with his knight and the attack on blacks king with all his pieces, while black's rooks and bishop are usless.
Mar-16-06  RookFile: When you're playing Tal, you probably don't want to have heavy pieces clear on the other side of the board while he's got every piece he's got lined up to attack your king.
Mar-16-06  Fan of Leko: This is a hard line to play with black. The two bishops would give black a nice ending but the problem is getting there. Probably this line is a bad choice against Tal unless you can defend like Korchnoi, maybe even than. White skillfully avoids trades and builds up the pressure.
Mar-16-06  Cerebrum Of Tal: Beautiful. But I like 33.R-c7 instead of 33. Rb3. Probably Tal was very short of time that he chose that continuation. However, he mentioned that after 36. Rb6!... a5 37 Ra6+ Kb8 38. Rc8+! black is mated. Tal to the end...
Mar-16-06  jackmandoo: You know Tal spelled backwards is "sdrawkcab delleps laT" This explains a lot.
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  tamar: <You know Tal spelled backwards is "sdrawkcab delleps laT" This explains a lot.>

Then if you know that Robert Byrne is an anagram of "Try Born Beer", the mystery is completely cleared up.

Mar-16-06  hayton3: ...And then you are hardly surprised to discover that Robert Byrne and Mikhail Tal both unite to create "Barbarity Hotel, Kremlin".
Mar-17-06  jackmandoo: I'm glad to see other people using their time as constructivly as me.
Mar-17-06  Jim Bartle: A scary thought.
May-21-11  libertyjack: Tal was a great positional player too, as this game demonstrates
Oct-08-11  DarthStapler: Tal's moves flow so gracefully here
Feb-21-18  RookFile: I think Byrne could have waited longer before castling.
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  keypusher: < Cerebrum Of Tal: Beautiful. But I like 33.R-c7 instead of 33. Rb3. >

33.Rc7 is indeed a nice move. The computer informs us that both it and 33.Rb3 force mate in 9.

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  perfidious: Not to be a spoilsport, but Tal could have played Rb6 two moves earlier.

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