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Mikhail Tal vs Dragoljub M Ciric
Sarajevo (1966), rd 12, Apr-02
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1-0



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  GrahamClayton: Capturing the Rook would allow mate in 3 (39..Rh8 40. Qh8+ Ke7 41. d6+ Ke6 42. Qe5#), so Black at least gets the satisfaction of getting 2 Queens on the board!
Aug-28-08  sicilianhugefun: majestic!!!
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  GrahamClayton: Source: "Batsford Book of Chess Records", Yakov Damsky, Batsford, 2005
Apr-25-09  ChessYouGood: Tal is an animal
Apr-25-09  Jim Bartle: Mated on b7 with two queens sitting on a1 and b1.
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  keypusher: In <The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal>, Tal recounts that this game took place in the 11th round, with Ciric in the lead by 1 and 1/2 points.

<There was an amusing finish to [the game]. For this encounter, apart from the normal fans with a good understanding of chess, many sports fans arrived. In the time scramble, with the spectators somewhat behind the players, Ciric obtained a second queen on the 39th move, but resigned on the 40th move, and shook my hand. On seeing the handshake and the two black queens on the board, the less experienced spectators shouted "Bravo, Cira!", while at the same time the more qualified section of the public was shouting "Bravol, Tal!" They were all quietened by the demonstrator who hung up on the board the sign, "White won".>

Tal and Ciric finished tied for first.

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  vonKrolock: <keypusher> Good one!

<14.c4> Allowing a little combination that exchange some material, but of course the ♗ of e5 will disappear, and Tal was in accordance...

Apr-25-09  Jim Bartle: Duh! I should have said mated on g7, of course.
May-03-09  remolino: Unbelievable. How precise.
May-03-09  WhiteRook48: winning when down a queen? Tal style!
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  OBIT: Holy cow, what a finish! On move 37, I'm sure we mere mortals would play 37. Ra1, thinking it is critical to stop that a-pawn. Tal, however, ignores the pawn and sets up a not at all obvious mating net with 37. c5!! a2 38. Qe5!

After 38...Qb1 Black's pawn is sure to promote, but 39. Rh8! forces mate. IMO, the most remarkable finish comes after 39...Rxh8 40. Qxh8+ Ke7 41. d6+ Ke6 42. Qe5# -- all Tal has left is the queen and some pawns, but that is still enough to mate the king in the middle of the board!

Feb-28-10  butilikefur: the cool idea being 39...Qe4+ 40. Qxe4 a1=Q 41. Qh7
Apr-25-10  butilikefur: actually 39...Qe4+ 40. Qxe4 a1=Q 41. Qe5 also works with 42. Qd6+

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