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Mikhail Tal vs Miroslav Filip
"Dwarfed by Tal" (game of the day Mar-22-2005)
Moscow (1967), Moscow URS, rd 2, May-22
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Modern Variation Kasparov Attack (B17)  ·  1-0



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Oct-08-03  talchess2003: oh sorry didn't scroll up only read ur last comment diggity
Oct-08-03  talchess2003: who here agrees w/ me that the picture provided in the database is horrible??? It makes him look like the devil! Tal was more of an amiable character than that.

A great book on Tal is "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal" he annotated it himself and provided many explanations on the strategy and tactical opportunities of the game. It really brings out his personality. He also expresses his views on alternative variations in the opening.

Btw, sorry if it looks like I am spamming I have a lot to say about Tal, I try to memorize all of his good games (yet I find them too many)

Oct-08-03  Diggitydawg: <what is wrong w/ 22...Rd2?> DK, absolutely nothing, it's a good move, better than the one that Filip made. <talchess> Tal was certainly like the devil on the chessboard :-)
Mar-22-05  Abaduba: <diggitydawg> I agree completely about the photo. It's a perfect representation of just how intimidating Tal was to play. Speaking of which, it seems like every other Tal game you see, he's crushing the Caro-Kann. Wonder why people kept playing it against him? (-:
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  offramp: Filip was one of the tallest of all masters.
Mar-22-05  Runemaster: <Abaduba> If they played the Sicilian, things usually went even worse!
Mar-22-05  Marvol: Both Fritz and Crafty advise Black on several occasions between the 22nd and 25th move to get his Queen to f6 instead of e6. So the major weakness in Black's defence seems to be not to play Qf6.

The main idea behind it is to play ... ♕g5, taking the sting out of white's attack. White subsequently has three pawns (he can win the one on e5) for the bishop, but Black has the pair of bishops. Both engines slightly favor Black then but I'd say it's rather drawish.

Mar-22-05  Assassinater: Erm... I have a question: Why not simply: 27... Rxa3 28. Bd4 exd4 29. Bxe5+ Bxe5?
Mar-22-05  Timetraveller: <drukenknight and Diggitydawg: what is wrong w/ 22...Rd2?> Check again; I believe White wins after 22...Rd2; 23. Bxe5, Qxf2+ (not 23...Rxf2; 24.Qxg6+); 24. Kh1, Black's knight hanging on g6 is a big problem since 24...Qb6 allows White to use the now open f-file 25. Rf1+ winning.
Mar-22-05  kevin86: Black will lose a piece and when it boils down,he will be at only a rook and bishop vs a rook and two bishops.
Mar-22-05  kevin86: <offramp> how tall?
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  keypusher: <Abaduba> Botvinnik had very good results with it against Tal in the 1961 match. There is also this game, which Tal called one of the most undistinguished in his whole life:

Tal vs Shamkovich, 1971

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  offramp: <kevin86> He might have been 7ft 8in. Vassily Smyslov is 7ft 6in now, but he was much much taller in 1955.
Mar-22-05  MoonlitKnight: <offramp> Sure you don't mean 6 ft instead of 7? :-)
Mar-22-05  soberknight: <drukenknight> The point of 22...Qe6 was to force the queen away with 23...Qg4. That's why Tal played 23 h3, to guard g4. As Marvol wrote, 22...Qf6 intending 23...Qg5 might have worked better.
Mar-23-05  patzer2: Tal's demolition of Pawn Structure combination 19. Nxf7! results in a series of forced deflections, culminating in a key final deflection 27. Rxd4! to set up a decisive pin with 28. Bd5!
Mar-23-05  patzer2: Black could have put up a better defense with 24...Rd2!?, even though White retains a small but clear initiative.

It would appear White is playing for a win and Black is fighting to hold the draw after 24...Rd2!? 25.Re1 Rxf2 (25...Bd6?! 26.f4 Rf2 27.Rd1 Qf6 28.Bxg6+ Qxg6 29.Qxg6+ Kxg6 30.Rxd6+ ) 26.Bxe5 Be7 27.Bf4 Rf1+! 28.Rxf1 Qxe4 29.Bg5+ Kg8 30.Bxe7 Nxe7 31.Qf7+ Kh7 32.c4 Nf5 33.Qh5+ Kg8 34.Qg5 Be6 35.Kh2 Qe5+ 36.Qf4 Qe2 37.Rf2 Qe1 38.Rd2 Kh7 39.Rd8 g5 40.Qf3 (40.Qxg5 Qe5+ 41.Kg1 Qe1+ 42.Kh2 Qe5 ) 40...Qe5+ 41.g3 Kg6 42.Rd2 Nd6 43.Re2 Qf5 44.Qxf5+ Kxf5 (Fritz 8 assesses +0.56 @ 17 depth). White maintains a small but clear endgame advantage.

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  offramp: <patzer2: Tal's demolition of Pawn Structure combination 19. Nxf7! results in a series of forced deflections, culminating in a key final deflection 27. Rxd4! to set up a decisive pin with 28. Bd5!>

Originally I said that Patzer2's kibitzes should be carved in colossal letters on the side of a mighty mountain.

But now I think that they should be shouted while saluting in full uniform to a line of nervous new recruits.

Mar-23-05  patzer2: <offramp> Well I did serve in the military, but was never a Drill Sergeant. I would hope my posts are sometimes helpful and instructive, without being intimidating.
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  offramp: Sir! Yes sir!!

Seriously, I DO find your posts helpful and instructive.

Jul-28-08  whiteshark: <A Tal's medium short!> :D
Apr-06-15  zydeco: Tal (in his Life and Games) says that he badly wanted to play 16.Nh5 Bc8! 17.Nxg7 Kxg7 18.Ng4 but remembered this game Tal vs Keres, 1959 and decided against it.

Filip's chance was 22....Rd2 23.Rf1 Bc5. Tal planned to reply 24.Bc3 Rxf2 25.Qxg6+ Qxg6 26.Bxg6+ Kxg6 27.Rxf2 but felt that the game would end in a draw after 27....Bf5.

24....Rd6 was black's last real defensive chance.

May-07-17  Saniyat24: Tal was born only to play chess...this here is a big Ruby from his treasure chest....!!! What an absolutely fantastic game...!!
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  Honza Cervenka: 23...Bd7 with idea 24...Bc6 can be viable.
Nov-02-19  AliSawalha: Ra6 was blunder move
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