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Anatoly Shmit vs Mikhail Tal
Riga (1971)
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-11-10  Tubba324: LOL.
Looks like Tal was drunk and playing with the other poor fella. The queen sacrifice is forced though or then white would have a lasting positional plus. Methinks 21.Bf2? and 22.g4? also helped a lot the black cause but for certain that position is not very easy to play with white.
Jan-11-10  zanshin: White was defending his position until <33.Qxg5?> which allowed Tal to fork his King and Queen.

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Jan-14-10  Tubba324: I dare to disagree. Methinks the position is completely lost for white anyway. If not 33.Qxg5, what else to play? Black are threatening Nf4, Rg2, etc. If 33.Rg1, Ne3 wins.
Jan-14-10  Tubba324: I guess 32.g5? was the ultimate error. Instead 32.h4 looks interesting. Now W are threatening 33.g5 and 33...Rg2 is not possible (34.Qb8+). Looks like B are forced to play 34...Kh7 and after 35.g5! Rxf5 (whatelse?) 36.gxh6 g6 it looks like Black are still winning but not as easily as in the actual game.
Jan-14-10  zanshin: Rybka 3 comparing <33.Qh3> and <33.Qxg5>

[-0.75] d=18 33.Qh3 Rfe2 34.Qh5 Rbc2 35.Qh3 Ra2 36.Qh5 Rab2 37.Rc1 Nf6 38.Qh3 Ra2 (0:02.59) 10271kN

[-5.94] d=18 33.Qxg5 Rxh2 (0:05.35) 21464kN

Shuffling of pieces by Rybka suggests she cannot find a 'plan', but at least the move is not losing.

Let's see how other engines do.

Jan-14-10  zanshin: Fritz also likes <33.Qh3>

Anatoly Shmit - Mikhail Tal, Riga 1971

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Analysis by Fritz 10:

33.Qh3 Ra2 34.Kg1 Rg2+ 35.Kh1 Rgd2 36.Rc1 Rdc2
ยต (-1.34) Depth: 20/50 00:04:09 389mN

Engines seem to like <33.Qh3> over h4 or f6.

Jan-14-10  zanshin: Fruit is the same: no plan, but 33.Qxg5 is a disaster.

[-1.10] d=20 33.Qh3 Rfe2 34.Qh5 Ra2 35.Rc1 Nf6 36.Rc8 Ne8 37.Rc1 Nd6 38.Kg1 Rg2 39.Kh1 Rad2 40.Re1 Rxh2 41.Qxh2 Rxh2 42.Kxh2 Kf8 43.Kg3 Nc4 44.Kg4 f6 45.Re2 Nxa5 (0:02.43) 157579kN

[-5.31] d=20 33.Qxg5 Rxh2 34.Kg1 Rhg2 35.Qxg2 Rxg2 36.Kh1 Ne3 37.Rd8 Kh7 38.Rf8 Rb2 39.Rxf7 Kg8 40.Rd7 Nxf5 41.Kg1 Ne3 42.Rc7 Kh7 43.Rc3 Ng4 44.Rc8 Ne5 45.Rc3 Nc6 46.Rc5 Rd2 (0:02.56) 172952kN

Mar-26-12  screwdriver: Poor Shmit, thought he won a queen and still lost. Did he not know he was playing the magician from Riga?
Mar-26-12  Octal: What about 32 Re1?

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