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Mikhail Tal vs Andres Vooremaa
"Tal in Tallin" (game of the day Apr-26-2006)
Tallinn (1971), Tallinn EST, rd 6, Feb-28
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B48)  ·  1-0

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Apr-29-06
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  chancho: Here is the complete quote given by Najdorf at the USSR vs Rest Of The World match 1970.

<"When (then-world-champion Boris) Spassky offers you a piece, you might as well resign then and there. But when Tal offers you a piece, you would do well to keep playing, because then he might offer you another, and then another, and then ... who knows?"> source: wikipedia

Apr-29-06  CapablancaFan: <ughaibu> <Botvinnik: If Tal sacrifices, accept. If I sacrifice, think it over. If Petrosian sacrifices, decline.> I thought the quote was something like " If Tal sacrafices, accept. If Botvinnik sacrafices, think it over, if Petrosian sacrafices, resign!
Apr-30-06  whatthefat: A google search shows that Edward Winter agrees with <ughaibu>'s version:

<Botvinnik quote from Chess Explorations, by Edward Winter (page 232). "If Tal sacrifices a piece - take it, If I do, check the variations, and if it is Petrosian - decline the sacrifice.">

Perhaps it should be considered a proverb, rather than a quote. :)

Apr-30-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: As a general piece of advice it is not much use now.
Apr-30-06  whatthefat: <offramp>
Isn't that a prerequisite for proverbs? :P
May-01-06  Zebra: What nationality is/was Vooremaa - presumably Estonian?
May-01-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: He is indeed an Estonian; http://www.fide.com/ratings/card.ph...
May-01-06  Fast Gun: What exactly is the Bastrikov variation of the Sicilian Paulsen anyway ?
May-22-06  dehanne: The first 5 moves of this game define the Bastrikov variation, I believe.
Sep-02-06  Nikita Smirnov: I think i saw Vooremaa in the Scandinvaian GP at Tallin (in a magazine).
Oct-31-06  penosov: I think I have it in a CD, as Flash lecture. I believe it was comented by IM Bill Paschall.
Nov-18-07  notyetagm: Wow.
Apr-14-08  enoughsaid05: In this game I think Tal's sacrifices are sound, though it takes me a long time to think why.

14) Qg3

Tal seizes a dangerous initiative. He has an idea in mind of attacking the g7 pawn, then marching his pawns straight up to the king.

14) ... exd4 15) Qxg7 Rf8

From 14 to 15, Tal has gotten hold of a tempo.

16) e5 Be7 17) f5 f6

The pawn march.

Here 18) Nf4!!

If 18) ... Nxe4, 19) Qxe7 Kxe7 20) Nd5+ and Tal has equal material.

If 18) ... exd4 19) Nd5! Qa5 20) f6 Qxd5 21) fxe7 Nxe7 22) Qxf8#

If 18) ...exd4 19) Nd5! Qe8 20) f6 Rf7 21) Qg8+ Rf8 22) f7#

19) exf6!

If 19) ...Rxg7 20) fxg7 Kf6 21) f6! Bishop goes away 22) Bc4+, white promotes his pawn

If 19) ...Rxg7 20 fxg7 Kf6 21) f6! Bxf6 22) Nxh4 Na5 23) Rxf6+ Qxf6 24) Nxf6 and White has equal pieces with better pawn structure

The rest is up to our imagination as to how much damage can the double pawn do along the f file.

Apr-27-09  RobertLangdon: This game makes me sick! Such a chaos is unbearable.
Aug-02-09  WhiteRook48: my version:
If Tal sacrifices, resign
If Spassky sacrifices, think it over
If Botvinnik sacrifices, make sure you don't become Capablanca
Sep-23-09  birthtimes: It's interesting to note that Tal, in his book "Attack With Mikhail Tal", gives two exclamation points to 20. Bc4 and says, "Diverting the knight both from the e-file, and away from the g6 square beside the king, from where in certain variations the queen will continue the attack" (1999, p. 8). So he must not have seen the ramifications of 20. Qh8+, either then nor later...
Jun-12-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: Tal le magnifique.
Jul-20-11  Brandon plays: Wow... This game is insane. Tal sacrifices so much material and yet he wins seemingly with ease.
May-28-14  Rookiepawn: Someone said (I think O'Kelly) that playing the Sicilian against Tal is like diving into the water because of fearing the rain...
Apr-26-16  ToTheDeath: Superb.
Apr-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: The quote I heard is that if Spassky sacs a piece, you might as well resign right then and there. However, if Tal sacs a piece, you might want to keep playing because he might sacrifice another, and you never know

*****

Aug-01-16  Finnishplayer: I have seen this game commented in the book (if I remember right) Mikhael Talīs 100 best games. If I remember right then 20. Bc4 was a mistake.
Aug-01-16
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  perfidious: <Honza Cervenka: <Someone said that there is always a win against Tal, but only in the after-analysis.> I don't know who said exactly this but it was Korchnoi who averred that if Tal sacrifices a piece, the opponent can calmly take it and if Spassky sacrifices a piece, the opponent can calmly resign.>

<WhiteRook48: my version:
If Tal sacrifices, resign
If Spassky sacrifices, think it over
If Botvinnik sacrifices, make sure you don't become Capablanca>

In a bridge book co-authored by Terence Reese, of all places, I came across the following quote attributed to Botvinnik:

<If Tal offers you a pawn, take it.

If Petrosian offers you a pawn, decline it.

If I offer you a pawn, think it over.>

Feb-03-19  OBender: <birthtimes>,<Finnishplayer>: You guys are right. 20.♗c4 is definitely a mistake, which gives away most of White's advantage. The notes to this game in "Attack with Mikhail Tal" are careless to the point of being outright awful. The authors also completely overlook that 25...♕d5 is a blunder, handing back the winning advantage to White. 25...♕a5 is much more resilient.
Dec-27-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  jith1207: My version:
<#*********#
If Tal offers you a sacrifice, accept.

If Botvinnik offers you a sacrifice, check the variations.

If I offer you a sacrifice, Game Over.
For me, not for you. Rejoice!
#**********#>

At least, this piece of advice might be useful in future.

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