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



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Apr-26-06  CapablancaFan: Tal left his queen enprise for 2 moves (19 & 20). I know that if the queen is captured that Tal recovers the piece with advantage, but it still takes nerves to play that way!
Apr-26-06  Holden: Kopec says at the beginning of the lecture that the point of the session is not to understand all of the lines, but simply to appreciate the beauty of Tal's play.

That being the premise of the lesson, I thought Kopec did a fine job. I enjoyed the lecture - especially Kopec's description of 17. f5. <"It's not clear; it doesn't threaten an immediate win. It just threatens everything!"> - Kopec

Apr-26-06  blingice: <> should have done an obscure reference (only to the people over 20 and living outside America) and had this pun be "Still Tallin", if anyone has heard 2PAC's song "Still Ballin'", or even heard of 2PAC (I'm fearing the answer from this crowd)...
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  ganstaman: <blingice> haha, you keep trying to get to use rap references (or at least you thought 'Pall Mall' or whatever they did was). I think if you want this, you're gonna have to make your own game collection and title the games as you want. If you do, at least I'd look at it and understand.

Hmmm, maybe I'll do that. Don't have a collection yet...

Apr-26-06  blingice: Haha, there just needs to be some integration of some pop culture for chess to ever be cool. Sorry, a nerd listening to classical and playing chess doesn't fly in America, which I'm sure you know.
Apr-26-06  itz2000: 18..fxe5 (!?)
I think it's a good move for black as 18..

19. Ng6, Bd6

what now? why wasn't 18..fxe5 a good move for black?

also, I got why 19..Rxg7 is wrong
20. fxg7, ?
21 f8=Q and black lost a piece for a pawn>

but why not
19..Bxf6? or Rxf6?

Apr-26-06  EmperorAtahualpa: THIS is why I love Tal! Fantastic game..
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  Honza Cervenka: 14.Qg3 is a typical intuitive sacrifice, which Tal used with great success during all his career. Such a sacrifice is usually based on general assessment of dynamic aspects of position rather than on concrete and exact calculation of lines. In this case the sac looked quite promising even at the first glance: if black accepts the Knight sac, white not only takes the Pawn g7 voiding black of Kingside castling and creating many weaknesses in black's position but also gets mobile Pawn centre for the attack against the poor black King. Black is far behind with development, his Queenside Bishop and Rook are completely out of play and other of his pieces stay also rather bad. It is not necessary to be Tal to guess, that such a position would be very hard to consolidate, even though very few players would have considered such a move like 14.Qg3 and not all of them would have ventured to play it in serious game. Of course, Tal led the following attack with great invention and cut-throat energy typical for him. But I have to agree with <whatthefat> that 20.Qh8+ would have been more accurate continuation in attack. In spite of this slip this is a marvelous game.
Apr-26-06  ClubplayerGOLD: <blingice><a nerd listening to classical and playing chess doesn't fly in America>

Hey! I will take Mozart, or better yet Rachmaninoff over 2pac anyday. And if it doesnt fly in America, well then that is because there is just too much security (bad joke, sorry...)

Tal definetly was a gutsy player. I mean even if I were ever to get to the GM level, sitting in front of him while he leavs his queen enprise for two moves would be freaky. Who cares if a computer can refute this game afterwards. I would have loved to see Vooremaa's reaction sitting in front of Tal playing this game. I imagine many a blink and twitch from Vooremaa:)

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  kevin86: Tal plays some strange games! It looks like he is giving away the store-and then I look up to see he is smashing his opponent to bits or checkmating him.

Tal (on the chessboard) is the person who follows you into a revolving door,and gets out ahead of you,lol

Apr-26-06  fxenderby: Yep. Th revolving door analogy is perfect. But I wonder who's the nitwit who decides to play a Sicilian against Tal. I would chose, I don't know, a more cowardly defence. Something like kicking him repetedly in the nuts during the game, or trying to get away with a second Queen on, say, b1 when the game starts... No, it would not be enough..
Apr-26-06  dakgootje: <Tal (on the chessboard) is the person who follows you into a revolving door,and gets out ahead of you,lol> Well thats one of the strangest things ive ever heard if it has to describe Tal on the chessboard lol.

An other strange thing... reading the posts and only after you read your own post realising that youve seen the game before =)

Apr-26-06  Ericsupreme: very good game....where do i find the lecture? if i join icc will i be able to download? thanks
Apr-26-06  Jim Bartle: I saw it analyzed on, maybe you can find it there (for free).
Apr-26-06  Ericsupreme: thanks. i tried but i didn't see anywhere to view archive lectures so i thouhgt i had to join icc to enjoy that luxury...thanks agian!!
Apr-26-06  Jack Kerouac: Revolving door is good.Another one might be: Playing Tal is like you're on the escalator while he's on the elevator.
Apr-26-06  cuendillar: Tal never claimed to play objectively sound moves, so it's not really accurate to see them as such. He rather chose "subjectively strong" ones, bringing his opponents serious problems to solve over the board and powerful psychological pressure.

Someone said that there is always a win against Tal, but only in the after-analysis.

Apr-26-06  Ericsupreme: ok i found lecture on and i didn't have to sign guys can stop laughing at me now lol
Apr-26-06  dakgootje: Someone minds to post the link?
Apr-26-06  goldenbear: 14.Qg3 "sacs" a knight for rook and bishop(a8 and c8). The sac is so obvious that I'd guess he didn't consider that subtleties such as 20.Qh8+ would be necessary. I think Morphy might have played everything the same way.
Apr-26-06  Mendrys: Here is the link to the lecture on this game by Dr. Kopec.

Apr-26-06  Isamaru: Oh my God, what an unbeliavable game! Tal was a master of messing opponent's minds!
Apr-26-06  LPeristy: *Chants* All hail Tal! All hail Tal!
Apr-26-06  Naja: This game is insane!
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  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.
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