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Mikhail Tal vs Robert Graham Wade
Tallinn (1971), Tallinn URS, rd 10, Mar-05
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack. Fianchetto Defense Fianchetto Gambit (B13)  ·  1-0



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Nov-29-08  Jim Bartle: Way too complex for me starting about move 17. Nice finish by Tal.
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  perfidious: As Cafferty wrote, it was surprising really that Tal never favoured the Panov against the Caro-Kann, what with his great fondness for open play.
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  Oginschile: To wade in deep waters, it helps to be Tal(l)
Jun-09-19  ughaibu: And Tal was Tal!
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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a knight for a rook and two pawns.

The alignment of Black's king and queen on the diagonal a2-h7 suggests 39.Bc4:

A) 39... Bd5 40.Nf5

A.1) 40... Bxc4 41.Rxc4 Qh7 (41... Qxc4 42.Qg7#) 42.Nxe7+

A.1.a) 42... Qxe7 43.Rxg4+ Kf7 44.Rg7+ and 45.Rxe7+ wins decisive material.

A.1.b) 42... Kh8 43.Ng6+ Kg8 44.Qxh7+ Kxh7 45.Nxf8+ Rxf8 46.Rc7+ and 47.Rxb7 + - [B].

A.1.c) 42... Kf7 43.Qxh7+ wins.

A.2) 40... Rfd8 41.Rg3 Qh7 42.Rxg4+ (or 42.Nxe7+ as in A.1) 42... Kh8 43.Qxh7+ Kxh7 44.Rh4+ Kg6 45.Nxe7+ Kf7 46.Nxd5 wins decisive material.

A.3) 40... Rad8 41.Rg3 as in A.2.

A.4) 40... e6 41.Bxd5 exd5 42.Rg3 Qh7 43.Ne7+ as in A.1.

B) 39... e6 40.Bxe6 Qxe6 41.Qg6+ Kh8 42.Rc7 wins.

Jan-09-20  JustStarting: I'm new to chess and the ending position is not always that obvious to me, i.e. why a player resigns. It would be helpful to have the 'obvious' completion of the game spelled out so us beginners can see the resolution. This would be helpful for every game, even if the resolution seems obvious to most experienced players. For example, what happens after 41 ... K h8 that makes this a done deal? Thanks!
Jan-09-20  JustStarting: Is it 42.B h6 that seals the game?
Jan-09-20  karban: <Is it 42.B h6 that seals the game> After this Black can play Qf7 and avoid immediate checkmate. After 41...Kh8 White plays Rc7 and mate is unavoidable because Rf7/Qf7 is impossible for Black since King no longer defends Qf7 - the reason behind sacrificing the bishop earlier what allowed Qg6.
Jan-09-20  Walter Glattke: 39.-Bd5 40.Nf5 Bxc4 41.Rxc4 Qh7 42.Rxg4+ Kf7 43.Qxh7+ Ke6 wins.
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  Oxspawn: Thanks <JustStarting> - you are asking for me too. And thanks for answering <Karban> ... but it is always the simple question that sparks learning; the reason, <JustStarting>, why you will soon have to change your name!
Jan-09-20  perfessor: <JustStarting> After 41. ...Kh8 42. Rc7 and Black must give up massive material to stop immediate mate.

"Wade in the Water"

Jan-09-20  murkia: Hello <JustStarting> . Consult the Engine which is on the lower right underneath Settings. This gives a full analysis to mate. You can also do this from any position to test alternative moves.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Chris,

I see you opened with 'Dracula' I agree. White in this game was not Tal but Count Dracula.

The clue is the unmoved c1 Bishop. Count Drac can only move one Bishop in any game. See game Tal vs R Skuja, 1958 where White won a 27 mover without moving the f1 Bishop - that too was a Count Drac game.

(clue two is the place where the game was played, Tallinn (the Tall Inn is the pub next door to Castle Dracula.)


Dracula to stop playing and become a ar-biter! (I bet he will be a pain in the neck.)

***STOP Press***

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  chrisowen: <Sally Simpson> Ah your bright?
Jan-09-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: I missed that 41 Qg6+ gave White the advantage at the interposition square f7. So I went instead with the less thumping win via:

39 Rc7 Bc6 (to interfere with White's protection of the pin square c4)

40 Nf5 (and now Black won't have time to play ... Qxc4)

Jan-09-20  saturn2: Black wants to play Qg7 or Qh7. I saw the main idea 39. Bc4

39...Bd5 40. Nf5 e6 (after exchange of bishops the white rook gets to the g or h file) 41. Bxd5 exd5 42. Rg3

39..e6 40. Bxe6 Qxe6 41. Rc7 Rf7 
42. Qg6+ Kh8 Winning a piece

Jan-09-20  saturn2: The tough thing was to find 40 Nf5 in my first line because I think 40. Bxd5 Qxd5 dors not work.
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  chrisowen: I completely forgot?
Jan-09-20  TheaN: Oh wow I blew this one. I did see that 39.Bc4 is probably the move to play, thinking 39....Bd5 was unplayable because of 40.Bxd5?! (40.Nf5 +-), but did even worse after 39....e6 40.Bxe6 Qxe6 41.Qg6+ Kh8 42.Qh5+?! Kg8 <43.Nf5??<>>, yeah wow, I really did 43....Qe1+ 44.Kh2 Qxf2#. So err. Nope.
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  keypusher: I prefer the original. :-)

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Lasker vs Steinitz, 1895

Tal was a great admirer of Lasker.

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  Jimfromprovidence: There is a really interesting line found by the CG Stockfish program after 1 minute of analysis at 29 ply.

It begins 39.Bc4 Bd5 40.Nf5 e6 41.Bxd5 exd5.

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Now it gets really clever. 42 Qh4!, (threatening 43 Qxg4+, seeing 43...Kh7 44 Rh3+) 42...Qh7 (to prevent that line) 43 Qxg4+ Kh8.

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Here, if white plays 44 Rh3 directly it does not help him as black can counter with 44...Rg8.

But white wins with 44.Bg5!, making 44...Rg8 irrelevant and now allowing 45 Rh3 after 44...fxg5.

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Jan-09-20  King.Arthur.Brazil: Hi. I found the strong move 39. ♗c4! and the deffence e6 directly, but I didn't see the answer 40. ♗xe6 before, so I presumed that the next move would be 40. ♘f5 which is not so good. Then I became in doubt between both the moves, which would be first? I saw that 39. ♘f5 was prepared that 40. ♗c4 e6, would be replied by 41. ♗xe6 ♕xe6 42. ♕g7# or 40. ♗c4 ♗d5, again 41. ♗xd5 ♕xd5 42. ♕g7#. All of this was unecessary since the enter of the ♖ on 7th rank is decisive. Dear <Jimfrom_no_providence> Just to complete your good comment, don't forget that <42. ♕h4> also threats the fork 43. ♘h6+ and prevented the 42...♕g6 because of the fork 43. ♘e7+ too. About 44.♗g5! I feel in doubt only about the word you said: 44...♖g8 is <irrelevant>, since for me this move is desastrous 45. ♗xf6+ ♖g7 46. ♖h3 ♔g8 47. ♗xg7.... Really, Black can resign: A- 44... ♕g6? 45. ♖h3 + ♔g8 46. ♘e7+ win the ♕ B- {44...Kg8? 45. Rh3! (45... Qg6 46. Ne7+ also win the ♕}) ♕xh3 46. ♕xh3 fxg5 47. ♕h6 (47... ♖xf5? 48. ♕g6+ and 49. ♕xf5}) 47... ♖f7 48. ♕xg5+ ♔h8 49. ♕h5+ ♔g8 50. ♘h6+ ♔f8 51. ♕xf7# (just an example). PS: I guess that your "providence" is some kind of a good whisky, that's why a put to word "no" on your nickname, to keep you sober! lgs. Happy 2020!

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