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Mikhail Tal vs Fridrik Olafsson
Las Palmas (1975), Las Palmas ESP, rd 11, Apr-19
Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto (B06)  ·  0-1



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Dec-10-08  thebribri8: Hmm. That's weird. I will give it five seconds of thought. .......... Okay. Now I am going to get on with my life.
Dec-02-10  sevenseaman: Olafsson leaves Tal with a bitter pill to swallow.
Apr-25-13  Everett: < Honza Cervenka: Nice game of Olafsson. By the way, 24...Qg5! was possible too.>

Yes, and even more beautiful for coming a move earlier. The Q engages three pieces: en prise to the Q and N, and attacking the Re7. If either N or Q capture, then back rank mate begins with Rd1+, because both Q and N are needed to interpose on e1. With either capturing on g5, they lose contact with the e1 square.

A fantastic example of back rank mate, decoying and double-attack.

Oct-02-15  diagonal: Video annotation of that fine game at Las Palmas:

Theme: REMOVAL OF THE GUARD (because it involves attacking a defender) that is combined with a DOUBLE ATTACK, quote from <notyetagm>

Tournament: Las Palmas International 1975 (4th edition), young Ljubomir Ljubojevic won a second time; followed by 2.-4. Tal, Mecking, Andersson; then 5.-6. Hort, Olafsson; 7. Petrosian; 8. Tatai; etc.

History: Las Palmas is the capital of Grand Canaria in the Canary Islands which hosted 1971 the Candidates Quarterfinal Match Bent Larsen vs. Wolfgang Uhlmann 5½-3½, the Interzonal Tournament of 1982 (won by Zoltan Ribli), the PCA Candidates Final Match Viswanathan Anand vs. Gata Kamsky 6½-4½ in 1995, and a series of very strong, today called supertournaments which were organised between 1972 and 1996, sometimes parallel with an Open. The last big GM invitation event in 1996, won by Garry Kasparov will surely be remembered as one of the strongest tournaments of all times.

The Las Palmas invitation tournament winner list includes amongst some others Petrosian (twice), Karpov, Kasparov, Korchnoi, Geller (twice), Stein (last international tournament of Leonid Stein who died a few months later in 1973 at age of 38), Vaganian, Tukmakov, Portisch, Sax, Ljubojevic (twice), Topalov, Timman, Miles, Morovic (twice plus several times in the Open, in the GM 1993 above Anand, Khalifman, Jussupow, Adams), and Kamsky (one of his finest hour at a very top tournament, winning in the GM 1994 as clear first, undefeated over runner-up Karpov, followed by Topalov, Lautier, Judit Polgar).

Larsen (and his Scandinavian compatriots Andersson and Olafsson), Panno, Mecking, Hübner, Hort, Bronstein, Beliavsky, Polugaevsky, Ivanchuk, Shirov, as well as the World Champions Tal, Smyslov, Kramnik, and Anand all played - but failed to win at the invitation tournament of Las Palmas! (of course, not necessarily as reigning champ)

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  FSR: 25...Qg5! attacking queen and rook toasts White's bagel.
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  Phony Benoni: Usually Thursdays are a bit more complicated than a one-mover. Here it's obvious the White queen will be lured away via an Forking Overload, and you just need to avoid hastily playing 25...Qc7 or 25...Qe5.
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  Gilmoy: Olafsson's Deflection ... or <The PotD With Qg5> :)
Sep-14-17  patzer2: A woman's work is never done, as 25...Qg5! leaves the White Queen on a5 over tasked and unable to find a square to simultaneously protect the Rook on e7 and the Knight on e1.
Sep-14-17  patzer2: The losing move appears to be 20. Rxc7? allowing 20...Rad8 ∓ to -+ (-1.96 @ 31 depth, Stockfish 8.)

Instead 20. Rc4 Qb4 21. R1c4 Bxf3 22. Nxf3 Qb1+ 23. Qf1 Qxa2 ∓ (-0.48 @ 30 depth) gives White a fighting chance.

Sep-14-17  ChessHigherCat: The idea must be to divert/deflect the Q defending e1. What's a mother to do? 25...Qg5!

If 26. Qb4, the queen temporarily guards both e1 and the rook but is overloaded: Qxe7!

If 26. Re5 Qxe5! or 26, Rc5 Qxc5!, or 26. Qd2 Qxd2! 27. Rxd2 Rxe1#, you get the idea.

Sep-14-17  stst: One move, and White can resign, because either the R or Q will be lost: 25.......Qg5
If the Q moves, even to b4 keeping guard of the N, QxR and the White Q cannot re-take, for RxN smothered mate. If the R goes e5 to protect the Q, still QxR and for the same reason White Q cannot re-take. If the other Rc4 to protect the Q, again
QxR(c) and Black prevails.
Sep-14-17  diagonalley: remarkably easy for a thursday ... (roll on sunday at this rate!)
Sep-14-17  jith1207: You have got to chase your opponent 👑 until she starts losing material. Only piece that can readily do that is your queen, and the very first place to start the tactic is g5 attacking Re7. Remind of similar great games, especially a queen which chased pieces in back rank to accept the sacrifice or another game where queen would sacrifice left, right and center. Same formula here.

But I'm curious on some of the Tal's moves in the end, not sure if he had a strategy that would have worked out with little luck and tempo?

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  Big Pawn: Easy one today. Too easy for a Thursday it seems.
Sep-14-17  stacase: Compared to yesterday's frog walked King, this was way too easy.
Sep-14-17  Caissas Clown: Spotted QG5 quickly - but failed to see that it forced immediate resignation !
Sep-14-17  newzild: Good puzzle, but it would have been even better one move earlier.
Sep-14-17  morfishine: Nice deflection of the overloaded piece


Sep-14-17  malt: Looking at the puzzle, I had left out the e4 pawn, 25...Be6 was to block off the e7 rook and play 26...Qa4 deflection but 26.Re2 spoilt it

<25...Qg5 26.e5 Bf3 27.g3 Q:e7>

Sep-14-17  malt: <ChessHigherCat> I had missed 26.Re5 Q:e5!
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  takchess: Duh...It is blacks move.....
Sep-14-17  ChessHigherCat: <malt: <ChessHigherCat> I had missed 26.Re5 Q:e5!>

No big deal, that's the type of move that would only be played by a blitz hustler keeping his fingers crossed anyway :-)

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  perfidious: <fake1900player: Easy one today. Too easy for a Thursday it seems.>

Oh, for a player of your surpassing genius, this hardly qualified as an exercise worth getting out of bed for.

Sep-14-17  leRevenant: I concur with <diagonalley> remarkably easy for a Thursday, if I got it, which I did.
Sep-14-17  Nosnibor: 27..Rxd2 would have prolonged the game After 28 Rxe8+ Kg7, 29 Nxd2 Bd1 30 Rb2 Qd7 Black is still in the game.
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