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Wolfgang Unzicker vs Mikhail Tal
"Zick Moves" (game of the day Apr-29-2022)
Milan (1975), Milan ITA, rd 1, Aug-20
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  1-0



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  MissScarlett: <Sick is slang for "cool," "rad," or "awesome." For example, if someone says you have "sick moves," that (more than likely) doesn't mean your dancing prompted them to vomit. Rather, it means they think your dance moves are pretty great.

Following roughly the same trajectory as wicked, sick began being used to mean "cool" sometime around the 1980s. In the 80s and 90s, sick was most often used by skaters, surfers, and teenagers.>

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  Teyss: <Brenin> I thought it also referred to Tal's poor health. Not great taste but then it's CG. Didn't know about the meaning indicated by <MissScarlett>.
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  HeMateMe: This is the west Germany Wolfgang. East Germany had a Wolfie, too
Apr-29-22  Swedish Logician: I just saw the names of the players, but did not take notice of what colour they played. When I reached 24 R x f7 I thought: Typical Tal! and was flabbergasted to learn that the colours were the opposite.
Apr-30-22  laskereshevsky: I’ve th tournament book and the infos are right. Tal lost to Unzicker in th first round as himself declared was quite usual to him. In th comments he mentioned that the n this tournament he made the “king castle”, or short castle as is called in same country, meaning to be defeated in the first 2 game in a row (0-0).. he added that almost made the Queen castle, or Long castle, (0-0-0) being very close to loose in the 3rd round too
May-17-22  Brenin: No wonder I saw this instantly: it's a recent GOTD. 32 Qxe5+ Kxe5 33 Bf4+ and 34 Bxc7 leaves White ahead by B+3P.
May-17-22  TheaN: Oh so this was retracted as a repeat. Missed it the 29th though so it's nice to see... yet pretty easy even for a Tuesday. These combinations are generally <easier> than sophisticated mating nets as it's clear there's just one thing to go for, really.
Jun-07-22  Brenin: Welcome, old friend! It must be all of three weeks since we last met. Yet again, 32 Qxe5+ wins a piece.
Jun-07-22  mel gibson: That's a good puzzle.
Swap off the Queens and White is left with overwhelming material.

Stockfish 15 says:

32. Qxe5+

Kxe5 (♔d6xe5 ♗e3-f4+ ♔e5-d4 ♗f4xc7 ♔d4-e3 h2-h4 ♗c8-d7 h4-h5 ♗d7-e8 g3-g4 a6-a5 ♔g1-g2 ♗e8-f7 ♔g2-g3 a5-a4 ♗a8-f3 a4-a3 b2xa3 ♗f7-e8 c2-c4 ♗e8-a4 c4-c5 ♔e3-d4 ♔g3-f4 ♗a4-e8 ♗c7-e5+ ♔d4-c4 h5-h6 ♔c4-b5 h6-h7 ♗e8-c6 ♗f3xc6+ ♔b5xc6 g4-g5 ♔c6-b7 g5-g6 ♔b7-a7 g6-g7 ♔a7-b7) -24.42/30 236

score for Black -24.42 depth 30.

Jun-07-22  stacase: When you see the opponent's King and Queen lined up, it's time to think about how to arrange an exchange in your favor. 32.Qxe5 does the trick in this case.
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  perfidious: It is apparent that this site has believers in the virtues of recycling....
Jun-07-22  saturn2: 32. Qxe5 wins a piece
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  agb2002: Level 1.5: 29...?
Hamppe vs Steinitz, 1860

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Jun-07-22  saturn2: If 30...Bf6 white has a quick mate.
31.Bc5+ Kd8 32.Bb6+ Ke7 33.Qc5
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  Teyss: <perfidious> Of re-re-recycling: POTD in 2006 and 2018 (the latter same as today) and GOTD a month ago.

<agb2002> Thanks for the replacement puzzle, nice one. A bit tricky because I originally thought 29...Rxh2+ was the answer.

Jun-07-22  saturn2: <Tal's poor health> I think it was a kidney disease. Maybe even an ereditary one, because Suetin writes on Tal that he knew his father being a strong, vitally looking man. Only at one moment he turned terribly ill so that Suetin was shocked by his rapid change.
Jun-07-22  Lambda: I like to think of this as a queen-exchanging combination which also happens to win a piece.
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  chrisowen: I lucid robs arrive Qxe5+ oh no aeschlyus I an ever one wins Qxe5+ flung;
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  benveniste: A valuable exercise in how to get your opponent to resign quickly. 29. c4 wins easily as well, but 29. ♕xe5 makes the loss obvious.
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  drollere: i had 32. Qxe5+ Kxe5, 33. Bf4+ Kf6, 34. Bxc7 ... or 32. Qxe5+ Kd7, 33. Qg7+ Kd8, 34. Qf8+ Kd7, 35. Qf7+ Kd6, 36. Bf4+ e5, 37. Bxe5+ Kxe5, 38. Qxc7+
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  Diocletian: <Brenin: Great game, but does the pun mean anything, other than a reference to White's surname?> Most of the puns are like that, merely a silly play on a player's name. They make me wonder if the game itself is really worth looking at. Occasionally, a really good pun arrives that is thematic to the game itself.
Jun-07-22  TheaN: Nothing to add to myself from two weeks ago.
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  chrisowen: <TheAn> Can't no see your information :)
Jun-07-22  AlicesKnight: The game looks won anyway, but to get it over with, Qxe5+ wins a piece whether Black captures or not, thanks to the f4 skewer if ... Kxe5. Perhaps the 'pun' is about 'zlick moves'? What matters is the interesting game.
Jun-07-22  cade: 32. c4 also wins a piece I think but leaves the Queens on the board
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