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Mikhail Tal vs Michael Francis Stean
"Stean Roller" (game of the day Oct-02-2011)
Alekhine Memorial (1975), Moscow URS, rd 8, Oct-??
Tarrasch Defense: Classical. Carlsbad Variation (D34)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: 17.Bxd5! is the beginning of pretty combination where white sacs a piece for three Pawns and strong attack. Then after short battle white appears to be up with three extra Pawns and poor black resigns. Typical Tal.
Dec-02-06  nescio: In their own tournaments the Soviet players were merciless for their western guests. Here in the Alyekhin Memorial, Forintos, R.Byrne, S. Garcia, Lengyel, Planinc, Stean and Böhm ended at place 10-16. Only Hort was able to compete with the 8 Soviets. He was 6th, Geller won.
Oct-02-11  LIFE Master AJ: Yet another nice game by Tal ... does he ever just play horribly?
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  al wazir: White could have won faster with 24. fxe5 Nxd5 25. e6 Qf8 26. Qxh6#.
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  HeMateMe: B-c2 ends it?
Oct-02-11  Shams: <al wazir> the Bd4 hangs with check in your line which I think is a problem.
Oct-02-11  goodevans: <LIFE Master AJ: Yet another nice game by Tal ... does he ever just play horribly?>

This is about as horrible a Tal performance as I know of: Tal vs Z Pigit, 1953

Oct-02-11  Rook e2: I was just about to ask if there was a sac game that had been lost by Tal..
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  al wazir: <Shams>: You're right, I missed the check. Thanks.
Oct-02-11  LIFE Master AJ: I would probably be proud to have played as well as Tal did ... in ANY of his losses.
Oct-02-11  LIFE Master AJ: A student asked: "Why did Black Resign?"

Good question. I have NOT put anything on the box, I will leave that to someone else.

I would say that White threatens Bc2 and mate. If 31...Rd4; 32.QxP/b7, and Black is down pawns and has a horrible position.

Maybe I am missing somthing ... I am sure that any good engine would find it.

Oct-02-11  Everett: Why not use this pun for a Stean win? I mean, Tal has plenty of games that are well known. Would have been great to see an amazing Stean game, where he really takes it to somebody, so the pun could be put to better use.
Oct-02-11  LIFE Master AJ: I agree. Good game, bad pun. (Sometimes, they get a little desperate, I think.)
Oct-02-11  Everett: Here is a positional "Stean Roller."

M Stean vs Sax, 1978

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  Infohunter: <Everett: Why not use this pun for a Stean win? I mean, Tal has plenty of games that are well known. Would have been great to see an amazing Stean game, where he really takes it to somebody, so the pun could be put to better use.>

<LIFE Master AJ: I agree. Good game, bad pun. (Sometimes, they get a little desperate, I think.)>

If they wanted to credit the winner of this game, why not "Tal Order"? Of course that introduces the problem of just which one of Tal's many gems deserves this moniker.

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  DarthStapler: Great one
Oct-02-11  larkio: Seems like "Stean Rolled" would be more appropriate.
Oct-02-11  Julian713: I love the way White zones in for the kill...then plays it perfectly by falling back at the last second, content to be up three pawns and having destroyed Black's center. I know that I personally have lost a couple games where I had that kind of tactical advantage to begin with, but ended up with a draw or loss because I went for the throat instead of waiting for the sure win. Great game by Tal, and an instructional one!
Oct-02-11  erniecohen: 17... ♘c4
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  kevin86: The passed pawn will cost black a piece down the road.
Oct-03-11  DrMAL: Tal's Reti opening transposes to version of Tarrasch, with black having IDP. 14...Bh5 was probably better, it is looking for role on d7 otherwise in the way, 15.Rad1 underlines this. Giving up pawn to preserve bishop with 16...Bf8 (instead of Be3) was also somewhat dubious. Black was not exactly in position to give punishment for taking pawn and 17...Re5?! (instead of Nc4) was poor. Tal played the one proper move 18.Nxh6+! to school his opponent on why. After 20.Bxf7! black has N for 3P but is helpless against white's attack, beautiful game!
Jun-25-12  Poisonpawns: 16...Bc5 17.Bxd5 Nxd5 18.Rxd5 Bxe3 19.Nxe3 Qc7 20.Kh2 Be6 21.Rd4 Bxa2 is equal (de Boer-Vladimirov, IT, Tilburg, 1994).
Jun-25-12  Albion 1959: Have I missed something here? Is there a reason why Stean could not have played Nxd5 on move 17?
Jun-25-12  Poisonpawns: Well at first glance(no engine assistance) It looks like the problem with 17..Nxd5 for black is that after Rxd5, there is tremendous pressure on the D-file. The Bishop is pinned to the Queen,The other rook is coming soon to D1, The Na5 is under pressure also and the Queen has few flight squares. This is why I think 17..Nxd5 is very bad for black. The ensuing tactics must favor white as he is just better placed for battle in this position. Maybe someone with Rybka or some other engine can confirm this.
Sep-18-13  talisman: black's 16th just loses a pawn...sets up fireworks that tal loves.
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