Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Algimantas Butnorius vs Mikhail Tal
13th Soviet Team-ch qual group 1 (1975), Riga LAT, rd 4, Jul-??
Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto (B06)  ·  0-1



Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 2,876 more games of Tal
sac: 15...Nxg4 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If you find a mistake in the database, use the correction form. There is a link at the bottom that reads "Spot an error? Please suggest your correction..." Avoid posting corrections in the kibitzing area.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-07-03  Count Spankula: What is the winning variation after 39 Re2? I can't see a way to avoid a check on d4 and trading away the f2 pawn
Sep-07-03  Jonber: 39.Re2?? Qh1+ 40.Qg1 Qxg1#

Best move if you really wanted to continue would have been 39.Rf4, but White is doomed nonetheless.

Apr-01-05  chess man: 39.Rf4?? Rxf4 wins white's rook because if 40.Qxf4?? then black plays Qxf4.
Aug-02-05  misguidedaggression: Yes, it does lose the rook/queen but it stops the pawn from queening (at least for a few more moves). I think the best practical chance is 39.Bf5 but after 39...Rxf5 40.Rd7 Kh6! (Rf7? 41.Rxf7 Kxf7 42.Qe6+ looks like it leads to perpetual check.) White runs out of checks and the pawn should still queen. 39...Qg1+ 40.Qxg1 fg1=Q+ 41.Kxg1 Rxf5 42.Re7+ looks like it may give white some slim drawing chances.
Aug-02-05  paul dorion: <misguidedagression> I am afraid that it is 40 Re7+ and Kf8 wins even faster
Aug-03-05  misguidedaggression: <40.Re7+> Oops, I wasn't looking at the board when I typed that. Sorry!
Nov-17-05  LondonSystem: Ok, somebody explain to me why white actually played 15.g4(??)?
Nov-17-05  Averageguy: <LondonSystem> The pin was irritating White, but all players are taught never to move the Pawns ahead of your king without VERY good reason.

What I like about this game is that the attack doesn't lead to mate, or tremendous material gain, it leads to a dynamic position where Black has mobile passed pawns and White's King was in a dire position, a position that Tal evaluated to perfection.

Apr-16-06  martys668: What about 39. Qg2???
Apr-16-06  bumpmobile: 39...Qxg2 40. Kxg2 f1=Q+

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
tal best games
by brager
Robatsch/Modern (B06) 0-1 Nxg4 Sac begins break through
from Talented Indeed is a FTB Understatement by fredthebear
Robatsch/Modern (B06) 0-1 Nxg4 Sac begins break through
from Perky Old Mod Benkoni by fredthebear
1. Four Pawns For A Piece
from The Magic Of Mikhail Tal by Benzol
Preliminary Round 4- Latvia vs Lithuania
from Tal at the USSR Republics Team Championship 1975 by jessicafischerqueen
The Magician, supplemental
by Yopo
by Cannon Fodder
Art of War's favorite games
by Art of War
USSR Republics Team Championship 1975
from Tal's Tournament and Matches 1974-1992 by jessicafischerqueen
from favorite games according to opening b00-b99 by mirage
doktortarrasch's favorite games
by doktortarrasch
Tal= the master of sacrifice
by passion4chess
Tal works his magic
from Pirc alert! by kostich in time
The Pirc
by gmann

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC