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Mikhail Tal vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
URS blitz (1975) (blitz)
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation (C03)  ·  1-0



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Jan-04-09  WhiteRook48: 19...b6?? why did Petrosian play this?
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  Eisenheim: 19 b6 was played to protect from the back file rook mate c8. Tal of course had the answer to that.

19 ...f6 doesn't defend. 20 Rc8+ Ke7 21 Qb4+ Qd6 or (Rd6), 22 Qc7+ Qd7 (Rd7) 23 Rc7 with mate on 25.

19 ...Be5 looks better and can even or better with an eventual b6

Apr-16-09  Antonius Blok: Is it Be7 or Bc5? Anyway:

19...Be7 Rc8+

19...Bc5 Rxc5!

IMO, Petrossian gave the better answer!

Apr-16-09  Oliphaunt: 19...f6 looks good enough to draw the game.

20.Rc8+ Ke7 21.Qb4+ Qd6! 22.Qxb7+ Qd7 23.Qb4+ Qd6= due to the mate threat.

21...Rd6 is much more complicated- but it turns out that white is at least equal in every line I've examined;

22.h4 fxg5 (22...Qb6!? 23.Qa4! if Rd8? 24.Bxf6+! gxf6 25.Rxd8 Qxd8 26.Qb4+ Qd6 27.Qxb7+ Ke8 28.Qf7+ Kd8 29.Qxf6+ . White's at least equal in these lines, even after 23...Rd1+) 23.hxg5 Qb6 24.Qf4 Rd4 25.Qf7+ Kd6 26.Nc4+ Rxc4 27.bxc4 Ke5 28.g3 Ke4 it must be winning for white.

Apr-16-09  Oliphaunt: ...But I don't understand why 19...Bc5 wasn't played instead.
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  whiteshark: Sometimes it could be helpful to read some prior post...
Apr-16-09  parisattack: Tal was one of the 'chess geometry' geniuses - Fischer and Kasparov the others.
Sep-01-10  invas0rX: Aloha!!! check it!
Dec-08-10  Llawdogg: This is eerily similar to the Paris Opera House Game of Paul Morphy. The queen sacrifice, the rook and bishop working together for the mate, the opponent's undeveloped king's side. Amazing!
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  AylerKupp: <<WhiteRook48>: 19...b6?? why did Petrosian play this?>

Petrosian usually plays ...b6 in the French. Since this was a blitz game he probably forgot about it and then said to himself "Oh! I forgot to play ...b6. I better play it now while I still have the chance."

Nov-21-11  Mudphudder: Wooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!
Feb-20-12  ArtsewS: I while ago I made a Youtube video on this great game. You can check it out at:
Jun-01-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Tal vs Petrosian, 1975.
Your score: 49 (par = 32)


Jun-21-12  RookFile: Another ridiculously brilliant blitz game from Mikhail Tal!
Apr-17-13  Dragi: He won in 20 moves against Petrosian ?!
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  perfidious: <Dragi>: Petrosian scarcely lasted longer in this (serious) game: Tal vs Petrosian, 1974.
Nov-23-14  thulium: What's wrong with 18. . . . Be7?
19. BxB+ KxB 20. Qb4+ Kd8 and black is up R for N plus a pawn.
May-24-15  ToTheDeath: Tal played some of the sickest blitz ever. Most of us would be happy to play this brilliancy in a standard game. Tal? A mere offhand throwaway speed game in a series against a friendly rival.
May-24-15  morfishine: Good lord, Tal mated the King and Queen
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  Check It Out: Ha, nicely put, <morfishine>
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  Alex Schindler: This is rly very Opera Game esque at the end, beautiful finish. The whole black monarchy is lost
Nov-24-16  Moszkowski012273: 19...Bc5 and white is totally busted.
Nov-24-16  Moszkowski012273: 19.Ne5... is not stunning at all.
Nov-25-16  John Abraham: wonderful game! great final position!
Nov-25-16  Howard: Personally, I've probably never gone over a blitz game in my life, and probably never will.
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