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Mikhail Tal vs Israel
London (1982)
Nimzowitsch Defense: Scandinavian. Bogoljubow Variation Nimzowitsch Gambit (B00)  ·  0-1



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  biglo: Anyone know if Israel is a person or a team?
Jan-07-06  morphyvsfischer: Tal must have been a really good samaritan here: 5 Nxe4 is simple and strong, I see nothing wrong with 42 Nxh4, and 28 Nxg7?? loses horribly, as White must either get mated or go into a losing endgame w/ Black's outside passed a-pawn. 27 Nhg5+? wastes time, and 14 c3?? forces White to sac back the exchange, as his Rook gets trapped (better 14 Rxc8, w/ a clear advantage). I dislike the immediate 9 Nb5 as well, as f4! gives the important bishop a retreat square and blocks Black's attempt to control e5.

Other: Wasn't Tal Jewish?

Jan-08-06  Ziggurat: Tal might not have played this very well, but the reasons he lost must be sought elsewhere than in your comments.

5 Bf4 is a perfectly normal book move.

You dislike 9 Nb5, a good move that wins the exchange and gets instantly selected by a strong analysis engine (Fruit 2.1). If instead 9 f4? Nf6 and White has nothing.

Your suggestion 14 Rxc8 throws away white's advantage due to 14 .. Bb4+ (the move that 14 c3 was supposed to prevent).

I won't quibble about moves 27-28.

On 42 Nxh4 it shouldn't be too hard to see 42 .. Rh1+, winning the knight immediately.

Feb-15-06  MorphyMatt: Wow, it took an entire town to beat Tal, and that was a 51-move game.
Feb-15-06  aw1988: <Wow, it took an entire town to beat Tal,>

Israel is a country!!!

Feb-18-06  MorphyMatt: Yeah, that's what I meant. Think it's bedtime for me.
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  whiteshark: This was a simultan game by Tal, played 1964<!> Black was a <H. Israel>

Source: Hugh Edward Myers <Nimzovich's Defence to 1.e4>

Maybe Harold Israel ?

Jan-25-09  WhiteRook48: Harold Israel was Black?

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