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Mikhail Tal vs John van der Wiel
Moscow Interzonal (1982), Moscow URS, rd 4, Sep-11
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queens Indian Variation (A17)  ·  1-0



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Aug-30-05  Poisonpawns: This is an awsome game period.13.Bg5! is just a sick move by Tal leaving the pawn to be captured with tempo on the bishop.Here is the question,as with many Tal games,was the sac sound?:-)14..Be7!? is definetly a natural move in that position,but what happens if he played the Korchnoi-like 14..exf5?.Well here is a breath taking example,I wonder if Tal saw something like this but white is on top after 14..exf5!? 15.Qe2+ Ne7 16.Rfe1 Rg8! 17.Bxe7 Rxg2+ 18.Qxg2 Bxg2 19.Bh4+! Be4 20.Nxe4! fxe4 21.Rxe4+ Be7 22.Rxe7+ Kf8 23.Rf1.Truly remarkable.Just when it seemed black was consolidating with 18..Qc6 when Nf6+ Kd8 is O.K for black.Tal Lights him up 19.Rxf7!! when there is no defense period!
Aug-30-05  Jim Bartle: Good point above, asking about the "Korchnoi-like" move, since he seemed to be about the only player immune to the spell of Tal.

I wonder how players felt when they first realized during a game with Tal that they were about to join a long list of eminent players on the wrong side of a brilliant game?

Sep-03-05  Poisonpawns: Whats funny is that Tal plays the English against this guy in several games,and each game Tal demolishes him.You would think this is an old Kings gambit played by Morphy the way the pieces look.
Feb-27-06  zev22407: Tal is a modern Morphy ,a pawn sacrifice in the opening, thana piece sacrifice to keep black's king in the center and finely a rook to demolish the king
Jun-14-06  KingG: Tal makes it look so easy in this game.
Jan-25-07  Octavia: game 29 in mcdonald's the art of logical thinking - see takking's collection.
Sep-20-09  Garech: I have done a youtube analysis of this game using Fritz, please check out the following link if you are interested - thanks!

Mar-25-14  tallike: Tal always cool watching other games while his bishop is en prize on f5!
Oct-05-20  Mehzinho: I made an 8 min video on Youtube with this game, for people interested
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  kingscrusher: Amazing pawn sac for relentless attack against King stranded in center - all from a fairly quiet opening :)
Aug-08-22  LoveThatJoker: Analyzed for by IM F. Florito in a video entitled "Gambitos y Sacrificios".


PS. I will submit IM Florito's annotations to CG, as they are presented in moves only fashion (ie, no language).

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