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Mikhail Tal vs Lembit Oll
Riga rapid (1986) (rapid)
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation (B17)  ·  1-0



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May-26-03  boowillo: Come on Mikhail, you ain't gotta break it off like that now!
May-26-03  Cerebrate2006: wow, 2 great sackers, but it looks like tal was the only one to sack in this game :(
May-27-03  ughaibu: It all seems so natural that I cant help wondering why Tal was the only player to play like Tal.
Sep-29-03  Elrathia Kingi: This game looks like Tal vs Oll, 1986 except for the final moves added.
Sep-29-03  drukenknight: This game continues to baffle me but what if 21...b5? The idea being if he can get the Q to move then maybe he can get either the N to e4 or the R to a2 after Bxf2+
Sep-29-03  Shadout Mapes: 21...b5 22.Qxc5 i think
Sep-30-03  drukenknight: I am stupid what am I talking about? Did we already look at this game from the other link?
Sep-30-03  drukenknight: what about just Ra4? to work the lateral pin.
Sep-21-04  themindset: if exd4 then:
23. Qc7+ Ke7 24. Re1+ Ne4 25. Rxe4+ Kf6 26. Qd6+ Kg5 27. h4#

very pretty

Sep-21-04  themindset: crafy thinks that the greedy 11...Qxb2 is winning by over 2.5

what do you think?

Sep-21-04  crafty: 11...♕xb2 12. a4 ♕b6 13. ♖e1 ♘e8 14. ♖xe6 ♘df6   (eval -2.66; depth 14 ply; 1000M nodes)
Sep-22-04  themindset: yep, looks like a sketchy sacrifice by Tal, only a computer would be fearless against him though.
Oct-02-04  The Analyst: <themindset> Actually, I think the sac is correct. It looks like a terrible version of the Kasparov-Deep Blue game. 11...Qxb2 12 a4 Qb6 13 Re1 Ne8 14 Rxe6 is not necessary: 14 c4 or 14 Bf4 would give White long term compensation.
Dec-21-04  Hidden Skillz: why didnt tal play..14.Ba5 its obvious if queen captures 15.Ne6#
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 11...Qxb2 does look better simply because it doesn't open up the game so much for the White pieces. I'm not sure <crafty> found the best line for White: see the following game. However, the play is so complex it would be a miracle if both competitors played a flawless game:

Yifan Hou vs A Ushenina, 2006

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  tpstar: "Tal could have won the queen at once with 14. Ba5 (14 ... Qxa5 15. Ne6 mate) but the text is even stronger as it opens the c-file."

"14 ... Qxc5 obviously allows 15. Ne6 mate, while 14 ... Qa6 15. Ba5+! b6 16. Ne6 mate is not an improvement."

Joe Gallagher: "Starting Out: The Caro-Kann." Everyman Publishers, London, 2002.

May-20-08  ChessYouGood: Like for a lot of his great sacrifices, the condition of possibility here is lack of development. By 1986 Tal was well and truly a legend - why play h6 against him? In fact why play the caro-kann at all against he bloodthirsty Tal, when all it does is restrict mobility here.
Dec-04-10  rwbean: Rybka 4: 11... Qxb2 12. a4 Qb6 13. c4 Qc7 14. Re1 a5 15. Rb1 Ra6 16. Qc1 c5 17. Rb5 Ng4 18. dxc5 e5 19. h3 Nxf2 20. Kxf2 Rxg6 21. Bxa5 b6 (eval +0.63 for White after 24 ply)
Mar-20-22  rwbean: That last Rybka analysis I posted looks like rubbish. SF: 11... a5 +4.60 (38 ply). Black was toast after 9... fxe6? ... probably toast after 6... h6? instead of 6... e6.

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