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Mikhail Tal vs Eduard Meduna
Bundesliga (1989/90), FRG
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Modern Variation (B17)  ·  1-0

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Mar-29-04  shr0pshire: Ouch! Tal barely got into the middle game in this one! Very nicely played by Tal. Not exactly a stellar performance by our player of the day Mr. Meduna.
Oct-13-05  ameekmalhotra345: What if Qb2
Oct-15-09  hedgeh0g: <What if Qb2> Just Bxd8, I suppose and White has a huge material advantage with a vicious attack on the Black king.
Aug-02-13  EvanTheTerrible: Such incredible accuracy and brilliance.
Aug-02-13  RookFile: 8.... Qb6 against Tal?

Try waving a red flag in front of a bull. You get similar results.

Aug-02-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Zhbugnoimt: According to the computer 8...Qb6?? was a giant error. 10...Be7 topped it off. Black's only chance to save the game was 10...Bb4!
Aug-06-13  RookFile: 6...c5 smells bad too. You don't play a move like that in the Caro until you've developed more. In the games I can find in this database, it's 1-0 every time. Normal is 6....e6, with a vigilant eye at each turn to considering possible sacrifices on e6 or f7.
Aug-07-13  DcGentle: <<<*>> Zhbugnoimt: <According to the computer 8...Qb6?? was a giant error. 10...Be7 topped it off. Black's only chance to save the game was 10...Bb4!>>


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Position after <10... Bb4>, White to move.

Well, actually I doubt, that the game could have been saved after this move. I dedicate the following Eldorado of mate lines to Tal himself:

[Event "BL 8990 ;BL, Variants not played"]
[Site "1989"]
[Date "1990.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mikhail Tal"]
[Black "Eduard Meduna"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B17"]
[Annotator "Gentle,DC"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "r1b1kb1r/pp1n1ppp/1q2pn2/6N1/2Bp4/5N2/PPP2PPP/R1BQR1K1 b kq - 0 10"]

10... Bb4 11. c3 dxc3 12. Nxe6 cxb2 13. Nxg7+ Kd8 14. Bxb2 Bxe1 15. Bd4 Bxf2+

(15... Qc6 16. Rc1 Bxf2+

(16... Bb4 17. Bxf7 Qa6 18. Ng5 Ke7 19. Nf5+ Kf8 (19... Kd8 20. Be5 Ne8 21. Ne6+ Qxe6 22. Bxe6 Nd6 23. Bxd6 Rg8 24. Bxg8 Bc5 25. Rxc5 Nxc5 26. Be7+ Ke8 27. Qd8#) 20. Bh5 Nxh5 21. Qb3 Ke8 22. Qxb4 Nc5 23. Qxc5 Bxf5 24. Qe5+ Be6 25. Nxe6 Qd6 26. Qxd6 Rg8 27. Rc7 Rxg2+ 28. Kxg2 Nf4+ 29. Nxf4 b6 30. Qe7#)

(16... Qd6 17. Qxe1 Rg8 18. Nf5 Re8 19. Qd1 Qc6 20. Bxf7 Qa6 21. Bxe8 Qe6 22. Ng7 Qd5 23. Bxd7 Kxd7 (23... Bxd7 24. Bxf6#) 24. Ne5+ Kd8 (24... Ke7 25. Bc5+ Qxc5 26. Rxc5 Bd7 27. Nxd7 Nxd7 28. Nf5+ Ke8 29. Qe2+ Ne5 30. Qxe5+ Kf8 31. Qe7+ Kg8 32. Qg7#) 25. Ng6 Kd7 (25... Nd7 26. Qe1 Ne5 27. Bxe5 Be6 28. Qb4 Qxg2+ 29. Kxg2 Bd5+ 30. Kg3 Bc6 31. Qd6+ Kc8 32. Qc7#) 26. Qc2 Ne8 27. Qe2 Qf7 28. Qb5+ Kd8 29. Qg5+ Kd7 30. Ne5+ Kd6 31. Nxf7+ Kd7 32. Qd8#)

17. Bxf2 Rf8 18. Ng5 Ng4

(18... Ne8 19. Bh4 Qf6 20. Nf5 Ng7 21. Nxg7 Qb6+ 22. Kh1 f6 (22... Kc7 23. Be2+ Qc6 24. N5e6+ fxe6 25. Nxe6+ Kb8 26. Bg3+ Rf4 27. Bxf4+ Ne5 28. Bxe5+ Qc7 29. Bxc7#) 23. N5e6+ Ke7 24. Nf5+ Ke8 25. Qh5+ Rf7 26. Nc7+ Kd8 27. Qxf7 Kxc7 28. Bg3+ Qd6 29. Be2+ Kd8 30. Bxd6 a6 31. Qe7#)

19. Qxg4 Ne5 20. Qd4+ Bd7 21. Qxe5 b5 22. N5e6+ fxe6 23. Qg5+ Rf6 24. Qxf6+ Kc7 25. Nxe6+ Bxe6 26. Qf4+ Kd7 27. Bxe6+ Qxe6 28. Qd4+ Ke8 29. Rc7 Qe7 30. Qh8+ Kf7 31. Qxh7+ Ke6 32. Rxe7+ Kd6 33. Qf7 Kc6 34. Qe6#)

16. Bxf2 Qa5 17. Qd4

(17. Bxf7 Rf8 18. Bb3 Ne4 19. Bh4+ Nef6 20. Ne6+ Ke7 21. Qe2 Re8 22. Re1 Qb6+ 23. Kh1 Kf7 24. Nc7+ Re6 (24... Kg6 25. Nxe8 Qxb3 26. axb3 h6 27. Qe7 Rb8 28. Qg7+ Kh5 29. g4+ Nxg4 30. Qf7#) 25. Bxe6+ Kf8 26. Qd2 Ng4 27. Bxg4 h6 28. Re8+ Kg7 29. Ne6+ Qxe6 30. Bxe6 Nf6 31. Rh8 Ng4 32. Rg8+ Kh7 33. Qd3#)

17... b6

(17... Qc5 18. Qd3 Qf8 19. Ng5 Qxg7 20. Nxf7+ Qxf7 21. Bxf7 Ke7 22. Bc4 Re8 (22... Rg8 23. Re1+ Kd8 24. Bxg8 b6 25. Qd6 Ba6 26. Bh4 Bb5 27. Bxf6+ Kc8 28. Re8+ Kb7 29. Bd5+ Bc6 30. Bxc6+ Ka6 31. Qa3#) 23. Bh4 Ne5 (23... b5 24. Re1+ Kd8 25. Bxf6+ Kc7 26. Rxe8 bxc4 27. Qxc4+ Kb7 28. Qd5+ Ka6 29. Qc6+ Nb6 30. Re3 Ka5 31. Ra3+ Kb4 32. Be7#) 24. Qa3+ Kd8 25. Bxf6+ Kc7 26. Qa5+ Kc6 27. Qd5+ Kc7 28. Bxe5+ Rxe5 29. Qxe5+ Kc6 30. Rd1 b6 31. Bb5+ Kb7 32. Rc1 Rb8 33. Qd5#)

18. Qd6 Bb7 19. Rd1 Qa4 20. Qxf6+ Kc8 21. Qd6 Qc6 22. Qd4 Rd8 23. Nf5 Qf6 24. Qxf6 Nxf6 25. Ne7+ Kc7 26. Bg3+ Rd6 27. Bxd6+ Kd8 28. Ne5 a6 29. Nxf7+ Ke8 30. Re1 Be4 31. Ng8 Nxg8 32. Rxe4+ Kd7 33. Be6+ Ke8 34. Bd5+ Kd7 35. Bxa8 a5

(35... b5 36. Bd5 h5 37. Re6 a5 38. Ne5+ Kd8 39. Bc6 Ne7 40. Rxe7 h4 41. Re8#)

36. Bd5 b5 37. a4 bxa4 38. Rc4 Ne7 39. Rc7+ Ke8 40. Bxe7 h5 41. Nd6# 1-0

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Aug-08-13  ughaibu: Your main line appears to be 10...Bb4, 11.c3 dc3, 12.Ne6 cb2, 13.Ng7 Kd8, 14.Bb2 Be1, 15.Bd4 Bf2, 16.Bf2 Rf8, 17.Ng5 but the black queen is en prise. Why not 17.Bb6?
Aug-08-13  DcGentle: <ughaibu>: Unfortunately it's not so easy to indent lines, maybe I'll find a solution here. But actually you missed my mainline, it is:

10... Bb4 11. c3 dxc3 12. Nxe6 cxb2 13. Nxg7+ Kd8 14. Bxb2 Bxe1 15. Bd4 Bxf2+ 16. Bxf2 Qa5 17. Qd4 b6 18. Qd6 Bb7 19. Rd1 Qa4 20. Qxf6+ Kc8 21. Qd6 Qc6 22. Qd4 Rd8 23. Nf5 Qf6 24. Qxf6 Nxf6 25. Ne7+ Kc7 26. Bg3+ Rd6 27. Bxd6+ Kd8 28. Ne5 a6 29. Nxf7+ Ke8 30. Re1 Be4 31. Ng8 Nxg8 32. Rxe4+ Kd7 33. Be6+ Ke8 34. Bd5+ Kd7 35. Bxa8 a5 36. Bd5 b5 37. a4 bxa4 38. Rc4 Ne7 39. Rc7+ Ke8 40. Bxe7 h5 41. Nd6#

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Aug-08-13  ughaibu: Okay, I see. Thanks.
Aug-08-13  DcGentle: <ughaibu>: You are welcome! :-) Actually I found a much better presentation for a longish PGN-Text, as you can see here -> DcGentle chessforum.

I still recommend to use a PGN-Viewer or chess program to examine it.

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May-11-15  Kraisteinkov: Well, the whole game was not written here. The game followed this way: 21....Qxb2 22.Bxd8 Bxd8 23.Rad1 Be7 (if 23...Bb6 or 23...Ba5, 24.Nc7 and 25.Rd8 with checkmate!) 24.Nc7+ Kf8 25.Rab1 1-0 Black can avoid 26.Rb8 with mate.
May-07-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: This was just a slaughter. Not at all competitive.

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