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Mikhail Tal vs Oscar Panno
"More Tal Combat" (game of the day Dec-29-2014)
Buenos Aires Najdorf (1991), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 12, Apr-??
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  1-0

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Sep-24-04
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  samvega: some interesting moves here . . .
10.Na4/11.c4 gambitting a pawn, and 20.Nb5!

Panno's 23..dxe5 seems like a mistake. Why not 23..d5? Black will be cramped, but how would white progress?

Jul-21-05
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  samvega: Any takers?
Jul-23-05
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  samvega: Nobody loves me.
Jul-23-05  ughaibu: I'm going to tell your mum you said that.
Jul-23-05
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  samvega: Ok, but while you're at it tell me what you think of 23..d5.
May-13-06  netlava: I believe 28...d5 is better, but Oscar played 28...dxe5 in order to put his knight on f6 where it is more active. He probably didn't see Nc6 coming.

After 28...d5, the knight is trapped on the back rank.

Dec-29-14
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  Phony Benoni: When I saw these opponents, I immediately thought of this classic struggle:

Tal vs Panno, 1958

In which Panno, at the time control, missed a continuation that would have secured a miraculous draw with rook and minor piece against queen.

So maybe that explains why he played on after 32...Qxe5. He just wanted to check to see if it might happen again.

Dec-29-14  YGraupera: Al principio pensé que el título era un nuevo paso hacia el bilingüismo de esta página. But then I realized that in English it's almost the same and there is a picture that ...
Dec-29-14  ChessEthos: After Black's 29..Qxf2. There was a faster way of winning the game which White didn't played. Forcing move sequence by White which could have lead to a quicker mate. (30. Rxf8+ Kxf8 31. Qd8+ Ne8 32. Qe7+ Kg8 33.Qxe8++)
Dec-29-14
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  Phony Benoni: <ChessEthos> Are you sure you have the right position? After <29...Qxf2>, this is what I see:


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Tal was a magician, but even he couldn'tplay 30.Rxf8+ here. And 30.Rxe8+ Nxe8 31.Qd8 Qf4+ followed by 32...Qc1+ and 33...Qc6 wins for Black.

Dec-29-14  LoveThatJoker: "More Tal Combat" = Pun of the Year!!

LTJ

Dec-29-14
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  Fusilli: <LTJ> I disagree, because it could have been applied to any of many other Tal games. Most puns build on one of the player's names (sometimes both, which is nice). I wish we came up with more puns based on the games rather than the names, but it's a lot harder to come up with them.
Dec-29-14  RookFile: I love the mortal kombat song. Funny thing is, I thought Panno did a good job in this game. Obviously he went wrong somewhere, but I didn't see what it was.
Dec-29-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: What happens if Black makes Luft via 27 ... h6? White could load up on the Black f-pawn, but could he really punch through without allowing a perpetual check or something?
Dec-29-14
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  kevin86: Tal wins another. with the help of back row threats.
Jan-27-15  john barleycorn: Tal about this game:
"I play all common opening moves but if I need or want to play for a win I trust 1.e4. And this game I had to win to share first place."
Jan-12-16  john barleycorn: Tal on 11.c4:
Taking the pawn on c4 in similar positions is always risky ... sometimes you need to know a tactical trick :

11....Nxc4 12.Bxc4 Qxc4 13.Rc1 Qb4 14.Nxe6!! ...

A)14.... de6 15.Bxa7 Bd7 16.Bc5 Qxa4 17.Qd6 Kd8 18.Qe7+ winning

or

B)14.... Bxe3 15.Nc7+ Kd8 16.fe3 Rb8 17.e5 Ne8 18.Nd5 Qe4 19.Nab6 Rf8 20.Rc4 Qxe5 21.Qa4 winning

(my translation only mainlines given)

Mar-23-16  SimplicityRichard: "More Tal Combat"; the only pun ever that brought immediate laughter and delight to me. A perfect pun in my view.#

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