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Mikhail Tal vs Frank Reinemer
"Snug as a Bug in a Zug" (game of the day Mar-22-2009)
Cologne (1992), 03
Dutch Defense: General (A80)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: Well it certainly wins a pawn or two, but I think Tal's approach is much more clear.

Do you see Black's plight? He's running out of moves! Perhaps he plays ...b5, then Tal plays b4, and Black nudges another pawn, and so does White, and soon he can't push a pawn without giving it away, and after all of the giveaway moves are expended, Black is finally forced to move a piece. The only move is Rf6?? and then after Rxf6 it's not stalemate, because the h-pawn is free.

Apr-23-03  Bears092: Rgent... the you give black a passed h-pawn, and some hope for drawing chances.
Apr-23-03  AgentRgent: <Sneaky> actually it wins 3 easily (either the a or d pawn will fall), and No I didn't actually see that Black would be forced into Rf6. So my plan IS winning, but Tal's plan is better (why am I not surprised?) ;-)

<Bears> The h pawn really has no hope in the endgame unless white is very foolish.

Apr-23-03  Bears092: ...but a passed pawn is a lot more of a drawing chance than being down a rook...
Apr-23-03  Elrathia Kingi: If black moves Rf6, he loses all of his material. 1...Rf6 2.Rxf6 h5 3.Rfxf8+ Kh7 4.Rxh8+. Much better for white than winning a pawn or two, I would think.
Apr-24-03  tayer: In fact after all the queen side pawn moves are over, black will be in zugzwang (I can argue that he is already in zunzwang since every move that black can make only makes its situation worst, i.e. closer to mate). At that point Reinemer would have to move his rook, and an unavoidable mate will follow, if he moves it over the 7th row, Tal will move Rxf8#. And after ... Rf6, white can win with: Rxf6 h5(or h6 no more options), R8xf8+ Kh7, R8f7+ Kg8, Rg7#.
May-24-04  Whitehat1963: Interesting.
Aug-23-05  Jim Bartle: Is this the last win of Tal's life?
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  tpstar: <Jim Bartle> I thought this was = Tal vs Akopian, 1992
Mar-22-09  chessgeek100: Retarded pun!
Mar-22-09  cheeseplayer: hahahaha
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  jessicafischerqueen: < If black moves Rf6, he loses all of his material.>

If Black move <Rf6???> it's MATE IN ONE.

Mar-22-09  bennytschet: Wow. Black must have wondered for a long time how he painted himself into a corner. As always Tal makes it look easy.
Mar-22-09  Akdeniz07: Very good zugzwang!!
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  Once: <jfq> Mate in 4, I think. 32.. Rf6 33. Rxf6 h5 34. Rbxf8+ Kh7 35. R8f7+ Kg8 36. Rg7#

Any rook move other than Rf6 allows mate in one. Eg 32..Re7 Rxf8#.

Great game by Tal. I must admit to a little frisson of excitement when I saw his name above the door and a game I didn't know. And to win by zugwang! What a treat.

Mar-22-09  schroedingers cat: I have a question is 8.Qf4 theory or Tal?
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  Once: <schroedingers cat: I have a question is 8.Qf4 theory or Tal?>

I ran the game through the online database, which has around 3.5 million games on it.

3...Ne4 was played in 201 of these games.

4. h4 featured in 52 games.

4... Nxg5 narrows the field down to just 6 games.

Two of those games continued to 6. Nc3 - this one and Fedorowicz-Yedidia 1995.

Only this game featured the black reply 6...d5.

Of course, there will be other games that aren't on the database but it should have most of the significant ones. So I would say that Tal was own his own certainly for 7. Qd2 and 7. Qf4 and probably for 6. Nc3 as well.

Mar-22-09  Chess Carnival: The opening is all about the e5 square..
Mar-22-09  schroedingers cat: Thank you <Once>
Mar-22-09  Razor: Very interesting game!
Mar-22-09  hedgeh0g: Beautiful zugzwang. Tal shows he doesn't need fantastic tactical shots to win games.
Mar-22-09  sleepyirv: What a wondeful game, I'm shocked I never seen this before considering it's a textbook zugzwang.
Mar-22-09  WhiteRook48: he can invade on the sleeping black king
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  kevin86: A great zugzwang ending. Black was handcuffed,gagged,thrown into a closet,and the door locked.
Nov-05-13  capafischer1: tal is 56 years old and in this game he reminds you once again that he could beat you in several different ways. This game reminds one of karpov. he was also karpov's second against korchnoi.
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