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Jacob Yuchtman vs Mikhail Tal
"Jacob's Madder" (game of the day Sep-15-2014)
USSR Championship (1959), Tbilisi URS, rd 2, Jan-11
Scotch Game: Göring Gambit. Bardeleben Variation (C44)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-04-06  popski: Göring Gambit have some poison in it...
Feb-17-09  Sem: 10. Ng5 is very unpleasant, even for Tal.
Jul-01-11  Shams: Hard to see on 10.Ng5 is that back row threats will open up after 10...Qxd1 11.Bxf7+ Kg8 12.Ba3+ Ne7 (the knight is pulled off defense of d8) so that now 13...Rfxd1 gives black no time for ...h7-h6 which might otherwise pocket the bishop.
Jul-01-11  paul1959: <Shams> In your line,12 ...Qd6 bags a piece for Black. Better is 11 Rxd1 after which o-o transposing into the game looks forced.
Jul-01-11  Shams: Yeah, you're right.
Jul-01-11  technical draw: Yuchtman later played in a New York park for money with a sign that read, "Play the player that beat Tal"
Jul-01-11  technical draw: Then again I may have the wrong player:

<Israel Zilber was Latvian Chess Champion in 1958. He defeated Tal in 1952 and once made a living in a park with a sign, "For $5 a photo or a game with the man who beat Tal.">

Jul-01-11  technical draw: I played in a park once with a sign: "$5 for a game or photo with the man who beat WannaBe"

I didn't find a single sucker.

Jan-12-14  john barleycorn: <technical draw> try again. photoshop software has advanced immensely.

or ask $10 for NOT playing the accordion.

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  piltdown man: Is it pick on Tal day today?
Sep-15-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Tough day for Tal on
Sep-15-14  Castleinthesky: To echo others, this must be beat up on Tal day (who is one of my favorite players). I am not sure that this game represents a win because of White's efforts or a loss because Black did not choose a good sacrifice. Fortunately, the rest of the tournament went much better for Tal.

Today's Tal loses theme reminds me of a chess story about Capablanca and Eugee Znosko-Borovsky (a chess writer and one of the strongest players of the time). When Capablanca heard that Znosko-Borovsky was planning to write a book about Capa's worst games, Capa retorted that he wanted to write a book about Z-B's best games but couldn't find any!

Sep-15-14  pedro99: I seem to recall that England's Jonathan Penrose (brother of Roland the astrophysicist) was the only player to beat Tal competitively whilst world champion. He wasn't world champion for long though.
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  kevin86: A bad day for Tal (losses on GOTD and the puzzle).
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  Lighthorse: Too bad it's pick on Tal day. To even the score, maybe they should include the following Tal brilliancy as a puzzle later this week. [White (Tal) to play.]

click for larger view

Andy Soltis' includes it in his book "Chess to Enjoy" in his last chapter titled "Brilliance Everywhere". The game is in the database:

Tal vs T Paehtz Sr, 1974

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  maxi: <pedro99> Actually Jonathan is a nephew of artist Roland Penrose, and brother to mathematician Roger Penrose, who has also done work on cosmology.
Sep-15-14  Conrad93: <Actually Jonathan is a nephew of artist Roland Penrose, and brother to mathematician Roger Penrose, who has also done work on cosmology.>

Some families have all the luck.

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  Honza Cervenka: Tal's game started to fall apart when he had played 29...Kh8. 29...Nh4 seems to be better. Of course, if then 30.Kxe4, then 30...Re8+ 31.Kd3 f3 gives black some advantage. Also in the game 29.Kxe4 was not much attractive due to 29...f3.
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  zydeco: <Honza Cervenka> I agree that 29....Kh8 is a strange move. Tal must have been worried about Bd1-c2 as a manoeuvre but it doesn't have sting after 29...Nh4 and 30....e3.

The Goring Gambit is definitely a good psychological choice against Tal. He could get a little stir-crazy if he was denied the initiative for too long. I'm surprised more people didn't play this way against him -- with gambits right in the opening.

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