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Mikhail Tal vs Jack Miller
"Pictures at an Exhibition" (game of the day Jun-18-2012)
Simul (1988) (exhibition), Anaheim, CA USA, Mar-11
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Open Variation (C55)  ·  1-0



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Aug-01-14  Mating Net: <Miller threw a wonderful chess attack, no doubt; but chess cannot beat magic> How true.

After Black played the cute intermezzo 5...Nxe4, Tal must have thought something along the lines of: "Ok Mr. Miller, I was planning on playing a nice quiet exhibition. You have failed to cooperate so I am going to unleash the Magician from Riga on you."

Dec-27-14  jasmin: Why not 6.Qd5?
Dec-27-14  Nerwal: <Why not 6.Qd5?>

6. ♕d5 ♗e6 7. ♕xe4 d5.

Apr-19-15  hedgeh0g: The fact that this game was played as part of a simul is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Jun-16-15  Besheer: Hahahhahahahhaaha ..... Ultimately crazy ! Tale is not playing chess , He is playing piano ! He is the greatest genius ever !
Jun-18-15  Besheer: The wizard from Riga !!!!!
Nov-19-16  clement41: amazing play from the Wizard from Riga!
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  Tabanus: <Zugzwangovich: For the record, this game was played in a simul Tal gave on March 11, 1988 at Labate's Chess Center in Anaheim, CA. I was playing in it.> Hmmm. Wrong year? There is no mention in the California Chess Journal (1988), who does mention Tal played in Chicago 1988.
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At bottom this page: are some games, but I can't find the Miller game.

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  ChessHigherCat: I don't get the pun. "Pictures at an Exhibiition" is a masterpiece for piano by Mussorgsky, of course, orchestrated by Rimsky Korsakov, Tomita (only the Great Gate of Kiev on youtube,, but I would definitely recommend the full album) and even Emerson, Lake & Palmer and (, but what's the connection? I suggest the more prosaic "Tal downs a Miller"
May-26-18  thegoodanarchist: < ChessHigherCat: I don't get the pun. "Pictures at an Exhibiition" ... what's the connection?>

This game was part of a simultaneous exhibition.

Oct-18-18  jonjoseph: I need to replay this even slower to appreciate so many mysterious moves.I was often scratching my head wondering where Tal was going .Bullfighting has this kind of grace and nerves of steel .Just wonderful, but how did Miller feel about it ?
Feb-25-19  Antonin1957: @jonjoseph: Me too. I don't know how Tal came out of this with a win. It seemed like Black's attack was unstoppable!
Jan-05-20  cameosis: <tabanus>tal played a simul in framingham, ma three days prior (march 08, 1988) to the one in anaheim, ca (march 11, 1988) -- the reason why you didn't find the miller game in their bulletin.

here's a list of the games from the club's site:

don't trust mega database by chessbase, lots of errors in their version of the simul.

they have rechristened robert salvas of south new england chess association as "salyas" and so forth.

jack miller's full name is jack laurence miller.

another game from anaheim against david lucky (formerly david gliksman) -- scoresheet in the video description:

Mar-03-21  sese86: Hey, everyone I'm new here I started playing chess not long. But I really love the game and would appreciate those willing to help me when in need thank...
Mar-03-21  carpovius: Simul brilliancy...
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  perfidious: <crapovius: Simul brilliancy...>

This game is far beyond the pedestrian effort which you make it out to be.

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  MissScarlett: <Zugzwangovich: For the record, this game was played in a simul Tal gave on March 11, 1988 at Labate's Chess Center in Anaheim, CA. I was playing in it.>

The <Los Angeles Times> of March 6th 1988, Part II, p.15:

<Former world champion Mikhail Tal will give simultaneous exhibitions on March 12 and 13 at Labate's Chess International in Anaheim. The cost is $75 per board.>

Damn, I thought the $50 in Framingham was a bitch. But the way some talk on this page, seems they'd have been happy paying $500 to bend over and grip their ankles.

But to return to the question of the date, were the simuls brought forward to Friday and Saturday, the 11th and 12th?

Two weeks later, Jack Peters in the <Times>: <Against a field sprinkled with masters and experts, Tal scored 22 wins, three draws and one loss on Saturday, and 27 wins, three draws and no losses on Sunday. The lone winner was Dean Yarborough, an expert from Las Vegas.>

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  moronovich: <sese86: Hey, everyone I'm new here I started playing chess not long. But I really love the game and would appreciate those willing to help me when in need thank...>

As long as you will try to figure out,at least some of the tactics,you will improve. It may take a while,but it will be worth the effort.

Cheers mate and good luck !

Mar-03-21  DrGridlock: I'm surprised how deep the game goes with an advantage for Black. Fat Fritz scores it -.81 for black after 19 ... Qc6 (instead of the game continuation 19 ... Qd6):

Mikhail Tal - Jack Miller 1-0 0.0, Simul Anaheim, CA USA 1988

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It's hard to play sharp positions against Tal - just the difference between Qc6 and Qd6 was the difference between winning (maybe) and losing.

No idea who "Jack Miller" was ... but he must have had fun telling his friends about the time he almost cooked Mikhail Tal's goose.

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  MissScarlett: <they have rechristened robert salvas of south new england chess association as "salyas" and so forth.>

The MetroWest site has him as <Salyas>, too. That font is clearly ambiguous.

Mar-10-21  Whitehat1963: Considering that this is a simul, Tal’s ability to see and calculate quickly is just astonishing.
Apr-14-22  Zugzwangovich: <MissScarlett: But to return to the question of the date, were the simuls brought forward to Friday and Saturday, the 11th and 12th?>

I re-checked my notes on the simuls in question and the one I played in was on March 12th, not March 11th as I originally reported. My bad.

Apr-14-22  Zugzwangovich: Jack Miller annotated this game for the May-June 1988 issue of Rank & File, which was then published bi-monthly by the Southern California Chess Federation. His 'Tal Tales' article begins with the following note:

On March 12 and 13, former World Champion Mikhail Tal gave two simultaneous exhibitions at Labate's Chess International, an Anaheim chess bookstore. Jack Miller of San Diego recounts for us his meeting with the "Wizard of Riga."

Apr-14-22  tonsillolith: At the end, <33. Ne8/d5> <34. Nf6+> <35. Rh7#> would have been faster.

But amazing game, as been said much.

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