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Mikhail Tal vs Tony Miles
"I Can See for Miles" (game of the day Feb-15-2013)
Porz (1981/82), Porz, Cologne FRG, rd 2, Dec-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Modern Variation Kasparov Attack (B17)  ·  1-0



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Feb-15-13  Abdel Irada: White's 6. Ng3 is a bit passive, so one would expect Black to be able to equalize fairly quickly thereafter.

I play only *against* the Caro-Kann, so am not a specialist, but in such positions I've encountered more difficulty with 7. ...Qc7 than with 7. ...Be7. In this case, after barring the counterpunch ...Nd5 with 10. c4, White was able to develop his bishop on f4, putting unaccustomed pressure on Black's queenside, which in turn probably led to Miles' positional concessions. None of this would have been possible had Black taken the more flexible alternative on move 7.

Again, however, I am not a specialist....

Feb-15-13  Castleinthesky: Tal makes Miles look almost as bad as myself! Although Miles fully redeemed himself in this classic Karpov vs Miles, 1980
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  Jimfromprovidence: I loved the quiet 20 Qf3.

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It prevents 20...Bxd7?, as that leads to 21 Be3, below, attacking and winning the queen, because of the additional threat Qxf7+.

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Feb-15-13  kevin86: After all of the simplification,white is left a piece and two pawns least.
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  FSR: <morfishine: <FSR> Yes, the pun '<I can c4 Miles>' is applicable since these are related to chess.

But today, the pun is weak if not downright lame since there's no relation to chess, unless I'm missing something.>

I didn't understand it at first, either. I think the idea is that Tal can see miles ahead in analysis, thus making him understand moves like 17.b4!! that are incomprehensible to us mortals.

Feb-15-13  schnarre: ...Love the day's pun!

...I was a bit puzzled by Black playing 13...bxc5 (I keep thinking there's a better move for Black than that).

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  FSR: <Abdel Irada: White's 6. Ng3 is a bit passive, so one would expect Black to be able to equalize fairly quickly thereafter.

I play only *against* the Caro-Kann, so am not a specialist, but in such positions I've encountered more difficulty with 7. ...Qc7 than with 7. ...Be7.>

I would adhere to the McDonald's maxim "you deserve a break today" and play 7...c5. Opening Explorer (Recall what happened to poor Akobian, who never played ...c5. The World vs Akobian, 2012)

Feb-15-13  RandomVisitor: Black might try something like 10...Qc7 11.Ne5 Bd6 12.Bf4 Bb7 and better dampen the attacking chances.
Feb-15-13  morfishine: <FSR> I actually understood 17.b4, but sadly, I'm still a mere mortal...
Feb-15-13  LastDaysofSaloFlohr: 7...Bd6 seems better. 7...Be7 is quite passive. And I play the Caro-Kann. Miles took a few liberties here and got crushed by Tal. I don't find these games especially instructive - one side plays badly, the other punishes it. (This isn't a criticism of Tal by any means, by the way. He was a genius.)
Feb-15-13  Moszkowski012273: Actually 17.b4 was not the correct move for the position, Qc2 or Nh5 are much preferred. To hold on Miles should of played pxp instead of the losing Bc1.
Feb-16-13  David2009: Tal vs Miles, 1982: Here's the position at move 15:

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(Tal vs Miles 1982 15?) with a link to Crafty End Game Trainer: After 15.Bxh7+ Nxh7 16.Rxd7 the patient robot defends with 16...Nf6. Over to you - can you pilot the White side to victory against the EGT without silicon assistance? I couldn't: I got to an ending a Pawn up with N against B + central Pawn mass, then slipped from a level or perhaps better positon into a loss, missing a simple tactic. Have fun trying!

Feb-22-13  DarthStapler: Go Tal!
Feb-07-20  Howard: This game is annotated in the latest issue of NIC---2020/1.
Feb-07-20  Retireborn: <Howard> Does NiC specify if the game was played in December 1981 or January 1982? Never cleared that up.
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  perfidious: Perhaps someone with access to back numbers of <Players Chess News>--mine are buried at a far remove somewhere or other--could clarify this; the game first appeared there.
Feb-07-20  Howard: The Informant indicates Volume 33---which is the first half of 1982. But, then, the tournament may have straddled the 1981 and 1982 calender years.
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  perfidious: 'Straddling calendar years'.

Sounds like a daunting task at best from this angle.

Feb-07-20  Retireborn: <Howard> <perf> Informator 33 describes the game as in 1981, but my Chessbase 2002 data says that only the first round of the tournament was played in 1981, therefore this second round game was 1982.

I was hoping for independent (NiC) confirmation of that as I don't regard Chessbase as all that reliable, but it's a minor point of course. Thanks all the same.

Feb-08-20  Paint My Dragon: Not sure when each individual round was played, but the relevant BCM gives these details:

<1981/2 27th Dec.-10th Jan.> Porz DDR (Cat. 9) - Tal 9/11, A Miles 8.5, Hort 8, Giorgadze 7, Knezevic, Ostermeyer 6.5, Van der Wiel, Gerusel 5, B Schmidt 4.5, Reefschlager 3, Dankert 2.5, Troger 2 (12)

Note - Dankert withdrew ill after 6 rounds.

Feb-08-20  Paint My Dragon: And round 2 is confirmed for the Tal-Miles game.

It would seem a bit odd if they only played one round between December 27-31, even allowing for the 27th to be an opening ceremony only.

Feb-08-20  Paint My Dragon: Incidentally, 24. ... Rxf4, 25. Rxg7 Rxf3 26.Rg8# would have been an attractive finish.
Feb-08-20  jith1207: <Balmo: Terrible pun. Poor Miles. One of the first great English GMs and his legacy is to be author of a load of games all named variations of "I can c4 Miles" "I can see for Miles", "Miles ahead".>

Miles to go before they stop. ;)

Feb-08-20  jith1207: I think that shouldn't bother Anthony Miles because he only sees in kilometers. :)
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  perfidious: According to the piece on Hastings 1977-78 published in the BCM, John Fedorowicz had taken to referring to Miles as 'Kilometres'.
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