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Mikhail Tal vs Janis Klovans
"In-Tal-erance" (game of the day Feb-18-2015)
Latvian Championship (1954), Riga URS
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-18-14  jimcrickman143: Overwhelming defeat of Mikhail Tal, 15.Be4?? being the culprit.
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  al wazir: Is this really Tal? Playing 1. d4 ?
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  beatgiant: <al wazir>
A joke, right? He probably played it at least a dozen times per year throughout his career and has some well-known wins such as Tal vs Fischer, 1959
Tal vs Bronstein, 1982
Tal vs Bronstein, 1957
Feb-18-15  Alblitz: damn klovans! he is good!
Feb-18-15  watwinc: It must be very obvious, but I’m not seeing it. Why not 13 Qxb4?
Feb-18-15  Jim Bartle: 13...Nd3+. ?
Feb-18-15  The Last Straw: 13. ♕xb4 ♔xh7.
If 13. ♕xb4 ♘d3+ then 14. ♗xd3.
Feb-18-15  kyg16: I was thinking... does 19... Nc4 work? If it does it's a nice move.
Feb-18-15  Bycotron: Kyg16, it looks like a good move to me! The idea is to open the c1-h6 diagonal so the black Queen can mate on g5.

To defend, white must either play forcing moves (checks), of which he has none, create luft for the King which he cannot do, or cover the g-file/g5 square, which he can only do at great cost.



20.Qxc4 Qg5+
21.Qg4 Bxg4
22.fxg4 Qxg4+
23.Kf1 Kxh7 0-1


20.Ne4 (covering g5)
20...Qxb4 0-1

20.Qxc4 Kxh7
21.Qh4+ (as in the game)
22.Ne4 (as in the game)

Feb-18-15  rickycota: <watwinc>There's nothing wrong really with 13.Qxb4 maybe net would be Kxh7 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.0-0 Be6 and it's still equal.

At 19...Nd1, Nc4 or Nd5 are all crushing

Feb-18-15  Mating Net: What a save with 24...Qb1! Black stops the mate and sets up the discovery to clinch the proceedings.

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