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   JohnTal has kibitzed 158 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-11-21 Shamkovich vs Kholmov, 1961 (replies)
JohnTal: 19 Rxg7 immediately grabbed my attention. This is a move you play without thinking while you have the supreme confidence that you will mate the king or recovery any sacrificed material while retaining a significant winning advantage. I saw the first 2 moves and figured that once ...
   May-03-21 H Barber vs Hebden, 2000 (replies)
JohnTal: Ghitescu vs Fischer, 1960 Bobby Fischer administering a similar trick, 1960 Leipzig Olympiad.
   Dec-05-20 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
JohnTal: Think About 19 Knight g3 check!! with the idea runner check, queen check, game over. Nope, Spassky simply grabs the piece with 19 hg. ...hg+, 20 Bh3 without having to move his K.
   Jul-21-20 Romanishin vs Vaisser, 1982 (replies)
JohnTal: He is reputed to have said that "Draws make me angry"
   Jul-13-17 Sidney Norman Bernstein (replies)
JohnTal: One of the few players who would aggressively sacrifice a piece against Fischer and survive, even though he never beat Bobby -- at least he was entertaining and not simply an intimidated wimp who lacked any fight.
   Apr-13-17 J Dworakowska vs Shabalov, 2006 (replies)
JohnTal: 24...Ne3 and White survives with 25 Ne3 ... Bh6 followed by 26 Bf1
   Apr-11-17 Bisguier vs Fischer, 1956 (replies)
JohnTal: After this game, Fischer turned Bisguier into his favorite whipping boy.
   Mar-03-17 H Bogart vs NN, 1933 (replies)
JohnTal: We'll always have Paris!
   Feb-18-17 R Tischbierek vs E Postny, 2007 (replies)
JohnTal: 39 ... Be6, 40 fe ...Kf8, 41 Nf5! closes the deal.
   Feb-06-17 R A Dowden vs S Yee, 2016 (replies)
JohnTal: I would rarely expect a 2016 Q sacrifice at the GM level in 2016. Still, always awesome to see as our standard Sunday evening tactical theme to start the week.
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