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Mikhail Tal vs Lubomir Ftacnik
Nimzowitsch Memorial (1985), Naestved DEN, rd 8, Sep-23
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  1-0



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Feb-22-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: c5-square. That's where any king isn't too safe in mid-game.
Feb-22-06  Mostolesdude: I dont think black can prevent white's next move without losing material. 32. b4!
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  LIFE Master AJ: A real, "Jason meets Freddie."
(Friday, the 13th - vs - Knightmare on Elm Street.)
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  LIFE Master AJ: OK. So where does Black go wrong?
May-25-06  Open Defence: I don't know what theory says about this opening and I am not a very strong player.. but 10..b6 even if it has been played in master games does not seem best and 11..♘e8 does not seem the best.... even if Black can hold ..1. e4 c5 2. ♘f3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. ♘xd4 ♘f6 5. ♘c3 e6 6. ♗e2 a6 7. O-O ♗e7 8. f4 ♕c7 9. ♔h1 O-O 10. a4 b6 11. e5 dxe5 12. fxe5 ♘fd7 13. ♗f3 ♗b7 14. ♗xb7 ♕xb7 15. ♗f4 ♘c6 16. ♕f3 ♖fc8 was played resulting in the position of G Timoshenko vs Suba, 1996 and no doubt that game would also have to be analysed....
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  LIFE Master AJ: <Open Defence>

I would have to agree with you that 10...b6 is the first move that Black makes that one can cast a suspicious eye to. (After a day of study, all the other moves look 'book' or at least, pretty routine.)

May-26-06  euripides: 10...Nc6 would be one of the main lines of the Scheveningen. King annotated this game in his 'How good is your chess' column in 'Chess' and suggested <Open>'s followed by 12...Nfd7; he also suggested 13...Bxh2, I think. It's an instructive game - Black slightly loosens his influence on the central squares and Tal spots an opportunity.
May-27-06  whatthefat: This is a brilliant game from Tal! After black goes astray, white passes up several opportunities to cash in with a clear advantage, all so as to catch the king!
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  LIFE Master AJ: To me, it is a chess game that almost defies rational thought. Black plays one variance from 'book' ... and Tal immediately whips out his chainsaw and begins sawing off branches ...

Is "GENIUS" too strong a word here?

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  LIFE Master AJ: How HERE's a game that would make an excellent "Problem of The day."
Jun-02-06  zev22407: It is the "hurricane Tal"
Nov-16-06  Tariqov: <lifemaster:Black plays one variance from 'book' > i don't think he did, he played one Out of the book which was Ne8!?.
Nov-16-06  Petrocephalon: 17..Bg3 was an interesting move.
Jul-22-12  DrChopper: Black can't move his knight on d5 because of Qd6 and must watch b4.

31.Nc6 32.Rxd5+ Kxd5 33.Re3+ Kd4 34.Qd4+ and white take the queen.

31.Nc6 32.Rxd5+ Kb6 33.Qh6! Qxc2 34.Qe3+ (Ka5 35.axb5 axb5 36.Ra4 mate) Kc7 35.Re7+ Nxe7 36.Qxe7+ Kb6 37.Rd6+ Ka5 38.Qxb7 etc...

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