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Mikhail Tal vs Borislav Ivkov
Uppsala (1956), Uppsala SWE, Apr-??
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1-0



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Dec-02-03  Kenkaku: 33...Bxe3 34. Qxe3 Re8 35. Qg5+ Kf8 36. e6 Rxe6 37. fxe6 fxe6 38. Qg7+ Ke8 39. Qe7#
May-07-04  Stavrogin: Chess history written in my hometown!
Dec-06-04  chess man: I NOTICE NOBODY HAS BEEN ON THIS WEB PAGE RECENTLY. As to the game Tal had his oppenent on the defensive the whole game!


Dec-07-04  CHEG: <Kenkaku:> <33...Bxe3 34. Qxe3 Re8 35. Qg5+ Kf8 36. e6 Rxe6 37. fxe6 fxe6 38. Qg7+ Ke8 39. Qe7# >

What if? 37...Qxe6 38 Qg7+ Ke8 39 Rb7 (covering the flight square) Qe1+ 40 Kh2 Qxf2+ 41 Qg2 Qxg2 42 Kxg2 f6 43 Rxd6 Rook and four pawns(one passed) versus Rook, Bishop, and two pawns. Draw?

Different variation?
33...Bxe3 34. Qxe3 Re8 35. Qg5+ Kf8 36. f6 Rxe5 37 Qg7+ Ke8 38 d7+ Q or Rxd7 39 Qg8++ or 38... Kxd7 Qxe7+ 39 Rd7 Qxd7++

Jun-08-09  totololo: Take a look at the next game to learn how not to play this variation!Szabo vs Geller, 1957
Oct-19-09  WhiteRook48: no sacrifices this time?
Nov-16-09  spotkicker: 18...Bf8 is not a good move. 18...Rfc8 would be better. (Directly 18...c3 across with 19.Qd3.) 18...Rfc8 19.Qe1 Rab8 20.a3 c3! Isn't it better for black? Like that: 18.Rb1 (instead of 18.Re3) 18...Rab8 19.Bd2 c3! 20.Bh6 a5! had been played in a Keres-Matanovic game and black had no problem.
Oct-29-10  okba12: the crazy thing in this game is the attacking rooks (ra3!??)-anti logical ,but in the hands of a Tal it works !
Feb-10-13  kasparvez: It was after this game Ivkov published an article with the prophetic title: "Tal: Remember this name"!
Aug-26-13  estrick: This is Game #9 in "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal"

Tal wrote that 18... Rab8 was the strongest way for Black to continue.

Then 19. Bd2 exd4, 20. Nxd4 d5, 21. e5 Ne4, 22. Bxe4 dxe4, 23. Rxe4 Bxb4, 25. Bf4 and "...White keeps some initiative."

With 20. Ra3, White threatens to win the c-pawn (21. dxe5 dxe5, 22. Ra5 c3, 23. Rc5)

20... Qb7?
"The strongest move was 20... Bb5, to which [Tal] intended to reply 21. d5, keeping a positional advantage (Black's bishop on h6 is badly placed, and is unable to take part in the defense of his Q-side).

With 20... Qb7? "Black begins a faulty combination."

Aug-26-13  estrick: After 21... Qxb4, Ivkov had expected "22. Rb1 dxe5, 23. Bc1 Qf8, 24. Bxh6 Qxh6, 25. Rb6 Re3 with a probable draw."

After 22. Qd4, "Black's position is lost."

Feb-05-23  syracrophy: <estrick: After 21... Qxb4, Ivkov had expected "22. Rb1 dxe5, 23. Bc1 Qf8, 24. Bxh6 Qxh6, 25. Rb6 Re3 with a probable draw." After 22. Qd4, "Black's position is lost.">

Ivkov expected 22.♖b1? The most passive reply? I'm surprised: he really understimated his (then, unknown) opponent. 22.♕d4 was mandatory. If he omitted the power on the diagonal by the ♗b2, going for the ♙b4, then his reckless 20...♕b7? was fairly punished

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