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Mikhail Tal vs Joel Lautier
"And for my final trick..." (game of the day Jan-05-2023)
Barcelona (1992), Barcelona ESP, rd 1, Apr-??
Indian Game: Knights Variation. General (A46)  ·  1-0



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Apr-09-04  ArturoRivera: I agree with you, capturing the rook gives white the advantage and for good, as far as i can see, there is nothing wrong with it and i really doubt that two grandmasters miss the move, and not a normal grandmaster but Mikjail Tal, must be a score mistake and the rook must have been placed anywhere else.
May-03-05  Catfriend: Last game the wizard played, according to <>, and a victory too! But for the unfathomed 41.move, the game is very good, with original ideas and tense fight.
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  tpstar: ChessBase 8.0 gives 40 ... Rc5 & 41 ... Rb4, so the Rooks are on c5 & b4 until Move 45 when the position corrects after 45. Nxd5 Rxc2 etc.

Another source says Tal vs Akopian, 1992 was his final game.

Apr-08-07  slomarko: wow Tal was well past his prime but he totaly crushes Lautier here.
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  perfidious: Tal's last game was in fact with Akopian, at Barcelona.
May-22-08  dTal: <slomarko> right. Even well below his sparkling and irresistible best, he was head and shoulders above GMs considered to be very strong. The tactics came sooo easily to him. Kasparov says in my great predecessors about Tal that he was the only chess player he ever knew who could see right through combinations, they came naturally to him, and hundreds of wonderful variations were constantly whirling around in his brain!
Aug-08-08  castelao2: Una de mis partidas favoritas pese a que Tal estaba ya muy enfermo fue capaz de crear esta maravilla, la combinacion comienza con 13.c4, y era necesario ver al menos hasta 27.Da6,quince jugadas en las que habia que descubrir la extraordinaria 22. Tfa1, permitiendo la descubierta y ganando dos piezas por torre para llegar a un final superior en el que la mayoria de peones del flanco de rey se impone a la calidad.Por desgracia esta partida no es demasiado popular, ya que no se publico en el Informator, en parte por la prematura muerte de Tal, y porque la apertura, verdaderamente original, no entra en los gustos clasicos de los editores
Sep-15-08  pom nasayao: A lesser player would have earlier resigned after having lost the exchange, but to Tal, the game has just started.
Sep-15-08  DarthStapler: Amazing
Sep-15-08  wanabe2000: If 59...Kf8 60.Kd7! taking control of the queening square.
Jun-11-09  totololo: A lesson in chess ..... Poor Lautier!
Sep-29-09  WhiteRook48: after 24 Qxe7 Tal was already winning due to his extra pawns
Nov-05-09  Katu: <pom nasayao: A lesser player would have earlier resigned after having lost the exchange, but to Tal, the game has just started.> Come on, he had 4 pawns for it!
Nov-13-09  kooley782: It's a little disappointing to see the late Tal not being nearly as fun as the early Tal. :( Even so, he was a very strong player. This game was good.
Nov-13-09  blackburne: Chessgames: this game played in Barcelona (Spain)
Nov-07-10  sevenseaman: In my memory this is the first time Tal has had to work for a win.
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  kbob: I think this is the one that Andy Soltis called "Tal's last great game."
Aug-21-13  ughaibu: What's wrong with taking the knight, 27...Qd6?
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  beatgiant: <ughaibu>
How about 27...Qxd6 28. Qa7+ Kc8 29. Ra5. Looks like Black will soon have to trade his queen for White's rook, leaving White up a lot of material.
Aug-22-13  ughaibu: That was my suspicion, but after 29...R(d)e8 I couldn't see how white could swing it(?)
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  Sastre: <ughaibu> After 27...Qxd6 28.Qa7+ Kc8 29.Ra5 Rde8, 30.Qa8+ Kc7 (30...Qb8 31.Rc5+) 31.Ra7+ Kb6 32.Qb7+ Kc5 33.Ra5+ Kxc4 34.Qb5+ Kd4 35.Qd3#.
Aug-22-13  ughaibu: Yes, I was planning 30...Kd8 in that line. I used to be able to calculate, what happened to that ability?
Nov-17-21  kereru: Tal was much better at endgames and technical stuff than he's usually given credit for.
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  Messiah: Terrible!
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  HeMateMe: I thought this was Tal's final act?

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