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Mikhail Tal vs Ian Rogers
Pan-Pacific GM Tournament (1991), San Francisco, CA USA, rd 8, Mar-10
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0



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May-14-05  aw1988: Unreal. Pure Tal.
May-15-05  Catfriend: Here's a winning line:
26..Bd5 27.Kf2 Re8 28.Rxb3 dxc3 29.Rc1 Bxa2 30.Rxc3 Be6 31.Rc7 with a safe
Sep-16-08  pom nasayao: Neither Black's 20. __ Rc7 could work because of 21. Nxe7+ Rxe7+ 22. Kd2 Bg6 23. b5!
Sep-20-12  whiteshark: Tal rogered him something stupid.
Jan-13-15  Smite: Roger That?
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  HeMateMe: Do you smite thy enemies?
Dec-27-18  iron john: why not 13 ..bb7 ?
Oct-12-20  tessathedog: A wonderful game in which blow for blow tactics are traded throughout! Rogers gets the ball rolling with the creative 12 ...b6!? inviting Tal to win the exchange by 13 Bxf6 Bxf6 14 Nc4 Qg5 15 Qe4 Qf5! 16 Qxa8? Qxd3 and it is black who is winning.

Instead Tal responds by putting the black queen in immediate trouble with 13 Bb5!. In answer to iron john’s question, 13...Bb7 will lose the queen to 14 a4 and 15 Nc4 (14...Bd5 runs into 15 Bd2 followed by b4).

It looks like curtains for black already, but Rogers keeps the game going by finding the resourceful 16...Nd5! counterattacking c3. After the knight is exchanged the newly arrived pawn on d5 defends against Nc4, and the move played by Tal 18 Bc1 can now be met by the diversion 18...Bf5!

Fantastic defence by black, but it still fails because Tal has one more combinational motif up his sleeve. Rogers cannot play 20...Rc7 because after 21 Nxe7+ the two black rooks wind up on the on the same diagonal. So 21...Rxe7+ 22 Kd2 and after the bishop flees, b5 wins the exchange.

Still Rogers has one last trick to try. After 23...Re6 wrong would be the natural looking 24 Rac1 because to avoid perpetual check Tal’s king needs to retreat to f1 after which ...Bd2 will result in a perpetual attack on the Rc1 (it can’t take the Bc2 because of ...Re1#). Tal spots the danger and finds 24 Rhc1! keeping his Rooks connected and ensuring he emerges a piece ahead.

Great creative and resourceful chess from both players. The tactics hardly stop flowing at any stage.

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