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Mikhail Tal vs Birjanis
Riga (1952)
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  1-0



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Jan-30-05  stenis3: this game is outrageous!!! i don't understand what's going on here.. anyone wants help me with some analysys??
Jan-30-05  dac1990: It's simple, really. Tal just uses a combination of discovered attacks and removing the guards. The Knight is immune because of the other threats-- the Queen can't leave the protection of the f8-rook. After 24.f4!, White wins a piece because of the weak bishop on d7.
Jan-30-05  The Backward Pawn: :stenis: lets start with move 21 Nd5, now white is attacking blacks queen with the knight and his rook with his queen threatening mate. blacks only move that doesnt lose is Qd8. Now 22.Nc7 again white is offering his knight, however if he captures then the rook on f8 hangs. again blacks move is forced with Bd7. then after the knight captures the queen captures the knight leaving the bishop with only 1 protector....the knight on e5. whites 24th move f4 forces the knight to move, leaving the bishop free for the rook to capture causing white to be up a whole rook. Hope that helps.
Apr-12-08  enoughsaid05: Black starts an early exchange from move 1 till move 8, leaving his pieces undeveloped. White meanwhile secures his advantage of his developed pieces to win the game.

9) Rc1

Tal has an intention of 1) cxd4 exd4 2) Qxc7 Qxc7 3) Rxc7 gaining an upper edge in an endgame due to its developed pieces an extra pawn and winning a lot of tempi because moving his c8 bishop loses his b7 pawn. Game is good as over.

10) g3?!

Why did Mikhail Tal chooses to fianchetto his king's bishop? He has other options to free his bishop, but why g3? This subtle move helps White to prevent Black's counter play through the e4 pawn march.

After move 11) Bg3, we analyse the position. White's queen outpost at c3 provides a diagonal support along the dark squares in view of 1) ...e5 2) Nxe5 Nxe5 3)dxe5, winning a pawn. So black has to remove the queen from c3.

11) ...dxc4 Qxc4

From move 12 onwards, it is a battle for the White to deny Black's access to e5 square while Black strives for counter play at the same square.

14) Qc5!!

Tal attempts to exchange his queens, leaving his e pawn hopelessly vunlerable. Even if Black exchanges his pawns, Tal still has the e pawn which will ultimately march towards the centre of the board while Black has nothing in the d and e file.

14) ...Qe6 15 b3

Black cannot advance his e pawn, in view of 1) ...e4?? 2) Ng5! and he loses his e pawn anyway. This is where Tal's fianchetted bishop comes in handy!

15) ...exd4

The rest is all tactics, Tal went on to win the match the Knight creating havoc while his queen is aiming at the f8 rook.

Dec-07-08  notyetagm: <stenis3: this game is outrageous!!! i don't understand what's going on here.. anyone wants help me with some analysys??>

Tal's tactical mastery was really unsurpassed.

It seems like every move by Tal in this game is a tactic! :-)

Sep-12-11  computer chess guy: Black should have just exchanged Queens with 18. .. ♘xc5 19. ♘xh6+ gxh6 20. ♖xc5.
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  perfidious: <computer chess guy: Black should have just exchanged Queens with 18... Nxc5 19.Nxh6+ gxh6 20.Rxc5.>

Had he foreseen the forcing variation which actually took place, no doubt Black would have acquiesced in this, unpalatable though that ending would have been.

Sep-12-11  computer chess guy: <perfidious: unpalatable though that ending would have been.> Well, no, I wouldn't want to play that ending, especially not against Tal, who was quite capable in the endgame, among his other talents. But it was better than the alternative.

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