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Udris vs Mikhail Tal
"You Can Hear a Pin Drop" (game of the day Oct-16-2010)
Riga (1953)
Benoni Defense: General (A60)  ·  0-1



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Oct-16-10  Nullifidian: <offramp: Even better is 33...c1♘ 34.♖h1 f1♘#.>

Better for whom?

After 33... c1♘, ♕d4+ is a real threat:

34... ♘f6 35. ♕d6, forking the rook and knight, 35... ♖f7 36. ♕e6 and now Black has nothing better than 36... ♘xh5 37. ♕xf7 ♙h6 38. ♕xh5

Furthermore, even if White were stupid enough to fall into a one move mate with ♖h1, ♙f1♘ is *not* mate because White has the escape square at g1. The promotions that lead to mate are ♙f1♕ and ♙f1♖.

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  Once: Sometimes the GOTD pun is as difficult to fathom as a cryptic crossword ... (especially for us Brits) ... and sometimes it just needs a little lateral thinking.

Here's the position after 16. Qg3

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White is relying on the pin on the pawn on d4 to hold his position together. But Tal "lets the pin drop" by 16...dxc5 and for his queen he gets a rook, knight, a passed pawn and the initiative.

Well, that's my theory and I'm sticking to it until someone comes up with a better one.

Great game, by the way. Reminds me yet again of my patzer tendency to overvalue the queen.

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  Once: Oops - 16...dxc3. Add to my list of failings an inability to type.
Oct-16-10  Tridel: Clearly they're running out of puns... Magnificent Game by Tal though!
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  whiteshark: <Tridel> And even if they did, there's nothing wrong with an alternative approach.

And isn't successful marketing about reiteration, too?

Oct-16-10  Dimitrije Mandic: Can anyone point me to a detailed analysis of this game, with annotations? Although I don't need those examples made of whole games for theory, just the critical lines that could've been played throughout the game.
Oct-16-10  BobCrisp: As opposed to a detailed analysis without annotations?
Oct-16-10  sfm: Have no clue about the current theory, but I don't like 8.dxc5 - too friendly. 10.b3 makes sense, but White is a bit behind in development. Why not 12.Ncxd2 instead of 12.Ndxd2 ?

13.Nf4? is terrible. After 14.Qf3 Black hammers through. The "queen sacrifice" (R+N+P for the Q) kills off the white queens wing, and would have been a no-brainer for a Tal.

Actually White fights back very well, creates counterchances, and lives much longer than I would have thought. Was there a chance with 28.Nxe4 ? The black king is pretty much in the open and there are many checks to analyze.

Oct-16-10  talisman: according to the database...udris was never the same after this game.
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  ketchuplover: <sfm>28.Nxe4 does look vexing
Oct-16-10  tarikhk: this game gives me a headache- so- many- complications. Analysing this game at home is a nightmare, let alone otb. Tal was a monster.
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  ketchuplover: 28.Nxe4 fxe4 29.Qg5+ Kh8 30.Bb2+ Nxb2 31.Qe5+ should draw imo.
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  kevin86: Black promoted...and will do so again.
Oct-16-10  C4gambit: If you want to give up your queen, you should know how to use the others.
Oct-16-10  weisyschwarz: Pun: How about "undrissed"?
Oct-16-10  weisyschwarz: Or, if you want to keep it as is:

"U Can Hear A Pin Drop".

Oct-16-10  David2009: Dazzling Tal fireworks: but the modern computer (Crafty End Game Trainer) rains on the parade. The sacrifice is absolutely sound, but after 18 h3 the EGT suggests 18...Rd1+ 19 Kh2 Bd6 as stronger for Black. As the game went, the EGT suggests 28 Qe6+! as drawing e.g. 28...Kh8 29 Nxe4 fxe4 30 Qe7 Rg8 Qf6+ with perpetual check.

Crafty EGT link to the sacrifice position

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(Udris vs Tal, 1953 White to play 17?)

The perpetual checks suggested by <rulo0801> do not quite work: after 28 Nxf5 (instead of 28 Qe6+!) Rxf5 29 Qe6+ Kg7 30 Qxe4 Black has Rh1+! and after 30 Qc8+ Rf8 31 Qc4 Rf7 32 Qc8+ Black has Kh8. Now 33 Qd4+ very nearly draws, but not quite: the variations become complex. Additional Crafty link to investigate the position at move 30:

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(Udris vs Tal 1953 30?)

Oct-16-10  WhiteRook48: tal smashes his opponent again.....
Oct-18-10  njchess: What an amazing game from Tal! Udris must have been tearing his hair out as he gets within one move of checkmate, only to be totally undone; all after Tal exchanges his own queen for a rook and a passed pawn. Again, what an amazing game.
Jun-01-11  kevins55555: Tons of Black pieces on White's territory... lol
Jan-05-12  BadKnight: This game deserves more attention.
Jun-01-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Udris vs Tal, 1953.
Your score: 80 (par = 47)


Jul-30-13  justin2seo: It is typical tal's sacrificing game!!
Mar-16-15  abadravi: I would resign after 19.... Rd1.
Monster Taal :)
Aug-27-18  CaringLuv: Nullifidian, Your analysis is a bit faulty though it's a good try. After 34...Nf6, 35.Qd6, Black has the strong 35...Qc5! And that shatters White's threats.
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