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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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Jan-24-05  misguidedaggression: 35.Rxc1 Nxc1 36 Qxd2 f1=N+!
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  JohnBoy: <misguided> - why bother? 35.Rxc1 f1=Q+ 36.Kg3 Qf2#
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  offramp: Even better is 33...c1♘ 34.♖h1 f1♘#.
Jan-25-05  misguidedaggression: I just thought the underpromote/royal fork looked cool, I never said it was the best line :)
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  tpstar: Black's compensation was amplified by 19 ... Rd1+ & 20 ... c2 locking the QB and QR out of play. Note 21. Ne2 Bd6! because 22. Qxe4? Nf3#, then Black's g Pawn hurried down the board. The whole sequence with 25 ... f3+ 26. g3 Bxg3+! 27. Nxg3 f5! cleverly avoided mate on g7 plus perpetual check threats, since the 2 passed Pawns soon proved decisive. White could have set one last trap with 35. Nxf6 hoping for 35 ... Qxf1? 36. Ne8+ mates, but 35 ... Qc7+ 36. Kh1 (36. Kg2 Nf4+) Qg7 plus the simple 35 ... Qb2 both hold easily.

<offramp> Your helpmate line has a small hole with 35. Kg1. Try again. :-)

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  offramp: I was hoping no one would notice!
Dec-09-09  rulo0801: Seems to me Tal gave Udris some chances to draw with 24 .., gxf4 cause after the continuation that followed Udris had 28 Nxf5, Rxf5 29 Qe6+, Kg7 30 Qxe4, f2 31 Qxb7+, Kg6 and there are various ways to get a perpetual. Instead, Re8 or Rc8 both look good.

Udris had another chance to get a draw if instead of 30 Bd2 he had played 30 Qc8+, Rf8 31 Qc4+, Rf7 32 Qc8+

Oct-16-10  Elsinore: Wasn't this pun used for an A. Morozevich GOTD???!!! I think it was last year, "You could hear a pin drop".
Oct-16-10  dzechiel: Tal was truly one of a kind!
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  Phony Benoni: <Elsinore> Actually, it's the third time around, with a small variation:

Morozevich vs A Volokitin, 2006 (You Could Hear a Pin Drop, Jul-27-06)

A Medina-Garcia vs Ulf Andersson, 1974 (You Can Hear a Pin Drop, Dec-11-07)

I really must get to work on that Pun Index.

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  rilkefan: My jaw dropped - but I don't get the title.
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  rilkefan: Ok, nothing to do with the players or "drop", just a pun on "pin".
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.
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