Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Igor Blek vs Mikhail Tal
Riga (1955)
French Defense: Tarrasch. Pawn Center Variation (C05)  ·  0-1



explore this opening
find similar games 2 more I Blek/Tal games
sac: 37...Nd2 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Premium members can suggest a game for Guess-the-Move with the Guess-the-Move Suggestion Queue.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-25-05  lentil: why did they not put # on Nf3+?
Jun-25-05  fgh: Nice game. I really enjoyed 10. ... Nxd4!
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: As well as checkmating, 38...Nf3# is an example of a family fork, with all of White's pieces attacked by the Black Knight.
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Source: CN 822 Edward Winter, "Chess Explorations", Cadogan 1996
Premium Chessgames Member
  wwall: It's always interesting to see if the winner and GM missed better moves. For Tal, instead of 14...Nc5, perhaps better is 14...Qh4+ 15.g3 Qh3, threatening 16...Bc5.

19.Re1 may be a losing move. Perhaps 19.Ke3.

Instead of 20...Bxf3, perhaps stronger is 20...Qb6 and if 21.Rxc3, then 21...Ne4+ and 22...Nxc3.

Instead of 22...Qg5, perhaps 22...Qf8+, then ...g6 or ...Rd8

24.Qxc3 looks like a poisoned pawn. Perhaps 24.Rd1 and try to exchange rooks.

Instead of 24...Qh5+, interesting is 24...Rd2, and if 25.Qxc5, then 25...Qh5+ 26.Ke3 Qe2+ 27.Kf4 Rxc2 wins.

Instead of 25...Rd5, perhaps 25...Qh6+ and 26...Qxh2.

26.Kf4?? looks like the losing move. White should try to protect his rook pawn and play 26.Rh1.

Instead of 26...Qxh2, perhaps stronger is 26...Rd2 (threatening 27...g5+ 28.Ke3 Qe2 mate), and if 27.Qxd2 Qh6+ wins the queen.

27.Re1? allows 27...Qf2+, winning. Perhaps 27.Rf1.

Instead of 29...g5, faster seems 29...Rd2, winning the bishop or the rook.

If White had played 30.Qxc5 instead of 30.Qe3, then 30...Rh4+! 31.gxh4 Qxc5, winning the queen.

Jul-24-14  Xeroxx: b3? What kind of move is that?
Jul-24-14  john barleycorn: <Xeroxx: b3? What kind of move is that?>

a pawn move?

Oct-05-16  Xeroxx: exactly.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
IdeaChaser's Tal Tribute
by IdeaChaser
This is very important game.
from French 3. Nd2 by Alexin22
French (Tarrach,Classical,exchange....)
by superuser171
Tal Fever
by chocobonbon
by aadaam
Tal's Winning Combination And Sacrifices
by tal7
Having fun with the French
by yiotta
Tal at the Latvian Championship 1955
by jessicafischerqueen
rook sac
from Combinations by wwall
C05 0-1 38
from Fun with the French Compiled by Yiotta + Links by fredthebear
rook sac
from Combinations by Jaredfchess
Talented Indeed is a FTB Understatement
by fredthebear
Selected checkmates
by Chessdreamer
Source: CN 822 Edward Winter "Chess Explorations", Cadogan 1996
from 7 Stella's Fresh Oysters by Littlejohn
rook sac
from Patt Combiness Links Patton Paul Ride by Littlejohn

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC