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Eugenio Szabados vs Mikhail Tal
Venice-Riga (1957), Venice ITA
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Wimpy System (A13)  ·  0-1



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Nov-18-04  Resignation Trap: Tal wrote: "Before the start of play my opponent, a charming kind man already advanced in years, came up to me and said that he had to his credit draws with Alekhine, Lasker and Euwe. In my youthful ignorance, I did not realise that this was a veiled offer of a draw, and since I had a cold, in reply I asked him to excuse me for the fact that I would spend as little time as possible at the board, so as to avoid infecting him. Indeed, I used only seven minutes on my clock, but this was enough to win the game. To the credit of Signor Szabados he was not offended, and when, being unable to attend the banquet, I was lying in my hotel room, he sent me wine, fruit, and, as a souvenir, a fashionable tie of unbelievable coloring. When I returned home, the doctors established, post factum, that I had been suffering from pneumonia."
Nov-19-04  Lawrence: So why didn't the nice old guy just take the pawn, 18.Rxc6? That's what slick little <Junior 8> would have done. (eval +2.09, 7 min. analysis)
Nov-19-04  Lawrence: Left <Junior 8> on over lunch and after a few hours it still said "Take the pawn" but the eval had fallen to 0.00.
Nov-19-04  clocked: <Lawrence> maybe Kramnik should hire you on as a 2nd
Nov-20-04  sneaky pete: Tal must have seen in seconds that after 18.Rxc6 .. the obvious 18... Nf4 gives black (what seems like) a winning attack. The after lunch evaluation 0.00 suggests a forced draw. I doubt it.
Nov-20-04  acirce: Nf4 is even more effective after 18.Bd4 though, it seems. Rxc6 seems to be a very useful move removing the guard of d5 in the interest of white's counterattack. 18.Rxc6 Nf4 19.gxf4 Rxf4 20.h4 Qxh4 21.Qxd5+ Kh8 22.Rc4 (double threat!) Qg5 23.Kh2 Qh4+ 24.Kg1 Qg5 =

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Nov-20-04  sneaky pete: <acirce> In your drawing line black can try 23... Rff8 with mating threats.
Nov-20-04  acirce: Good point, 24.Qe4
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  ToTheDeath: Tal used only seven minutes on the clock? Very impressive. No wonder he was such a fierce blitz player.
Jul-13-08  Jim Bartle: Is this really known as the "Wimpy System"?
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  ToTheDeath: Yes and that's nothing- you should see the Pansy Gambit, Leko's favorite.
Jul-14-08  BishopofBlunder: The foundation of the "Wimpy System":

"I will gladly pay you Tuesday for an opening advantage today"

I'm strong to the finich, 'cause...oh, nevermind.

Sep-07-08  HannibalSchlecter: I love this guy! Where are my gold coins?
Feb-17-09  laskereshevsky: <Resignation Trap>

looks like we own the same books... just i know that anedocte you refered in your post (the first on this page) in a little different way.

you wrote:...

"... and since I had a cold, in reply I <asked him to excuse me for the fact that> I would spend as little time as possible at the board, so as to avoid infecting him....>

Its wrote in my book as:...

"...and since i had a cold, in reply i <reassured him that> I would spend as little time as possible at the board, so as to avoid infecting him...>

Since, as I know, the original book was write in Russian, its easy to think why this little (but significant from a grammatical point) difference...

One of the 2 translators, misunderstood the original argue....

Sep-17-09  Knightequila: Tal is wonderful !
Dec-03-14  whiteshark: game related photo (almost): (submitted by Lawrence Totaro (Las Vegas, NV, USA))

chess note # <6109. Tal photograph (C.N. 6103)> states:

Tal’s opponent was Eugenio Szabados. <In late October and early November 1957 the future world champion made a tour of Italy, and in a team match between Riga and Venice on 31 October and 1 November he defeated Szabados twice.> See page 366 of Storia degli scacchi in Italia by Adriano Chicco and Antonio Rosino (Venice, 1990) and pages 164-168 of the first ‘Chess Stars’ volume of Tal’s games (1949-1962) edited by Alexander Khalifman. The latter book gave only the game in which Szabados was White.

Source: --> #s 6103 + 6109

p.s. would be great if someone could upload their second game!!

Sep-02-18  clement41: Amazing attacking game, especially if Tal spent no more than 7 minutes! The pawn formation around white's king and attack on light squares f3 and g2 is somewhat reminiscent of E Nikolic vs Fischer, 1968
Sep-02-18  whiteshark: With some forward sliding I got <17...f3 18.Rxc6 Nf4 19.gxf4 Rxf4 20.h4 Qxh4 21.Qxd5+ Kh8 22.Rc4 Qg5 23.Kh2 Rb8 24.Rxf4 Qxf4+ 25.Kg1 Be6 26.Qxf3 Qxd2>

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White to move

1) -0.23 (31 ply) 27.Qc3 Qe2 28.f3 Rc8 29.Qd4 Rf8 30.Rf2 Qe1+ 31.Kh2 h6 32.Qd2 Qb1 33.Qc2 Qxa2 34.Rg2 Rf5 35.Qc7 Rg5 36.Qd8+ Kh7 37.Qd3+ Bf5 38.Qc3 Rh5+ 39.Kg1 Qb1+ 40.Qc1 Qxc1+ 41.Bxc1 Be6 42.f4 Rh3 43.Ra2 Rxb3 44.Ra6 Rb6 45.Rxb6 axb6 46.Be3 Kg6 47.Bxb6 Kf5

2) -0.23 (31 ply) 27.Bc3 Qxa2 28.Ra1 Qxb3 29.Rxa7 Rg8 30.Ra8 Qb1+ 31.Kh2 h6 32.Ra7 Qg6 33.Ra8 Rxa8 34.Qxa8+ Kh7 35.Qf3 Qc2 36.Be1 Bc8 37.Bc3 Qb1 38.Qe3 Qf5 39.Kg2 Be6 40.f3 g5 41.Kg3 Kg6 42.Qe4 Qxe4 43.fxe4 h5

3) -0.40 (30 ply) 27.Bc3 Qxa2 28.Ra1 Qxb3 29.Rxa7 Rg8 30.Ra8 Qb1+ 31.Kh2 h6 32.Rxg8+ Kxg8 33.Qa8+ Kh7 34.Qf3 Qg6 35.Qe3 Qg4 36.f3 Qf5 37.Bd2 Qh3+ 38.Kg1 Qg3+ 39.Kh1 Qg6 40.Kh2 Bd5 41.Qf4 Kg8 42.Qe3 h5 43.e6 Bxe6 44.Qe5 h4

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

Sep-02-18  wtpy: So according to his bio this gentleman was an erstwhile shipping tycoon who went bankrupt after the 1956 Suez crisis. (Nasser nationalized the Canal; Britain began an intervention expecting the United States to help and Eisehower declined.) This game happened after Suez and apparently the man had some money left because he sent Tal lavish gifts in the hospital.
Sep-02-18  WorstPlayerEver: 17... f3 was a blunder, though. Yeah, you can't have it all... 18. Kh1 Bh3 19. Nxf3 Bxf1 20. Rxf1

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Winning was: 17... Bh3 18. Rfe1 fxg3 19. fxg3 Nf4 20. Qe3 Be6 21. Bd4 Nh3+ 22. Kh1 Qxe3 23. Rxe3 Rf2 24. Rd1 Bg4 25. Ree1 Re8

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