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Mikhail Tal vs Konstantin Klaman
"Klaman Through the Bathroom Window" (game of the day Jan-17-2011)
USSR Championship (1957), Moscow URS, rd 15, Feb-11
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Modern Variation (B61)  ·  1-0



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Feb-20-16  patzer2: There seems to be two good candidate solutions to today's Saturday (23. ?) puzzle, as at least one popular Chess program initially prefers 23. Bh5 to (+2.06 @ 32 depth, Komodo 9.02) over Tal's 23. Bxf5! to (+1.42 @ 32 depth, Komodo 9.02).

Tal's 23. Bxf5! gets difficult when Black improves over the game continuation with the stronger defense 23...Qc5! (diagram below).

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Looking at Tal's move and playing it out move-by-move with Deep Fritz 15, White secures a strong advantage with winning chances after 23. Bxf5! Qc5 24. g4! exf5 25. g5 Kd8 26. g6 Bf6 27. g7 Bxg7 28. Qxg7 Kc7 29. h4 (+1.47 @ 21 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

White also gets a good game after the computer suggestion 23. Bh5! when play might continue 23...Qc4 24. Qh6 Rc5 25. Be2 Qd5 26. Nb3 Qc6 27. Nxc5 Qxc5 28. Kb1 Ba4 29. Rc1 Bd7 30. Bh5 Kd8 31. h4 Qc6 32. c3 to (+2.25 @ 21 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

For a Black improvement, the computers indicate Black should have avoided the weak move 22...f5? in favor of 22...a5 = (0.00 @ 25 depth, Houdini 4).

Feb-20-16  patzer2: By the way, I went down in flames on today's Saturday (23. ?) problem. Forgetting I'd seen the game almost 10 years ago, I went for 25. Nxf5? exf5 26. Qh4?? (diagram below),

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when Deep Fritz 15 indicates I'm completely busted after 27...Be6! (-6.52 @ 18 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

Feb-20-16  Nick46: The happy hiker usually chooses the Talweg.
Feb-20-16  mel gibson: My computer finds that the best reply to
23 Bxf5 is not
23...Pxf5 but
23... Qc5.
24 Bg4 Bf6

In this case it ends up as a draw.

Feb-20-16  clement41: I have to admit that going through the game quickly I missed Nb3! preventing the ...b4 continuation. I enjoyed 32 Qd4 in view of ...Bxb3?? cxb3+ 1-0 (QxQ?? BxQ 0-1) which is a pretty good resource, especially in blitz
Feb-20-16  The Kings Domain: I couldn't help but smile at this puzzle. Tal's combinative imagination is unparalelled, perhaps only matched by Anderssens from an earlier age. I missed the text move, having the knight capture the pawn on f5 instead of the bishop, but it was a delight analyzing the results.
Feb-20-16  The Kings Domain: It's also nice to have a pun on one of my fave Beatles songs. :-)
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  PawnSac: < Penguincw: 51st day of 2016. Wow, that was quick. How's 2016 going so far you guys? >

It is said time flies when you're having fun, but for me it just seems like time flies...

< Anyway, Saturday puzzle, I saw the idea of rather opening up the e-file or the e8-h5 diagonal. That counts, right? >

sure! ANYTHING counts. The problem with saturday puzzles is that they follow friday night! LOL

< I should stop trying to solve these puzzles... >

come on... you know you can't resist! <g>

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  PawnSac: yea ..Kd7 Nc5! is a thing of beauty alright. It's not just the obvious fork, but EVERY SINGLE BLACK PIECE is forked! that's a classic chess picture.

The final position.. white's Q+N looks like two queens on the board. One would not expect after 28.Nb3 that this would end up being such a strong square!

How did Tal seduce his opponents into such positions?! Did the Wizard of Riga drop potions into their beverage? <chuckle>

Feb-20-16  wooden nickel: nice puzzle and pun... looks like he wasn't protected by a silver spoon!
Feb-20-16  kevin86: Two sacs win the game!
Feb-20-16  Timi Timov: It was not so difficult because it's Tal playing, so you know for sure that it's a sacrifice
Feb-20-16  RandomVisitor: After 22...f5

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+1.79/42 23.Bh5 Bf6 24.Qh6 Bxd4 25.Rxd4 Qc5 26.Rxe6+ Bxe6 27.Qxe6+ Kd8 28.Rxd6+ Kc7 29.Qe7+ Kb8 30.Bf3 Qg1+ 31.Rd1 Qb6 32.Qe5+ Rc7 33.Qd5 Rcc8 34.a4 Rfd8 35.Qe5+ Qc7 36.Rxd8 Rxd8 37.Qxf5 Rd2 38.Qb5+ Kc8 39.Be4 Kd8 40.Qxb4 Qd6 41.Qa5+ Ke8 42.Bd3 Rd1+ 43.Ka2 Qe6+ 44.Ka3 Ra1+ 45.Kb4 Qe7+ 46.Kb3 Kf8 47.Qa6 Kg7 48.Qc6 Qd8 49.Qc3+ Kg8 50.Qc5 Qb8+ 51.Qb4 Qc7 52.Qb5 Kf8 53.Be4 Rd1 54.Qb4+

+1.50/42 23.Be2 d5 24.Bh5 Bf6 25.Qxf5 Ke7 26.Qxd5 Rh8 27.g4 Kf8 28.Qe4 a5 29.Re2 Bc6 30.Qxc6 Qxc6 31.Nxc6 Rxc6 32.Rd7 Rh7 33.Ra7 Rd6 34.Re1 Rd2 35.Kb1 Rxh2 36.Rxa5 Rf2 37.Ra4 Be7 38.Rd1 Rxf4 39.a3 Kg7 40.Rd7 Kf6 41.Ka2 Rh8 42.axb4 Rxb4 43.Rxb4 Bxb4 44.Rxf7+ Kg5 45.c3 Ra8+ 46.Kb3 Bd6 47.Rg7+ Kf4 48.Kc2 Be5 49.Re7 Ra6 50.Bf7 Kg5 51.Bxe6 Kf6 52.Bc4 Kxe7 53.Bxa6 Kf6 54.Kd3

<+1.38/42 23.Bxf5 Qc5 24.g4 exf5 25.g5> Kd8 26.<g6> Bf6 27.<g7> Bxg7 28.Qxg7 Kc7 29.Qf6 d5 30.h4 Qb6 31.Qg7 Qg6 32.Qe5+ Qd6 33.Nxf5 Qxe5 34.Rxe5 Bxf5 35.Rxf5 Kb6 36.Kb1 Rg8 37.Rfxd5 Rg4 38.h5 Rxf4 39.R5d4 Rxd4 40.Rxd4 Kc5 41.Rh4 Rh8 42.Kc1 f5 43.h6 Rh7 44.Kd2 Kd5 45.Ke2 Ke5 46.Ke3 a5 47.a4 bxa3 48.bxa3 Kf6 49.Kf4 Kg6 50.Rh1 Rxh6 51.Rxh6+ Kxh6

Feb-20-16  devere: 23.Bh5 Qc4 24.Qh6 looked to me like a straightforward way to win, and the computer confirms that it is. After 24...Rc5 25.Be2 Qd5 26.Nb3 White wins the exchange, and the rest is technique.

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Tal's 23.Bxf5 is also very good, but Black should reply Qc5! preparing an escape for his King, and then it gets very complex, with White holding the advantage. After 24.g4! exf5 25.g5 Kd8 26.g6 Bf6 27.g7 Bxg7 28.Qxg7 Kc7 29.h4 White has good chances to win by advancing the h pawn.

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  Honza Cervenka: Whole line after 23.Bxf5 exf5(?) 24.Rxe7+! Kxe7 25.Re1+ Kd8 26.Qh4+ f6 27.Qh6 I have found quickly but I was puzzled what to play after 23...b3!? or 23...Qc5!? which both looks like a more promising defense of black.
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  Honza Cervenka: Of course, the idea of 23...b3!? is that after 24.cxb3 exf5 white cannot continue like in the text due to weak back rank.
Feb-20-16  dusk: Honestly, I did the most random move when I saw it was "Tal to move". Interestingly, it was correct.
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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair.

Black threatens 23... fxg4.

The possibility of opening the e-file suggests, 23.Bxf5 and 23.Nxf5. Alternatively, White can exert pressure on f7 with 23.Bh5.

I haven't found the time for this puzzle but I think I'd play 23.Bh5.

Feb-20-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: I didn't try really to solve it, cause I reproduced every victory of Tal in this site. So I remeber the line, is Sxf5... then Rxe7... etc. But the main point is to observe that Tal is also a positional player, even when he used tatics to win his games. Look that in majority of cases there's a detail, a thing that the other player mis understand and will lose by this. To show what I mean: 28. Nb3! deffends and attacks! Also Rc1 and Qd4 are essentially positional moves. That's why was so uneasy to play against him. He goes from one tatic detail to a positional detail quickly. The newer genious like KARPOV, KASPAROV learned a lot with his style. So I feel as if they were not so original like Tal...
Feb-20-16  stst: A heavily guarded fortress for Black, and c2 is very vulnerable to the Black Q,R attack. White has to launch an attack at once to counter this. Several lines:

Brief analyses:
(D)Qxf7 too much sac, after Rxf7, the best White can do is pinning this R 24.Bh5 and Black has no good moves either... so just take any reasonable one, say e5 25.Nxf5 Bxf5
26.Bxxf7 Kxf7
... does not give White any winning chance

(C)Nxe6 then depends, but if Black is tough, also not much gain, say Bxe6 24.Bxf5 Bxf5
25.Qxf5 Kd8 or Qd7 inviting an exchange.....not much advantage to White

(B)Nxf5 exf5
24.Bxf5 Bxf5
25.Qxf5 Kd8 or Rd8
.... similar, not much gain for White either

Bxf5 exf5
24.Rxe7+ Kxe7
25.Nxf5+ Bxf5
26.Qxf5 Qd7
27.Re1+ Kd8
28.Qf6+ Kc7
29.Re7 forking and Black's Q will be lost, hence White should have some chances with the pawns on the f,g,h files.

Feb-20-16  mel gibson: <patzer2: There seems to be two good candidate solutions to today's Saturday (23. ?) puzzle, as at least one popular Chess program initially prefers 23. Bh5 to (+2.06 @ 32 depth, >

Yes - I tried 23.Bh5 & it wins faster for white on the computer. I can't print out the game from the Arena interface to text that I can copy here.

Feb-20-16  morfishine: I actually thought this was another game that I'd seen before and never escaped my initial confusion
Feb-20-16  MostlyWatch: Ahem, did anyone ever check the text as given here? Around move 28 there is a comment which chokes my chess program. I can't actually be certain what the sequence of moves was. In a far-fetched cartoon universe might this be why there's so much puzzled discussion here?
Feb-21-16  mel gibson: < MostlyWatch: Ahem, did anyone ever check the text as given here? Around move 28 there is a comment which chokes my chess program. I can't actually be certain what the sequence of moves was. In a far-fetched cartoon universe might this be why there's so much puzzled discussion here?>

It doesn't choke my Arena interface.

Feb-21-16  morfishine: <MostlyWatch> erase all text after 28.Nb3 and before Qd5
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