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Bukhuti Gurgenidze vs Mikhail Tal
"Don't Talk Buk to Me" (game of the day Aug-18-2013)
USSR Championship (1957), Moscow URS, rd 18, Feb-16
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. Czerniak Defense (A78)  ·  0-1

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Sep-17-05  TheSlid: The game features in PH Clarke's "Mikhail Tal's Best Games of Chess", which was produced straight after Tal became WC in 1960.

"We can only conjecture what strategical plans Gurgenidze was deliberating when he made his 14th move. Certain it is that the moment he saw the reply he dropped them never to take them up again."

Sep-17-05  Boomie: 13...♖b8 is the thematic move but when did Tal ever let thematics interfere with bludgeoning his opponents? The knight move is premature however and is simply refuted.

14. ♗xg4 ♗xg4 15. ♘c4 (0.84/13)

White has traded his somewhat woeful bishop for a potent knight and can complete his development effortlessly.

May-27-06  whatthefat: This is a nice example of Tal launching a deeply calculated attack before his reputation was established. From 1960 onwards, very few would dare to play a move like 14.h3? against Tal, for his knights know not the way backwards!

After 14...Nxf2! Tal just doesn't let go, creating mating threat after mating threat, until white's army is too uncoordinated to hold.

Aug-16-06  dabearsrock1010: What if 28. Qxc4
Nov-29-06  2021: <dabearsrock1010> 28.Qxc4 Qxg2+ 29.Kd1 Qd2# (mate)
Dec-22-06
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  notyetagm: What an incredible attacking position by Tal.

Position after 24 ... ♘xd5!:


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Sep-14-07  Zorts: What if 28.Kd1?
Sep-14-07  drukenknight: what does Mr Diesen give as the losing move?
Sep-14-07
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  Benzol: <Jan-05-04 northernsoul: According to Larry Evans's book Modern Chess Brilliancies this game is from the USSR Championship of 1961>

<Jan-05-04 ughaibu: I guess Evans got it wrong, I cant find a cross table for Baku 1961 so have as yet no reason to believe Evans' version.>

According to Peter Clarke's book this game was played in the 24th USSR Ch in 1957. They did play in the 29th USSR Ch in 1961 at Baku and Tal won that one as well but Larry Evans would seem to have made an error in Modern Chess Brilliancies.

May-28-08  ChessYouGood: Our Tal who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.
Sep-07-08  HannibalSchlecter: TAL!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep-21-08  pom nasayao: The game is full of tactical surprises!
Jan-08-09  KingG: It's funny, but because of games such as this, these days even quite weak players wouldn't play a move like 14.h3 unless it was a blunder, let alone someone of the level of Gurgenidze.
May-28-09
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  ToTheDeath: <13...Rb8 is the thematic move but when did Tal ever let thematics interfere with bludgeoning his opponents? The knight move is premature however and is simply refuted.

14. Bxg4 Bxg4 15. Nc4 (0.84/13)

White has traded his somewhat woeful bishop for a potent knight and can complete his development effortlessly.>

I agree. Nice game by Tal otherwise.

Aug-29-09  Sasi173: What is the winning line after 28.Kd1??
Sep-03-09
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  hedgeh0g: 13...Ng4 is an annoying move; perhaps it isn't best, but Tal definitely knew what he was doing in the Benoni! I think White should give up the bishop to remove that knight.
Sep-18-09  tentsewang: What a superb finish by Tal. The game could have went like this 28. Qxc4 Qxg2+ 29. Kd1 Qxd2# 0-1
Sep-18-09  Boomie: <Sasi173: What is the winning line after 28.Kd1??> I would play 28...Rxe3 29. Rxe3 Qg1+ or Qh1+ forcing 29. Re1 Qxg2.


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Now black threatens Bb3. With 4 pawns to the good, the rest should not be too difficult.

Sep-26-09  abstract: If we call Tal a sacrifice genius with a relatively underrated players, what would we call the brutal sacrifices of kasparov in his immortal game with Topalov?
Dec-12-09  Bozantium: 23...Rf8 is very interesting.
Aug-28-10  sevenseaman: Amazing brutality; every piece is homed in on target. Nothing could be gorier than .. 17. Qxh3, the right time to resign.
Sep-26-10  Rook e2: unbelievable how every time I see a game of Tal, he offers a piece and wins!
Dec-01-10  DrChopper: 28-Kd1 Rxe3 29- Rxe3 Qg1 30- Re1 Qg2 31- Re8+ Kf7 32- Re3 Bb3 33-Kc1 Bxc2 34- Kxc2 Qxd2+ 35- Kb3 Qxe3, etc.
Aug-11-11  aaronv1: < KingG: It's funny, but because of games such as this, these days even quite weak players wouldn't play a move like 14.h3 unless it was a blunder, let alone someone of the level of Gurgenidze.>

What would you play then , instead of 14. h3 ?

Aug-11-11
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  perfidious: <aaronv1> As <Boomie> notes above, 14.Bxg4 Bxg4 15.Nc4 was stronger, when White maintains some advantage, though I don't believe that it's quite so great as his note suggests.

The curious thing about this game is how Gurgenidze appeared to have his sense of danger let him down; I don't believe any strong master today would have let the black steed remain at g4 for one moment, though the final outcome of Black's attack can hardly be foreseen.

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