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Mikhail Tal vs Atanas Stefanov Kolarov
Reykjavik (1957), Reykjavik ISL, rd 5, Jul-??
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  1-0



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  OhioChessFan: I protest, Chessgames. A Tal puzzle that doesn't start with a Queen sac?! As for the ending, nothing like a couple spite checks in a GM game.
Jul-28-06  BeautyInChess: 22. Qd5 Rd8 - What next? (23. Ng6 Kg7 24. Nh4 doesn't seem to go anywhere.) (23. Qxa8 Nb6+ is no good) need some help, here.
Jul-28-06  jhoro: i completely missed it, but that is no news to me ;)

<eaglewing> you were correct. this is the best defence for black. the line is < 22.Qd5 Rd8 23.Ng6+ Kg7 24.Ne5 Nxe5 25.Qxd8 Qa5+ 26.Qxa5 Nc4+ 27.Ke2 Nxa5 > which is still lost for black, but not that bad. there are so many little traps on every move.

Jul-28-06  jhoro: note that 24.Ne5 in the above line threatens <25.Rg3+ ... 26.Qxa2>
Jul-28-06  zb2cr: Incredible--I saw it!?

But why did Black play 25. ... Nxe5, giving White the double attack? I don't see quite as much bad happening to Black after 25. ... fxe5; 26. fxe5, Qa4; 27. Rf1+, Ke8.

Jul-28-06  jhoro: <I don't see quite as much bad happening to Black ... >

it's mate in 5
28.Qg8+ Ke7 29.Rf7+ Ke6 30.Rf6+ Kxe5 31.Qg5+ Kd4 32.Rf4#

Jul-28-06  zb2cr: <jhoro>,

Thanks for pointing that out! Working without a board, my vision muct have been getting clouded.

Jul-28-06  sahmattr: A beautiful game! This one has reminded me a recent game by Larry Christiansen:Christiansen vs Wojtkiewicz which includes a bishop sac. 13.Bxe6....
Jul-28-06  Castle In The Sky: I got the Qd5 and didn't see the variation all the way through, but I thought the fork would give white a great advantage. Go Tal!
Jul-28-06  kevin86: Always check when a rook down:it could lead to a draw! lol

As usual,Tal can handle the pieces,especially the sac game. But with unusual regularity-he winds up ahead in material or having checkmated his foe.

A perfect puzzle would be to try to avoid an extremely unsound combination of Tal---definitely a SUNDAY special.

Jul-28-06  jhoro: <zb2cr: <jhoro>, Thanks for pointing that out! Working without a board, my vision muct have been getting clouded.>

it is amaizing how my computer saw the mate without looking at a board either and it took 'im less than a second

Jul-28-06  makaveli52: <A perfect puzzle would be to try to avoid an extremely unsound combination of Tal> Would require way too much research, probably have to find a blitz game he played at the age of 3
Jul-28-06  adept: in my opinion...everybody is right:)
Jul-28-06  ianD: Spotted the move straight off...just instinct. Genius!
Jul-28-06  duchamp64: In the game, 25 e5 was very pretty and perhaps best, but I believe 25 Rb8 was good enough, coming out a clear Exchange up.
Jul-28-06  LIFE Master AJ: I solved it in under five seconds. (Seriously!)

The REST OF THE STORY was I just ran across this in a book, magazine or tactics CD, (I don't remember which one.). Anyway, the first time I looked at it, I didn't solve it then. hee-hee

Oh. I have the original hard-back (RHM) edition of the Tal book. I read it, but it seems like a billion years ago.

Jul-28-06  weisyschwarz: Missed it. Tried Ng6+ a move too early.
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  Richard Taylor: I found this one but first of all I looked at the knight check. Typical Sicilian attack or counter attack.
Jul-31-06  Richerby: <makaveli52: `Would require way too much research [to find an unsound Tal combination], probably have to find a blitz game he played at the age of 3.'> Lots of Tal's sacrifices are unsound, to the extent that he once said, `There are two types of sacrifice: correct ones and mine'. The key point about Tal's sacrifices is not that they are necessarily sound but that they are very hard to refute over the board: they were sound enough to win and that's what mattered to him. Who cares if a sacrifice isn't sound but takes two weeks' work to refute?
Jul-31-06  LIFE Master AJ: Well said.
Aug-05-06  patzer2: At first glance, Tal's 22.Qd5! appears to be a simple double attack, threatening the loose Rook or the decisive win of the exchange as in the game continuation.

However, I have little doubt that Tal had considered the strongest reply 22...Rd8 as pointed out by <eaglewing>.

One possibility is 22. Qd5! Rd8! 23. e5! (not 23. Qxa8?? Nb6+ ) 23...Rb8 24. Ng6+! Kg7 (not 24...hxg6?? 25. Rh3+ ) 25. exf6+! Nxf6 26. Qxd8 Rxb3! 27. Ne5! Rb7! 28. Qxc8 Qd5+ 29. Kc1 Qb5 30. Qc6! Qb2+ 31. Kd2 Qd4+ 32. Ke2 Re7 33. Qf3 Qc4+ 34. Kf2 Qxc2+ 35. Kg1 Rc7! 36. h3 (+1.31 @ 14 depth, move-by-move with Fritz 8) with a clear advantage for White.

Black has a number of difficult traps to defend against in this line, and one small mistake on defense could result in a win for White. Seems to me this was the essence of Tal's "true sacrfices."

Aug-17-06  LIFE Master AJ: A brilliant partie.

The great Tal had so many of these, that its easy to miss one. This one probably deserves to be better known, it is an extremely intriguing combination.

Feb-21-08  whatthefat: Is White able to find an advantage after 13...Qb6?
Nov-27-14  gmelfranco: excelente maestro gracias por sus enseƑanzas de que es sabio sacrificar una pieza por 3 peones a mas eso es increible antes no sabia ahora si analizo lo intercambio normal ok jeje-- gracias maestro jeje-
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  ovalenti: 19. f4 isn't computer approved, but it has a sneaky threat to almost trap the queen. If 19...a5? to pass, then 20. Rb1! forces black to give up the queen to avoid mate.
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