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Lev Aronson vs Mikhail Tal
USSR Championship (1957), Moscow URS, rd 1, Jan-21
Dutch Defense: Classical. Ilyin-Zhenevsky Variation General (A97)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-27-04  pilobolus: What if white playes 23. Qxe8?
Is it a better move ?
Nov-27-04  tayer: 23. ♕xe8 ♕b6+ 24. ... ♖xe8
Nov-27-04  SBC: Was Lev Aronson related in any way to Eva Aronson, the 1972 US womans co-champion?
Dec-05-04  Knezh: Very interesting is Bronstein's 11. ..e5!!?
Sep-05-05  aw1988: And of course not 11...Qxe4?? 12. Nh4 trapping the queen
Jan-12-06  Castle In The Sky: My favorite move is 25...♗b1, Black essentially eliminates White's rook from the game until he chooses to let it back in (which is too late for White).
May-17-06  dakgootje: Would make a nice puzzle!

some analysis for the endgame:

27. Be5, some people might think 27. Qxg7, but then follows ...Qxg7 28. Bxg7 with the idea of Kxh7 Rxb1, so: 27. Qxg7 Qxg7 28. Bxg7 Re1 followed by Kxg7.

30. ...Be4 with the threat of Nf3 winning the exchange

32. Rf1, of course not 32. Bxg5 because of 32. ...Qf2 33. Kh1 Re2

33. Qd6, if 33. Qb1 trying to change of the queens then 33. ...Nf3!

33. ...Rxa2, here is a little trap, if 33. ...Nh3 34. Rxh3 Qxh3 and white seems lost but 35. Qd3 and white wins.

35. ...Rd8, the immediate Re8 is not possible because of 36. Rxh6!

Dec-28-06  Tacticstudent: 35 - ..., Rxd6 wins immediatly because of the material imbalance.
Jun-11-08  Octal: This is one of my favorite Tal games. Tal annotates is nicely in "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal"
Jul-20-11  Brandon plays: Wow, this game is quite interesting. I really love how Tal handles very aggressive attacks against him.
Dec-16-12  Holzfaller: 35. ...Ne4 would win easily
Jan-19-13  talisman: lost on time but [R]e1 ends it.
Mar-10-15  sycophante: I first expected 36...Ne4, blockading the queen, but I feared a perpetual check after 37.Rxh6. However, according to Godfish, it's playable!

37. Rxh6 gxh6
38. Qd7+ Kg6
39. Qe6 Nf6

Sep-01-15  fispok: After 11..Qxe4 12.Nh4, attempting to trap the Q, wouldn't 12..Qxd4 solve that problem?
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  gah: Not yet! Tal played11…Nc6 to make that possible next move.
Oct-21-17  cunctatorg: A lovely game indeed!! It glorifies chess and of course it glorifies Misha Tal...
Oct-30-17  Saniyat24: 26...Bb1! That move dumbfounded me(what a move, I would have never even thought about that move)...Tal could have played 33...Nh3+ and then if White plays Kh1, then 34...Qe4 is # Checkmate for Black...
Oct-06-20  veerar: <Saniyat24> But 34 Rxh3 Qxh3 35.Qd3 ch loses a rook.
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  Volcach: Wow, this is the first tournament of Tal's I'm studying and I'm already blown away. Truly an inspiring player.

<25 Kh7!> I blundered, nasty pin on that g7 pawn by the visually powerful d5 bishop.

<26 Bb1!!> Not only is this a playable move, it's the only one that leaves Black with an advantage.

<29 Ng5!!> Juicy squares on f3 and h3, Love this circuit for the Knight. On the last move my Nf7 is preferred by the computer, but this reveals that the goal wasn't taking the bishop but still going to Ng5. The reason the computer liked my move more was not the reason I played it!.

Need to memorize game for me

Sep-18-22  Saniyat24: Until 17...Rae8 both players did not deviate from theory, and the novelty looks like the best move...what follows is a mix of artistry, and wizardry, leaving Lev's King in a scary little corner, like a deer in the headlights...!

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