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Israel Zilber vs Mikhail Tal
Latvian Championship (1958), Riga URS, rd 15
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Main Line (E69)  ·  1-0



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Dec-06-05  DiceToThat: 36. Rh8+ is a fun little move that gets the black king out of hiding. By the way, I heard that this is the guy from "Searching for Bobby Fischer" who charges five dollars for the honor of having your picture taken with the man who defeated Tal.
Nov-22-06  ToTheDeath: Neat technique.
Dec-01-10  Shams: I don't want to begrudge anyone his five bucks a photo-op, but even by Tal's standards the sac of the knight on move 14 seems dodgy.
Nov-02-11  waustad: But <Shams>, he beat him twice!
Oct-07-14  nikromos: 36. Rg8 threatening Rg7+ looks even better than 36. Rh8+. If King takes it's mate. If 36.. Rxg1+ 37. Kxg1 Qd1+ 38. Kh2 Qc2+ 39. Kh3 Qf5+ (if 39.. g4+ 40.Rxg4) g4 and White is up a rook.
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  mifralu: This game is from Latvian Championship April/May 1958, Round 15.

Source "Schweizerische Schachzeitung 1958, p.246"

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Tal mentions that this was the position he was aiming at when he played the piece sac.

White to move.

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If 23.Nf3 Qh3+ 24.Kxh3 Nxf2+ the answer to 23.Rh1 is 23...Qxh1+

When embarking on this adventure he had missed the 'simple' (Tal's words) 23.Bg1.

In Tal vs B Soderborg, 1962 again Tal chastices himself for not beiong able to resist the Queen sacrifice in a technically won game leading to this position (Black to play)

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Black played 49...Qe1+ 50.Kh2 f4 The move Tal missed and the game was drawn. 51.Rxf4 Qxe3 ½-½.

Inside Chess June 1998 pages 34-35.


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