Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
White Rook Youth Club vs Mikhail Tal
"Child's Play" (game of the day Aug-11-2008)
Pionerskaya Pravda Readers - Tal (1970) (correspondence), corr
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Traxler Counterattack Knight sac line (C57)  ·  1/2-1/2



Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 2,873 more games of Tal
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To access more information about the players (more games, favorite openings, statistics, sometimes a biography and photograph), click their highlighted names at the top of this page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Sep-18-05  who: My question is where did they make a mistake? Assuming that in fact the Wilkes Traxler attack isn't perfect.
Sep-18-05  fgh: Bizarre final position :-)
Nov-06-05  Central Control: I think 9. NxRh8 would be an improvement for White here.
Nov-06-05  Central Control: Perhaps Black could counter with 9... d5 and 10... Bh3, I don't know very complicated.
Dec-23-05  Lord Osiris: what about 13...Rxf7+? this leaves the rook team to take back with Bxf7 or white is in serious trouble. following this could come:

14...Qf3+ 15.Qf2, Qxf2, 16.Kxf2, Kxf7 17.Nc1(to prevent Nxb3 where white gets a rook.), Kg8 and black is clearly better.

sometimes its better to play solidly than aggressively. i think this was one of those times.

PS. btw if anyone knows where Tal missed mate, i cant find it on here and would appreciate some light shed on the situation. ty.

Dec-23-05  Lord Osiris: nevermind about the question, i looked on kibitz page 1 and found the answer.
Dec-23-05  dakgootje: would make a lovely GOTD...
Oct-06-06  Manic: According to Tim Krabbe's diary (item 143 at 26...Ng3+ wasn't the end of the game. The game apparently continued 27.Kh6?? Nf4+?? and then a draw was agreed. 27.Kh6?? loses to 27...Rg6+! 28.Kxh7 Ne4!, but Tal missed it.
Oct-10-06  Titicamara: Wow what a howler by Tal! I bet he is losing sleep for this.
Oct-10-06  Maatalkko: <Titicamara> That would be a really bad blunder then! Tal has been dead for 15 years!
Aug-04-07  ice lemon tea: <ArturoRivera: Its just a polite draw, just like the one i would do if i were champion and played against kids, they probably remembered all their life the day the day the drawed against Mikhail Tal, i would.>

yup, just like muhammad ali pretending to be knocked down when he played an "exhibition match" against a kid when he was in india.

Aug-11-08  RookFile: Just another boring positional battle from Tal.


Aug-11-08  whatthefat: It really seems peculiar that mate was missed given it was a correspondence game.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: Here is the missed mate, in all its glory ...

26... Nf4+ 27. Kh6 Rg6+ 28. Kxh7 Rg7+ 29. Kh6 Kg8 30. Rg2 Rxg2 31. Nc3 Rg6#

click for larger view

Aug-11-08  vonKrolock: 16...<♘e2+> maybe the white team missed now the possibility 17.♕xe2!? ♕xe2 18.♗b3 - in the resulting position, white would fight with ♗♗+♘♘ vs the black ♕... black had, of course, some promising moves - for instance (a)18...♖d8!? (with idea of ♖d4 etc), and if 19.♘c3, then 19...♕g4+ followed by 20.♖d6 etc; or even (b) 18...♖xf7 19.♗xf7+ ♔xf7 with idea of activating soon the ♖a8 - and with a perpetual check at hand for the moment
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: I guess the white Q-side pieces were invited to this game,but lost the invitations in the mail-lol

It looks like Tal tried his sacrifice game on a group of kids and got burned-at least he salvaged the draw.

<once> If 26...♘f4+ white replies with 27 ♔h4. Black can force a perpetual,but the mate is not there.

Premium Chessgames Member
  playground player: Why did Frank Marshall and others call this opening "the Wilkes-Barre attack?"
Aug-11-08  DarthStapler: Because it was studied by a chess club in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: When Tal played 5...Bxf2+ a lot of Young Pioneers were dissatisfied, suspecting that Tal wanted to lose on purpose to them. :D
Aug-11-08  aussiedave: <kevin86>"If 26...Nf4+ white replies with 27 Kh4. Black can force a perpetual,but the mate is not there."

Are you sure? What if Black plays 27...h5? Can White stop the mate on g4?

Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: <aussiedave> You are correct...
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: <aussiedave> is spot on ...

26. ... Nf4+ 27. Kh4 h5 28. Rg2 Rxg2 29. any Rg4#

click for larger view

Rook and knight make a powerful attacking force, but they usually need another piece (friend or foe) to snare a king. In the first line I gave, black needs his king to guard h7. In the second line, we need a black pawn on h5 to support a rook on g4.

The only exception to this is when the king is in the corner, when knight and rook can mate without any other assistance.

Dec-09-09  MagisterMusicae: La jugada 22. ♖h2? permite que las negras pasen a tener la ventaja. Puede que 22. ♖h3 fuera la mejor continuación para las blancas, y la partida podría continuar asi: [22. Rh3]

1) 22... ♘f4+ 23. ♔g4 ♘xh3 24. ♕d5+ y las blancas estan mejor

2) 22... ♕g2 23. ♔h4 ♕f2+ 24. ♖g3 con ventaja de las blancas.

Jan-23-11  20MovesAhead: not even a genius could see that one
Jan-23-11  notyetagm:
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CORRESPONDENCE. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
woodenbishop's favorite games #2
by woodenbishop
Two Knights Def. Traxler Counterattack N sac (C57) 1/2- Polite
from DRAWS Collections Enlarged by Fredthebear by fredthebear
C'mon Kids
from 87c_ Hunting Season - king marches OTB one way o by whiteshark
C57 craziness w/ TAL
from 41_R+N - TActical TAngos by whiteshark
Two Knights Def. Traxler Counterattack N sac (C57) 1/2- Polite
from Perps Frustrate CSI by fredthebear
Traxler Knight Sac line
from Opi's Two knights =Fegatello, Lolli, Traxler, P by Nephrons1
Too Many Cooks?
by biglo
The Traxler is a Romantic Game played for Entertaining Value
from Wandering Tour through the Traxler Counterattack by Cannon Fodder
Trexler Variation
by Lightpath
RedHawk's favorite games
by RedHawk
chess man's favorite games
by chess man
Now for something completely different
by Timothy Glenn Forney
Draws!: Stories of awe, bizarre and ingenuity
by syracrophy
Traxler Knight
from GAMES OF THE DAY by gambitfan
2 Knights/ f.7 attacked/ draw
from BoondockSaint's favorite games by BoondockSaint
Game of the day 3
by vikinx
incredible draw
from blackjacki2's favorite games by blackjacki2

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC