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Kalju Vark vs Mikhail Tal
Parnu (1971), Parnu URS, rd 1, Jun-10
Benoni Defense: Taimanov Variation (A67)  ·  0-1



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Mar-02-04  thefrogspitit: qxf2! what a beautiful way to end a tal game :-) amazing tactics! tal was pure genius!
Jan-08-06  aw1988: Qxf2 is just amazing. Simple, but not many of us would play it. After Qxf2! the pawn promotes.
Jan-22-06  sandmanbrig: Tal won because of 9...Qh4+ which weakened Vark's light squares considerably.
Jul-02-06  ChessDude33: <sandmanbrig> Cool, next time i play 9...Qh4+ in this opening I can say to my opponent I have already won...
Jul-18-06  sandmanbrig: Lol chessdude.
Feb-25-07  c o r e: Looks to me like 21.h3 was the sharp and rather ambitious error that lost this game. The resulting knight on g4, followed by Bxf4 and Qg5 set up Tal's wicked web of pins and revealed attacks on the enemy royalty. It's all only possible though because of Tal's knight on d3- a very good place for a knight indeed! I don't imagine I'd ever be able to visualize Tal's finish here, but it's this ambitious knight play that seems to create such tactical opportunities from thin air. Did Tal see from 7.f4 this continuation's success? Probably not, but he did play Na6 and f5 to create it. Brilliant.
Apr-03-17  Andrew Chapman: why not 28...ne3+. If Rg3 then queen takes rook and the knight forks to go a queen up. If not, then black just takes the rook on f1 and is threatening the knight on f4. But am probably missing something. Andrew
Apr-04-17  sneaky pete: 28... Ne3++ is a double check, so 29.Rg3 .. isn't even legal. After 29.Kh1 Nxf1 30.Qg2 ..

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black can no doubt maintain an advantage, but I like what Tal plays better.

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28....Ngf2+ (29.Rg3 Nxf4+ 30.Kxf2 Nh5+) also looks extremely winning. Pretty much everything works for Black, it appears.

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