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George Botterill vs Mikhail Tal
EUR-chT (Men) 5th (1973), Bath ENG, rd 1, Jul-06
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  0-1

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Jul-19-06  A.Alekhine: Who doesn't?
Jul-19-06  MrMelad: I'm sorry, but the last position is not mate. Maybe it is as good as mate (since the only way white can escape mate is to lose his queen) but still, mate it ain't! White can play 52. h6 and then 52..Bxh6 53. Qxh6 Qxh6. This is not mate my friends, it is just white resign.

<chessgames.com> Why not change the java prorgam to identify mate? In some games the mate is not mention and others it is simply wrong! Send me the source if you want me to do it, 5 minutes and I'm done...

Jul-19-06  whatthefat: <MrMelad>
Don't worry, I already notified them about the mate (and the missing checks).
Jul-19-06  jahhaj: <MrMelad> cg.com don't own the Java programs, they're third party. But if you really want to have a look you can get the source for the default viewer from here

http://www.mychess.com/

John

Jul-19-06  Rama: I expected 26. Be7. Am I missing something?
Jul-19-06  jahhaj: <Rama> 26...Ne4 perhaps?
Jul-20-06  Rama: Ooh, nasty.
Jul-20-06  kellmano: Mr Botterrill taught me philosophy in Sheffield and wrote me a nice reference when I applied to take a Common Proffessional Examination. Never knew he was a chess player until after i left. Annoying, as i was in the uni chess club, he could have beaten us all in a simul or something.
Jul-21-06  MrMelad: <jahhaj> Thanks, I've taken a look, it seems more difficult then I thought at first. No direct function do deal with chess rules, only graphics and PGN are dealt with. I could write a simple function that will test if there is a check (and add + to pgn if it doesn't exist) and another function that test all possible moves to see if no one can stop the check and thus it is mate - But if this function is suppose to run all the time after every single move it will probabely slow down the applet, and I don't think we want that..

Simpler to my opinion, is to write a simple program that will go on the entire database, will check for checks and mates and will change the PGN acordingly, that said under the assumption that the database is composed of PGN files.

Maybe simpler to all this, is to wait for people to suggest corrections and do it manualy...

<chessgames.com> any preferations?

(how do I send them notice of this?)

Jul-22-06  whatthefat: Dear oh dear, now the last move has been changed from mate to not even a check!
Aug-11-08  CharlesSullivan: White missed the powerful 34.♗f6! (34...gxf6? 35.exf6 gives White a huge advantage), and Black will have trouble surviving.
Jun-19-09  Crocomule: Compare: Sza Lanczi - Herzog, Vienna 1984; Liebert - Tal '72... and once again, thank you Mr. Sullivan!
Dec-08-11  grin44: 34.Bf6! probably wins
Dec-09-11  King Death: It's hard to believe this game was played in Tal's mature career. It looks more like a game from his early days. His weaker opponent outplays him and has a big advantage for most of the game until Tal comes up with a swindle.

The position before Tal's 42d move could be a puzzle.

Mar-25-15  offramp: It was the search for this game that first led me to chessgames.com!
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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: It was the search for this game that first led me to chessgames.com!>

And after more than a decade on the site, you finally found it?!

Oct-09-19  luzhin: Botterill missed two great chances to become the first Welsh player to beat a world chess champion (ex in Tal's case)! First, the simple 29.Rb1! a5 30.Qxd4 and now the lethal threat of c3 seems to force the win of a piece. Then, on the last move of the time control --as so often the moment of blunder--he had to play 40.Rc2! After 40...Qb4 41.Rc4 Qb6 42.Be7! seems decisive: Tal doesn't have the Nc1 resource he had after the immediate 40.Be7. But as so often Tal's whipping up a speculative tactical storm causes a lesser player to slip: and we should be grateful for the beautiful conclusion made possible by the earlier errors.
Oct-09-19
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  perfidious: Alas, that oft-fatal 40th move rears its ugly head.

Between the monster named above and its first cousin from the days of adjournments, move 41, many a game has gone awry. Then is there the effect seen in Flohr-Capablanca at Nottingham, which saw the Cuban grandmaster blunder at move 37, which was the first move of the second time check used in that great tourney.

Nov-05-21  Saniyat24: The titillating dance of Tal's black bishops...!
Feb-17-22  N.O.F. NAJDORF: <WMD: Another Brilliancy Prize for Tal, but Botterill outplays him in the middlegame and only fouls up on the last move of time control, when 40.Rc2 Qb4 41.Rc4 and White should win.>

I fear Botterill missed the chance to win the Brilliancy Prize himself:

40. Rc2 Qb4 41. Rc4 Qa5 42. Qg4 Kh8 43. Nxf7+ Kg8 (Rxf7 44. Rd8+ Qxd8 45. Bxd8 Rxf5 46. Qg6 Bd5 47. Rg4 Bf8 48. Bf6) 44. Nxh6+ Kh8 45. f6 Qa7 46. fxg7+ Qxg7 47. Bf6 Rxf6 48. exf6 Qxh6 49. Rd8+ Bf8 50. Rxf8+ Qxf8 51. Qg6 and mates!

Feb-17-22  N.O.F. NAJDORF: Two more variations:
40. Rc2 Qb4 41. Rc4 Qa5 42. Qg4 Kh8 43. Nxf7+ Rxf7 44. Rd8+ Bf8 45. fxe6 Rf1 46. e7 Bd5 47. Bf6 Rxf6 (Kh7 48. e7xf8=N+ Kg8 49. Ne6+ Kf7 50. Rf8#) 48. exf6

40. Rc2 Qb4 41. Rc4 Qa5 42. Qg4 exf5 43. Nxf5 g6 44. Nxh6+ Kh7 45. Bf6 Bf2 46. g3

Feb-20-22  N.O.F. NAJDORF: 40. Rc2 Qb4 41. Rc4 Qa5 42. Qg4 Kh8 43. Nxf7+ Rxf7 44. Rd8+ Rf8 45. f6 g5 46. Qh5 Qc7 47. Qxh6+ Kg8 48. Qxg5+ Kh8 49. Qh6+

40. Rc2 Qa5 41. Qg4 Kh8 42. Nxf7+ Rxf7 43. Rd8+ Rf8 44. f6 g5 45. Qh5 Qc7 46. Qxh6+ Kg8 47. Qxg5+ Kh8 48. Qh6+ Kg8 49. Qg6+ Kh8 50. f7 Qxe5+ 51. Bg3 Qg7 52. Qh5+ Qh7 53. Be5#

40. Rc2 Qa5 41. Qg4 Kh8 42. Nxf7+ Kg8 43. Nxh6+ Kh8 44. f6 Qc7 45. fxg7+ Qxg7 46. Bf6 Rxf6 47. exf6 Qxh6 48. Rd8+ Bf8 49. Rxc6

Feb-21-22  N.O.F. NAJDORF: 40. Rc2 Qa5 41. Qg4 Bxd6 42. Rxd6 exf5 43. Qxf5 Bb7 44. Rxh6 gxh6 45. Bf6 Qb4 46. Rc3

40. Rc2 Qb4 41. Rc4 Qa5 42. Qg4 Bxd6 43. Rxd6 exf5 44. Qxf5 Bb5 45. Rxh6 gxh6 46. Rg4+ Kh8 47. Bf6#

40. Rc2 Qb4 41. Rc4 Qa5 42. Qg4 Bxd6 43. Rxd6 Bd5 44. Bf6 g6 45. fxg6

Feb-22-22  N.O.F. NAJDORF: 40. Rc2 Qa5 41. Qg4 Bxd6 42. Rxd6 Be8 43. Bf6 g6 44. fxg6 fxg6 45. Rd7 Bf7 46. Rcc7 g5 47. Qh5 Qxc7 48. Qxh6
Feb-22-22  N.O.F. NAJDORF: <I fear Botterill missed the chance to win the Brilliancy Prize himself:

40. Rc2 Qb4 41. Rc4 Qa5 42. Qg4 Kh8 43. Nxf7+ Kg8 (Rxf7 44. Rd8+ Qxd8 45. Bxd8 Rxf5 46. Qg6 Bd5 47. Rg4 Bf8 48. Bf6) 44. Nxh6+ Kh8 45. f6 Qa7 46. fxg7+ Qxg7 47. Bf6 Rxf6 48. exf6 Qxh6 49. Rd8+ Bf8 50. Rxf8+ Qxf8 51. Qg6 and mates!>

I overlooked 50 ... Qd6+, which prevents an early mate.

Instead,

40. Rc2 Qb4 41. Rc4 Qa5 42. Qg4 Kh8 43. Nxf7+ Kg8 44. Nxh6+ Kh8 45. f6 Qa7 46. fxg7+ Qxg7 47. Bf6 Rxf6 48. exf6 Qxh6 49. Rd8+ Bf8 50. Rxf8+ Qxf8 51. Qh5+ Kg8 52. Rg4+ Qg7 53. Rxg7+ Kf8 54. Qh8#

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