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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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  offramp: Before you read the kibitzing for this page make sure you play through the whole game. You might get a big surprise, like I did when I first played through it.
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  offramp: Another great game by Tal! He seemed to be close to losing at some points but he won through with a massive attack. 42.xf8 White has lost all of his advantage. Almost the whole game has been played on the queen-side, and Botterill can be forgiven for missing the huge attack that now follows. 42...e3 Threatening mate in 2: (43...f4+ 44.g3 h1#) 43.g3 g5 (Threatening ...f4#) 44.c4 e3+ 45.g4 h4 (Threatening ...g5#)
46.e7 xe7 47.xf7 h5+ 48.xh5 e8 49.g4 exf5+ 50.xf5 g6+ 51.g4 d7+ 0-1. Superb!
Sep-13-04  azaris: <He seemed to be close to losing at some points but he won through with a massive attack.> How often do you see that happening, eh? Wait, every single time!

Nice demonstration of the murderous power of the bishop pair. Who needs rooks anyway?

Oct-24-04  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.
Oct-25-04  I sacrifice like Tal: Wow. I am speechless
Jul-18-06  whatthefat: To be frank, I'm baffled by this game.
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.

<> 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> 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


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...

<> 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.

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  offramp: It was the search for this game that first led me to!
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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: It was the search for this game that first led me to!>

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.
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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...!

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