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Mikhail Tal vs Stefan Mohr
"The Morh Tal Game" (game of the day Nov-17-2009)
Bundesliga (1989/90), FRG
Modern Defense: Pseudo-Austrian Attack (B06)  ·  1-0



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Oct-24-06  diavol: Amazing game! 26. Ra6! wins
Oct-24-06  HannibalSchlecter: I thought it was amazing too. Tal in his final years showing he's still got the magic. To me from move 20 and on his piece movements in this game looked like a veteran artist demonstrating his mastery of the canvas with one masterful stroke after another using the whole canvas to complete his masterpiece.

Nov-17-09  RandomVisitor: 20...Rc8! 21.Bxd7 Rxc3! 22.bxc3 Qxa3+ 23.Kb1 Qxc3 might hold for black.
Nov-17-09  NewLine: A great game with a tragic end.
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  FSR: "Morh Tal" - shouldn't that be "Mohr Tal"? They could've called it "Mohr-Tal Combat" (or "Mohr-Tal Kombat" if you like), although unfortunately it's really Tal-Mohr combat.
Nov-17-09  Milesdei: At move 19 Tal's bishops are dominating Mohr's rooks, but by the end, Tal's rooks are dominating Mohr's bishops--and Queen! I agree with HannibalSchlecter regarding Tal's artistry. His games are intellectually interesting and also aesthetically appealing.
Nov-17-09  offramp: "I'm an Octal!"
Nov-17-09  ChessYouGood: Tal Tal Tal Tal Tal Tal
Nov-17-09  BAG: <offramp: "I'm an Octal!">

Who? ;)

Nov-17-09  Ratul: Brilliant!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Suggestion for another pun, "Mohr Circled".
Nov-17-09  Nullifidian: <RandomVisitor: 20...Rc8! 21.Bxd7 Rxc3! 22.bxc3 Qxa3+ 23.Kb1 Qxc3 might hold for black.>

An appropriately Tal-like line. In fact, if White played 23. ♔b1, Fritz's analysis shows a slender advantage to Black, and recommends 23. ♔d2 instead, when Black seemingly doesn't have anything better than a draw by perpetual check.

Nov-17-09  TheTamale: The losing move was 1)... g6. Against Tal... I mean, come on. I got a good laugh out of the pun, though. :-)
Nov-17-09  RandomVisitor: 4 minutes per move:

Mikhail Tal - Stefan Mohr

GER 49/181
Tal,M GER 49/181Tal,M, 1990

[Rybka 3 ]

1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.f4 Nc6 5.Be3 Nf6 6.Nf3 0-0 7.Qd2 last book move

7...Ng4 0.51/20
[Rybka 3 : 7...e5 8.d5 exf4 9.Bxf4 Ne5 10.0-0-0 a6 11.Nxe5 dxe5 12.Be3 Ng4 13.Be2 Nxe3 14.Qxe3 Qh4 15.Kb1 b5 16.g3 Qh3 17.a3 Bb7 18.Rhf1 0.16/20 ]

8.Bg1 0.36/18 e5 0.67/20
[Rybka 3 : 8...a6 9.0-0-0 b5 10.d5 Na5 11.h3 Nf6 0.36/18 ]

9.d5 0.55/18 Nb8 0.67/22
10.h3 0.67/22 Nf6 0.67/21
11.fxe5 0.54/21 dxe5 0.74/19
12.Bc5 0.47/21
[Rybka 3 : 12.0-0-0 a6 13.Bd3 Nbd7 14.Kb1 Qe7 15.Be3 Nc5 16.Qf2 Nxd3 17.Rxd3 Ne8 0.74/19 ]

12...Re8 0.67/19
13.0-0-0 0.45/20
[Rybka 3 : 13.Be3 c6 14.0-0-0 0.67/19 ]

13...c6 0.67/18
[Rybka 3 : 13...a6 14.g4 b5 15.Ba3 Nbd7 16.Qe3 Bb7 17.g5 Nh5 18.h4 Nb6 19.Bd3 Nc8 20.Kb1 Nd6 21.Ne2 Qd7 22.Bb4 a5 0.45/20 ]

14.dxc6 0.26/17
[Rybka 3 : 14.Be3 Qa5 15.Kb1 Nbd7 16.Bc4 b5 17.dxc6 bxc4 18.cxd7 Bxd7 19.Bg5 Bc6 20.Bxf6 Bxf6 21.Nd5 Qd8 22.Qb4 Rc8 23.g4 Bxd5 24.Rxd5 Qc7 25.Qa5 Qxa5 26.Rxa5 Re7 27.Rd1 h6 28.Rb5 c3 0.67/18 ]

14...Qa5 0.78/18
[Rybka 3 : 14...Qxd2+ 15.Nxd2 Nxc6 16.Bc4 Be6 17.Rhf1 b6 18.Be3 Nd4 19.Bxe6 Rxe6 20.Nf3 Nxf3 21.Rxf3 Rc8 22.Bg5 h6 23.Bxf6 Bxf6 24.Rd7 0.26/17 ]

15.cxb7 0.69/21 Bxb7 0.70/19
16.Ba3 0.69/21 Nc6 0.69/19
17.Bc4 0.69/18 Rad8 0.74/17
18.Qf2 0.60/19 Nd4 0.73/17
19.Ng5= 0.00/19
[Rybka 3 : 19.Rhf1 Rc8 20.Nxd4 exd4 21.Rxd4 Kh8 22.Bxf7 Nxe4 23.Nxe4 Rxe4 24.Rxe4 Bxe4 25.Bb3 Qg5+ 26.Kb1 Qxg2 27.h4 Qxf2 28.Rxf2 Rd8 29.Rf1 Bf6 30.Bc5 a6 31.Bb6 Rd7 32.a4 Kg7 33.Be3 Bf5 34.h5 0.73/17 ]

Nov-17-09  RandomVisitor: continued:

19...Rd7 0.00/18
20.Bb5 0.00/17 Nxb5? 2.23/19
[Rybka 3 : 20...Rc8 21.Bxd7 Rxc3 22.bxc3 Qxa3+ 23.Kb1 Qxc3 24.Be8 Qb4+ 25.Kc1 Qa3+ 26.Kb1 Qb4+ 27.Kc1 Qa3+ 28.Kb1 Qb4+ 29.Kc1 Qa3+ 30.Kb1 Qb4+ 31.Kc1 Qa3+ 32.Kb1 Qb4+ 33.Kc1 Qa3+ 34.Kb1 Qb4+ 35.Kc1 Qa3 0.00/17 ]

21.Rxd7 2.12/18 Bc6 2.66/20
22.Rxf7 2.62/19 Nxc3 2.51/18
23.Rxf6 1.40/19
[Rybka 3 : 23.Rf1 Qd8 24.Rxg7+ Kxg7 25.bxc3 h6 26.Bf8+ Kxf8 27.Qxf6+ Qxf6 28.Rxf6+ Kg7 29.Rxc6 hxg5 30.a4 Kh6 31.c4 g4 32.hxg4 Kg5 33.Kd2 Kxg4 34.c5 g5 35.Kd3 Rf8 36.Ra6 Rf7 37.Rh6 Rg7 38.c6 2.51/18 ]

23...Nxe4 1.40/21
24.Nxe4 1.44/20 Bxe4 1.44/19
25.Qe2 1.06/19 Bxg2 1.77/21
[Rybka 3 : 25...Bxf6 26.Qxe4 Rd8 27.Kb1 Rd4 28.Qc6 Qd8 29.b3 Kg7 30.Bc1 a5 31.a4 Rd6 32.Qb7+ Rd7 33.Qe4 Rd4 1.06/19 ]

26.Ra6 1.37/20 Qd5 2.66/20
[Rybka 3 : 26...Bh6+ 27.Kb1 Qd2 28.Qxd2 Bxd2 29.Rh2 Bf1 30.Rxa7 Be3 31.Rc7 Bf4 32.Rh1 Bg2 33.Re1 Bxh3 34.Re7 Rd8 35.b4 h5 36.b5 h4 37.Bb2 Kf8 38.Rh7 Bg3 39.Rg1 Kg8 40.Re7 1.37/20 ]

27.Rd1 2.42/19 Qb7 3.53/21
[Rybka 3 : 27...Qxa2 28.Bb4 Bf3 29.Qb5 Bh6+ 2.42/19 ]

28.Qc4+ 3.33/21 Kh8 3.36/19
29.Re6 2.00/19
[Rybka 3 : 29.Rad6 Qe4 30.Qxe4 Bxe4 31.Rd8 Rg8 32.Rxg8+ Kxg8 33.Rd8+ Kf7 34.Rd7+ Kf6 35.Rxa7 h5 36.c4 Bh6+ 37.Kd1 Be3 38.Ra6+ Kf5 39.c5 Bb7 40.Rd6 Bf3+ 41.Ke1 g5 42.Rh6 3.36/19 ]

29...Rc8 3.08/21
[Rybka 3 : 29...Rg8 30.Red6 Qf3 31.h4 Qe3+ 32.Kb1 Qf4 33.Qxf4 exf4 34.Ra6 f3 35.Bc5 Rb8 36.b3 Kg8 37.Rxa7 Bh3 38.Rd3 Bg4 39.Bf2 Re8 40.Rc7 Bf6 41.Rd1 Bf5 42.a4 2.00/19 ]

30.Re7 3.08/19 Rxc4? #2/3
[Rybka 3 : 30...Qc6 31.Qxc6 Bxc6 32.Rxa7 Bh6+ 33.Kb1 Kg8 34.Be7 Be3 35.Ra5 Bd4 36.Bd6 Be4 37.Rd2 Re8 38.a4 Bc6 39.c3 Be3 40.Re2 Bf4 41.b4 3.08/19 ]

31.Rd8+ #2/3 1-0

Nov-17-09  Samagonka: What an awesome finish!
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  kevin86: Tal sacfifices the queen-what else in new?
Nov-17-09  chesskingqph: Is 30. Qb8 any better for Black? At least it is not die of greed :D.
Nov-17-09  WhiteRook48: did he really play 30...Rxc4?
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  Peligroso Patzer: <FSR: "Morh Tal" - shouldn't that be "Mohr Tal"? *** >

I noticed the same typo (transposition of the letters "r" and "h" in Mohr's name).

BTW, according to the bio at Stefan Mohr, he attained his GM title in 1989, one year before this game was played. If the date of the game had been, for example, two years earlier, it could have been called the “IM Mohr-Tal Game”.

Nov-18-09  RandomVisitor: After 6.Nf3:

1: Mikhail Tal - Stefan Mohr, GER 49/181 Tal,M 1990

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Analysis by Rybka 3 : <24-ply>

<1. (0.34): 6...d5> 7.e5 Ng4 8.Bg1 h5 9.Qd2 Bf5 10.h3 Nh6 11.Na4 0-0

2. (0.36): 6...0-0 7.e5 dxe5 8.dxe5 Ng4 9.Bg1 Nh6 10.Qe2 Be6 11.g3 Qd7 12.Rd1 Qc8 13.Bc5 b6 14.Bf2 Na5 15.b3 Ng4

Dec-06-09  SugarDom: I submitted "The Mortal Game", coz i got tired of all those "Immortal Games"...

Anyway, the rule of pun (at least for cg) is to use the names...

Jan-30-17  offramp: <BAG: <offramp: "I'm an Octal!"> Who? ;)>

I still listen to those prank calls on YouTube and they are all still funny!

Cheers, <BAG>, if you're still out there...

Jan-30-17  zanzibar: I guess it takes all kinds...

(And some people think I'm weird!?)

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  ChessHigherCat: <zanzibar: I guess it takes all kinds...
(And some people think I'm weird!?)>

And you've just added one more to the list! Just kidding, very funny. That's a whole sub (and I do mean sub!) culture of which I was hitherto blissfully ignorant.

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