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Mikhail Tal vs Springall
Tal Simul, 24b London (1964) (exhibition), London ENG, Jan-09
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit (D08)  ·  1-0



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Nov-23-12  Gambit86: This is a great game! Surprised there has not been any comments. 4.e4 is a solid way to play against this opening as Tal demonstrates here.
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  perfidious: On seeing smashes such as R N Vasiliev vs V Gusev, 1986 and Andrea Grinza vs S Rubanraut, 1976 in subsequent games after acceptance of the pawn with 6.exf6 Nxf6 7.Bd3 Bb4+, small wonder Tal chose development with 6.Nf3.
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  kbob: Opinions on this Albin Countergambit please, How would Tal have answered 7...Bb4+? Perhaps with a king move to maintain protection on f4? Or, knowing Tal, interpose and forge ahead in gambit style?!
Aug-07-18  ImperfectAge: I have a photograph of this game - it's my father playing Tal.
Aug-07-18  perfessor: A very fun game - Springall went toe-to-toe with one of the great tacticians and put up a great fight.
Sep-15-18  Developer33: hi kbob, great game and great photo..
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  kbob: After 7. ... Bg4+ I let the Stockfish feature at run to 22 ply. It gave 8. QNd2 but with approximately -1.00 advantage for black. Perhaps this is why this variation did not become mainstream.
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  kbob: I meant 7. ...Bb4+, sorry.
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  MissScarlett: The only game presently in the DB from a Tal simul in London in January 1964 (coming on the back of Tal's victory at Hastings (1963/64)). 22 of the other 23 games are now available....

Leave it with muggins.

Dec-21-21  Whitehat1963: Everything is ready. Now spring all the traps at once.
Dec-21-21  phantasmagorium: 15... Be2. At first it seemed like a misprint!

I wonder if Tal had seen that move beforehand and was even ready with his responses (at a simul at that!) - or whether he was surprised by that move and managed to find the answers over-the-board... again, during a simul!

Gee... even the loser (Springall) must, at worst, have been a far better tactician than me!

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