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In the Tal Grass

  • benws
  • | Aug 4, 2012
  • | 4963 views
  • | 19 comments

This game is yet another fantastic effort by the great Mikhail Tal. On his 11th move, he sacrifices a knight, apparently for no reason. However, after whipping up an attack on Szukzszta's king out of nowhere, Tal throws in a couple of neat sacrifices. Just when it looks as if he will not be able to continue it, he shows the reason for his knight sac. It cleared the way for his queenside rook, which knocks down his opponent's last defenses.

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  • 2 years ago

    Litup

    canberk, that is right. Nce2 would stop black. So, I believe the right move for black would be 13... Bxb7, then the response to 14. Qxb7 would be 14... Qxd4. White would be in a tough position.

  • 2 years ago

    FM Calypso_Chess

    This was just a friendly blitz encounter at the time (check http://www.olimpbase.org/1956y/1956in.html) and yes White can survive after 13.0-0-0 or 13.cxb7 but it is still a great game. I am a Tal fan and have been nicknamed "The Caribbean Tal" for my similarly entertaining style, my best attacking games and career highlights (I am now retired from international chess) are compiled in my recently published book "Calypso Chess" available online from Amazon.com. FM Dr. Philip Corbin, Barbados

  • 2 years ago

    canberk

    @litup 

    after Qxd4 bxa8=Q there is no mate or anything for black.

    I can not get it when you say there is no defense for white, Qxe3 or Rxe3 can be replied with Nce2, nothing Tal can do later on; white has huge advantage.

  • 2 years ago

    Litup

    canberk, I believe cxb7 is responded to by Qxd4. Then it's pretty tough for white to face the attack without any pieces in play.

    It's good to sacrifice at a time the opponent has no active pieces.

  • 2 years ago

    KickAssAndGiggle

    Tal was the best attacking player of all time, and in my view 3rd only to Kasparov and Fischer overall.

    Legend.

  • 2 years ago

    Ricardoruben

    Impressive! :)

  • 2 years ago

    lbtr74aao

  • 2 years ago

    humanos

    awesome:)))

  • 2 years ago

    Philipper

    Great game!

  • 2 years ago

    NajdorfDefense

    Great game, love Tal, 13. 0-0-0 is the correct response. Get the K out of the way, follow up with cxb7.

  • 2 years ago

    canberk

    what about 13. cxb7! Rxe3 14. Nce2!

  • 2 years ago

    nyLsel

    Nice game!

  • 2 years ago

    Botvinnik77

    Amazing gameSmile

  • 2 years ago

    BorgQueen

    Amazing game, thanks for posting it :-)

  • 2 years ago

    svd27

    awesome!

  • 2 years ago

    thought_control

    just purely fantastic.

  • 2 years ago

    armhow

    Mikhail Tal is really a game attacking chess genius.  His games are really awesome.  A very nice article you have here. 

  • 2 years ago

    chessgaurd

    fantastic game

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