Golden Game-1

Oct 24, 2009, 10:22 PM |

1957–1960 was Tal's first coming. 1973 was his rebirth!

Playing against Tal must have left GM's with a very bad headache afterwards.

He was so aggressive, unpredictable and brilliant that some of his moves leave you wondering if you should learn chess all over again...

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bg5 h6 last book move
5.Bh4 c5 6.d5White gains space
[6.e3!?is worthy of consideration]
[Better is6…Nxd5!? must be considered
7.Bxd8 Nxc3]
7.dxe6 fxe6 8.cxb5 d5 9.e3 0-0 10.Nf3 Qa5 11.Bxf6 Rxf6 12.Qd2 a6 13.bxa6 Black has to watch this pawn
13…Nc6 14.Be2
14…d4This push gains space
[14…Bxa6!? 15.0-0 Bxe2 16.Qxe2 Bxc3 17.bxc3 Qxc3]
15.exd4 Rxf3
[15…cxd4 16.Nxd4 Nxd4 17.Qxd4]
[Not 16.gxf3 cxd4 17.Rc1 dxc3 18.bxc3 Ba3]
16…cxd4 17.0-0! White is still ahead
[17.Bxc6? may look interesting but causes some serious problems
17…dxc3 18.bxc3 Bxc3]
17…dxc3 18.bxc3 Prevents intrusion on d4
18…Bxc3 19.Qd6 Rxa6
[19…Bxa1?? a terrible mistake
20.Qxc6 Ra7 21.Qe8+
(21.Rxa1?! is clearly weaker
21…Bd7 22.Qd6 Qxa6 23.Qb8+ Kh7)
21…Kh7 22.Be4+
(22.Rxa1?! is the less attractive alternative
22…Qe5 23.Rd1 Bxa6)
(22.Qxc8 Qxa2 23.Be4+ g6)
22…g6 23.Rxa1]
20.Bxc6 Bb4 21.Qb8 Rxc6 22.Rac1 Bc5 23.Rc2 Qa4 24.Qb3 Qf4 25.Qg3 Qf5 26.Rfc1 Bb7 27.Qf3 Qg5 28.Qb3 Rc7 Threatening mate… how?
[Better is29.Qh3was necessary]
29…Bxf2+! the best thing is for Black to hand back some material
30.Kxf2 Qf6+ 31.Ke1 Qe5+ 32.Kf1 Ba6+??with this move Black loses his initiative
[32…Qf5+ 33.Kg1 Qe4 34.Qxe6+ Qxe6 35.Rxc7 Qe2 36.Rxb7 Qe3+ 37.Kg2 Qxc1 38.Rb8+ Kf7 39.Rb7+ Kg6 40.Rb6+ Kh7]
33.Kg1 Qd4+ 34.Kg2 Qe4+ 35.Kg1??
[Better is35.Kf2 would be a reprieve
35…Rf7+ 36.Kg1]
35…Bb7! Boing! 36.h4
[36.Qxe6+ the last chance for counterplay
36…Qxe6 37.Rxc7]
36…Qh1+ 37.Kf2 Rf7+
[Better is37…Qg2+ makes sure everything is clear
38.Ke1 Qe4+ 39.Kd1 Rd7+ 40.Rd2 Qh1+ 41.Kc2 Rc7+ 42.Qc3 Rxc3+ 43.Kxc3 Qxc1+ 44.Rc2 Qe1+ 45.Kb2 Qxg3 46.Rc4]
38.Ke2 Qe4+! an ugly check
[38…Qe4+ 39.Qe3 Ba6+ 40.Rc4 Bxc4+ 41.Rxc4 Qxc4+ 42.Qd3 Qxa2+ 43.Qd2 Qa8]