Mikhail Tal Inspires Magnus Carlsen's Greatest Chess Move - Chukaev vs. Tal, 1956
A Tal finish for the checkmate anthologies.

Mikhail Tal Inspires Magnus Carlsen's Greatest Chess Move - Chukaev vs. Tal, 1956

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In a little-known game against Egor Chukaev, Mikhail Tal concocted a beautiful finish that presaged Magnus Carlsen's incredibly famous Qxh6+!! played in the 2016 World Chess Championship.

Prior to the pretty conclusion, the game featured a nice exchange of ideas as Chukaev tried to exploit Tal's extended bishop on e4, but he missed the correct approach and after Tal's vigorous response, he found himself in increasingly dire straits.

Lessons:

  • Know your checkmating patterns!
  • Never castle queenside in the Benoni!
  • Play the Benoni? Study Tal!

My brief annotations are below.

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