Polugaevsky Explains Tal's Worst Chess Defeat - Best Of The 60's - Polugaevsky vs. Tal, 1960

Polugaevsky Explains Tal's Worst Chess Defeat - Best Of The 60's - Polugaevsky vs. Tal, 1960

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Lev Polgaevsky and Mikhail Tal had an incredible chess rivalry featuring numerous brilliant battles.Tal's last victory (He only won two and lost eight.) was a prize-winning game in the Informant magazine.

The most famous and brilliant of their contests was almost certainly the following game featuring deep preparation from Polugaevsky. His classic bishop sacrifice in this game is an all-time classic and demonstrates some brilliant themes. Even with reduced forces, the attack is quite potent.

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Polugaevsky's brilliant conception begins with 16.d5! and a positional pawn sacrifice, but it is 19.Bxh7+!!, 21.h4!!, and 25.e6!! that makes the game famous. This sequence creates an incredible and irresistible attack that Tal is not able to truly fend off despite possessing a host of pieces.

My annotations with substantial comments and an incredible story from Polugaevsky from his classic work "Grandmaster Preparation" [Amazon affiliate link supports the content.] are available below.

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