Semi-Tarrasch Defence - the variation covered in Charles Galofre's video

Sep 10, 2009, 10:44 AM |

I found a game in the mammoth book of world's greatest chess games that has exactly the same position as those being covered in Charles Galofre's videos on Semi-Tarrasch. I am reproducing the game+comments here for the benefit of everyone watching this video.

The Players:

Lev Polugaevsky (1934-95) was one of the world's top grandmasters from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.

Mikhail Tal (1936-1992) was World Champion 1960-1961, and one of the greatest attacking players of all time.

The Game

Polugaevsky steamrollers Tal using a powerful piece of opening preparation. The demonstration starts with a logical pawn sacrifice, to which Tal replies in the most natural and ambitious manner, seeking to eliminate the pieces that support the advance. Polugaevsky sacrifices a piece to open up the black king in standard fashion. Two brillian moves (21.h4 and 25.e6) are the subtle touches that make the whole thing work. Tal can see nothing better than going into bad ending, which Polugaevsky wins efficiently.


"It goes without saying that an innovation lasting 25 moves is a rarity, but it once more emphasizes what a great return - both comptetive and creative - a player can expect from searching , and from experimenting. In itself, such a success far exceeds the disappiontment from other, less successful attempts, and it is quite capable of inspiring a player, as the game with Tal inspired me in that USSR championship." - Polugaevsky.