Elephant Man

Aug 4, 2010, 10:29 AM |

This is a nice little game by Tal. In the opening, he snatches one of his opponent's pawns and it looks like he will lose a piece. However, he conjures up a brilliant 16th move that sacrifices his queen. However, he quickly wins it back with a neat combination and is able to transition into a winning endgame, whereupon his opponent resigns.

Here's what Tal said about the game: "I had never previously encountered in tournament practice the position after Black's 2nd move. White's first task was at least to remember the name of this opening. At the board I did not succeed in solving this problem."

And today, I saw that you can now pre-order the new 2010 edition of The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games. I have the 2004 edition of this book. Do you think that it's worth paying $10 to get the latest edition?