3/24/2012 - Tal - NN, simul Stuttgart 1958

BobMumm

Blacks should have gone back with the rock, and loosing the bishop, take the pawn, shouldn´t ?

BobMumm
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BlknightRising

Deltaquad,

Good puzzle. 

ndskykng
BobMumm wrote:

Blacks should have gone back with the rock, and loosing the bishop, take the pawn, shouldn´t ?


Certainly would have been better than trading rooks like he did.

BryanCFB

I got every move right playing through the puzzle but could not calculate it in my head, and I looked at the title before moving.  I had the right idea of moving the knight on c3, attacking the queen, but missed 2. Nxd1.  I never even considered capturing black's rook with the knight even after looking at many ideas, which did not work, because I was so focused on the knight on c3 moving forward, mainly to d5.  Sometimes when you get so locked into an idea you can't change your thinking into a different direction.  Only when I saw the position after 1...Rxd1+ did I notice the knight could move backwards and capture.  Then everything else fell into place and it was straightforward after that.  Super combination by Tal!  The best Chess.com puzzle in quite a while!

vs2play

thx

ndskykng
Bryan681972 wrote:

I got every move right playing through the puzzle but could not calculate it in my head, and I looked at the title before moving.  I had the right idea of moving the knight on c3, attacking the queen, but missed 2. Nxd1.  I never even considered capturing black's rook with the knight even after looking at many ideas, which did not work, because I was so focused on the knight on c3 moving forward, mainly to d5.  Sometimes when you get so locked into an idea you can't change your thinking into a different direction.  Only when I saw the position after 1...Rxd1+ did I notice the knight could move backwards and capture.  Then everything else fell into place and it was straightforward after that.  Super combination by Tal!  The best Chess.com puzzle in quite a while!


Agreed.  Busting out a discovered attack against Black's undefended queen just jumps out at ya.  I went into several bad directions as well.

ZacWilson

Always need to be reminded about the strength of pawns.

BobMumm

I agree, a simple mistake, lost a bishop not means lost the game, ...

BryanCFB
BobMumm wrote:

Blacks should have gone back with the rock, and loosing the bishop, take the pawn, shouldn´t ?

Yes.  Black needed to play 1...Rh7, leaving material equal after 2. fxg7 Rxg7, with white having two minor pieces for a rook and a pawn.   White's position appears superior though.  I would evaluate the position as such:

1.  White has two minor pieces for a rook.

2.  White's king is much safer than black's king.

3.  Black's rook on g7 is awkwardly placed.

4.  Perhaps white grabs the h-file immediately with 3. Rh1.

5.  The white player is Tal!


saijiki88

Pretty slick!

Grigorios

Been a while since I last saw such a hard one in the homepage

Vitix

Lovely moove!!

RenataCFC

ndskykng just linked me the game; here it is.

http://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/chess/mfm101110.htm

Black has just captured on h1, no doubt expecting that the threat of RxR and a big material advantage will compel Tal to do a simple recapture, allowing black to retreat his hanging knight and temporarily de-fanging that advanced pawn.  Oops. 

Twobit

This was a nice one

waynedickinson2

wow ,a real puzzle

RenataCFC

Yeah, it's a really nice one of the "find the best move" type.  Because even the "even" exchange that's been suggested from retreating the rook to h7 leaves white very much better.  I would not want to play against white's minors with the black kingside in disarray like that.

KittyAX

nice and Cool

Mammalman
Deltaquad wrote:

Mate in two

 

 


 1 gxh7 doesn't work, even though all the most obvious replies fail:

1 ... Bxh7 2. Qe6#

1 ... Rxh7 2. Qe5#

1 ... d3 2. Qxe4#

1 ... [most others] 2. hxg8=Q#

But black does have one rejoinder to 1 gxh7 that allows him to hold off mate for one additional move. Can you find it?

FredBatchelor

Mighty fine.