mardi 31 juillet 2012

Tal vs Larsen

 A really nice game by Tal. Everyone knows he played amazing sacrifices.
 The sacrifice in this game is however, based on positional factors.
 I don't know  a lot of players who would give a whole piece
just to control a file! 
1.e4 c5
2.Nf3 Nc6
3.d4 cxd4
4.Nxd4 e6 
5.Nc3 d6 
6.Be3 Nf6
7.f4 Be7 
8.Qf3 O-O 
9.O-O-O Qc7 
10.Ndb5 Qb8 
11.g4 a6 
12.Nd4 Nxd4
13.Bxd4 b5 
14.g5 Nd7 
15.Bd3 b4 
The next move is a shocker. Guess what it is! 
16.Nd5 ! exd5 
 {The piece sacrifice is a positional one, since it has been used to
erect an invisible barrier on the e-file. A number of squares
on it (e5 and e6) are controlled by white pawns, and a white
rook will soon be moved to e1. -- Iakov Damsky} 
17...  f5  Closing the b1-h7 diagonal.
18.Rde1 Rf7
19.h4 Bb7 
20.Bxf5 Rxf5 
Even a piece up, black can hardly do anything agaisnt white's kingside attack!
21.Rxe7 Ne5 
Black probably gave back the piece to get time to bring his pieces near his king.
22.Qe4 Qf8  
23.fxe5 Rf4
24.Qe3 Rf3 
25.Qe2 Qxe7 
26.Qxf3 dxe5 
27.Re1 Rd8 
28.Rxe5 Qd6
{! The d5 pawn is immune. After 29 ...Bxd5 30. Re8+ White wins the queen.
White is now 2 pawns up, but Tal manages to finish the game in style 
29...  Rf8 
30.Qe4 b3 
31.axb3 Rf1+ 
32.Kd2 Qb4+ 
33.c3 Qd6
White has a mating attack! Nice deflection by Tal
34...  Qxc5
35.Re8+ Rf8 
36.Qe6+ Kh8 
37.Qf7 1-0
Black will be either be mated or suffer huge material loss.
The only try, in my opinion, to stave off mate for a couple of moves is: 37... Qf2+ 38. Qxf2 Rxe8 39. Qf7 Rb8 40 Qc7 winning the bishop, leaving black with a rook for a queen and 3 pawns.

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