Mikhail Tal vs M. Strelkov (Chess analysis I(G)M-games #04)

The earliest game from Tal I could find. Here is the .pgn [Event “Riga”] [Site “Riga”] [Date “1949.??.??”][Round “?”][White “Mikhail Tal”][Black “M Strelkov”][Result “1-0”] [ECO “C10”] [PlyCount “35”] [EventDate “1949.??.??”]1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Ng3 c5 7. c3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 a6 9. Bd3 Nc5 10. Bc2 e5 11. Qe2 Bd6 12. Ndf5 O-O 13. Bg5 Bc7 14. Rd1 Ncd7 15. Nh5 Bb6 16. Bxf6


  1. Maybe, you should a watch couple of chess videos from Matojelic. Might help you to keep the viewer interested without losing track in the mid-game.

  2. Interesting decision by Tal to delay castling (in his book, he highlights one attacking theme can spring when King is still in the center, yet in this game he showed otherwise) and continued piling pressure on the opponent. I also find 7. c3 rather interesting as it provides temporary support for his knight on the center before he shifted it for kingside assault. 10 … e5 weakens f5 which proves decisive, as 12. Ndf5 blocks Black's access to Kingside and at the same time, opening d-file.

  3. Yea, …e5 was suicidal. Moves like Qc7, b5, Be7, etc. would have given black a cramped-but-solid position. White could eventually play f5 and blow things up, but black would have some home of resisting.

  4. Before analysing ex World Champions' games please first learn how to pronounce phonetically their first name. When you call "Mikhail" a "Michael" it is an insult to Mikhail Tal's memory, the most innovative player of all times. Please think about it…

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