Mikhail Tal takes his opponent into a deep dark forest

In 1957, Mikhail Tal played a training game that sparkled of tactics against his trainer, Alexander Koblents. The Magician from Riga met Koblents’s Sicilian Defense with the Richter-Rauzer Attack. In a game of opposite sides castling, initiative is king and Tal understood this game element likely better than anyone else. It’s impressive to observe so many of Tal’s pieces in jeopardy, yet they cannot all be taken in just one move of course, or even be safely captured without negative consequence. One of Tal’s most famous chess quotes is “You must take your opponent into a deep, dark forest where 2+2=5 and the path leading out is only wide enough for one.” Mikhail Tal certainly took Alexander Koblents into the forest, and what resulted was one highly complex masterpiece of a game. Mikhail Tal quite simply is one of the best, if not the best, tactical geniuses to have ever played the game.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cd4 4. Nd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 Be7 8. O-O-O O-O 9. Nb3 Qb6 10. f3 a6 11. g4 Rd8 12. Be3 Qc7 13. h4 b5 14. g5 Nd7 15. g6 hg6 16. h5 gh5 17. Rh5 Nf6 18. Rh1 d5 19. e5 Ne5 20. Bf4 Bd6 21. Qh2 Kf8 22. Qh8 Ng8 23. Rh7 f5 24. Bh6 Rd7 25. Bb5 Rf7 26. Rg1 Ra7 27. Nd4 Ng4 28. fg4 Be5 29. Nc6 Bc3 30. Be3 d4 31. Rgh1 Rd7 32. Bg5 ab5 33. R1h6 d3 34. bc3 d2 35. Kd1 Qc6 36. Rf6 Rf7 37. Qg7

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