The Gloves Are Off | Tal vs Botvinnik 1960. | Game 8

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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Mikhail Tal
“Seal the Deal” (game of the day Sep-27-2006)
Tal – Botvinnik World Championship Match (1960), Moscow URS, rd 8, Mar-31
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. General (A70)

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 ed5 5. cd5 g6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Bg5 O-O 8. e3 Re8 9. Nd2 d6 10. Be2 a6 11. a4 Nbd7 12. O-O Qc7 13. Qc2 Nb6 14. Bf3 c4 15. Bf6 Bf6 16. a5 Nd7 17. Nce4 Be5 18. Qc4 Qd8 19. Qa2 f5 20. Nc3 g5 21. Nc4 g4 22. Be2 Qf6 23. Na4 Kh8 24. g3 h5 25. f4 Bd4 26. Qa3 Rb8 27. Nab6 h4 28. Rad1 Bb6 29. ab6 Nc5 30. gh4 Bd7 31. Qc3 Qc3 32. bc3 Bb5 33. Rfe1 Ne4 34. Rc1 Rbc8 35. Na5 Be2 36. Re2 Nc3 37. Rc3 Rc3 38. Nb7 Ree3 39. Re3 Re3 40. Nd6 Rd3 41. Nf7

Tal vs Botvinnik 1960
No sooner did Mikhail Botvinnik regain his title, the chess world became entranced by charismatic young Latvian named Mikhail Tal. Tal won the 1958 interzonal tournament at Portoroz, then helped the Soviet Union to retain the Chess Olympiad; before going on to win the 1959 Candidates Tournament with 20 out of 28 points–a point and a half ahead of second place Paul Keres.

Tal often sacrificed material in search for the initiative in chess. With such intuitive sacrifices, he created vast complications, and many masters found it impossible to solve all the problems he created over the board, though deeper post-game analysis found flaws in some of his conceptions. Although this playing style was scorned by ex-World Champion Vasily Smyslov as nothing more than “tricks”, Tal convincingly beat every notable grandmaster with his trademark aggression.

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