Deadly Sacrifice, BUT Wrong Game | Tal vs Botvinnik 1960. | Game 9

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Mikhail Tal vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Tal – Botvinnik World Championship Match (1960), Moscow URS, rd 9, Apr-02
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation (B18)

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 de4 4. Ne4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. N1e2 Nf6 7. h4 h6 8. Nf4 Bh7 9. Bc4 e6 10. O-O Bd6 11. Ne6 fe6 12. Be6 Qc7 13. Re1 Nbd7 14. Bg8 Kf8 15. Bh7 Rh7 16. Nf5 g6 17. Bh6 Kg8 18. Nd6 Qd6 19. Bg5 Re7 20. Qd3 Kg7 21. Qg3 Re1 22. Re1 Qg3 23. fg3 Rf8 24. c4 Ng4 25. d5 cd5 26. cd5 Ndf6 27. d6 Rf7 28. Rc1 Rd7 29. Rc7 Kf7 30. Bf6 Nf6 31. Kf2 Ke6 32. Rd7 Kd7 33. Kf3 Kd6 34. Kf4 Ke6 35. g4 Nd5 36. Ke4 Nf6 37. Kf4 Nd5 38. Ke4 Nb4 39. a3 Nc6 40. h5 g5 41. h6 Kf6 42. Kd5 Kg6 43. Ke6 Na5 44. a4 Nb3 45. Kd6 a5 46. Kd5 Kh6 47. Kc4 Nc1 48. Kb5 Nd3 49. b3 Nc1 50. Ka5 Nb3 51. Kb4 Nc1 52. Kc3 Kg6 53. Kc2 Ne2 54. Kd3 Nc1 55. Kc2 Ne2 56. Kd3 Nf4 57. Kc4 Kf6 58. g3 Ne2

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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